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 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.

Artists in Schools

The Artists in Schools Program places practicing South Australian visual artists in South Australian schools to deliver engaging and dynamic learning and support educators in providing diverse learning opportunities for students. In 2022 the Artists in Schools Program is supporting the following pairings:

Carlton School – Joel Plevin
John Pirie Secondary School – Gus Clutterbuck
Keller Road Primary School – Tony Kearney
Roma Mitchell Secondary College – Gemma Rose Brook

Credit Union SA School Awards

Each year a selection of student exhibitions are recognised in the Credit Union SA School Awards. Established in 2018, the School Awards aim to encourage South Australian schools to participate in the SALA Festival. Credit Union SA offer a prize of $2,500 to winning schools, and $1,000 to commended schools, recognising different strengths and creativity in presenting student artwork to the community.


Berri Regional Secondary College
Berri Brushtrokes was an excellent SALA Festival debut with a variety of artwork on show, different modes of display, and the painting demonstrations by students on opening night were a fantastic touch.

Valley View Secondary School
It was fantastic to see students involved at all stages of putting on the exhibition Yellow and Blue and being hands-on for the installation process. A variety of artwork styles were presented, allowing individuality to shine through the work. Another excellent SALA Festival debut.

Woodcroft College
Science in Art – Invisible Worlds was a comprehensive and interactive on-campus exhibition that encompassed a breadth of styles and involved thinking beyond the execution of artwork to audience interaction.  Congratulations to all students involved on the invisible worlds discovered – real, imagined, microscopic or otherwise!

Woodville Gardens Primary School
The diverse and skilful outcomes in Art on Show at Armada Arndale were impressive – even when responding to common subject matter there was such variety and individuality in how students responded. Congratulations on a well-received exhibition and great use of a local space.


Christies Beach Primary School
The seasonal theme in Seasonal Scenes made for a cohesive exhibition with a breadth of engagement across year levels, and fostering student pride in an outcome with an impact more than the sum of its parts.

Urrbrae Agricultural High School
Art at Urrbrae Agricultural High School Barn Market was a fantastic display of high quality artwork, and the channelling of established artists in the elevating of ordinary scenes on campus was a highlight.

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