SALA set to excite

Tom Staggard

PLAYFORD will host its first ever South Australian Living Artists (SALA) festival events this month, with the aim of connecting local residents with artists in the community.

As part of the festival, the Playford Civic Centre will host 2017 Fringe art competition winner Steve Oatway’s exhibition, ‘Face to Face’, which features recycled materials reincarnated into intriguing portraits.

The festival will also include two workshops, run by local artists, that will test the strength of community members’ artistic side and their ability to find inspiration in their own lives.

Local Aboriginal artist Scott Rathman will host a linograph workshop and encourage residents to find artistic inspiration from significant places in their lives.

Linograph is an old artistic technique, which involves creating an artistic print by carving patterns into sheets of lino, covering the lino in ink and pressing it onto paper, much like how a stamp works.

“My workshop will be looking at getting people to think about a significant place in their life, what that looks like, what it feels like and getting them to create something based on that,” Mr Rathman said.

“What draws us to these places?

“Is it the environment, the people we meet, the animals we see or the air that we breathe?”

Another local artist, Andrew ‘Nobby’ Clarke, will host a drawing workshop as part of the SALA festival, to develop the community’s ability to draw from observation.

Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said it’s encouraging to see local artists supporting Playford’s first SALA event, and he hopes the local community will do the same.

“It’s great to see three northern suburbs artists getting involved with the South Australian Living Arts festival,” he said.

“We hope many of our residents and budding artists will attend these exhibitions and workshops at our Civic Centre.”

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