Exploring Portraiture

Residency 9 April – 9 May 2024 | Exhibition opens 24 May 2024
Join Cara Gordon, the 2024 Muir Trust Artist in Residence, on her journey from initial inspiration to finished portraits

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The Muir Trust and Discover Bucks Museum are delighted to announce that Belfast artist, Cara Gordon, will be the next artist-in residence at the museum.

~Residency : 9 April – 9 May 2024~

Meet the artist at the Museum on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and at Aylesbury Library on Tuesdays

~‘Exploring Portraiture’ exhibition : opens 24 May 2024~

Cara’s evocative works range from portraiture to landscapes. She is a renowned and award-winning artist including winning the RUA Gold Medal at the 2021 exhibition at the Ulster Museum.
For her Residency, Cara will create a group of drawn portraits and sketches of local people within the museum and the surrounding town. These may be quick spontaneous sketches or longer studies made onto collages of discarded papers that add another dimension and texture to each portrait. She will be looking for a diverse range of sitters to illustrate the town and its communities today and hopes to engage new audiences with her work.

Mel Czapski, Curator of Art at Discover Bucks Museum, said, “Portraits are a fascinating subject, giving a unique insight into the sitter. Cara’s experimentation with process and materials, building up layers of collage beneath the portrait adds an extra dimension to her work. This residency is a fabulous opportunity for our visitors to engage with a professional artist and explore their own creativity through our workshops.”



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Associated Events with Cara Gordon:

~Afternoon tea and talk, Thursday 18 April, 1pm-3pm : £15~ SOLD OUT
Join Cara Gordon in her studio for her conversation with the Curator of Art, Mel Czapski, and watch a live portrait demonstration. A unique opportunity to have a delicious cream tea in an artist’s studio!


~Charcoal drawing and collage workshop, Saturday 20 April, 10am – 3pm : £30~
Combining elements of both drawing and collage to create a unique portrait under the expert guidance of Cara Gordon.

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~Talk and Private View : Thursday 23 May, 3pm : Free~
Join Cara for a talk about her career and this residency followed by a private view of her exhibition.
Booking for all events is essential.

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Image credit: © Cara Gordon

Residency supported by The Muir Trust




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21 April 2024, 11.00am – 4pm
Saturday 20 April, 10am – 3pm
Residency 9 April – 9 May 2024 | Exhibition opens 24 May 2024

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