congratulations to daryl Austin Winner of the Heysen Prize for Landscape 2018


Daryl Austin SA

Pakapakanthi / Victoria Park (Light Forms)

Oil on aluminium panel

Pakapakanthi / Victoria Park (Light Forms) represents both an experienced landscape and a landscape transformed and reshaped. It is a landscape transformed by civic forces which, through my daily morning walk, I participate in. Both the civic transformation and my participation within that are temporary situations.

Light would seem both fleeting and fugitive and yet will abide over all transformations of this landscape in time. In painting this landscape (in itself, another transformation) I have tried to use the material of paint to create forms of light within the landscape, to make solid shape of the fleeting.

Daryl Austin is represented by GAGPROJECTS / Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.


Highly Commended: Brad Lay


Dale Collier, Laura Williams and Jenny Mulcahy

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Congratulations to all the artists selected for the Heysen Prize For Landscape 2018 Finalist Exhibition

Daryl Austin, Janet Ayliffe, Alice Blanch, Fleur Brett, Cheryl Anne Brown, Susan Bruce, Ian Burman, Neville Cichon, Dale Collier, Samuel Condon, Lynn Derrick, James Dodd, Ed Douglas, Odette England, Louise Feneley, Zoe Freney, Liss Fenwick, India Flint, Anna Glynn, Scott Hartshorne, Joy Harvey, Philip Heaton, Liz Hetzel, Kate Hughes, Harold Jelfs, Debra Jurss, Mark Judd, Ben Kelly, Heidi Kenyon, Christina Kerkvliet Goddard, Mark Kimber, Sue Kneebone, Janet Koongotema, Brad Lay, Rebecca McEwan, Sarah Merkel, Kathleen Munn, Monika Morgenstern, Jenny Mulcahy, Claire Primrose, Deborah Prior, Jaime Prosser, Cynthia Schwertsik, Megan Seres, Jane Skeer, Andrew Stattman, Lise Temple, Joel Tonks, Catherine Wait, Peter Walker, Jean Walmberg, Amanda Westley, Laura Williams, Dan Withy, Eleanor Zecchin, Paula Zetlein       

Finalist Exhibition dates 6 October to 9 december

Finalist Exhibition Launch October 6th at 6pm

Guest Speaker Lisa Slade, co-acting Director Art Gallery of South Australia


Entries for The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2018 are now closed

The Heysen Prize for Landscape - Acquisitive $15,000

 People’s Choice Prize - Non-acquisitive $1,000

The Hahndorf Academy Heysen Prize was established in 1997 to commemorate the life and work of the internationally renowned, artist, Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968).

Hans Heysen lived on a property nearby Hahndorf town and documented village life in drawings and watercolours. He had a deep connection with the natural landscape and is best known for his paintings of majestic Eucalypt (gum) trees surrounding his property as well as the vast landscapes of the Flinders Ranges in the mid-north of South Australia.

Heysen actively conserved the mature trees on the land surrounding his home and studio at Hahndorf and, through his art, drew attention to the natural beauty of the Australian landscape and significantly contributed to an awareness of the need to protect the natural environment.

The Hahndorf Academy Heysen Prize for Landscape invites artists to express their deep connection with – or concern for – the Australian landscape and environment. We wish to acknowledge that the word 'landscape' here includes all possible aspects of the natural, rural, and urban landscape.

This contemporary art prize is a biennial event celebrating emerging, mid-career and established artists and their connection to landscape and place.

The prize is open for 2D and 3D works.


The Heysen prize for Landscape 2018 Judges


Penny Griggs, Roy Ananda and Rebecca Madden

Penny Griggs has dedicated her 25+ year career to the arts industry. Currently the CEO of SALA Festival she has enjoyed a diverse career having worked for some of Australia's flagship arts organisations including Melbourne Theatre Company, Adelaide Festival Centre and Carclew Youth Arts Centre. She has extensive experience working on Festivals including Adelaide Cabaret Festival, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Come Out Children’s Festival and the Adelaide Festival. In 2015 Penny was the recipient of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. She currently sits on the Festivals Adelaide board, Arts Industry Council of SA Committee and the Gouger Street Traders Association.


"Roy Ananda is a South Australian artist, writer and educator whose objects, drawings, installations, texts, and videos variously celebrate popular culture, play, process and the very act of making.  Since 2001 he has exhibited prolifically around Australia. Ananda’s solo projects have included A is for Anvil (2006) at West Space (Melbourne), The Devourer (2013) at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, and Slow crawl into infinity (2014) at the Samstag Museum of Art (Adelaide). His work has been included in such significant survey exhibitions as Primavera (2004) at the MCA (Sydney), the Australian Drawing Biennial (2004) at the Drill Hall Gallery (Canberra), and CACSA Contemporary 2015 at SASA Gallery (Adelaide). In 2010 he was the South Australian recipient of the Qantas Foundation Art Award, which facilitated research trips to the U.K., Germany, and the U.S.A. Ananda recently completed a Masters by Research degree at the University of South Australia with a specific focus on the intersection of pop-culture fandom and contemporary art practice. Ananda presented a major new work in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, inspired by his lifelong passion for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons."


Rebecca Madden is a South Australian Artist who also manages The PaintBox in Hahndorf. She is an active member of the Adelaide Hills art scene and has lived in the Adelaide Hills for over twenty five years. She has a Bachelors Degree from North Adelaide School of Art and has studied at Falmouth School of Art. She is an oil painter and trained goldsmith and has work in public and private collections in Australia, Britain, France and Eire. For two decades Rebecca moved her focus to a career in Law, returning to art as a full time pursuit eight years ago.  


Sponsors of The Heysen prize for Landscape 2018

Sandy's Memorial Trust

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Hahndorf & Districts Lions Club

Hahndorf & Districts Lions Club

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Winner of the Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016. Sera Waters

Highly Commended Alice Blanch

Sera Waters  'Fritz and the Rose Garden'  2016

Sera Waters 'Fritz and the Rose Garden' 2016


The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 encourages artists to express their deep connection with, or their deep concern for, the Australian landscape and environment. We wish to acknowledge that the word 'landscape' here includes all possible aspects of the natural, rural, and urban landscape.

The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 Acquisitive - $15,000: This prize will be awarded to the work judged best of the exhibition. This is an acquisitive prize with $15,000 prize money.

People's Choice Prize Non-acquisitive - $1,000: This prize is awarded to the work voted for by popular choice as the most appealing work during the exhibition.

Entries for the Heysen Prize for Landscape are now closed

The pre-selection for the the Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 has taken place, Judges Erica Green & Nici Cumpston have selected 51 works for the finalist exhibition. The winner of the arts prize will be announced on October 8th at our Heysen prize event. Congratulations to all the successful artists whose work has been selected for the finalist exhibition

Lucky Kngwarreye, Helen Sherriff, Elizabeth Doidge, Annette Vincent, Dana Kinter, Robyn Finlay, Hailey Lane, Georgina Agius, Anna Glynn, David Lawruk, Alison Mitchell, India Flint, Susan Bruce, Fleur Brett, Jeff Mincham, Matthew Symons, Mark Kimber, Liz Butler, Ed Douglas, Mike Barr, Paul Sloan, Rebecca Hartman-Kearns, James Walker, Alice Blanch, Louise Feneley, Thom Buchanan, Jenn Brazier, Sera Waters, Bradley Lay, Ken Orchard, James Dodd, Tim Thomson, Lee Salomone, Robyn Kinsela, Janet Ayliffe, Ursula Kiessling, Jarrad Martyn, Janine Mackintosh, Michael Hocking, Ron Rowe, Glen Ash, Peter Barrien, Christopher Boha, Peter Walker, Martin Rek, Sophie Calgari, Ron Gibbings-Johns, Llewelyn Ash, Cristina Metelli


Sponsors of The Heysen prize for Landscape 2016

Hahndorf & Districts Lions Club

Hahndorf & Districts Lions Club





2014 Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place

Receiving the $10,000 award was Adelaide photographer Che Chorley for his photograph Samudera Satu (pictured below), a dramatic and unique ocean scene shot at Petrel Cover, Victor Harbour, a costal area which forms part of the Heysen Trail.

Chorley finds great solace and photographic motivation within the remarkably varied coastline of South Australia particularly along the Fleurieu Peninsula where he also enjoys surfing. He is the first photographer to win the Heysen Prize and describes his photographs as modern, digital interpretations of traditionally tactile places. He says he took the photo in mid-winter on an otherwise unremarkable day. ‘It is a colour photograph yet monochromatic in nature and designed to blur the lines between a landscape and a seascape.’ Samudera Satuwhich can be anytime, anywhere yet never again, is part of a photographic series of 18 portraits of the South Australian seas entitled The Sea and Me which was shown recently in Chorley’s first solo exhibition at the Mill where he also has his studio. He says of his winning photograph ‘I aim to explore the sheer scale of the ocean, whilst embracing the minutia. It is a modern South Australian seascape with timeless and placeless elements’. Judge Mark Kimber, Studio Head of Photography and New Media, School of Art Architecture and Design, University of SA praised the originality of Chorley’s work, saying ‘Small waves rise like ruffled carpet out to sea or as dark undulating dunes rippling the horizon. This truly unique work where scale is lost and the macrocosm and microcosm drift in a strangely beguiling flux’.