Keeping a watchful eye over the building is a mural of the building's namesake Nora Heysen. To be painted by muralist Lisa King, the large scale street art will adorn the Southern facade of the building and will be a wonderful addition to the urban fabric.
Nora Heysen AM, was a celebrated Australian artist born in Hahndorf, the fourth child of South Australian landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen. From 1926 to 1930, she studied at the School of Fine Arts, North Adelaide. By 1933, Nora Heysen’s works had been acquired by the National Gallery of South Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery, the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Howard Hinton Collection at Armidale. In 1933 her first solo exhibition in Adelaide at the Royal SA Society of Arts Gallery was a complete sell-out, and Nora won the Society’s Melrose Prize for Portraiture. The first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize in 1938 for portraiture and the first Australian woman appointed as an official war artist. Her favoured subjects were self-portraits, portraits, and still lifes, especially flower pieces and she was highly regarded throughout her lifetime. She is represented in all major public collections, many provincial collections, and numerous private collections. In 1993 Nora received the Australia Council’s award for Achievement in the Arts and she was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1998.