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.

Click on each name for more information. Head to our Awards page for information about which awards are open for nominations, or check out our archive of past winners.

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 City of Adelaide Incubator Award

This award recognises an artist whose work explores and/or celebrates the experience of the City.

UnitCare Services Digital Media Award

To encourage experimentation in new media 

City Rural Emerging Artist Award

For artists in the early stages of their career with under five years’ professional experience.

City of Unley Active Ageing Award

For artists over the age of 60 to celebrate the City of Unley’s involvement with SALA and its commitment to promoting and supporting an active ageing approach. 

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. 

Christina was recognised with this award for her exhibition Refractions that she curated at Carclew in 2021. Part of the prize is to curate an exhibition at Sauerbier House for SALA Festival 2022, so be sure to check out In Flux.

Hither & Yon Venue Awards

For venues who have exceeded expectations in supporting artists exhibiting during SALA Festival.

Don Dunstan Foundation Award

For artists whose work explores social justice themes which align with the objectives and priorities of the Don Dunstan Foundation.

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).