South Australian Living Artists Festival

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1 - 31 August 2019

The SALA Festival will be on again from 1-31 August 2019. 

More information regarding the exhibitions in the City of Onkaparinga will be available in the lead-up to August.

Contact Nerissa via email at or phone 8326 5577.


City of Onkaparinga SALA Artist Registration Fee Subsidy Scheme 2019

This scheme acknowledges the role that artists and local venues play in the cultural life of the City of Onkaparinga.  Subsidies of $120 are available to assist individuals and groups with the cost of registering for the SALA Festival.

Please read the form for the terms and conditions.

PDF icon png 2019 SALA subsidy reimbursement application form (526K)

Please note the key dates:

  • SALA Festival runs from 1-31 August 2019.
  • SALA registrations open Friday 1 March
  • SALA registrations close Monday 13 May
  • City of Onkaparinga SALA Artist Registration Fee Subsidy closes Monday 27 May
  • Notification of application approval will be no later than Friday 7 June

More information regarding SALA exhibitions held in the City of Onkaparinga will be available in the lead-up to August.

Contact Nerissa via email at or phone 8326 5577.

City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award

About the award

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To foster and support curatorial practice, the City of Onkaparinga will award an emerging or established contemporary curator, the prize of $1000, in addition to the supported opportunity to curate a [GRAFTd] exhibition during SALA 2020.

Participants who register as a curator in SALA 2019 will be eligible to self-nominate for the award. By applying for the award, the curator affirms their availability to curate the SALA exhibition at Sauerbier House in 2020 launching.

The winner will be contracted to curate a [GRAFTd] exhibition at Sauerbier House during SALA 2020. The curated exhibition will run for seven weeks from 1 August until 19 September 2020. The recipient will receive a curatorial fee of $2000 to be paid by schedule.

The successful winner will be provided with the following in-kind support:

  • SALA 2020 registration and associated community event listing
  • Temporary work space at Sauerbier House, including internet, phone, printing
  • Professional support from Sauerbier House staff
  • Gallery hire and signage
  • Licenced and catered launch event
  • Promotion of exhibition and events – across local and national print and electronic platforms.

PDF icon png Terms and Conditions (210K)


  • The shortlisted curators will be selected on the strength of the conceptual rationale as articulated in the written application. Shortlisted curators will be selected by Onkaparinga Arts staff.
  • From the shortlisted applicants, three finalists will be selected by the Sauerbier House Reference Group (SHRG).
  • The winner will be selected following onsite review of their nominated 2019 SALA exhibition.
  • Consideration will be given to the conceptual rigour and cohesiveness of installation of the nominated exhibition, in relation to the clarity of intention described in the initial written application.

The award will be presented at the SALA Finissage event by a City of Onkaparinga representative.

2020 SALA exhibition

On receipt of the City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award, the winner will be contracted to generate a [GRAFTd] exhibition.

The subject of the 2020 SALA exhibition is unrestricted with appreciation that no content will be included that could be considered as sexist, racist, sexually inappropriate or liable to bring the City of Onkaparinga into disrepute. It is anticipated the curator will utilise both internal galleries at Sauerbier House in the execution of SALA 2020 exhibition. A detailed timeline will be provided to the curator on signing contract.

The winning curator will be required to provide the Sauerbier House coordinator with a concise project proposal (100 words) including working title, names of confirmed contributing artists, signature image (and attribution) by the 15 October 2019 for inclusion in the 2020 Port Noarlunga Arts Precinct Program.

The [GRAFTd] exhibition program anticipates the winning curator will arrange an associated element of community engagement, either representing their curatorial practice or linked with participating artists whilst exhibition is installed at Sauerbier House.

About Sauerbier House

Established in 2015, Sauerbier House culture exchange is a renovated colonial homestead located in the coastal township of Port Noarlunga in South Australia. Its programs are dedicated to the creation of living cultural dialogues and local creative exchanges expressed through contemporary arts practice. Its main program accommodates quarterly artist in residence occupancies and the [GRAFTd] exhibition program.

Two internal galleries, the northern grounds, and wash house at Sauerbier House are available for 2020 SALA exhibition and associated events.

About [GRAFTd]

[GRAFTd] exhibitions run concurrent to the artist in residence program, offering a supported platform for emerging and established, local or visiting contemporary visual artists, curators and researchers to exhibit work newly imagined or previously unseen in South Australia. Exhibitions run for an average of six weeks and are heralded with a licenced exhibition launch. It is anticipated that the curator will facilitate at least one opportunity for the community to extend their understanding of the curatorship and in a broader context extend their understanding of contemporary art.

For further information please contact Jaynie Langford on (08) 8186 1393 or email