Gardens & Sculpture Park | Heide
Gardens & Sculpture Park FREE | Open to the public all year round, Heide's beautiful gardens offer a space for family enjoyment and individual reflection, as well as incorporating a sculpture park and several heritage listed gardens.
Explore the gardens and exhibitions at Heide Museum of Modern Art and discover fun for the whole family.
With three galleries*, stunning architecture and fifteen acres of gardens and sculpture park to explore, there is something for everyone at Heide.
Tuesday - Sunday & Public holidays 10am - 5pm
* Admission fee to galleries
When Sunday and John Reed purchased Heide it was a neglected former dairy farm. After fifty years of vision, dedication and sheer hard work, the Reeds moulded Heide into a personal Eden, connecting art with nature and creating a nourishing environment for the artists they championed - Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora among them.
Today, visitors can discover Sunday Reed's walled garden, original kitchen garden and the wild garden near Heide I, and the famous Heide II kitchen garden in which Sunday worked daily until just before her death in 1981. Artist gardens have also been established within the Heide landscape by artists such as Lauren Berkowitz and Fiona Hall.
There are over 30 stunning sculptures to discover across the 15 acre site including works by Anish Kapoor, Anthony Caro and Neil Taylor. Jeff Thompson's iconic Cows (1987) are a playful reminder of the museum's dairy farm origins. Families can play Heide Detective using a free trail sheet to discover more about the park and sculptures.
Heide gardens and sculpture park stretch from Heide I right down to the Yarra River. We ask all visitors to:
Walk with care, Heide paths are made from compressed gravel and can be slippery
Beware of snakes, particularly during summer months
Supervise young children
Refrain from climbing on sculptures, playing ball games, or riding scooters/bicycles in pedestrian areas
Keep dogs on leads at all times
Refrain from walking on tended gardens and removing flowers and/or plants
Take your rubbish with you when you leave
Connie Kimberly Sculpture Park and Tony & Cathie Hancy Sculpture Plaza
At the establishment of Heide as a public park and museum in 1981, the concept of a sculpture park was given priority by Heide's Trustees and the museum's inaugural director Maudie Palmer. Displaying sculptures throughout the park would take full advantage of the museum's unique location within the landscape.
In 1981, two outdoor works placed within the grounds by John and Sunday Reed provided a starting point for the development of the sculpture park: Ron Upton's Three Forms (1964) and David Tolley's Man/Woman (c.1966).
The main focus for the park remained on sculpture by Australian artists but with the selective inclusion of significant works by international artists, such as the American artist Dennis Oppenheim, whose maquette for Basket and Wave (From Dreams and Nightmares. Journey of a Broken Weave) was commissioned in 1984.
Inge King's Rings of Saturn (2006) was installed at the opening of the redeveloped museum in 2006, and in the same year the park was named the Connie Kimberly Sculpture Park. Today it comprises over thirty sculptures, including those in the Tony & Cathie Hancy Sculpture Plaza at the museum's forecourt.
Heide has commissioned two artist's gardens. Karakarook's Garden (2005-06) by Lauren Berkowitz containing rare indigenous plants is located near the Heide I oak tree. Fiona Hall's native rockery garden is the most recent addition to the sculpture park, featuring an experimental espalier of three Silver Princess trees (Eucalyptus caesia) across the Heide III building facade.
Gardens & Sculpture Park FREE
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Times: Tuesday - Sunday & Public holidays 10am - 5pm
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