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Welcome to the August edition of the Arts South Australia Bulletin. This month, remember to catch the last of SALA's 25th year, get ready to nominate for the 2022 Ruby Awards, learn about support for the live music scene, explore the recently-announced grants supporting artists, and discover how South Australia is taking to the world stage.  
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Celebrating 25 years of SALA

The South Australian Living Artists Festival, SALA, remains the world’s largest open access visual arts festival. It is an incredible opportunity for artists to be exhibited and for audiences to discover something new and to experience the many visions presented by the creators.

This year the work of around 9,000 emerging, mid-career and established South Australian artists is being exhibited across more than 600 venues – from galleries to cafes, offices to public spaces - throughout the state including regional South Australia. To navigate the immense variety, the program is available online and as an app.  
2022 SALA Awards Winners and Finalists announced

South Australian artist Gail Hocking has been announced as the recipient of the 2022 Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award.  For contemporary visual artists from regional South Australia, this award supports them to ‘break new ground’ with a mentorship to develop a new body of work for exhibition in a major gallery space in metropolitan Adelaide in the 2023 SALA Festival. Gail will use the award to experiment with large scale installation, with guidance from mentor, Janet Laurence. The Breaking Ground outcome will be presented as a major solo exhibition at praxis ARTSPACE during the 2023 SALA Festival.

SALA awards are announced throughout the year, with the majority of award finalists named before the start of the Festival, with audiences encouraged to visit the finalist's exhibitions ahead of the winner announcements.

For artist interviews, updates and more, check the SALA Facebook page and follow #salafestival across all social platforms.

SALA continues until 31 August. Discover the full program.

Image: Mark Valenzuela, 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' (detail), 2020, photo: Paul Steed, courtesy of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Budget 2022 update

Grants totalling $4 million over four years will be distributed through Arts South Australia to support small to medium-sized arts organisations, including but not limited to those engaging with diverse multicultural communities, artists with disability and the LGBTIQ+ community through the peer-assessed Arts Organisations Program (OAP).

Over four years the remaining $4 million will be allocated between Arts South Australia’s Arts and Culture Grants Program (ACGP) and funding programs administered by Country Arts SA and Carclew, ensuring support for regional artists and early career artists.
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Ruby Awards 2022 now open for nominations

The Ruby Awards honour outstanding work of South Australia’s arts and culture sector. 

Named after late arts patron, Dame Ruby Litchfield, the annual awards recognise artistic excellence, creative achievement, innovation, community involvement and inspirational leadership.  

This is a chance to recognise the achievements of South Australia’s arts and culture sector by nominating an artist, organisation, performance, exhibition, publication, program or event worthy of recognition.

Access2Arts won 2021 Best Regional or Community Event or Project. Chief Executive Rebecca Young said winning a Ruby Award was a huge acknowledgement of the value and impact of their work in disability arts, and the hard work and passion that has gone into developing the Heart Beat Club over the years 

“It was wonderful to be able to share that with all the artists and team that have been involved in the program and celebrate the recognition of their work with Access2Arts.” 

Open now, nominations close 5pm on 12 September 2022, with winners announced in late November.  To nominate online, visit

What are the 2022 Ruby Award categories?

There are six categories for artistic works and events held or presented in South Australia between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.   

  • Outstanding Community Event or Project* 
  • Outstanding Regional Event or Project* 
  • Outstanding Work, Event or Project for Young People 
  • Outstanding Work or Event Within a Festival** 
  • Outstanding Work or Event Outside a Festival 
  • Outstanding Collaboration 
Five additional categories acknowledge the contribution of individuals and organisations to South Australia’s creative and cultural life.  
  • The Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group Award recognises a small-to-medium organisation or group that has made an outstanding contribution to arts and culture in South Australia. 
  • The Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award recognises the contribution of an individual or organisation to community arts and cultural development. 
  • The Frank Ford Memorial – Young Achiever Award is presented for creative achievements by an individual 30 years and under. 
  • The Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award recognises outstanding artistic or cultural achievement or contribution by a South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-focused organisation or group, or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified individual. 
  • The Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement recognises an extraordinary South Australian who, through a lifetime of outstanding service, has made an indelible contribution to arts and culture.  

*This year sees some changes in the awards categories. The Best Community or Regional Event or Project category has now become two discrete awards, Outstanding Community Event or Project and Outstanding Regional Event or Project

**In 2022 there will be no Best Festival category with festivals encouraged to nominate content from their festivals in other award categories for consideration. 

Focus on
Focus On features stories of artists and organisations who have been supported in part by Arts South Australia programs and from around the sector. In this edition, two South Australian companies achieve oustanding global recognition.
Stadium with circus performance
CIRCUS / GRAVITY & OTHER MYTHS / EDINBURGH FESTIVAL: Nine years after Gravity & Other Myths performed their first international show A Simple Space at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, GOM opened Edinburgh International Festival to a stadium of 16,000 people with their show MACRO. Emerging from a range of collaborations through COVID, they were supported by Adelaide Festival and Edinburgh Festival to adapt their original production of The Pulse for both.  The performance gained a five-star review from The Scotsman, with reviewer David Pollock saying the show “felt like a redefinition of what the form can do.” See images from their performance and learn more about the incredible collaborations that created such a successful production from Darcy Grant, GOM’s creative lead on their social posts.
MUSIC / AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET / The Australian String Quartet’s co-commissioned work with the Sydney Dance Company has taken out the top award for Best Classical Record in the world’s largest independent music celebration, The Libera Awards. Grammy Award winning composer Bryce Dessner, the Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company, have won the 2022 Libera Award for Best Classical Record for their release under independent label 37d03d of Impermanence/ Disintegration.
Co-commissioned by the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian String Quartet, contemporary composer Bryce Dessner (founding member of iconic American rock band The National) created this score for choreographer Rafael Bonachela’s critically acclaimed work Impermanence, which premiered in 2021 and is currently touring Australia. 
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See it LIVE

The Government of South Australia has announced the $10 million See it LIVE package that will get local musicians and performers back on stage through a range of support programs for live music and hospitality venues, promoters and more. 

New voucher and grant schemes will get live entertainment back in venues and support performers, live music events and festivals. Initiatives around mental health support for the industry, a cancellation fund for major ticketed events and a Live Music Advisory Council will bolster this industry in our state. 

Applications and registrations are now open for three initiatives: 

  • 5000 e-vouchers, worth $400 each, for live music and hospitality venues to host live music. The vouchers will help music acts get back into pubs, clubs, small bars, restaurants, cafes and other smaller venues. 
  • Event grants available for SA-based promoters, organisations and businesses, to help meet costs including engaging musicians and technicians, marketing and promotion costs and ensuring the event is COVID-19 safe.  
  • A Venue Improvement Grants program will provide 200 grants of $5000 each to eligible venues to upgrade so they can cater for live music performances.  

Learn more about the exciting opportunities on offer: 

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