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Following the success of Unity’s 2016 award-winning South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival exhibition, 13 of our artistic tenants have stepped up again to showcase their artwork for the 2018 festival in an exhibition called ‘Artists in Residence’, which features textiles, photography, acrylics, watercolours, paper sculptures, and ceramics.

Unity secured an amazing venue for the launch of the exhibition on Friday, August 3 – Café Outside the Square – with more than 100 people in attendance. The launch included delicious homemade catering from the café, with local food and beverage providers sponsoring the event.

More than $2,000 worth of works were sold, giving around $600 straight back to the cafe to continue providing for the community.

“The SALA Festival provides a great inclusive platform for South Australian artists and we are privileged to be able to be a part of it again,” says Unity’s Community Development Worker, Mel Allsop. “Seeing everyone’s amazing artworks displayed on the wall for the community to see is so meaningful because the individuals are not defined by the problems they face (mental illness, domestic violence, homelessness, disability), they are defined by one of their many gifts.”

Plans are already being made for SALA Festival 2019.

Read all about the exhibition in the latest edition of our tenant newsletter Around the House here.

SALA Festival runs until August 30. Visit