Tenth Muse – Sharjah Art Museum 2022

What it is:

An new interactive art installation of textile hangings with hand embroidered texts featuring the handwriting of nine key people ‘muses’ designed and made in London

‘Tenth Muse’ presents the idea that the viewer becomes the tenth muse to interact closely and intimately with nine chosen muses brought together in one space through their words and sayings.  These include Sufi poets (Rabia, Wallada, Ibn Sina) Western poets (William Shakespeare) and contemporary figures (Malala Yousafzai) and figures across the Arab world.

Partners and collaborators:

Rosalind has worked with British Arab speaking pupils from Chiswick School to create a soundscape of their voices speaking the texts in English and Arabic.  Following a calligraphy workshop run by the artist the pupils chose the quotes that inspired them and wrote them in their own handwriting.  These have inspired the artwork – for instance the handwriting of ‘Shahad’ Yr. 7 who wrote a quote from Malala Yousafzai ‘Let us pick up our books and our pens – they are the most powerful weapons’ which has then been ‘written with a needle’ a technique of copying in stitch by hand and eye the handwriting of an individual

Andrew Martin of AMD interior design


Sharjah Contemporary Museum


Talking ‘process’ and stuff:

We made a little video about Ros talking from her studio about her inspiration for Tenth Muse which you can watch here.