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Karoonda Silos Come to Life for SALA


The Mallee town of Karoonda is participating in the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival for the first time ever with its grain silos as its virtual canvas.

Colourful artworks from 13 SA artists are being projected onto the silos every evening after sunset, giving visitors and locals a unique large-scale outdoor exhibition. 

SALA at the Silos features art created in a mix of mediums, ranging from traditional painting and drawing works, through to paper mosaic pieces, photography and digital art. 

Three Karoonda artists have been chosen to have their work featured in the evening showcase. They include Emmaleise Maxwell and 13-year-old Serenity McKenzie, who both specialise in digital artworks, as well as painter David Kerr. 

The other featured South Australian artists are: Ashley Thiele (digital, painting, drawing), Susan Thrun-Willett (photography), Susan Belperio (photography), Sally Grundy (photography), Deborah Farrimond (pastel, charcoal), Debbie Seater (paper mosaic), Vanessa Size (photography), Grant Petras (photography), Mary McQuay (painting), and Lyn Anstey (painting). 

District Council of Karoonda East Murray Mayor Caroline Phillips said the exhibition’s inclusion in the Statewide SALA program would further raise the profile of the town’s silos as a popular visitor attraction. 

“Just over a year ago we began the ambitious project to transform the Karoonda silos into a unique, Australian-first attraction for visitors to enjoy high-quality art both day and night,” Ms Phillips says. 

“The mural by acclaimed street artist Heesco, combined with our illuminated night-time projections which change monthly, have created a new level of interest and vibrancy in the main street. 

“Participating in this year’s SALA Festival will raise the profile of Karoonda and our silo artwork across South Australia and provide the perfect opportunity for new visitors to discover its magic. 

“We are also excited to be able to provide local artists with a rare chance to exhibit their work in such an original, large-scale way.” 

Each artist was selected following a call for expressions of interest. 

SALA at the Silos will culminate in a special celebration – SALA in the Park – at Pioneer Park from 6-8pm on 27 August. 

Work from the featured artists will be showcased in a pop-up gallery for one evening only. Tickets for the celebration are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/115666155585. 

The SALA at the Silos illumination begins nightly at 5.30pm and runs until 10pm. It will run every night throughout August. 

For details on the silo art project visit www.facebook.com/KaroondaSiloArt and for more information about the SALA Festival visit salafestival.com

Photo supplied by District Council of Karoonda East Murray