1. Give us the who, what when, where, why of your SALA event.
This year The Boiler Room is hosting an open studio on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of August. Open from from 11am - 4pm at 2 Irwin Lane Unley, 5061, this is a fantastic opportunity to come and see the studios as well as some of the artists working in a huge range of disciplines.
2. How does this SALA event fit with the rest of your practice?
Sarah Tickle: Well, it gets my work out there. If you don’t have a show or you haven’t put yourself out there much, SALA is a really great opportunity to let people see your work. It is also nice to have face-to-face contact with the public. It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often.
I love the atmosphere of The Boiler Room and the people I share a space with. I am very proud to be part of this collective. I am looking forward to SALA as a much needed moment for all artists and the arts community to shine.
3. Tell us about how you came to be at your venue.
Susan Hamilton: Another artist in the studio offered me a position. She had won a position at another studio and wanted to keep her finger on the pulse at The Boiler Room. I love it here and aim to do more in SALA 2018.
4. Have you been involved in SALA before?
The work I exhibited was called ‘All Due Restraint’ and was a series of 3D printed works. I won the Brighton Jetty Young Sculpture Award for this work and was highly commended in SALA's The Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize.
I also gave an artist talk as part of SALA. This festival is such a good opportunity to get a new audience seeing your work. 2016 was a good SALA experience.
5. How do you think SALA is unique?
James Holdsworth: I think there is a really critical way SALA is unique. This festival exhibits and makes prominent the Adelaide arts scene. In many ways I don’t think South Australian artists or the public realise how good South Australia performs in the larger context of the national arts scene. South Australian artists, I feel, often out perform those interstate and do so with many times with less funding.
We undersell ourselves and it is only with hindsight we realise how impressive we actually are! SALA is a great example of this, look how big it has grown.
SALA is always a shock. I am constantly shocked by the quantity and quality of the South Australian arts scene.
6. What are you most looking forward to in SALA?
Lisa James Losada: I think one of the great strengths of SALA is the inclusivity. Everyone can be involved to whatever extent they want to be involved.
It gives you the opportunity to see the work of artists you wouldn’t normally see. I have often seen work in unusual venues. I think that’s a great way to engage an audience who wouldn’t actively seek out art. It demystifies the elitism that can be perceived in the art world.
SALA also fosters a spirit of collaboration. I think this is particularly evident in what we are doing here at The Boiler Room for SALA. It’s a great opportunity to support one another in our practice and allows other people into this through the open studio model.
7. Do you have a studio? If so, tell us about it?
Anne Stevens: I create floor-based, cumulative work, which uses found objects/things and remnants from previous pieces to create something new. The work I make is typically large so I needed a studio that could accommodate not only my work and experimental process but the storage of my materials.
I have arranged my studio so one wall is dedicated to storage. The other two walls are reserved for my provisional works, or what I like to call my material catalogue/documentation. I like to keep these visible as my practice often involves reconsidering and building on experimental processes, chance and happy accidents.
But of course it’s the people that really make the space. Even if I had found another studio, which meets my needs; large, close to home and good light, I don’t know if I would have chosen it over the studio I have now. We are like a little family here and Seiri and Glen, who run the studio, are wonderful.
8. What tips would you share with other artists thinking about being involved in SALA for 2018.
Glenn Kestell: Do it! Get involved.
9. Have you entered any of the SALA awards? Would you consider entering any of them in the future?
Jane Skeer: I entered for the first time this year and was lucky enough to win! Previous to this I didn't know you had to enter. But I applied at the last minute and I am so thankful I did. So with this win under my belt I will certainly be applying again in the future, provided I feel my work is up to it. Gotta be in it to win it!
[Jane Skeer won the 2017 The City Rural Emerging Artist SALA award]
10. What’s next for you after SALA?
Edwina Cooper: After the whirlwind of SALA, I will be exhibiting at ACE Open from the 23rd September to the 14th October. I will be making the work for this exhibition throughout the SALA period (so you might get a sneak peak at the open studio event we're having here this coming weekend). This show will include new work from a residency I undertook in Canada in July.
Artists: Glenn Kestell, Seirian Kitchener, Lisa James Losada, Sarah Tickle, Edwina Cooper, Anne Stevens, Jonathan George, Jessie Green, Kristen Coleman, Jane Skeer, Sue Hamilton, Jess Taylor, James Holdsworth, Jessica Nolan
Event: The Boiler Room Open Studios
Venue: The Boiler Room Studios (2 Irwin Lane, Unley, 5061)
Dates: 12th - 13th August 2017 (Sat - Sun, 11am - 4pm)