SA Writers Centre and Wakefield Press will be presenting a stylish dinner that marries the two worlds of art and literature as part of the SALA festival this year. On 7 August, at 7pm guests are invited to join art world aficionados to discuss the importance of literature and how it can support art. SALA

Writers and writing are crucial in supporting, challenging and enriching the experience of the arts: whether through arts criticism, exhibition catalogues or artist memoirs and biographies.

Join Lisa Slade from the Art Gallery of South Australia, artist and writer Stephanie Radok, artist Nicholas Folland, publisher Michael Bollen and Serena Wong, Assistant to the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art as they discuss the texts that support, justify and critique contemporary art in South Australia.

Celebrate SALA month in style, with a stellar cast of South Australia artists, writers, food and wine.

The Panel

Lisa Slade is a writer, curator and educator. In 2011 she commenced her current role of Project Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia and has recently been named as the Curator of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial. Oxford University Press published Lisa’s first book, an art education text, in 1996. Since then she has written and published numerous reviews, academic essays, catalogue entries and monographs, including Ben Quilty (2009).

Nicholas Folland is one of South Australia’s foremost visual artists, known for transforming the everyday, the overlooked and the no longer fashionable to make work that reflects on our history and identity. He has exhibited solo across Australia, with work held in the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The latest SALA monograph from Wakefield Press explores his work through a collection of illustrated essays.

Stephanie Radok is an artist, writer and editor. Her writing on art has been published widely in Australia. She has published two non-fiction books An Opening: twelve love stories about art in 2012 and the 2007 SALA monograph Julie Blyfield, both with Wakefield Press. In 2013 An Opening was longlisted for the inaugural Stella Prize and the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award.

Michael Bollen has been publisher at Wakefield Press for more than twenty-five years. He has helped build the company from tiny beginnings into a vigorous independent Australian publishing house. Michael works across all areas of this small, busy company, from the selection of titles, through to editing, design and the sale of books. Wakefield Press, based in Adelaide, publishes an eclectic mix of forty or so new titles each year. One of the company’s delights is taking South Australian voices to the world.

This session will be chaired by Serena Wong, Assistant to the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2014. Download the menu here.


The Kings Head Hotel, 357 King William Road, Adelaide
Cost: $75 Members • $95 Non-members • Includes entry and three courses



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