The Nora Heysen Foundation

Nora Heysen remains one of the most significant Australian female artists of last century.

Her artistic achievements spanned more than seventy-five years and included being the first woman to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture and being the first female artist to take up appointment as an Official War Artist during World War Two.

Yet, surprisingly, she did not gain the recognition one would expect.

There were very few exhibitions of Nora Heysen's work during her lifetime and her paintings did not receive the exposure they deserved.

The establishment of the Nora Heysen Foundation, based at The Cedars, Hahndorf, South Australia, received the artist's approval just before her death in December 2003.

As a result of her bequest the Foundation received a substantial body of her work and now holds the largest collection of Nora Heysen's art in Australia.

This collection includes student work, portraits, still-lifes, studies, life drawings in charcoal and chalks and finished paintings from the 1920s to as late as 2002.

In July 2003, aged 92, Nora Heysen made her final visit to The Cedars to view her refurbished studio.

As a result of this memorable visit she selected items from her own private collection to add to her bequest to the Foundation.
These included works by her father and her friends, antique furniture, art books and cherished vases and plates that appear in many of her still-lifes.

The Nora Heysen Foundation continues to care for and promote Nora Heysen's art. Changing exhibitions of her work are on display in her studio at The Cedars.

The Cedars is open to the public every day except Monday, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, and all public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Allan Campbell
Curator, The Cedars, the Hans Heysen Estate, Hahndorf, South Australia
Chairman, the Nora Heysen Foundation Incorporated

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