Finalists & Winners
Check out the finalists and winners for the SALA Awards – and where to find them during the Festival!
Different awards are announced at different times of the year, but the majority of awards announce finalists before the start of the Festival, with audiences encouraged to visit the finalist exhibitions ahead of the winner announcement.
Country Arts Sa Breaking Ground Award
For contemporary visual artists from regional South Australia, supporting them to ‘break new ground’ with a mentorship and support to develop a new body of work for exhibition in a major gallery space in metropolitan Adelaide in the 2023 SALA Festival.
South Australian artist Gail Hocking has been announced as the recipient of the 2022 Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award!
Gail will use the award to experiment with large scale installation, with guidance from mentor, Janet Laurence. The Breaking Ground outcome will be presented as a major solo exhibition at praxis ARTSPACE during the 2023 SALA Festival.
image: Gail Hocking, ‘A precarious resilience’ (installation detail), 2018. Found eucalyptus branch, muslin, black cement, porcelain slip, blended soy wax with artist’s skin imprint, hairnets. Dimensions variable. Photograph by Grant Hancock
The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award
For the most outstanding work in any medium in SALA Festival 2022.
The 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.
The Helpmann Academy SALA Award
Valued at $1,000 cash and in-kind. Awarded to an artist exhibiting in the 2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition who will benefit from exhibiting their work at SALA, the SALA Award provides premium registration for the 2022 SALA Festival.
Ceramic artist Ashleigh Keller was presented with the SALA Award by CEO Kate Moskwa at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition in February 2022. Check out her exhibition Bloom at Co Gallery as part of SALA Festival 2022.
Images: Ashleigh Keller, ‘I’m waiting for the wind to blow’, photo Sam Roberts | Kate Moskwa and Ashleigh Keller at the 2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, photo Russell Millard
Credit Union SA School Awards
To support and celebrate visual art in schools.
SALA Solo Photographic Opportunity
For an artist exhibiting photographic work in SALA Festival 2022, to support them in presenting a solo photographic exhibition of new work in the following year (SALA Festival 2023).