Muir Trust Residency

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The Muir Trust was founded in 1997 by local artist Jane Muir, in memory of her husband, Alastair. It 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 Discover Bucks 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.

2024 Residency:

Applications are now invited from mid-career, UK-based visual artists.

We are looking for an established artist to draw portraits using their choice of (non-digital) 2D drawing media.

The artist will produce an assemblage of drawn portraits – evoked by people within the museum and the surrounding area – which will resonate with our visitors from Buckinghamshire and beyond.

The residency will be based in Aylesbury for 20 days between 8 April and 10 May 2024. The finished artworks will then be exhibited in a solo selling show at the museum from 25 May – 29 June 2024.

The artist will have a dedicated workspace in the museum and the residency will include open studio sessions, a workshop for adults and a public talk.

An award of £3,000 will be paid, plus an allowance for expenses.

Deadline for applications is noon on Friday 5 January 2024.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on Tuesday 6 February 2024.

Download further information and an application form here:

Information Document

Application Form


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