Education: Schools & SALA

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 different ways that students can be engaged in the visual arts and with the work of South Australian artists through the Festival. 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 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 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 that are presenting student work.

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. Sign up to the Educator Mailing List for updates.

Student Exhibitions

Check out our image gallery of student exhibitions from the 2020 SALA Festival.


Click on the resource below to open it. The School Participation Guide is a ‘how-to’ for putting on a student exhibition and registering it in the SALA Festival. The Education Resources are based on the work of our past Feature Artists and provide great entry points for incorporating South Australian living artists into the curriculum. For resources around the 2022 Feature Artist, Mark Valenzuela, see the AGSA website.

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 2021 is automatically entered into the awards. Schools will be judged during August and the winners will be announced in September 2021.

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.

WINNERS (& judges’ comments):

Christies Beach Primary School
Coastal Connections not only gave primacy to students’ learning and rationale behind their work, but was presented in an engaging installation in the school library that cohesively tied all of the work together. 

Littlehampton Primary School
Touched by Nature featured an incredible range of media in a thoughtful installation in the Littlehampton Peace Memorial Hall. A fantastic SALA debut.

Nuriootpa High School
Hidden Creatures of the Barossa brought highly-considered sculptural works (creatures) to a number of shopfronts in the Barossa. A great way to bring student work to the community in an engaging way.

St Aloysius College
Signs of the Times utilised a small space to present big themes by using the format of the postcard as a way for students to be heard on current issues. An impressive emphasis on student voice and tackling big ideas.

COMMENDATIONS (& judges’ comments):

Pinnacle College
Diverse and United presented an engaging online exhibition of very polished and authentically diverse work.

Riverland Special School
Tales of Textiles proved how creativity can be bolstered by a restraint – focusing on the medium of textiles encouraged a myriad of creative ideas. The domestic object installations with textile intervention were a particular highlight.


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