Heysen Sculpture Biennial
The Heysen Sculpture Biennial began with a dozen works in year 2000, and was the 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.
The 2012 event showcased the works of 56 sculptors during the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festivals and was opened by Art Gallery of South Australia director Nick Mitzevich, with 600 in attendance. The siting of the inaugural Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium on the ridge behind Heysen's studio from April 16-29 added to the excitement, resulting in 15,000 visitors during the Biennial and Symposium.
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