SALA 2018 - Artists in Residence go digital at Adelaide Festival Centre

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

The possibilities of Adelaide Festival Centre’s giant digital screens on King William Road have caught the imaginations of the two artists chosen for the 2018 South Australian Living Artists Festival’s Artists in Residence program.

In association with the SALA Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre invited proposals from artists across South Australia and the artists selected for the 2018 SALA Festival are Tom Borgas and Elise Bonato.

During his three-month residency, Tom Borgas will dive into the rich and extensive archive of materials collected by Adelaide Festival Centre since it first opened in 1973.

Tom will develop drawings, digital collages and prints to form the basis for a sculptural work. In addition, Tom will collaborate with dancers to create performances at a range of sites, including the new digital screens.

Tom has exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia, The Jam Factory, Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart, FELTspace ARI, Hatched 2013 and PICA Salon 2014. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the NAVA Ignition Prize for professional practice, the Hill Smith Gallery/Helpmann Academy Friends Travel Prize and the 2015 Lismore Regional Gallery Splendour in the Grass New Art Commission. 

Multidisciplinary visual artist, Elise Bonato, uses moving images, performance, installation, drawing and painting to investigate contemporary notions of the sublime and mystical.

For the Artist-in-Residence Program, Elise intends to respond to the distinctive architectural fabric of Adelaide Festival Centre and its natural environment to create a video installation evoking the individuals and communities past and present, who have engaged with the Riverbank area.

Since graduating with First Class Honours from the University of South Australia’s School of Art in 2012, Elise has exhibited in Australia and the USA. She is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, the American Australian Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the Helpmann Academy Grant.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier, says, “With the completion of the new entrance to Festival Centre on King William Road, the two twenty square metre screens have opened up a realm of possibilities to visual artists. We now have a continuing program of art works for the screens, including commissioned works, and it’s great to see this year’s SALA Artists in Residence are planning to use the screens.”

SALA Festival CEO Penny Griggs says, “There are so many benefits from the collaboration between AFC, SALA and the artists in this annual program – the artists’ deep engagement with the Centre’s history, architecture and natural environs will open up new perspectives for the hundreds of thousands of patrons, visitors, staff and performers who use the Centre every year. This year SA artists will also be hosted at SAHMRI, RAH, Flinders Medical Centre and Country Health SA’s Glenside Mental Health unit. ”

SALA is a state-wide festival of visual art held every August in venues across the state which promotes and celebrates professional and amateur artists, working at every level and in any medium.


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