The Muir Trust Residency

The Muir Trust was founded in 1997 and provides an endowment for a short residency programme to support established artists in the field of visual and applied arts as Artist in Residence at Buckinghamshire County Museum on a biennial basis.

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 have now closed for the

12th Muir Trust Residency

Shortlisting will take place in mid-January and interviews will take place on 7 February 2019.

We hope to give details of the appointed artist soon afterwards.

Further information about the dates and content of the residency will appear on this page when available.

Thank you to all those who have applied for this residency.  We will be in touch after shortlisting has been completed.


Applications were 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

Recent Residencies:

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

Find out more about James and his work at