Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust was created as a Trust by foundation document on the 28 October, 1992, some four years before Marie-Louise died. The Trust received charitable status on the 21 November, 1996. The Trust was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status in 2011. The creation of the Trust was the vision of Marie-Louise to provide a vehicle after her death for the preservation and promotion of her work, and the charitable support of the arts and other objects as stated below. Two of the original Trustees, David Scrase and Sean Rainbird are still serving as Trustees.

The Charitable Objects of the Trust are defined as:

1) The advancement of education of the public in the fine arts particularly painting and sculpture by any means but primarily by:
a) arranging public exhibitions of paintings and works of art and in particular those by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky;
b) the publication of literary works about the life and works of artists including Marie-Louise von Motesiczky.

2) The relief of diseases and other medical conditions impairing vision by assisting with the payment of medical and other expenses incurred in the treatment and care of eyes, including but not limited to, the costs of patient care, support and assistance to enable sufferers to live independently.

3) The general purposes of such charitable bodies or for such other purposes as shall be exclusively charitable as the trustees may from time to time decide.

Our Guiding Principles

  • We focus on projects which are linked to Marie-Louise’s personal history and interests, as well as fulfilling the charitable objects.
  • We only fund organisations registered as charities in England and Wales and do not accept unsolicited applications.
  • We look for effective leadership and governance.
  • We recognise the value of core funding.
  • We value a reflexive approach and honesty about what works or does not work well.
  • We ask that grantees do their best to draw the attention of beneficiaries to the life and work of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906-1996).

In support of the Trust’s Charitable Objects, grants have been made or are currently in train for the following projects:

The British Museum (an exempt charity)
International Training Programme

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has been a major supporter of the British Museum’s International Training Programme since 2011, making a substantial commitment to fund the programme beyond 2015 (its tenth anniversary) in honour of Neil MacGregor’s directorship of the British Museum from 2002-2015. The Programme was started in 2006 to create, develop and enhance relationships with museum professionals in countries where there is a perceived need, to provide lasting benefits to both individuals and their organisations and the basis for future international collaboration. The British Museum and its network of UK partners also involved in the Programme, have engaged overall with 277 candidates from over forty countries, the impact of the training and collaboration now cascading to many others. Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust Fellows have come from Armenia, Brazil, China, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Guatemala, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Palestine, the Phillipines, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

Click here for an account of the experience of one of the 2012 candidates on the International Training Programme.

Carers UK (CC1140890)

Supporting carers’ mental health 2018-19
Following on from the 2016-17 grant below, the Trustees have agreed a further twelve-month grant to improve the provision of information and advice to carers relevant to their own mental health needs.

Supporting carers to access respite care and support 2016-17
The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust funded a one-year project to improve the Carers UK web site and digital content, to create a dedicated package of outreach resources online and in print for carers across the UK. The information will be disseminated further to carers in their local communities through a network of volunteers.

Established in 1965, Carers UK is the only national membership charity for carers, a respected expert on advice to carers, a support network and a movement for change. Marie-Louise von Motesiczky cared for her mother Henriette (1882-1978) of whom she made many memorable portraits, especially in the latter part of her life. These were accorded a special exhibition in New York in 2014 at Galerie St Etienne (The Mother Paintings) and examples are held in public collections in the UK (Arts Council and Tate in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and Manchester Art Gallery).

Courtauld Institute of Art, London (an exempt charity)
Collaborative Postgraduate Programme and Publication 2014-18

From 2014-16 the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust supported an inter-disciplinary, research-led programme about central European art and culture, through a collaboration between Dr Klara Kemp-Welch from the Courtauld, and Dr Beáta Hock from the University of Leipzig. This led to the design and delivery in 2015-16, of a new MA special option at the Courtauld: A Minor Modernism? Central European Art and Culture 1918-1956. A full complement of eight students was recruited of varying international backgrounds, one of whom was awarded the 2016 prize for the best MA dissertation. As a legacy from the programme an e-reader will be published at the end of 2018 in the open access Courtauld Books Online series. A post-doctoral Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust Fellowship has supported the work required for the publication.


Marie – Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship 2011-14

The Charity funded a three-year award in the field of women artists. The recipient Irene Noy, successfully defended her thesis on Sound Art, Gender and the West German Context in 2015. After receiving her PhD, she was appointed as the first Sackler Forum Postdoctoral Fellow from 2015-16, publishing the book based on her doctoral thesis at the end of 2017: Emergency Noises. Sound Art and Gender, German Visual Culture Volume Four, Peter Lang, Oxford 2017

Grendon Prison: Artist in Residence Programme
Ikon (CC528892) and HMP Grendon
Artist in Residence 2014-18

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust is funding the delivery of the second phase of its artist in residence programme through Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. Edmund Clark, the artist appointed for this phase, has staged three displays at Grendon in 2015, 2016 and 2017 of the men’s work, with a fourth one to come in November 2018. Each exhibition is a collaborative enterprise between him and a group of men from across the prison wings. These have been attended by guests from outside including representatives from the Koestler Trust, Birmingham, Cambridge and Oxford universities, Arts Council England, the MLvM Charitable Trust and Ikon. In Place of Hate, an exhibition of Edmund Clark’s own work in response to the experience of his residency at Grendon, was shown at Ikon in Birmingham from 6 December 2017 – 11 March 2018. It received thoughtful and very positive responses from the press (including a six-page article in the Financial Times Saturday Magazine) and the public. At the end of the exhibition’s run, Ikon organised a symposium to reflect on the issues raised by the residency and the public perception of those incarcerated within the criminal justice system. A version of the installation at Ikon was subsequently shown at Grendon in August 2018 to the men, the staff and invited guests.

Friends of Grendon Trust (CC: 1038885)
Artist in Residence 2010-14

The art residency at HMP Grendon was a four-year programme from  2010 to 2014, the first of its kind in the country. HMP Grendon, founded in 1962, is the only prison in the UK which wholly operates as a therapeutic community, working with men who have committed serious, usually violent offences. Research has shown that if a prisoner stays at least eighteen months in therapy at Grendon he is significantly less likely to re-offend. Many stay for several years.

The artist-in-residence worked with the men and staff in their communities within the Prison. The men created work through individual, collaborative, wing and prison-wide projects using drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and animation.

Sessions were held weekly and open to everyone. Participants ranged from those who had no confidence or art skills to others who are already passionately engaged in the subject. It aimed to provide access to the subject of art and offered people a chance to develop their interests with a practising artist.

Comments  from the men at Grendon include:

“I have been painting for many years within my sentence, it allows me to express a positive and constructive side that exists in my character..I am now at a point when I will ask for a canvas and paints funded via the trust..I have great encouragement and enjoyable debates..and with the support of the trust I hope to pay this back with my work and efforts.”

“Having the ability to discuss my pieces and influences has opened my eyes forever to what I can achieve..”

[The artist in residence] makes you work to do yourself justice, to open yourself, because she knows you’ll be happier when you’ve achieved the next level. She encourages you to challenge yourself AND enjoy it.”

In 2013 there was an unprecedented number of submissions from Grendon for the Koestler Trust’s annual scheme for art produced in prisons and a correspondingly impressive roster of awards.

The works of art generated from this project have been exhibited both within the prison and outside, including the Koestler Trust’s annual award scheme for art produced in prisons where Grendon has achieved notable success, and an exhibition at The Guardian Gallery, King’s Place, London N1 9GU:


20 MARCH – 18 APRIL 2014

Click here to download the Black and White PDF

Help Musicians UK (the working name of the Musicians Benevolent Fund CC:22808)
Karl Motesiczky Scholarships 2014-18

Support for cellists 2014-17
The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust through Help Musicians UK has provided support for five exceptionally talented cellists as they enter the music profession, to assist with fees in the final years of postgraduate study and the costs attendant upon their early career development: Alexander Rolton (2014), Michael Petrov (2015), Abel Selaocoe (2016), and Jamal Aliyev and Toby White (2017). The final awards made in 2017 will run for up to four years for each of the candidates concerned. The fellowships commemorate Marie-Louise’s brother Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), a gifted amateur cellist who died in Auschwitz.

Kiln Theatre (formerly known as Tricycle Theatre) 
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Support for Tricycle Transformed
The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has been a major contributor to the capital campaign known as ‘Tricycle Transformed’ for the renovation of the theatre in Kilburn, north London, which reopened under its new name of the Kiln Theatre in September 2018, after a two-year closure.

Minding the Gap 2014-20

Since 2014 the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has supported a drama-based programme that is designed for young (11-18) residents from the London Borough of Brent, all of whom have recently migrated to the UK and have little or no English. Brent is Europe’s most diverse local authority area where 48% of the population was born outside the UK and 130 languages are spoken. Working with schools and Further Education Colleges, Kiln helps the participants to create and act out narratives that address many of the issues they encounter, encouraging the development of English language and other skills, and good peer relationships, with a view to facilitating their social and educational integration. Because of the theatre’s closure for renovation, the programme has been run off-site during the academic years 2016-18, at the students’ schools and colleges or at Willesden Green Library. In 2017-18 Kiln worked with 175 young people, delivering more than 150 creative workshops and eight theatre performances.

Koestler Trust (CC1105759)
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Scholarships  2016-18

Founded in 1962, The Koestler Trust is the oldest arts charity working with offenders. Since 2008 it has run a mentoring scheme offering bespoke support to those who have been recently released from the criminal justice system and would like to continue with their arts-based practice. The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Scholarships provide the means for mentoring three candidates over a period of one year each until 2019, complementing the work the MLvM Charitable Trust has funded through the artist-in-residence scheme at HMP Grendon since 2010.


National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (CC 290598)

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Cello Scholarships in memory of Edmund and Karl von Motesiczky 2017-19

The the first scholarships were awarded at the end of the calendar year 2017 to two young cellists who form part of the annual intake for the NYO, an ensemble of 164 instrumentalists aged 13-19, which celebrated its 70th birthday in 2018. As well as the three rehearsal residencies each year and concerts around the country performed by the members of the orchestra, NYO delivers the Inspire orchestral training programme and NYO Play the School to a much wider group of young people.

Moorfields Eye Charity (CC:1140679)

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust Emotional Support Worker Co-ordinator 2015-17
4,942 patients were assisted across the six Moorfields East satellites as a result of the scheme to train volunteer mentors under the supervision of an Emotional Support Worker Co-ordinator. The success of the second pilot post funded by the Trust has also led to its incorporation into the permanent staff complement of Moorfields NHS Trust, as a fully qualified Eye Clinic Liaison Officer. The training of the volunteer mentors who work under the postholder will continue with the support of the Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust Nurse Counsellor 2012-15
An enhanced patient support service was officially launched at Moorfields Eye Hospital in December 2012, and at St George’s Hospital, Tooting (the main hub for Moorfields South) in May 2013. This counselling service is open to any adult dealing with issues related to loss of vision, its diagnosis and treatment. From December 2012 to 30 April 2015, 328 new referrals were made for patients ranging in ages from 17-94. 100% of the patients surveyed stated that they would recommend the counselling service to families or friends. The success of the service has been such that the post of Nurse Counsellor became part of the permanent staff complement at Moorfields from April 2015.

Tate (an exempt charity)

Émigré Art Archives Project 2018-22

Following on from the cataloguing and digitisation of Marie-Louise’s archive, the Trust is funding the cataloguing of material from four more archives at Tate that relate to the work of émigré artists, critics and art historians during the middle years of the twentieth century.

Digitisation of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive 2016-17

Around 75% of the materials from the Archive (subject to copyright permissions) have been scanned and the full documents are available online ( The complete archive is catalogued online at and the originals may be consulted through the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain.

Archive Cataloguer 2014-15

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has funded a post at Tate Archive to catalogue and translate Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s personal and archives (TGA 20129) housed at Tate Britain. Information on access to the Motesiczky papers can be found in the Archives section.


The Funding Network (CC: 1088315)

TFN International Programme 2016-18

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has renewed its funding for another three years’ work to consolidate the achievements of 2013-15 and to extend training and other forms of support. TFN International has worked with representatives of national and regional organisations in fifteen countries (Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey and the USA). Through a programme of hosted study visits to London, training and ongoing mentoring, these organisations have held 250 TFN live crowd-funding events which have raised £3.75 million for over 800 social change projects. At the end of 2018 there will be a conference for partner organisations in central and eastern Europe to review the findings of research conducted by Grand Valley State University in Michigan, to evaluate the impact of the TFN model of live crowdfunding for charitable causes and social enterprises beyond raising money, to building philanthropic infrastructure and supporting the development and well-being of civil society.

TFN International Project Director 2013-15

The Funding Network founded in 2002, is a forum for collaborative giving to create lasting social change. The success of this fund-raising model in the UK has prompted requests worldwide to replicate it in other countries, to which end the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust is helping to support the post of a Project Director over three years.

In 2014-15 funding from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust enabled TFN to work with civil society partners in ten countries: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Turkey and USA. There were 32 events attended by 2,105 people raising £696,672.

In July 2015 the Trust supported a conference in London to bring together TFN organisers and partners from around the world with their counterparts in the UK.

Grant Policy

The Trust does not respond to unsolicited grant applications and only funds projects that are run by organisations recognised as charities according to the law of England and Wales.