Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

01The 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 more than 200 candidates from over thirty countries, with 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, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, Tajikistan and Turkey.

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

Carers UK (CC1140890)
Supporting carers to access respite care and support 2016-17

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust  is funding 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 in 2018 in the open access Courtauld Books Online series. A post-doctoral Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust Fellowship will support 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.

Grendon Prison: Artist in Residence Programme
Ikon (CC528892) and HMP Grendon
Artist in Residence 2014-17

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 already staged two displays at Grendon in 2015 and 2016 of the men’s work, a collaborative enterprise between him and a group of men from across the prison wings. These were attended by guests from outside including representatives from the Koestler Trust, Birmingham, Cambridge and Oxford universities, the MLvM Charitable Trust and Ikon; a third exhibition will take place at the end of 2017. Ikon hosted a symposium on Art, Prison and Rehabilitation in November 2015 and will organise another at the end of 2017 at the conclusion of the second phase. Edmund Clark’s own work arising from his Grendon residency will be shown at Ikon in the winter of 2017-18. Other work of his has been shown at the Imperial War Museum from July 2016 – 28 August 2017: Edmund Clark: War of Terror.

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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

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

Support for cellists 2014-18
Help Musicians UK has joined forces with the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust to support exceptionally talented cellists as they enter the music profession. The four-year partnership commemorates Marie-Louise’s brother Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), a gifted amateur cellist who died in Auschwitz.

Research by Help Musicians UK has highlighted the challenges facing musicians on the cusp of the profession. Every year it supports more than 100 top young musicians with the vast costs of postgraduate training. But access to funding, advice and support in the first couple of years after conservatoire study is crucially needed to help them on the path to a sustainable professional career. With funding from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK will be able to offer up to two exceptional cellists in the final years of postgraduate study, a package of support worth up to £20,000. Each Karl Motesiczky Scholar will identify a mentor to support them after graduation, and they will also benefit from dedicated showcase opportunities.

Karl Motesiczky Fellows to date are Alexander Rolton (2014), Michael Petrov (2015), Abel Selaocoe (2016), and Jamal Aliyev and Toby White (2017).

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 will provide the means for mentoring three candidates for a year each over the three-year period, and complement the work the MLvM Charitable Trust has funded through the artist-in-residence scheme at HMP Grendon since 2010.

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Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust Emotional Support Worker Co-ordinator 2015-17
Building on the success of the integrated patient support service launched at the end of 2012, Moorfields Eye Hospital is recruiting and training a group of emotional support volunteers as a two-year pilot. The Trust is funding the post of Co-ordinator to manage and support a team of up to forty four volunteers. The service, launched on 2 November 2015, is focusing on Moorfields’ six satellite sites across East London where the need is deemed to be greatest.

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)

Digitisation of  Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive 2016-17

Following the completion of the online cataloguing of the MLvM Archive, the Trust is funding the digitisation of the core materials in which the MLvM Charitable Trust holds the copyright (approx. 75% of the whole). This will make the material available anywhere in the world, not only to those who wish to consult the originals 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. Currently there are ten countries actively engaged in running giving circles on the TFN model, where in 2016, fifty-five events were held attended by 3,623 people with funding raised for 187 projects. In 2017 TFN will work with a research project at Grand Valley State University in Michigan to evaluate the impact of the TFN model beyond raising money, to building philanthropic infrastructure and supporting the development and well-being of civil society. At the end of 2018 there will be a conference for partner organisations in central and eastern Europe to review the findings of the research.

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.

Tricycle Theatre (CC 276892)

Support for Tricycle Transformed
The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has contributed £250,000 towards the Tricycle Theatre’s capital project to provide facilities to match the ambition of its programming and commitment to being an accessible venue open to all. Each year the Tricycle delivers more than 21,000 learning experiences for young people, including Minding the Gap which is currently supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Minding the Gap 2014-17

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust is supporting a drama-based programme at Tricycle Theatre that engages more than 250 young (11-18) residents each year 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, Tricycle 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.


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.