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

There are many ways that students can be engaged in the visual arts and with the work of South Australian artists through the Festival. Each year SALA produces an Educator Resource which suggests ways of engaging with the work of the SALA Feature Artist at a preschool, primary, and secondary level. It also has suggestions for engaging students with artwork encountered on excursion. With SALA exhibitions reaching across the state, August is an opportune time to weave SA artists into the curriculum. The SALA Program is released in July both in print and online, so that you can see which artists will be exhibiting -and in which venues- ahead of the Festival. The free SALA App (App Store/Google Play) provides an interactive map that shows exhibitions nearby, which can be useful for planning excursions. The program is also filterable by event type so that you can search for online exhibitions, physical exhibitions, artist talks or demonstrations specifically.

Another way that students can be involved is to exhibit their art. Every year South Australian schools and early learning centres register exhibitions of student artwork to be part of the SALA 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. Each year a selection of school exhibitions are recognised in the Credit Union SA School Awards. Visit our School Participation page for more information & FAQs. Registration is free for schools and early learning centres.

Another way that the visual arts are being nurtured in South Australian schools is through the Artists in Schools Program, presented by SALA Festival and Credit Union SA. Practicing South Australian visual artists are paired with schools to deliver engaging and dynamic learning and support educators in providing diverse learning opportunities for students. Applications for the 2021 program will open to educators soon. Sign up to the Educator Mailing List for updates.

2020 Education Exhibitions

Check out our full web gallery of all of the Education exhibitions in the 2020 SALA Festival.

Support Materials

The Education Resource is developed each year in response to the work of SALA Feature Artists, intended to help educators to incorporate the work of South Australian living artists and the SALA Festival itself, into their teaching. 
Click on the picture of the resource to open it.

Credit Union SA School Awards

Established in 2018, the SALA School Awards aim to encourage South Australian schools to participate in the annual SALA Festival in August.

Every school exhibition registered in SALA 2020 is automatically entered into the awards. Schools will be judged during August and the winners will be announced in September 2020.

Credit Union SA will award a prize of $2,500 to winning schools, and a prize of $1,000 to commended schools, recognising different strengths and creativity in presenting student artwork to the community.


Adelaide High School – Adelaide High School SALA Exhibition 2020
Faith Lutheran College – Feels to Frames – Faith Lutheran College Year 6 Artists
St John’s Grammar School – Ã  la carte
Wirreanda Secondary School – Classic Blue


Nuriootpa High School – Nuriootpa High School Senior SALA Exhibition
Walkerville Primary School – Walk the Terrace with Walkerville Primary School


St John’s Grammar – Conversations with Line 

Riverland Special School – Sensory Stars 

The Heights School – The Heights School Art Exhibition Competition 

St Gabriel’s School – Gabriel’s Gallery 


Bridgewater Primary School – The Earth Beneath Our Feet 

Woodside Primary School – We All Smile in the Same Language

Bowden Brompton Community School – Kill the Streets 

Primary School Award:


Woodside Primary – Plastic Oceans

St Brigid’s School – Identity Explorers


Elizabeth Grove Primary School – Square-eyed

Secondary School Award:


South Coast collective of schools including Encounter Lutheran College, Investigator College & Victor Harbor High School – SALA School Art Show


Bowden Brompton Community School – Work Hard Dream Big

St John’s Grammar School – Current Practice