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

The Trustees are delighted to announce that they have appointed James Fox, a textile artist from Lancaster, as the 11th Muir Trust Artist in Residence.

James works mostly with machine embroidery and the process of reverse applique to create hangings of various sizes. His work looks at modern life and politics and he aims to convey ideas and questions about our expectations regarding gender roles, work, culture and other aspects of our social and personal lives. He exhibits widely and has recently had an exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Manchester and a residency at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.

For the Muir Trust residency James will be selecting items from the varied museum collections in store and responding to these through his work to create new readings and interpretations. He is fascinated by political protest and trade unions and also by craftsmanship and groups on the fringes of social history. We wait to see what he will find in our store!

James Fox will be based at the Museum in Aylesbury on selected days during the period 21 September to 21 October 2017. Details of his open studios, workshop and talk can be found under our events listings.

Find out more about James and his work at

The Way, reverse applique with machine embroidery
Non Uniform Day, reverse applique with machine embroidery

A selection of work produced during the residency will be on display at the museum from 4 November to 2 December 2017.