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Cedar trees on the grounds

The 8th Heysen Sculpture Biennial

The 2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial is now closed. It was officially opened on Sunday 21 February in the grounds of The Cedars by Erica Green, Director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. A large group of sculpture enthusiasts made the most of a beautiful evening to walk amoungst the sculptures, watch a performance by artists Ian Hamilton and John Hayward within their work, 'Genially Modified Crop, and to sample the beautiful wines, cheeses, bread and fruit from our wonderful sponsors.


Performance in Ian Hamilton and John Haywards work Genially Modified Crop

Artists Ian Hamilton and John Hayward staged a performance within their artwork, 'Genially Modified Crop' during the opening.

2016 marks the eighth Heysen Sculpture Biennial, which began with a dozen works in year 2000 as an initiative of Adelaide Hills artist Helen Lyons. Lyons was the founder of Trees Please, the environmental group responsible for the continuing rehabilitation of the tracts of bushland within The Cedars. From 1912 this property was home to painter, draughtsman and seminal interpreter of the Australian light and landscape, Sir Hans Heysen.

Heysen's studio, the oldest surviving purpose-built artist studio in Australia, still stands and is open to the public six days a week. The Heysen family encourages the public to explore and enjoy the grounds. Only 20 minutes away from Adelaide and close to the most-visited tourist destination of Hahndorf, The Cedars is well-positioned to host the significant exhibition of contemporary sculpture that the Heysen Sculpture Biennial has become.

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