2018 SALA Festival featured artist | Clare Belfrage

Now in its 20th year, the SALA Festival runs until 31 August, presenting the works of more than 6200 artists in 660 free exhibitions across Adelaide and surrounding regions from pubs and cafes to wineries, cinemas and even tattoo shops are turned into pop-up galleries for 31 days.

On Friday 28 July at the official opening of the festival at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), multi-award winning glass artist Clare Belfrage was named this year’s featured artist. With a career spanning three decades, Belfrage has forged an international reputation for her finely detailed glass sculptures that marry organic blown forms with intricate line work.

SALA Festival – Clare Belfrage. Photograph: Jonathan VDK. Courtesy of Guildhouse

A founding member of iconic Stepney glass studio Blue Pony, former creative director of Canberra Glassworks and former lecturer at the University of South Australia, Belfrage is one of Australia’s foremost glass artists with works in a number of major public collections throughout the world including the National Gallery of Australia, the AGSA, the Corning Museum of Glass, USA, Niijima Glass Museum, Japan and the Museo do Vidro, Marinha Grande, Portugal.

SALA Festival – Clare Belfrage, Quiet Shifting, 2016. Photograph: Pippy Mount

Belfrage’s work will be on the cover of th festival’s program and poster. She will also be commemorated in the official 2018 South Australian Living Artists Publication, funded by Arts South Australia, to be published by Wakefield Press and penned by local writers and artists Kay Lawrence and Sera Waters.

“To be the next SALA featured artist and subject of the 2018 monograph is a real honour and wonderful recognition of my career and contribution as a South Australian artist,” Belfrage said.

“SALA is an exceptional visual arts festival with a great legacy; it is broad and inclusive and it continues to grow each year. Creating my exhibition and the monograph for next year’s SALA Festival are both very exciting projects, and I look forward to contributing to the next great visual arts festival.”

Belfrage’s work is on show during the 2017 SALA Festival in ‘A Natural Way’ at The David Roche Foundation House Museum in North Adelaide until 2 September, 2017.