Education: Schools & SALA

SALA Festival is proud to have Credit Union SA as our 2023 Education Partner, supporting the visual arts in schools and school participation in the Festival at many different levels.

Educators wanting to get involved with SALA Festival should head to our School Participation page for more details and sign up to the Educator Mailing List for updates.

Art careers made tangible

With SALA exhibitions reaching across the state, August is an opportune time to weave SA artists into the curriculum and expose students to people in their communities who have made a career in the visual arts. 

SALA announces their annual Feature Artist ahead of each festival, which Educators can incorporate into their teaching. The Feature Artist’s work is celebrated on the official Festival poster, in an exhibition in the Festival, and through the development of a publication through Wakefield Press.

The SALA Program is released in July both in print and online, with Educators able to see which artists will be exhibiting -and in which venues- ahead of the Festival. The online Program and the free SALA App (App Store/Google Play) provide an interactive map that shows exhibitions nearby, which can be useful for planning excursions. The program is also filterable by event type so that one can search for online exhibitions, physical exhibitions, artist talks or demonstrations specifically.

Student Exhibitions

Another way that students can be involved in SALA is to exhibit their art. Every year South Australian schools and early learning centres register exhibitions of student artwork to be part of the Festival in August. This provides young people with real exhibition experience and places them in the same program as some of the state’s most established artists. It also provides the wider South Australian community with a glimpse at our future artists. Use the filters when searching the online SALA Program to see which school near you is putting on an exhibition.