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. It received charitable status on the 21 November, 1996 and 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. One of the original Trustees, Sean Rainbird, is still on the Board.

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).


Permission to Reproduce and Copyright

Permission to reproduce should be addressed to the Trust, or to the public institutions and private owners to whom the work belongs. Copyright in Marie-Louise’s work is vested in the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and must be acknowledged as such at all times, whether or not the work belongs to the Trust, to public institutions or to private owners.


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 299 candidates from forty eight countries, the impact of the training and collaboration 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 Philippines, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

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New Volunteer Listening Service 2019-22
This service will involve the appointment of a new Helpline Information Officer to oversee the recruitment and training of listening support volunteers, raising awareness of the service through social media and short 30 second films for use online.

Supporting carers mental health 2018-19
Following on from the 2016-17 grant below, the Trustees 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 2014-19

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 was published at the end of 2019 in the open access Courtauld Books Online series. A post-doctoral Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust Fellowship supported the work required for the publication.

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

The Charity funded a three-year doctoral 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 2019-22

Dean Kelland became the third artist in residence at HMP Grendon for three years from 1 August 2019, supported by a project manager from Ikon, James Latunji-Cockbill. Together they have continued the programme of annual exhibitions at Grendon of the men’s work, that the previous artist, Edmund Clark started in 2015, the most recent one took place on 29 January 2020. Information about activities linked to the residency can be found on Ikon’s web site.

Artist in Residence 2014-19

Since 2014 the artist in residence programme at HMP Grendon has been delivered through Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Edmund Clark, the first incumbent under the new arrangement, introduced annual exhibitions at the prison in each of the years from 2015-18. These were collaborative enterprises between him and a group of men from across the prison wings, attended by invited guests from charities, higher education bodies and arts organisations involved in the criminal justice sector.

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 initial art residency at HMP Grendon was a four-year programme from 2010 to 2014, the first of its kind in the country over any length of time. 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.

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 2014 there was an exhibition of the men’s work 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 provided support for five exceptionally talented cellists as they entered 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 commemorated 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 was 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.

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Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Awards 2019-21

The Trust has committed to being the principal sponsor for the awards in the Portraits category of the annual Koestler Awards which cover over 50 art forms as practised by across those who are detained within UK prisons and other secure establishments, including UK prisoners abroad.

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Scholarships 2019-21

Two scholarships a year will be awarded over three years, as part of the Koestler Trust’s vitally important mentoring scheme for those recently released from prison and other secure units.

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 recently released from the criminal justice system who would like to continue with their arts-based practice. The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Scholarships have provided 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.

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Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Eye Clinic Liaison Officer 2019 – 2020/21

This is a two-year pilot scheme to standardise the work of the current team of ECLOs working across twelve different sites, to ensure consistency of service to all patients.

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.

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

Two scholarships a year are being awarded for three years to cellists between the ages of 13-19 who form part of the annual intake for the NYO, an ensemble of 164 young instrumentalists 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.

Refugees at Home (CC 1177765) 2019-2I

Refugees at Home was founded in February 2016 to address the homeless crisis among refugees and asylum seekers by introducing them to registered hosts who are willing to offer short-term accommodation. Since then Refugees at Home has helped more than 1,000 guests in over 1,200 placements, making around 140 placements every night. The Trust’s grant will support the cost of a placement administrator for two years.

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 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.

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TFN International Programme 2013 – 21

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has supported the international programme of The Funding Network since 2013, helping it to foster the model of live crowdfunding for social change projects around the world.

Warburg Institute, University of London (an exempt charity and statutory corporation:number RC000661)
February 2020

In honour of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s life, friendships and European heritage, the Trust has made a grant of £500,000 for a new teaching suite as part of the Warburg Renaissance, the capital redevelopment project for the Warburg Institute on Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, which forms part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. After Marie-Louise settled in England in 1939 she became part of an émigré circle that included friendships with several of those connected to the Warburg, most particularly Sir Ernst Gombrich, another Viennese émigré (1936), who was Director of the Warburg Institute from 1959-76 and a great admirer of Marie-Louise’s work.

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