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. Reflecting his concerns with investigating the environment and his relationship with it through his walking, photography and gathering practice. 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 Contemporary British Silversmiths and works as a visiting lecturer.
Cairns has exhibited widely; selected exhibitions include Tool Kit, Pragmata Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2021, Nothing To Look Forward to but the Past Tulca 2020, Galway 2020, Retracing Nature, Make Hauser & Wirth, Somerset 2019,Narratives in the Making, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales 2017, Silver Speaks, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2016, Side to Side, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland 2015, Collect , The Saatchi Gallery 2012 and Fit For Purpose, The V & A, London (2012).