Founded in 2011, the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium is an incorporated not for profit community based organisation formed to develop an exciting Arts initiative for the Adelaide Hills and South Australia. Internationally recognized sculptor and Adelaide Hills resident Silvio Apponyi had a vision to ‘Enrich the Hills with Sculpture’.
In 2012 the first of three biennial events brought together internationally recognised sculptors from Switzerland, South Korea, Turkey, Spain, and Japan to join their three Australian colleagues.
The resulting first 8 world class sculptures have begun a Sculpture Trail which after three events will have 24 major pieces permanently placed in the communities of the Adelaide Hills. These works will leave an enduring legacy of culture for the communities and for visitors to the Adelaide Hills, delivering significant cultural, social, economic and tourism benefits for South Australia.
Over 12,000 people visited the inaugural event in April 2012 and were excited and became engaged in the process as they watched the works evolve. Entry was by gold coin donation, making the event and the creation of a major artwork by world class sculptors accessible for everyone.
The Adelaide Hills Council and the District Council of Mt Barker provided seed funding which gave the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium a foundation on which to seek further support.
The event also received excellent support through an Arts SA Community Development Grant and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. This support, and that of the Heysen family and Allan Campbell, Director of The Cedars in providing this wonderful venue, gave the Symposium much valued artistic integrity.
Expressions of interest to commission a sculpture were called for from all listed community groups in the Adelaide Hills and Mt Barker Council Districts.
Hills communities responded enthusiastically to the concept and various groups worked together as never before to raise the funds ($30,000) required. Ongoing engagement of these groups by the Board built considerable community pride and gave them ownership of the project. This enthusiasm carried through to the 2014 event and as we start planning for 2016 interest is growing again.
The broader community was invited to show support by becoming a member of AHISS Inc. or to ensure the future of this high quality biennial arts event by making a tax-deductible donation, becoming an in kind sponsor or commissioning a sculpture.
The second event was held from 31 March – 21 April 2014 in a magnificent Hills setting at The Cedars at Hahndorf in South Australia, estate of the iconic Australian artist Hans Heysen and included the Alexandrina Council. Over 15,000 people visited the Symposium and a series of free Sculpture workshops were held for schools and adults.