Stuart Cairns works as a silversmith combining natural materials and found objects alongside precious metals to create artifacts in the tradition of tableware and domestic objects.
He graduated with a Bachelors Degree In Silversmithing and Jewellery from the University of Ulster in 2000, returning to complete a Masters degree in 2006. He is a member of the British Designer Silversmiths and a part-time lecturer in the University of Ulster.
Stuart has exhibited widely. Selected exhibitions include: Icon, Brown Thomas, Dublin' Collect, The Saatchi Gallery 2012; Fit For Purpose, The V & A, London (2012); the Linen Diaspora, 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf, Quebec (2011) and Side x Side, Hämeenlinna, Finland (2009). His work has been purchased for both public and private collections including the University of Ulster and The Ulster Museum.
In 2014, he was awarded the first Rosy James Memorial Craft Bursary.