Adelaide Hills Art and Culture

See art in the Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills’ art is inspired by nature’s finest colours. A human touch has been gently applied over 170 years. The Hills’ best known artist is landscape painter, Sir Hans Heysen. 

The Cedars, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

After migrating from Germany, Heysen moved to Hahndorf in 1908. Four years later, he built The Cedars - the studio he called home until he passed away in 1968. Located on a 60-hectare property, Heysen’s studio is open for tours. 

Galleries and art history

See Heysen’s painting tools and sketches. Take a leisurely walk around the garden. His timeless images are inspiring. Hahndorf is now a regional art centre, largely due to Heysen’s influence. Galleries are dotted around the beautiful old German town.

The Hahndorf Academy reflects the Adelaide Hills’ passion for art. Visit the 150-year-old building to see exhibitions, galleries, studios and museums. There are art classes, if you’re really keen.

See tribal art and international art at Aptos Cruz Galleries in Stirling.

Embrace your creative side

Art centres have sprung up around the Adelaide Hills as more towns have followed Hahndorf’s lead. Some even let you eat dinner and stay overnight. 

You can watch artists in studios working on paintings, drawings, prints and textiles. In Stirling, the Atelier group of professional artists open their individual working studios on the fourth Sunday of each month. In Woodside, Etnos Gallery is a working studio and art gallery.

Whether your passion is two or three-dimensions, pastels, portraits or drawing, the Adelaide Hills has a studio for you. 

Add to your collection

If you want to take something home, products made from a wide range of materials are available. You might like something shiny. There’s glass, gold and silver jewellery. Enjoy wine tasting and pottery at Samphire Wines and Pottery.

In the cellar of 130-year-old heritage-listed Pikes Historic Brewery, watch handwoven textiles and tapestries being made on giant looms.

Birdwood’s National Motor Museum hosts exhibitions dedicated to our passion for the car.

It’s quite simple really. In the Adelaide Hills, art reflects life. 

What's on in SA

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Things to do

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