Stu brings a diverse set of complementary skills and experiences to his role as trustee. He is a researcher at Goldsmiths, UoL and Product Manager at NHS Digital. After gaining his BA in American Studies at the University of Hull (2003) where he focused on modern and postmodern art as well as cinema and gender studies, Stu went on to study Graphic Design and film photography 2004-2007 part-time at Hull College of Art and Design.
Stu maintains a creative practice in photography and sound art, as well as working as an independent curator. He studied screenprinting at East London Printmakers in 2008 and returned to photography at Leeds College of Art, 2015-17. Collectivising with a small group of photographers, Stu co-founded Aire Street Darkroom in Leeds while studying towards an MA in Curation Practices from Leeds Arts University where his curatorial practice focused upon artistic process and curatorial collaboration and culminated in an experimental residency project in Ravenscar, North Yorkshire with the artist Fritha Jenkins.
This research-focused curatorial approach led to Stu successfully applying to the Advanced Practices programme in the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths, UoL, commencing a PhD in 2020, researching the generative potential of misunderstanding and misreadings.