Mirka for Melbourne

Mirka Mora’s studio, Richmond 2017, Photograph: Robyn Lea, © Robyn Lea

We are overwhelmed by the incredible public response to the 'Mirka for Melbourne' fundraising campaign, initiated by our friends at The Design Files.

Thanks to the generosity of Mirka fans in Melbourne and beyond, the campaign raised $203,850 in just 9 days!

This amazing result, together with some generous offline donations, helped Heide secure 30 lots from Mirka’s studio contents before last Sunday's auction at Leonard Joel, together with her archive of personal papers and the major painting ‘When the Soul Sleeps’ (1970). On auction day we acquired further paints, props, artworks and personal effects, and the stunning large-scale mural that once adorned the walls of Tolarno French Bistro in the 1960s and 70s.

William Mora said: ‘'We are especially delighted that the rare and significant mural, which once hung at Tolarno, has found a home exactly where it should have, at Heide, for all to enjoy for many years to come."

Heide Artistic Director Lesley Harding added: “I think Mirka would have been touched and honoured that the people of Melbourne - her much loved adopted home city - have so enthusiastically shown their desire to see her work in a public collection at Heide. We thank everyone who contributed to the fundraising, and are especially indebted to Lucy Feagins and the team at The Design Files for their superb work in galvanising the community and ensuring we can pay tribute to Mirka and her legacy in this special way.”

We plan to display the entire Mirka collection in the Heide I house in a free exhibition very soon, to celebrate the success of the campaign and ensure the public can see it as quickly as possible.

We will continue to accept donations until the current exhibition Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux—Drawings and Dolls closes on 24 March.


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Heide Museum of Modern Art is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.