Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc Committee Changes

November 30, 2017

The committee announces the resignations of long-serving Committee members Paula York, Penny Choate, Robin McLaughlan, and Catherine Hewitt. Paula, Penny, Robin and Catherine brought a range of skills, valuable experiences and perspectives, and committment to the success of Heysen Sculpture Biennial, shaping the events during their tenure.

At the same meeting the Committee welcomed new Committee member, sculptor Clancy Warner. Clancy exhibited in the 2014 HSB.

Current Committee members are Allan Campbell (Public Officer), Rick Clise (Chairperson), David Kerr, Max Lyle (Acting Secretary), Nicholas Uhlmann (Acting Treasurer) and Clancy Warner.


September 28, 2017

The Committee announces that Ian Hamilton, Committee member and regular Heysen Sculpture Biennial exhibitor, has resigned from the Committee. Ian brought big picture thinking to Committee meetings and his contributions were greatly appreciated. Ian's collaborative work with John Hayward, Genially Modified Crop, was a centrepiece work with a performance element during the opening of the 2016 HSB.


March 23, 2017

The Committee welcomes new Committee member Nicholas Uhlmann. Nick is a well-respected artist and has exhibited many times at the HSB and other significant outdoor sculpture events. Nick won The Courier People's Choice Award in the 2016 HSB exhibition.


Change of date for 9th Heysen Sculpture Biennial

October 16, 2016

The Committee decided to host the next HSB in 2019 instead of 2018, with subsequent HSB's happening in odd years. This decision followed comments from artists that the schedule of the Heysen Sculpture Biennial and the Palmer Sculpture Biennial - both occuring during The Adelaide Fringe Festival in even years - made it difficult to plan and create exciting new works for both of these outdoors sculpture exhibitions in the Adelaide Hills. We look forward to exciting new works in the 2019 HSB.

In an email to artists who have exhibited at one or more of the HSBs notifying them of the change of date, Committee Chair Rick Clise asked the artists to complete a short 10 question anonymous survey about the HSB and their experiences. The Committee will use information collected from this survey in planning future HSB exhibitions. Artists are asked to complete the survey by October 21st.


Several works from the 2016 HSB to remain on site

May 5, 2016

The Committee is working with several artists to retain their sculptures at The Cedars for an extended period. There are several works from previous HSBs that have been permanently acquired by The Cedars and signage will be installed to clearly indicate these works from the ones remaining onsite temporarily.


Nicholas Uhlmann wins The Courier People's Choice Award

May 2, 2016

Congratulations to Nick Uhlmann for winning the People's Choice Award for the most popular work during the 2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial. Visitors to the exhibition submit their vote of the sculpture that they liked the best, and at the end of the exhibition the work with the most votes receives the award. The $1,000 cash prize is generously sponsored by The Courier Newspaper and was presented by Norman Marston, Managing Director of The Courier.


Date changed to Oct 26 for artists' site selection visit

September 10, 2015

The date for the artists' site selection visit has been changed from September 28th to October 26th. All participating artists have been emailed about the change.


2016 HSB opening and Hahndorf Academy 2017 exhibition opportunity announced

February 21, 2016

The 8th Heysen Sculpture Biennial was officially opened tonight by Erica Green, Director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. A large crowd of sculpture lovers enjoyed the lovely warm evening at The Cedars a performance within Ian Hamilton and John Hayward's installation, 'Genially Modified Crop'.

Like last Biennial, the director of The Hahndorf Academy selected an artist to exhibit in the Academy during 2017. Rachel McElwee, Hahndorf Academy Director, selected 3 artists this time for the 2017 exhibition opportunity: Deborah Canrill, David Kerr, and Tim Thomson. Congratulations to all 3 artists for this opportunity. The committee of the Heysen Sculpture Biennial appreciates the on-going support by The Hahndorf Academy


Artists Announced for 2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial

August 1, 2015

The committee is pleased to announce the artists who will be exhibiting in the 2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial. The selection process was based on the works proposed by the artist, either an existing work that had not been exhibited in Adelaide within the past 2 years, or a proposal for a new work for the 2016 HSB. There are 23 artists from South Australia, 4 from Victoria and 1 from Queensland.

The artists are:


  • David Atkins SA
  • Deborah Cantrill SA
  • Ben Carroll VIC
  • Jan Clifford SA
  • Quentin Gore SA
  • Ian Hamilton & John Hayward SA
  • Tony Hannan SA
  • John Hayward SA
  • Kon Heyer SA
  • Penn Housman SA
  • Greg Johns SA
  • David Kerr SA
  • Max Lyle SA
  • Carmel Marsden QLD
  • Ray Meandering SA
  • Maggie Moy SA
  • Astra Parker SA
  • Flossie Peitsch VIC
  • Ron Rowe SA
  • Fatih Semiz VIC
  • Tim Thomson SA
  • Nicholas Uhlmann SA
  • Ronda Wallis SA
  • Clancy Warner SA
  • Lorry Wedding-Marchioro SA
  • Margaret Worth SA
  • Z Zeimer VIC

The exhibition dates are 21 February to 1 May 2016 at The Cedars, outside Hahndorf in South Australia.


2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial Entries Open

March 12th, 2015

The Committee is now accepting submissions from artists for the 2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial, to be held from 21 February to 1 May 2016. Entries close 30 June 2015.


Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc Committee Changes

March 4th, 2015

Committee member Sally Wickes, who was the Artists' Coordinator for the 2014 HSB, and an exhibitor herself, has resigned from the committee to pursue her fulltime art school studies. The committee sincerely thanks Sally for her significant involvement in the 2014 HSB and her thoughtful contributions to the committee. Sally is an emerging artist working with stone, bronze and ceramic and has received awards in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize and Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures. Sally has five years experience in community art and joined the HSB committee in 2012.


February 4th, 2015

The committee welcomes new members, both exhibitors in previous HSBs, Ian Hamilton and David Kerr. Ian and David are well-respected in the visual arts community and the committee is stronger with their involvement.


December 10th, 2014

The committee sincerely thanks Ron Rowe for his dedicated service and contributions to the HSB Inc committee. Ron has retired from the committee due to his substantial travel committments in 2015, but has kindly agreed to assist with the site selection day for the 2016 exhibition. Ron has been involved with many of the HSB events and was the original web developer for the HSB website. Ron is an artist who works with a variety of materials in Sculpture, Ceramics and Digital Media and has been exhibiting since 1965. He worked at the South Australian School of Art as a Senior Lecturer in Sculpture.

The committee wishes Ron all the best and looks forward to his assistance in early 2016.


Heysen Sculpture Biennial becomes an Incorporated Association

July 28th, 2014

The committee is pleased to announce that we have achieved Incorporated Association status as of this date. Our official name is now Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc. ABN 25 815 832 116.


In Memory of Pamela Kouwenhoven

March 31, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death from cancer of fellow Heysen Sculpture Biennial committee member, and highly regarded South Australian artist, Pamela Kouwenhoven. Pam was a dedicated and energetic committee member and one of the original Biennial exhibitors.

Pam showed widely here and interstate winning many awards and strong critical acclaim. Her practice utilised unconventional materials and impoverished discards. Her work is represented in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, and in 2012 she was selected to participate in a hugely popular exhibition of Australian contemporary art in San Sebastian, Spain.

In spite of her terminal illness, in Pam’s last weeks she had work in three different venues: Light Square Gallery and Marshall Arts Adelaide, as well as The Cedars, home of the Heysen Sculpture Biennial. Pam lived for her art and her art lives on.

The committee mourns the loss of Pam and extends its sympathy to her family.


The Courier - 'Fringe Win for Heysen Biennial'

March 26th, 2014

Click to read the article from page 28 today of The Courier about our Adelaide Fringe weekly award.


2014 HSB wins Adelaide Fringe weekly award

March 6th, 2014

The Adelaide Fringe Festival has awarded the 2014 HSB a weekly award for the Best Visual Arts and Design event.


The Courier - 'Sculpture at The Cedars'

March 5th, 2014

Today The Courier published an article on page 22 about the 2014 Heysen Sculpture Biennial. The Courier sponsors the $1,000 People's Choice Award.


2014 HSB review in The Conversation by Dr Christine Nicholls

February 26th, 2014

Dr Christine Nicholls wrote the catalogue essay, and has also reviewed the 2014 HSB exhibition in The Conversation. Read Christine's review, and comments by visitors here.


Hahndorf Academy Exhibition Opportunity Winner Announced - Astra Parker

February 23rd, 2014

At tonight's opening of the 2014 HSB Kate Wake, Director of The Hahndorf Academy, announced that Astra Parker was selected for this opportunity, providing Astra with a solo exhibition during the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival. The committee congratulates Astra on winning this prize and appreciates The Hahndorf Academy for making it possible.


The Courier - 'Art and sculpture on the Fringe'

February 19th, 2014

The Courier 19 February 2014, pg26 contained an article today about the 2014 Heysen Sculpture Biennial, an Adelaide Fringe event.


2014 HSB Opening on February 23rd, 6:00pm

February 9th, 2014

All are invited to the official opening of the 2014 HSB on Sunday February 23rd at 6:00pm. The exhibition will be opened by Tracey Lock-Weir, Curator of Australian Paintings & Sculpture, Art Gallery of South Australia. Music will be performed by the Arbor Wind Quintet. Admission is free on the opening night, $4 at other times. The exhibition runs until 27 April and is located at The Cedars, 68 Heysen Road, Hahndorf.


Palmer Sculpture Biennial

February 3rd, 2014

Another key South Australian outdoor sculpture event, the 2014 Palmer Sculpture Biennial, will be open to the public in March and will feature works from 24 artists from SA, interstate and overseas. It will be opened by Dr Christine Nicholls on Sunday 8th March at 2pm, and will stay open until 7pm with a music event at 4pm. After that it will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays (12:00 to 4pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (11am to 6pm) until Sunday March 23rd. The Palmer Sculpture Landscape is at 272 Davenport Road, 2.5kms from the Hotel at Palmer. There is no entry charge, however there will be a $10 charge for the Music Event on the Opening Day. For more details see the 2014 Palmer Sculpture Biennial.


Catalogue Sponsor

September 1st, 2013

The committee is pleased to announce that Beerenberg Farm is the 2014 HSB catalogue sponsor as well as being an Opening sponsor.


Important Dates for Exhibiting Artists

August 22nd, 2013

The site selection and 'meet and greet' date for exhibiting artists is Monday September 16th at The Cedars. All artists will be sent details by email and the committee looks forward to meeting with you.


Exhibition Opening Sponsors

August 1st, 2013

The committee appreciates the support of our sponsors for the 2014 HSB Opening.


Artists Announced for 2014 HSB

July 1st, 2013

The full HSB Committee reviewed all entries submitted and announces the participating artists for the 2014 Biennial, listed on the About page. Images and information about their artworks will be on the website following installation in early 2014.


New member of the HSB Committee

May 2nd, 2013

The HSB committee welcomes artist and graphic designer Catherine Hewitt to the committee. More information about Catherine is located on the Committee page under the Contacts heading.


Solo Exhibition Opportunity for 2014 HSB artist

March 1st, 2013

The HSB committee is pleased to announce that one finalist in the 2014 HSB will have the opportunity for a solo exhibition at Hahndorf Academy during the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Details of the exhibition opportunity will be sent to artists selected for the 2014 HSB.

Please indicate on your Entry Form if you would like to be considered for the Hahndorf Academy exhibition opportunity.


2014 Exhibition entry details

March 1st, 2013

The 2014 HSB is now open for artist submissions.

Entries must be received by email no later than June 30th, 2013. Late entries will not be considered.


2014 HSB Sponsors

March 1st, 2013

Sponsors for the 2014 HSB are welcome. Enquiries and offers should be emailed to committee member Paula York.