Jury painting updated with well known Aylesburians

Artist Peter Keegan with his contemporary version of The Jury

Artist Peter Keegan with his contemporary version of The Jury

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A new exhibition at Bucks County Museum features an update of the well known Jury painting, alongside other contemporary art inspired by the museum’s collections.

In Creative Connections artists, many from Bucks Art Society, have explored the collections in search of inspriation for new pieces of work.

Original The Jury painting by John Morgan, 1861

Original The Jury painting by John Morgan, 1861

Portrait painter Peter Keegan was inspired by the museum’s painting of The Jury by John Morgan which features 12 named individuals from Aylesbury in 1861.

Mr Keegan has created a modern version using local people including former town mayor Ranjula Takadra, Colin King from Tilbury’s butchers shop, solicitor John Reddington, Aylesbury’s longest serving postman Chris Innes and farmer Brian Lloyd.

Nearly 40 artists have contributed to the exhibition using a variety of media including oil, watercolour, print, textiles, ceramics and sculpture.

They found their inspiration in historic shoes, chairs, fossils, a Victorian dress, foxes and the museum’s fine collection of studio ceramics.

The exhibition runs until Saturday May 9. Entry is free and the works are available for sale.

There is also plenty of Easter fun to be had at the county museum over the school summer holidays.

Children can enjoy making Easter egg cosies at the museum on Good Friday at 10am, noon, 1pm and 3pm, cost £3 per child.

There is no need to book, although all children must be accompanied by an adult.

There is also an Easter egg hunt around the museum and in the garden which will run throughout the holidays and costs £1.