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Building on his Legacy

Following the completion of Stage One of the Hans Heysen Heritage Appeal, the Board of the Hans Heysen Foundation invites you to join in completing Heysen’s greatest masterpiece.

Stage Two is focused on the construction of a dynamic arts hub. Set in the award-winning Adelaide Hills region, ‘Hans Heysen – The Cedars’ will be a tourism destination of international-renown. It will showcase and celebrate the life and work of Hans and Nora Heysen, and is designed to be a place for reflection and inspiration for the visitors intent on artistic, environmental, educational, cultural or historic pursuits.

The new building will integrate with the existing historic home and studios of the artists and, in concert, the property will speak to Hans Heysen’s most ardent philanthropies of conservation, love of the natural environment, and the depiction of light and beauty through art.


$9 million is required to complete Stage Two which will include:

  • The construction of the arts hub, including a purpose-built interactive visitor centre and art gallery, a retail outlet and cafe, and dedicated spaces for private and public functions, exhibitions, concerts, and other events.
  • The purchase of the adjoining ‘Sandow Road’ block upon which is an existing residence.
  • The upgrade of Heysen’s historic home to update display elements including appropriate window treatments, lighting, and other environmental regulators.

An artist’s impression of the new precinct, and an indicative sitemap are included for reference. The development will ensure the long-term viability of the historic site. To enhance The Cedars is to ensure that a vital part of Australia’s cultural and artistic heritage endures in perpetuity, and that it inspires generations of artistic pioneers and conservationists well into the future.

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