LISA GORMAN + MIRKA MORA: To breathe with the rhythm of the heart

Program Details

Education Level:
Up to Grade 2
Grades 3-6
Lower to Middle Secondary
VCE Studio Arts
1- 2 hour - dependant on year level
Free for school groups
until 17 march 2024
Lisa Gorman +Mirka Mora

LISA GORMAN + MIRKA MORA: to breathe with the rhythm of the heart  aligns the work of two pioneering and ground-breaking Australian artists whose practices traverse generations and medium; intersecting at two iconic moments in Australian art and fashion history.


The exhibition celebrates the artists shared love of colour, illusion, other worldliness, and experimental modes of production, while highlighting the pivotal role fashion and textiles played in their daily lives. The exhibition puts into dialogue select garments from the Gorman label's iconic 2016 and 2018 GORMAN X Mirka collaborations, together with rarely exhibited embroideries, beloved soft sculptures, and never before seen paintings directly from the Estate of Mirka Mora, alongside the unveiling of a large-scale, site-specific, sculptural installation by Lisa Gorman, drawing inspiration from the two fundamental components of weaving, the warp and weft. 

Introduce students to the marvellous lives of Mirka Mora and Lisa Gorman. From Mirka’s early life in Paris and escape from the holocaust, to becoming one of the most revered and beloved Australian artists. Discover Mirka’s wonderful joy for life, wide use of materials and techniques and her iconic collaboration with Lisa Gorman. Be inspired by the life and creativity of Warrnambool born Lisa Gorman, discover the story behind the development of one of Australia’s most recognisable fashion labels and her new sculptural works.

In this educator led session students will be engaged to identify and discuss the different ways Mirka Mora and Lisa Gorman have used creative elements and ideas across a range of media, their influence and use of different techniques and processes before engaging in a hands on session in our studio.

This exhibition is designed by Studio Bright, and includes works drawn from the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Estate of Mirka Mora, and private collections. The exhibition will be supported by a limited-edition bespoke publication published by the Warrnambool Art Gallery.

LISA GORMAN + MIRKA MORA: To breathe with the rhythm of the heart  is proudly supported by the Victorian State Government through Visit Victoria and the Regional Events Fund