Sports photographer Sue McKay is packing her bags for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, but not before paying homage to Adelaide’s homegrown artists festival, SALA in its 25th anniversary year.
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is an annual, month-long festival that celebrates the work of South Australian visual artists alive today regardless of age or level of experience.
The Festival runs throughout the month of August, coinciding with Sue’s time photographing the Australian Diamonds in England. In the true nature of SALA, artist and venue have come together to circumvent the clash of dates, seeing Sue’s celebratory exhibition ‘Limited’ on display weeks in advance of the official Festival date.
Limited continues its journey July 6 through September 30 at Caroma on The Parade, 49 The Parade Norwood, as part of the 2022 SALA Festival.
Limited is Sue’s most expansive exhibition of photography to date. While Sue has photographed some of Adelaide’s greatest sporting events including the Australian Masters Games, Women’s Australian Open Golf, the Adelaide International Tennis and the Showdown, there is not one sporting image on display.
Walking through Caroma on The Parade’s Experience Centre you will find a collection of lanyards scattered amongst full wall-sized cityscapes and landscapes. Together, the fine art pieces and lanyards curiously tell the story of Sue’s journey as a photographer, from winning a random Instagram competition with Nikon just five years ago, to photographing internationally at the Commonwealth Games.
Sue explains, “the curation of images and lanyards symbolise a point in time of my photographic career - 2022 - in which restrictions with employment, creative expression, and life at large have been experienced”.
“While my short photographic career has involved capturing the Socceroos, Matildas, Adelaide Crows, Adelaide United, the Thunderbirds, Adelaide 36ers, the Adelaide Crows and now the Australian Diamonds in my first overseas assignment, I’m still working my “day job” in South Australian government.”
“Juggling the two is exhausting but necessary, at least for the moment”, Sue adds.
Sue has documented and published her vision and inspiration behind the exhibition on her website. The pieces and artist statement are available to view online at www.suemckay.com.
Sue departs for the Commonwealth Games Friday 22 July 2022.
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For more information contact artist (photographer) Sue McKay: Phone 0438 204 074. Email [email protected]