South Australia is pretty well known for its creative scene and the creatives who have emerged from here, including SIA, Emma Hack, Robert Hannaford. And to foster more creatives Credit Union SA and the SALA Festival are partnering together. The partnership aims to encourage South Australian schools to participate in the annual SALA Festival in August with a range of school art prizes on offer.
Credit Union SA CEO Mr Grant Strawbridge said that he is extremely pleased and excited to be part of such a significant South Australian event. “Credit Union SA will present art prizes for best primary school exhibition, best secondary school exhibition as well as best student artist in both categories. Schools registered for SALA Festival 2018 will automatically qualify for the awards. The partnership builds on our strong relationship with the SACE art show and nearly 60 years of commitment to the education community in South Australia,” Mr Strawbridge said.
SALA Festival CEO Ms Penny Griggs said in addition to the awards that they are exploring innovative ways for schools to connect with artists and navigate the vast SALA Festival program with a range of schools trails and experiences available during August. “We are looking forward to working with Credit Union SA and strengthening our connection with local schools, teachers and students. SALA Festival was established to develop audiences and create opportunities for artists and the partnership with Credit Union SA will ensure young artists and audiences are valued and acknowledged during the state wide celebration of South Australian visual art,” says Ms Griggs.
SALA (South Australian Living Artists), which hits it’s 20 birthday this August, allows Adelaideans to engage with and discover the work of literally thousands (6,386 last year) of South Australian artists in a diverse range of unique spaces across the CBD, suburbs and regions. Credit Union SA is South Australia’s third largest credit union, with over $1bn in assets, around 49,000 members and more than 150 South Australian employees.
So, we have trust in this great partnership which inspires our young South Aussies to channel their creative side and get arty!