Playford continues to build on its community art experiences with the city’s first South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival program this August.
SALA celebrates the talent of local visual artists and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their work. South Australian Aboriginal Artist, Scott Rathman said the festival is an opportunity for budding artists to learn new techniques through participation or for aspiring artists to exhibit in their own community. “It gives us an opportunity to showcase artists who are perhaps not as well known, early in their careers, mid-careers or established, who are working out of backyard sheds, backyards, lounge rooms and friend’s houses,” Scott said. Throughout August (1-25 August), the Playford Civic Centre hosts the Face To Face exhibition, a collection of works from SALA award finalist and Playford’s own 2017 Fringe art competition winner, Steve Oatway. Face To Face is a series of zen-inspired artworks using recycled found materials, reincarnated into an eclectic range of intriguing portraits. Former local artist, Steve Oatway said it’s an honour to be home showcasing his artwork. “No matter what age, to see the connection they had with the faces and excited by the materials used,” Steve said. And this established artist has some words of advice for others aspiring to make a career of it. “Just keep putting your work out there, if it’s not out there nobody is going to see it.” City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said Council is committed to encouraging participation in the arts. “The arts add so much vibrancy, culture, excitement and economic benefits to our community,” Mayor Docherty said. “We envision our CBD to continue to make a great place to live, work and play; but to also make this Civic Centre more than just a civic event space, a cultural arts and entertainment hub so over the next coming decades our community will have access to the local arts to understand and showcase the talents of our community.” Tickets are still available for Linograph with Scott Rathman on Saturday 12 August, 10am to 1pm. Bookings are essential here.