Also known as: née Heysen, Nora Black

Born: 11 January 1911

Died: 30 December 2003

Special Achievements:

Nora Heysen, the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1938, was the first woman Official War artist, stationed in New Guinea and Borneo (1943-46).

1938 - First woman to win the Archibald Prize.
1993 - Received Australian Council's Award for achievements in the Arts.
1998 - Awarded Order of Australia.
2001 - Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Additional Information:

Daughter of Sir Hans HEYSEN.
1943 - Appointed Australia's first female official War Artist.


  • Image - Nora Heysen

    Description: Photograph of Australian artist Nora Heysen by Harold Cazneaux Date: 1939 Source: http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/agsa/home/Collection/detail.jsp?ecatKey=1331 Author: Harold Cazneaux (1878–1953) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q3496239 Licensing: This image is of Australian origin and is now in the public domain because its term of copyright has expired.

    Wikipedia: File:Nora Heysen.jpg

  • Video - Portrait Story: Nora Heysen

    In this interview Australian artist Nora Heysen describes the development of her artistic career. The images in the footage are courtesy of the National Library of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, State Library of South Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.

    YouTube. National Portrait Gallery.

  • Video - War and love – Nora Heysen

    Anne-Louise Willoughby is the author of Nora Heysen, a portrait, a biography of the Australian painter. Join the author for a talk and readings focusing on Heysen’s experiences as Australia’s first female official war artist. Presented on 10 July 2019 at the Australian War Memorial.

    YouTube. Australian War Memorial.

  • Video - Nora Heysen SA Artist (slideshow of artworks)

    YouTube. Cat Lambert.