StuartCairns I75B3467

Sketch Utensils (detail)

Silver, found fishing line, found plastic, gathered twigs, linen thread, approx. 35 – 40cm long each
Photographer, Peter Rowen

StuartCairns I75B3750

From the Forest, From the Sea, From the City

Silver, found objects: thorn, staples, fishing line, steel and rusted bolt, approx. 18cm long
Photographer, Peter Rowen

StuartCairns I75B3450

Sketch Utensil

Silver, found fishing line, found plastic, gathered twigs, linen thread, approx. 35 – 40cm long each
Photographer, Peter Rowen

Stuart Cairns_2 from Recollections Series_Silver, found objects, linen thread_Each Between 15 & 25cm long_Photographer Rory Moore

From the Recollections Series

silver, found objects and linen thread, each between 15-25cm long
Photographer, Rory Moore

Stuart Cairns_Recollections Series_Silver, found objects, linen thread_Each Between 15 & 25cm long_Photographer Rory Moore

From the Recollections Series

silver, found objects and linen thread, each between 15-25cm long
Photographer, Rory Moore

Six-stilletos

6 Stilettos

Silver, linen, linen thread, flax and found objects, 100 x 20mm each

Three-Utensils

Three Utensils

typewriterutensil

Typewriter Utensil

Silver-vessel-with-screws

Silver Vessel

Silver, 80x40mm

metals/miotal

Stuart Cairns

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Stuart Cairns states that his practice is centered on a love for materials, materiality and a sense of place, the found object set alongside fabricated elements.

 

  • The objects I explore are those of abstracted vessels, utensils and tool forms incorporating found objects along side fabrications in silver, steel and various other materials such as linen thread, wood – whatever I’m drawn to. Fuelling this method of making are frequent walks through woods, along shorelines and urban settings where I collect and gather, the objects becoming moments of excitement. These gathered finds are selected, arranged and drawn against, playing with shapes until a sense of visual rhythm is found. From this I set about making. Silver elements are fabricated using an ever-evolving number of metal working techniques. Metal is pushed through a roller to add textures and distort outlines; it is forged, folded, soldered and seamed to capture a sense of drawn object.  
  • Oxides are left as varying carbon tones and the pieces are assembled by pinning, riveting, tying, trapping and binding to add to the sense of the handmade. The resulting objects speak of an implied life, of a past and a place, of being carried, left and lifted.

 

Cairns graduated from the University of Ulster in 2000 with a BA in Fine and Applied Arts specialising in Silversmithing and Jewellery. He returned to the receiving an MA in Applied Art in 2006. He is currently based in Co. Down.

Collections

Arts Council of Northern Ireland
University of Ulster
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2014  
The Rosemary James Memorial Award for Craft
2012  
Arts Council of Northern Ireland General Arts Award

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016
A Language of Landscape, Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Northern Ireland
Place and Process, R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
2015
Gathered/Formed, Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 
Stuart Cairns – Solo Exhibition, An Tuireann, Portree, Isle of Skye

 

Group Exhibitions 

2017  
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016        
Silver Speaks
, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2015
Home, Taidebunkkeri, Finland
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Metal & Stone, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
The Irish Connection, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2014
Danske Sølvsmede with British Guests, Koldinghus, Denmark
Culture Craft, Londonderry 2013, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2013        
Setting the Scene, The Craft Study Centre, UCA, Farnham, UK
ICON, Brown Thomas, Dublin
2012 
New Silver, Galerie RA, Amsterdam
Utensil, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
COLLECT, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Fit For Purpose, The Victoria and Albert Museum
2011  
Linen Diaspora 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf at Chevrotère Mill, Quebec
2009 
Side X Side – Edge to Edge, Hämeenlinna, Finland
2007 
Ignition-New Work, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

 

Contact Details:

Stuart Cairns


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