The Muir Trust

The Muir Trust was founded in 1997 as a result of a bequest by Jane Muir, the Buckinghamshire artist and mosaicist, in memory of her late husband Alastair Muir.  It provides an endowment to attract artists of national standing to be Artist in Residence at Buckinghamshire County Museum on a biennial basis.

The aim of the Residency is to enlarge the artistic experience and deepen the perception of both local artists and students and members of the general public through direct contact with an established working artist. It also provides the opportunity for an artist with a developed style to experiment and take their work in new directions. The Residency is followed by a selling exhibition of work at the museum.

The Residency is administered by the Keeper of Art at the County Museum.

11th Muir Trust Residency

James Fox, textile artist

In 2017, James Fox, a textile artist from Lancaster, was the 11th Muir Trust Artist in Residence.

Talented textile artist, James Fox arrived at the museum in late September for his residency. He filled his studio space with inspirational objects from the social history and art collections as well as a selection of his own work.

James works mostly with machine embroidery and the process of reverse applique to create unique hangings. He also produces lino cut prints. For this residency, James was exploring ideas around the theme of liberty. He looked at the radical 18th century politician John Wilkes, the first steps towards financial freedom of 19th century lace makers, the imprisonment of Victorian prisoners and the textiles produced by Sir Arthur Liberty, founder of the London store.

James created a large ‘Liberty’ hanging using Liberty fabrics and motifs from Bucks lace. The threads from the hanging were woven around a large bobbin decorated with images of local brickwork and historical plaques. He also produced two lino cut prints – one of Wilkes as an 18th century Lord Mayor of London and one of Boris Johnson in this role in the 21st century.

Liberty hanging by James Fox, 2017

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