Evette Sunset wins 2019 HSB People's Choice Prize

May 4, 2019

Today Evette Sunset won the $1000 cash People's Choice Prize for her multipart ephemeral work, As Within So WIthout, made from candlebark branches, wire and earth. Visitors to the 2019 HSB voted Evette's work as their favourite of the exhibition. Over a period of 23 days Evette worked on site at The Cedars building her artwork from recently fallen branches. Evette also won the People's Choice Prize for her 2014 HSB work, Fellow Travellers.  The Committee congratulates Evette and thanks The Courier News for their continued sponsorship of this prize.


New Committee members

April 24, 2019

The Committee welcomes Jill Francis and John Hayward as new Committee members. Jill has a medical research and 20 year legal background, and is active in the Adelaide Hills community. She is a volunteer at The Cedars and is very familiar with the Heysen Sculpture Biennial. John has been a practicing artist since the early 1990s, and is a long-time HSB exhibitor both in his own right and in partnership with Ian Hamilton as the Bower Tower Project. See About the Committee for more details.


Education Resource online

April 26, 2019

The Education Resource for the 2019 HSB is online and freely downloadable. This .pdf document was professionally written by Mark Fischer, edited by Ann Noble, and designed by Steve Balmer. It was funded by a generous grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation. The resource is aimed at years 11 and 12 visual artist students and teachers, and follows the South Australian Certificate of Education curriculum. It features 8 of the 25 artists participating in the 2019 HSB, selected to represent a range of artistic practices and stages of artistic careers. Click here for access to the download page.


2019 HSB opens

February 24, 2019

Today the 2019 HSB was officially opened by Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia. This is the 9th HSB exhibition and this year shows 22 sculptures by 25 artists and artist teams, including two international artists. Karl Chilcott is from Sweden, and Geraldo Zamproni is from Brazil. The 2019 HSB runs until Tuesday April 30, 2019.

We thank our sponsors, the Committee, and volunteers who made the opening event run so smoothly for nearly 500 visitors to The Cedars for the opening.


Adelaide University/Heysen Sculpture Biennial Symposium

February 22, 2019

Today the University of Adelaide Collections Department and HSB Inc. Committee successfully staged the first of what we hope are many symposia related to the Heysen Sculpture Biennial. 100 people attended the full day event staged at Urrbrae House, on the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. A diverse group of speakers addressed the 2019 HSB theme, 'Dwelling: shelter, thinking, being'.  The Committee thanks Mirna Heruc, Anna Rivett, Lynette Zeitz from the University, and the volunteers at Urrbrae House for making the event such a success.


Rick Clise announces retirement

December 21, 2018

Rick has chaired the Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc. Committee since 2012 and announced that he will be retiring from the Committee at the conclusion of the 2019 HSB. Below is Rick's farewell note, as included in the printed catalogue for the 2019 HSB:

It’s been an honour to be involved with the Heysen Sculpture Biennial, initially as an exhibitor in 2012, and then joining the Committee that same year as Chairperson.

It takes a hardworking, creative committee to plan and execute an exhibition such as the HSB which shows innovative contemporary sculpture in the stunning natural setting at The Cedars in the Adelaide Hills. Since its inception, the volunteer Committee members have included Alison Brown, Penny Choate, Ian Hamilton, Catherine Hewitt, the late Pamela Kouwenhoven, Max Lyle, Robin McLaughlin, Peter Syndicas, Nicholas Uhlmann, Sally Wickes, and Paula York; and the current members are Allan Campbell, David Kerr, Isobel Redmond, Dr Nigel Steele Scott, Clancy Warner, and me. I greatly appreciate the dedication and contribution of all the Committee members, past and present. Allan Campbell deserves a special mention as he has been on the Committee longer than any of the rest of us and is also Curator of The Cedars.

We look forward to welcoming a new Chairperson in 2019 to guide the Heysen Sculpture Biennial to its next phase.

The Heysen Sculpture Biennial has grown in importance in the Australian Contemporary Art calendar and also organisationally, becoming an Incorporated Association in 2014, then in 2018 being listed on the Department of Arts and Communications’ Register of Cultural Organisations and the ATO’s Deductible Gift Recipient list, allowing people to make tax deductible donations to HSB Inc. ‘Firsts’ for us realised in the 2019 HSB include a Gordon Darling Foundation grant funding the creation of an on-line downloadable Education Resource for high school Visual Arts students and teachers; engaging the multi-talented Stephanie Radok as Curator of the 2019 HSB funded by a Beerenberg Foundation grant - the first time the HSB has been curated; a small sculpture exhibition in the Nora Heysen studio co-incident with the outdoor exhibition; a collaborative Symposium with the University of Adelaide; and lastly, two international artists join 25 South Australian artists exhibiting in this year’s HSB.

Without the commitment of the artists, and the valuable financial, intellectual, and in-kind sponsorship provided by the Hans Heysen Foundation and our generous sponsors and donors, we could not stage the HSB exhibitions.


Committee changes

December 20, 2018

Long term HSB Inc Committee member, arts educator, and sculptor Max Lyle has resigned from the Committee due to personal reasons. Max will be missed by the Committee for the experience and insights that he brought to the discussions and planning. We wish Max all the very best and hope he's able to participate in the opening and other 2019 HSB events.

Rick Clise is taking medical leave from his role as Chairperson of the Committee, and Isobel Redmond is acting as the Coordinator of the Committee while Rick is away. Rick expects to continue to contribute in the 'back office' of the Committee, managing the website and social media contacts. Rick hopes to be back on deck by the middle of 2019.


Change of visitor hours to 2019 HSB

November 26, 2018

During the 2019 HSB exhibition the Adelaide Festival of Arts is staging a production at The Cedars using the residence, the Heysen studio and the grounds, imposing changes to the public opening hours during the Heysen Sculpture Biennial exhibiton. Unfortunately, the Committee had no advance warning of these restrictions. We apologise for this unusual situation that is out of our control.

    2019 HSB Exhibition hours
    From 26 February - 16 March 2019:
    Tuesdays - Saturdays 10am - 1pm / Sundays 10am - 4:30pm

    From 17 March - 30 April 2019:
    Tuesdays - Sundays 10am - 4:30pm (normal access hours)


Making tax-free donations to HSB Inc - ROCO and DGR status

August 29, 2018

The Committee is thrilled to announce that our application for inclusion in the Department of Communications and the Arts Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO) has been approved, and that the Australian Taxation Office has approved donations to the Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc as tax-deductible for Australian tax payers. As we have tax-deductible gift recipient status in our own right we are no longer using the Australian Cultural Fund to receive donations and we thank them whole-heartedly for their support of HSB Inc.

To donate online click here.


HSB Inc receives Gordon Darling Foundation grant

August 5, 2018

Through the generous support of the Gordon Darling Foundation the 2019 HSB will feature an on-line, downloadable education resource. This 10 page, double-sided A4 .pdf document is aimed at high school teachers and students of Visual Arts curriculum. It will be available to download from our website closer to the exhibition opening date.


Making Tax-free donations to HSB Inc

August 1, 2018

Tax-free donations to the Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc. can now be made through the Australian Cultural Fund. The Australian Cultural Fund issues the receipts and passed the donation (in full) to the Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc. Click here to donate by credit card or PayPal.

If you would prefer to make a donation by cheque please contact our Treasurer, Nigel Steele Scott, who can post or email you the relevant form. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your donation will be very gratefully appreciated.


2019 HSB Artists named

August 1, 2018

Following a thorough review by Curator Stephanie Radok, and unanimous endorsement by the HSB Inc Committee, the following artists and artist teams have been selected for the 2019 HSB exhibition:

David ATKINS, Karl CHILCOTT (Sweden), Quentin GORE, Ian HAMILTON & John HAYWARD, Greg JOHNS, Rebecca LLOYD, Stephen LLOYD, Philip McGILLIVRAY-TORY, Karl MEYER, Astra PARKER, Ron ROWE, MaryAnn SANTIN, Deborah SLEEMAN, Jojo SPOOK, Evette SUNSET, Peter SYNDICAS, Tim THOMSON & David JONES, Westley TULLY, Nicholas UHLMANN, Clancy WARNER & Elizabeth CLOSE, Lorry WEDDING-MARCHIORO, Geraldo ZAMPRONI (Brazil)


2019 HSB Call to Artists is closed

June 30, 2018

We received 45 submissions for the 2018 HSB. Most are from South Australia, 2 from New South Wales, 1 from Victoria, and 2 from overseas. Curator Stephanie Radok will be reviewing all submissions to finalise the exhibition works, and will email the artists at the end of July.


Committee changes

June 28, 2018

At today's Committee meeting Nick Uhlmann announced his resignation from the Committee after serving as our Acting Treasurer since late 2017. We thank Nick for his contributions to the Committee and his valued and considered thoughts to the process of planning the 2019 HSB. Nick has been a regular exhibitor to the HSB and we look forward to keeping in touch with him.

At the same meeting the Committee welcomed Isobel Redmond as our newest member. Isobel retired from South Australia state politics in March 2018 after a distinguished career as the Member for Heysen, and as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, then Leader of the Opposition. Isobel was Shadow Minister for the Arts along with holding many other shadow ministries. Before her parliamentary career Isobel ran a successful legal practice in South Australia.


New 2019 HSB Opening Event sponsors

May 1, 2018

Local businesses Prancing Pony Brewery and Hahndorf Hill Winery are new sponsors for the 2019 HSB opening event on Sunday 24 February. Visit them and try their products - you won't be disappointed!


2019 HSB dates

May 1, 2018

The exhibition opens in the afternoon on Sunday 24 February at the Cedars and runs until 30 April 2019. The Cedars is open Tuesday through Sunday with a small admission charge. Admission is free on the opening event.


2019 HSB Call to Artists opens

May 1, 2018

The Call to Artists registration for 2019 HSB is now open. Artists at any stage of their career are invited to register their submission. 2019 HSB is open to all forms of sculpture and installation, and new works are especially welcome. Registration is open until 30 June. Notification will be sent by 31 July, with installation in early January 2019. Artists click here to register.


Curator engaged for 2019 HSB

April 24, 2018

For the first time since the HSB started in 2000 the HSB will have a curator. Adelaide artist, writer, art critic and curator Stephanie Radok has been engaged by the Committee as the inaugural curator. Stephanie brings 30 years of experience of exhibitions local and international, to this exciting role. Generous support from the Beerenberg Foundation supports Stephanie's engagement as the 2019 HSB Curator.


2019 HSB transportation and crane services sponsors

April 16, 2018

New 2019 HSB sponsors Northline and Mount Barker Crane Hire/Halls Cranes are generously supporting the exhibition. Northline Transport is providing heavily discounted freight services and a nominated point of contact for artists requiring transport of large works to and from The Cedars. Mount Barker Crane Hire is providing free crane services for one day during the installation period and one day for de-installation after the close of the exhibition.


2019 HSB Adelaide University Symposium

April 4, 2018

The Committee is working with the Collections Department of The University of Adelaide to develop and stage a co-branded Symposium around the theme of the 2019 HSB. It's expected this Symposium would be staged on the Friday before 2019 HSB opening at Urrbrae House just south of the city. More details will be shared as they are released. To keep abreast of this and other HSB news join our MailChimp mailing list. Click here to join.


Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc Committee changes

March 1, 2018

The Committee welcomes the experience that Dr Nigel Steele Scott brings in joining the Committee. Nigel has had a scientific background in molecular genetics, and was one of the founders with his late wife Chris, and was the Treasurer of, the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium. The AHISS resulted in 26 sculptures being created during 3 symposia, assisted with the aid of community and public donations, and those sculptures have been installed in public sites to form the Hills Sculpture Trail.


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.