Mirka Mora is an artist so strongly associated with the history and art culture of Melbourne that there would be only a few people who have not heard of her. Her passing has left a gap that can in part be filled with her artworks on display in the city and in galleries.
Mirka Mora's large collection of her art tools, artefacts and personal belongings is due to be auctioned on March 3rd at the Leonard Joel Auction House. On this day, around 800 items, including her collection of dolls, prams and teddy bears as well as her sketchbooks and painting materials will go under the hammer. As exciting as this may be for fans of Mirka Mora and her art, Lucy Feagins of The Design Files felt that the legacy of this artist should be available to the public rather than just for individuals who purchase at the auction.
So, together with the Heide Museum of Modern Art, a campaign, Mirka for Melbourne, has been started to allow the museum to purchase much of this collection for public display. The crowdfunding campaign intends to raise the necessary money to display this important collection, thus making it available for all to see and admire at the museum.
Businesses and individuals can donate and will be acknowledged or rewarded in different ways. Donations of $60 receive a 'Mirka for Melbourne' t-shirt, whilst donations of $1,100 will receive an amazing limited edition archival Art Print (45cm x 80cm), released exclusively for this campaign. (These prints are offered in an edition of just 150 - first in, first served). You can check all the details on how to donate here. Funds raised through the campaign will also enable the cleaning, conservation, and storage of the objects so that they can be displayed at the museum in the best possible way.
There are only a few days left to pledge your support for this very worthwhile initiative to make sure the legacy of one of Melbourne's most influential artists can be seen by the public for generations to come.