SALA festival is a delight for arts-lovers around the state, so we thought who better to ask than a participating artist for all the best tips on what to see and where to go for this year’s festival.
Cassie Thring is an emerging visual artist who works across disciplines, determined to play with ideas and ways of making. She currently explores themes of longing and loss. Thring’s interests lie with the essential mysteries and uncertainty of life’s adventures.
An active member of Floating Goose Studios in Morphett Street, her work is held in private and public collections nationally and internationally.
Here’s what Cassie has to say about this year’s festival…
Cassie Thring, image courtesy of Millie Brown
What is SALA and what do you love about it?
SALA Festival is a state wide celebration of visual art, now in its 21st year. Its mission statement is one of inclusiveness, allowing artists at any level and working in any medium the opportunity to participate. This is what I love most about SALA. It opens its welcoming arms to all and encourages makers and viewers at all levels to engage with and discover more about visual art. Artists are supported, valued and celebrated.
I love SALA for its uniqueness, and have been involved in different ways for many years. It is an exciting month and the entire state is up and about. It’s all about getting involved. Art can be experienced everywhere in August, from car boots to the Art Gallery of South Australia, and everywhere in between. Regional areas have opportunities to showcase art that would usually only be exhibited in city areas, affording more rural art-lovers the same opportunities as their city counterparts.
How are you involved in SALA 2018?
SALA for me this year is busy. I am involved with Sala Parlour for the second year, and am exhibiting in two venues. The Parlour is located outside the SA Museum and is a drop in/drop out space for children to engage with art and have as much fun as possible.
I am also thrilled to be included in a group exhibition at Holy Roller Studios in Prospect this year. Curated by Ray Harris and Adele Sliuzas, Psychache invites 16 South Australian female artists of all stages of their careers to explore ideas around psychological distress and discomfort.
Open until August 25, Thursday and Friday, 2pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm.
Our mixed netball team, The Van Goals, are a group of artists who enjoy the fusion of sport and art mid-week at ICA at Stepney. We have registered our performances with SALA, too. They are held every Wednesday night and encourage the public to embrace our unique playing style.
See Facebook page for updates regarding performance times.
What are your highlights for this year’s festival?
My SALA highlights for 2018 would have to be the Pecha Kucha night, where the delightful Jenna Pippett channels her inner game-show host as MC. An amazing lineup of incredible South Australian artists give insights into their practices, via the Petcha Kutcha platform. Its great fun and there is a bar if you get thirsty.
August 9, 7pm to 10 pm, Nexus Arts. Gold Coin donation.
If you are looking to including your furry friends, look no further than the Dog Friendly Tour. Headed up again by Jenna Pippett, art loving dogs take their owners on a leisurely walk around select city galleries, experiencing art with many more legs than usual.
Saturday August 18, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Meet at Light Square. Free
Of course, with over 9000 events, go to the SALA guide online and mark out your month – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Advice for artists wanting to get involved?
Start planning now for next year. Just have a go – that’s what SALA is all about. You get to be a part of an inclusive and wonderful festival celebrating all things visual art, and your exhibition will be listed in a beautifully produced program that is distributed statewide, offering a great opportunity to extend who sees your work.
Huge congratulations to Penny Griggs, GM of Sala Festival and her trusty band of 2, Kate and Christina, they are an amazing and invincible trio of talent.”
Written by Cassie Thring.