Paying it forward for SALA Festival 2018

Following the success of Unity Housing’s 2016 award-winning South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival exhibition, Unity Housing’s artistic tenants stepped up again to showcase their artwork for the 2018 festival in an exhibition called Artists in Residence, running across the month of August.

Unity secured an amazing venue for the occasion – Café Outside the Square – with the official launch taking place on Friday 3rd August. The exhibition features textiles, photography, acrylics, watercolours, paper sculptures, and ceramics. The launch included delicious homemade catering from the café, with local food and beverage providers sponsoring the event.

The partnership between Unity and this unique venue, which flourished from a local Working Together Group facilitated by Adelaide City Council, is very special because the café has a ‘pay it forward’ philosophy that supports those less fortunate in our community. By day, it operates as a café serving breakfast and lunch and, in the evenings, it is used as the dining area for those staying at the adjacent St Vincent de Paul Men’s Crisis Centre.

The café works with Vinnie’s, who own the site, by serving meals to the homeless every night. The purchase of food and drinks from the café directly helps fund the meals supplied to the homeless. Additionally, the café provides training opportunities to disadvantaged groups – such as barista skills, customer service and more – and puts all its earnings back into the sector that assists so many Unity tenants every day.

Café Outside the Square General Manager, Llew Griffiths, says the team is proud to be part of the SALA Festival: “We’ve opened up our beautiful space to great artists from around Adelaide and Unity Housing to exhibit for the full duration of SALA. It’s so wonderful to see such great art on display.”

“From the café’s point of view, it’s excellent to be able to open our doors to more of the community and bring more people through to help us continue the great work we are doing.”

Unity Housing and Café Outside the Square, along with Baptist Care, are partnering on another project on Saturday 20th October – a free movie night in Whitmore Square. Don’t hesitate to register your interest with Unity Housing’s Community Development Worker, Mel Allsop, by emailing m.allsop@unityhousing.org.au or phoning 0417 291 389.

Click here for more information about the SALA Festival.