Windows of Longing: The Art of Edward Heffernan

Windows of Longing is a musical and visual exploration of the art of Edward Heffernan OAM (1912-92) who was born at a residence on Studley Road in Eaglemont. His vision of the Australian landscape celebrated views of Heidelberg, iconic scenes across Melbourne, as well as bush and coastal vistas. Working with charcoal, watercolour, lino cut and oils, Heffernan also developed a passion for the female nude.

Content warning: This performance utilises artworks that feature the female nude, and explores adult themes.

This event will feature a live performance by new music ensemble Aurora Lumina in real-time collaboration with visual artist Jutta Pryor. Compositions and improvisations inspired by Heffernan’s art invite the audience to reach inside themselves and encounter the forces of eroticism and place in art.

Windows of Longing commences with a reconsideration of Heffernan’s sensuous female forms within a current context. Michael Currie’s music compositions reflect his own relationship with Heffernan’s works, that were ‘burnt onto his eyeballs’ by the Heffernan works that hung on the walls of his family suburban home in Heidelberg. For Currie, these images acted as ‘witnesses and erotic chaperones’ to his developing manhood.

Composer Jenny Game reflects on Currie’s encounters with the Heffernan nude in her composition Marianne and explores notions of a lesbian representation of the artworks.

As a visual artist and filmmaker, Jutta Pryor consolidates the art of Heffernan visually, historically, and conceptually in a documentary format with interviews and visual explorations*.

Music performed by Aurora Lumina, featuring:

  • Michael Currie (double bass)
  • Jenny Game (saxes)
  • Poul Grage (drums and percussion)
  • Peter Neville (vibraphone and Percussion)
  • with special guest Steve Falk (marimba and percussion)

Filmed and directed by Jutta Pryor. Produced by Jutta Pryor and Michael Currie as part of a project supported with funds from Banyule Council.


  • Thursday, 11 March 2021 | 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM


If you cannot attend in person, a recording of this performance will be available to view online for a limited time.

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