In practical terms the purpose of the residency is to widen the artistic experience and deepen the understanding of the general public, local artists and students 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 Curator of Art at the County Museum.
Applications are now open for the
12th Muir Trust Residency
Applications are invited from established, mid-career, UK-based studio artists who wish to develop their creative practice by working with the Bucks County Museum collections. The residency will be based in Aylesbury for 20 days during mid-September to late-October 2019.
The chosen artist will select items from the mixed collections in store and respond to them through their own medium to create new readings and interpretations. The artist will have a working space in the museum to display the selected exhibits and develop their artistic responses. The residency is followed by a solo selling exhibition illustrating this creative process and its results.
Applicants must have a developed personal style and be at a point in their career where they want the opportunity to re-invigorate their practice. Work must be suitable for demonstration and execution in a museum environment within the given timescale. You must be able to engage with visitors about your work and inspirations through open studio sessions, a workshop for adults and a public talk.
We welcome re-applications from applicants to our previous residencies.
An award of £3,000 will be paid, plus an allowance for subsistence/travel expenses.
Closing date for applications is 20 December 2018 and interviews will be held on 7 February 2019.
For further information and an application form please email
For more information about the Muir Trust go to
James Fox, textile artist
In 2017, James Fox, a textile artist from Lancaster, was the 11th Muir Trust Artist in Residence.