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In lots of interesting ways, arts and culture invigorates our lives, stimulates our economy, strengthen social connections and activates our public spaces.

We recognise the role creativity plays in expressing our identity, adding vibrancy and creating a sense of belonging in our city. At Holdfast Bay we aim to create a place where people love to live and visit and provide opportunities to participate and experience arts and cultural activities.

Arts and Culture Strategy 2019 – 2024

The Creative Holdfast: Arts & Culture Strategy was developed by Urban Mind in 2019 and will guide the coordination, management and investment in arts, culture and creativity for the next five years.

Creative Holdfast was developed in response to an extensive program of community engagement with residents and businesses, creative practitioners, community arts group, key organisations and industry and cultural leaders.

Arts Opportunities

The City of Holdfast Bay offers a range of opportunities for artists, creatives and performers living and working in our city. Whether you are emerging or professional there are many ways artists can be supported in their creative practice.

Creative Holdfast Workshop Facilitators - Call Out

The City of Holdfast Bay values the opportunity to connect people through creativity and provide workshops to encourage people to learn new skills, expand their thinking or tap into their creative side. If you are interested in facilitating a creative workshop, we would like to hear your ideas.

SALA Festival

In 2020 SALA invites South Australians to share their creativity and register FREE for this year’s SALA Festival.

This year SALA will run from 1 – 31 August with the SALA program in digital form via the SALA website and App only. SALA invites registrations for exhibitions and other activities which can be accessed either online or while complying with physical distancing measures.

Possibilities include online exhibitions or experiences, DIY walking tours, recording an artist talk, holding a live Facebook studio tour or creative workshop session.

Exhibition registrations are open to emerging, established and professional visual artists, with the only requirement being that you must be a current resident of South Australia.

We encourage our creative community to get involved in this initiative and continue to bring art to our community.

Artist Register

Join the Creative Holdfast Artist Register to receive information about creative opportunities, events and our Business as Un-Usual Newsletter.

How can we help?

Are you holding your own arts or cultural workshop, exhibition, performance or event in the City of Holdfast Bay?

We have a role in celebrating our community and its creativity and want to help promote the art and cultural activities and events in Holdfast Bay. If you have something coming up please get in touch to let us know ‘What’s On’ and we will endeavour to help promote your creative initiative or event via our Business as Un-Usual Newsletter or our Creative Holdfast Program.

Stay tuned for upcoming arts opportunities and information.

Public Art

Our commitment to public art is visible by its diverse and dynamic collection, ranging from large-scale contemporary sculpture to integrated artistic elements located throughout the city. Many of the public artworks can be viewed along the coast path from Glenelg North to Kingston Park.

The City of Holdfast Bay’s public art collection features over fifty permanent and temporary installations that celebrates local identity, character and cultural diversity.

Street Art

The Street Art movement in Holdfast Bay provides artists with an exciting professional development and career opportunities and adds value, interest and vibrancy to open space. With a growing presence, Street Art also contributes economically through cultural tourism and delivers considerable benefits for the city, its residents and businesses.

The City of Holdfast Bay recognises that Street Art commissions significantly enhance the uniqueness and aesthetic of our public places and contribute to placemaking.

Street Art Locations

  • Colley Tce, Glenelg: featuring work by Lisa King
  • Glenelg Community Centre, Colley Tce, Glenelg : featuring work by Bronte Naylor
  • Chittlebborough Lane, Glenelg: featuring work by Vans the Omega
  • Henry Street, Glenelg: featuring work by Toy Soldiers
  • Milton Street, Glenelg: featuring work by Fortrose
  • Pier Street, Glenelg South: featuring work by Dave Court
  • Ramsgate Street, Broadway: featuring work by Hyde and Seek
  • Brighton Skate Park, Brighton: featuring work by Vans the Omega
  • Jetty Road, Brighton: featuring work by Azzurro Arts
  • Twining’s Lane, Brighton: featuring work by Aurelia Carbone

Public Art Installations and Street Art activations are happening continually, so keep your eye out for more additions.

For more information contact the Community, Art & Culture Coordinator on 82299999 or mail@holdfast.sa.gov.au