Creative Spaces Summit 2023


Sally Scales

Sally Scales


Sally Scales is a Pitjantjatjara woman from Pipalyatjara in the far west of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia. Sally is the daughter of Josephine Mick, a cultural leader and senior artist from Ninuku Arts and the late Ushma Scales, one of the founders of Maruku Arts and the APY cultural archive Ara Irititja.

Sally is part of Uluru Statement Dialogue Leadership. Part of the Government's Referendum Working Group and Engagement. NGA Council and Chair of First Nations Advisory Group and Independent Director at Australian Children’s Television Fund.

Sally has worked with the APY Art Centre Collective since 2013 in Cultural Liaison, Elders Support and Spokesperson roles. On top of all of these commitments, Sally is foster mum to Walter.

Sally turned her focus to her artistic practice in 2020 and held her first exhibition at the APY Gallery Adelaide in March 2021. It was a sell-out exhibition.

All Sessions by Sally Scales

Day 1
2:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Keynote Session One

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Address - First Nations Art in the 21st Century
Presenter: Sally Scales
How can we do better and support the sharing for First Nations culture within the gallery and visual arts sectors and how do we ensure our creative spaces are safe and respectful places for First Nations People. Join Pitjanjatjara woman, Sally Scales as she speaks to her experiences as a First Nations advocate, artist and cultural leader. Sally is part of the Uluru Statement Dialogue Leadership and a member of the Government’s Referendum Working Group. She has worked with the APY Art Centre Collective since 2013.

Keynote Panel - Looking Forward, Looking Back
Presenters: Margaret Worth & Tom Borgas

Positioning artists at the centre of our conversation, two accomplished South Australian artists will speak to experiences and ideas about galleries and where we’ve come from and where we are going.

Regional Showcase Performance - A Musical Painting of a Thousand Words
Presenters: Pam Makin and Cara Boehm
Join Poet and Spoken Word Artist, Pam Makin and Musician, Cara Boehm as they present a performance exploring the parameters of the individual’s experience of art and art spaces. Considering the influence of cultural bias and the role this plays in our response to artistic provocations, this is a new work created especially for the Creative Spaces Summit. It is being presented as part of the Regional Showcase Program, funded through Country Arts SA.