The Heysen Prize was established in 1997 to commemorate Sir Hans Heysen (1877 – 1968) and his unparalleled artistic contribution to the Adelaide Hills region and to the tradition of Australian landscape art.

Originally a prize for landscape art, the Heysen Prize has, in recent years, extended its scope to recognize interpretation of place, exploring the depth and range of artists’ connections to their natural and urban environments.

In 2011, the Heysen Prize will commemorate the centenary of Nora Heysen, (1911 – 2003) the daughter of Sir Hans Heysen and the first woman to be awarded the Archibald Prize, in 1938.

Nora Heysen was renowned for her portraiture and her depiction of still life as a subject. In recognition of her contribution to this enduring theme and subject expressed by so many artists for hundreds of years, the Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize is being awarded for a Still Life work in any medium. A $10,000 non-acquisitive prize will be awarded in 2011.


A $10,000 non-acquisitive prize will be awarded to the work judged best entry.


Margaret Woodward, eminent artist, art educator and painting colleague of Nora Heysen, will judge the 2011 Prize.

People’s Choice

A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the work judged by popular choice, during the duration of the exhibition, as the most appealing work in the exhibition.

Critical Dates

Deadline for entries: Friday 19 August 2011

Notification of finalists: Friday 9 September 2011

Delivery of entries: Monday 19 September 2011

Gala opening of Exhibition: Saturday 8 October 2011

Exhibition dates: Saturday 8 October – Sunday 4 December 2011

Collection of works: between Monday 5 December and Friday 9 December
10.00am to 5.00pm

Please ensure the official entry form is correctly completed and returned with a cheque for $30 made out to Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize. Entries close 5.00pm Friday 19 August. Entries postmarked 19 August will be accepted.

Send your completed form to:

Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize 2011
Hahndorf Academy
68 Main Road
Hahndorf, SA 5245