2024 School Participation

SALA Festival is proud to have I-Nex and ArtFuel as our 2024 Education Partner, supporting the visual arts in schools and school participation in the Festival. 

 There are different ways that students can engage in the Festival, please read on for more.

how to get students involved in sala

hold an exhibition of student artwork

Every year, South Australian schools and kindergartens are able to participate in the SALA Festival by holding exhibitions of student artwork, which are free to register, thanks to our education sponsor I-Nex

These can be as small or as large as you like, featuring anywhere from a small number of students, to the whole school! There are many different ways that this can be approached – check out the 2020 image gallery for inspiration, or stay tuned for more information about school participation in the 2024 SALA Festival.

Incorporate SA artists into the curriculum

Throughout the month of August, South Australian visual artists will exhibit their works across the state in a range of traditional and unconventional venues. The SALA Program will be released in July both in print and online, and contains all registered exhibitions. Use the map feature in the online program or the free SALA App to see which exhibitions will be nearby or plan an excursion.

Every year we celebrate an established South Australian artist on our poster, making them a great artist to include in classroom learning (more information about the SALA Feature Artist). We also keep an archive of our past Feature Artists, including past Educator Resources (which support teachers in exploring the work of SALA Feature Artists and suggest ways to engage with artworks encountered on excursion). 



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Credit Union SA School Awards

Established in 2019, the School Awards aimed to encourage South Australian schools to participate in the annual SALA Festival in August and recognise 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:

Joint Winners:  Woodside Primary – Plastic Oceans

                            St Brigid’s School – Identity Explorers

Runner Up:       Elizabeth Grove Primary School – Square-eyed

Secondary School Award:

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

Joint Runner Up: Bowden Brompton Community School
                               – Work Hard Dream Big

                               St John’s Grammar School

                                – Current Practice