Artists in schools program

The SALA Artists in Schools Program, presented in partnership with Credit Union SA, aims to place practicing South Australian visual artists in schools across the State. In 2020, six schools were paired with an artist, giving students a chance to learn practical skills and gain confidence in artmaking. This Program also broadened students understanding of what it means to be an artist in South Australia today. This program was previously known as the Schools Artist in Residence Program.

Applications for the 2021 Artists in Schools program are now closed.
This is not to be confused with registrations for the SALA Festival, which will be accepted until 10 May.

Applications should come from someone representing a school and do not need to present a thorough plan for the program, but speak to the potential benefits for students and any areas of interest – eg, digital art, painting with oils. The model of the program is flexible; artists can work with students in a short intensive or regular visits over a longer period of time. SALA will approach artists to work with the successful applicants based on their application forms. The details of the project will be determined in liaison between the artist and school. Activity should occur in Term 2 or the start of Term 3 and result in an artistic outcome to be registered in the 2021 SALA Festival (August).  Applications close 5pm, Mon 22 March, 2021. For more information please contact Steph at

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply / make an expression of interest, please complete this application form.

We hope that artists will work with schools any time from Term 2 up until the SALA Festival starts (1 August).

SALA will approach an artist based on the successful schools’ application.

Schools aren’t required to outline a project in their application, but are encouraged to identify what they hope their students will gain from taking part in this program, and any particular areas of need. 

The details of the project will develop once a visual artist has been approached and is able to liaise with the school.

In the past, this program has facilitated painting, drawing, installation, and photography. Final outcomes have been presented as exhibitions of individual artworks as well as murals and paste-ups.

The outcomes of the SALA Artists in Schools Program will need to be viewable by the public once during August in order to be registered in the SALA Festival. This can be on-campus, off-campus, or even online. The exhibition will need to be registered in the SALA Festival using the free registration form (which can be found in the SALA Online Portal). For more information see the SALA School Participation Guide.

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