SALA Award

This award is for artists whose work explores social justice themes which align with the objectives and priorities of the Don Dunstan Foundation including:

  • Homelessness
  • Mental health
  • Migration (including cultural and ethnic diversity)
  • The purpose economy (i.e. economic equality)
  • Aboriginal economic empowerment and reconciliation
  • Human rights
  • Don Dunstan.

The prize is $2,500 cash to support the artist’s work.

Congratulations to Gerry Wedd, winner of the 2018 Don Dunstan Foundation Award as part of SALA Festival.

SONGS FOR A ROOM is Wedd’s most ambitious project yet. Wedd creates a world where song writing, Delft tile painting, popular culture and art history collide with current socio-political issues.
As part of Wedd’s commentary on the commodification of art and culture in a time when people continue to live below the poverty line, each tile in this speculative shelter is available to purchase, with 50% of proceeds donated to Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons.

We extend our congratulations to all the winners and nominees from this year’s festival!

Watch Gerry speaking about his work

Liminal | Thom Buchannan


Any future vision should attempt to communicate with and through the thousands of years of history that precedes it, from Indigenous understandings and uses of place through to contemporary migrant experiences. I aim to create images that work both away and towards into past and future, using fusion and decay.

Note: This work won the people’s choice $5k prize in the 2017 Hadley’s Art Prize for landscapes in Hobart.


City Dissociations 01 | Alex Mausolf

Living with intense mental health challenges and constant auditory hallucinations, Alex expresses these experiences through his digital photographic long-exposure images which visually explore his reality of living in a waking dream through the contrasts of the crisp details and the blurred illusory appearance of the water and clouds.


Between the Silence and the Heartbeat | Clancy Warner

“Between the Silence and the Heartbeat” references the indifference to Aboriginal deaths in Australia. Deaths in police custody, children being deliberately run over, suicide, disease and health related illnesses. There’s been 60,000 years of survival and resilience; it’s now time for us all to stand up and break this silence.


SONGS FOR A ROOM | Gerry Wedd

SONGS FOR A ROOM critiques the commodification of arts and culture, during a time when people continue to live below the poverty line. Each tile in this speculative shelter is available to purchase, with 50% of proceeds donated to Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons.