Joint media release
Federal Minister for the Arts
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Member for Mayo
The Hon Jamie Briggs MP
Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield and Liberal Member for Mayo Jamie Briggs today announced $1 million will be provided through the Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund to acquire, preserve and maintain the family home of one of Australia's greatest landscape painters.
The Cedars in the Adelaide Hills, was the home of renowned Australian landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen OBE and his family, including daughter and significant painter Nora Heysen AM.
The Hans Heysen Foundation's Heritage Appeal is raising funds to acquire, preserve and maintain The Cedars which includes the family home and Heysen's 1913 studio, one of the oldest purpose-built studios in Australia, a collection of original works, as well as land.
As an artistic centre in the Adelaide Hills, this precinct will continue to be a place to honour and be inspired by a family at the centre of Australia's art history. The acquisition is part of stage one of the project which will help ensure it continues to be open to the public.
We would like to acknowledge South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi who advocated for Commonwealth support for this nationally significant homestead.
Mount Barker District Council has contributed $1.5 million to stage 1 of the project, with corporate and private donors also contributing.
The Catalyst fund is investing in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations, with a focus on supporting small to medium arts organisations.
Catalyst funding is available to support projects across the Australian arts and cultural sector and applications are open at all times. To apply and for more information visit the Ministry for the Arts website at www.arts.gov.au/catalyst.