Heysen Prize for Landscape is a contemporary art prize established in 1997 to commemorate the life and work of the internationally renowned, artist, Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968).

It is a biennial event celebrating emerging, mid-career and established artists and their connection to landscape and place. The word ‘landscape’ includes all possible aspects of the natural, rural, and urban landscape.

This year, Hahndorf Academy’s Heysen Prize for Landscape has a focus on the environment and climate concerns. In an era of rapid climate change, battling fire and flood, drought and destruction, Australia has one of the highest loss of plant and animal species in the world.

Hans Heysen was an early environmental activist. He didn’t just talk about conservation, he did something about it. He lobbied for mature trees around Hahndorf to be protected. He purchased land to preserve the natural environment. He raised awareness by painting and speaking his passion for the landscape.

The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2022 invites artists to express their deep connection with – or concern for – protecting the Australian environment and to pay homage to Hans Heysen as an artist and environmentalist.

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

A panel of judges with professional expertise in the arts will select finalist works for exhibition and determine the Prize recipients who will be announced at the exhibition launch at the Hahndorf Academy on 19 November.


Deadline for entries                                         5pm Friday 7 October 2022

Notification of finalists                                     Friday 21 October 2022

Delivery of artworks from the finalists         7-11 November 2022 (10-5pm Mon-Fri ONLY)

Exhibition launch                                              6pm Saturday 19 November 2022

Exhibition dates                                                19 November 2022 – 22 January 2023

Collection of works                                         23-27 January 2023 (10-5pm ONLY)

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