Stuart Cairns works as a silversmith combining natural materials and found objects alongside precious metals to create artefacts 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.
Cairns has exhibited widely; selected exhibitions include, Setting The Scene, the Craft Study Centre, Farnham 2013, 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 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, University of Ulster and The Ulster Museum.