SALA Awards

Hither & Yon Venue Award

For venues, including online, who have exceeded expectations in supporting artists exhibiting during SALA Festival 2020.

Two winners will receive a prize consisting of $1,000 each.

To enter, nominees must upload statements and supporting images explaining how their venue has gone above and beyond this SALA Festival in supporting their exhibiting artists. Entries will be taken via the SALA registration portal. Judging of the award will take place at the conclusion of SALA Festival 2020 with the two winners announced shortly after. 

Award closes Monday, 31 August, 11:59pm. 

The Country Arts Breaking Ground Award

The Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award provides a practicing contemporary visual artist residing in regional South Australia with the opportunity to develop their skills and broaden their professional experience. Artists are encouraged to be ambitious, dream big and extend themselves to ‘break new ground’ in their practice.

The winner will receive $10,000 to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition to be held at a venue in the Adelaide CBD in conjunction with the SALA Festival the following year. An additional $5,000 mentorship opportunity is provided as part of the prize to assist the recipient to achieve their professional goals.


Juanella McKenzie 

City of Adelaide Incubator Award

City of Adelaide supports a Dynamic City Culture that celebrates our diverse community, culture and creativity. A thriving creative cultural city is considered an essential driver of social, environmental and economic development.

The Cultural Strategy 2017-23 highlights Adelaide’s recognition as a Cultural Incubator where people, enterprises and audience flourish. The Public Art Action Plan 2019-22 envisages Adelaide as a world leading city of art that tells the story of the past and connects the future, reflecting the growth and evolution of the City. The Council supports the exchange of ideas and talent and the development of public art practice.

The City of Adelaide Incubator Award will enable artists to develop their art practice and to thrive. This award is provided to an artist at any stage of their career, working in any medium, whose work explores the experience of the City.

The prize consists of $7,000 and the winner will be required to participate in one public program at the City Library before SALA Festival 2021, to share with the community what their creative practice is and how it has evolved as a result of the award.


Carolyn Corletto
Open Studio

Kelly Reynolds & Sasha Grbich 
Last Nights in Cities

Alycia Bennett

Kurt Bosecke

Unitcare Services Digital Media Award

To recognise the unprecedented times the world faces in 2020 and the new future we are creating. This award seeks to encourage experimentation in new media and is for artists working in digital art including computer, moving image, virtual, interactive, sound, and internet platforms. Prize consists of $5,000 cash.


Project Light
10 Barossa Digital Artists Projection Trail 

Kasia Tons

Monte Masi
Project 7 The Video Show 

Tom Borgas
Hyperobject (Speculative Works)

The City Rural Emerging Artist Award

For artists in the early stages of their career with under five years professional experience.
Prize consists of $2500 cash.


Jonathan Kim
Inner via Outer

Craig Glasson
Line becomes…

Jane Skeer
Open Studio

Amber Cronin
On Being an Artist: 11 Actions 

City of Unley Active Ageing award

For artists over the age of 60 to celebrate the City of Unley’s involvement with SALA and its commitment to promoting and supporting an active ageing approach. Prize consists of $2,000 cash and an exhibition space in Unley for SALA 2021.


Stephen Hudson 
Once Upon A Time 

Salvador Loreto

John Freeman
The Inner Journey

The Don Dunstan Foundation Award

For artists whose work explores social justice themes which align with the objectives and priorities of the Don Dunstan Foundation including homelessness; mental health; migration (including cultural and ethnic diversity); the purpose economy (i.e. economic equality); Aboriginal economic empowerment and reconciliation; human rights; or Don Dunstan. Prize is $1,000 cash.


Brad Darkson
Hold Me 

Makeda Duong
Mixed Race Female

Carolyn Corletto
Open Studio

City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award

For contemporary curators to foster and support curatorial practice within the City of Onkaparinga. The award is open to emergent or established curators.  Prize: consists of $1000 plus a supported opportunity to curate a [GRAFTd] exhibition at Sauerbier House during SALA 2021.


Gabi Lane & eDuard Helmbold 
On Being an Artist: 11 Actions 

Suzanne Close 
The Uncertainty of Knowing 

Andy Petrusevics
Project 7 The Video Show

Credit Union SA School Awards

The Credit Union SA School Awards were established in 2018, aiming to encourage South Australian schools to participate in SALA during August. Primary and secondary schools registered for SALA 2020 will be automatically entered into the awards. Credit Union SA will present a prize of $2,500 per winning school and an additional $1,000 award for commended schools. The awards will be judged during SALA and the winners will be announced in September 2020.

Award closing date: None, all registered schools will be automatically entered.