The Stuart Croft Foundation was established by the family and friends of the artist after his death in 2015 and was registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by the Charity Commission (September 2015, registered charity no 1163676).
The Foundation’s mission is to make accessible the legacy and archive of artist-filmmaker Stuart Croft, to exhibit his moving-image works, and to provide grants for new moving-image productions, research, publications and exhibitions.
Emma Bennett is a London-based artist. She is represented by Charlie Smith London and her paintings have recently been included in ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ and ‘Nature Morte’, both published by Thames & Hudson. She has exhibited globally in galleries and museums including Amsterdam, Berlin, Bremen, Cardiff, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London and Los Angeles and her work is in prominent private collections. Emma met Stuart on the MA programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1997-98). She took on a number of producer/production manager roles in Stuart’s early films and continued to be involved in his work until his death.
Mike Croft is a chartered town planner based in Leeds. Mike has worked in town planning for 55 years, mainly in the public sector. Following many years of similar work in England, he currently works part-time as a Reporter for the Scottish Government deciding appeals against planning and related decisions by Scottish local authorities. Fundamental elements of that work are to act fairly, openly and impartially, and to uphold the public interest. He comes to the Foundation as Stuart Croft’s father. His working life has included significant decision-making and management experience. Mike has worked in the past as trustee of another registered arts charity.
Steven Eastwood is an artist-filmmaker working in both cinema and gallery. His first feature Buried Land was officially selected for Tribeca, Moscow, Sarajevo, Mumbai film festivals 2010. Recent and forthcoming screenings and exhibitions include London Film Festival, Jerwood Space; Fabrica; QUT Gallery, Brisbane, Globe Gallery, Newcastle; KK Projects Gallery, New Orleans; CCA Warsaw; ICA London; Anthology Film Archives. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions from bodies including the Arts Council, AHRC, Big Lottery and Film London. His documentary Those Who Are Jesus (2001) was nominated for a Grierson Award at BAFTA.
John Gill has over 40 years’ experience in major arts organisations in the public sector as curator and director and has been instrumental in the establishment of several arts organisations in the UK. He is a Governor of the University of Brighton, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Camden Arts Centre. He recently held the Bader Visiting Research Fellowship in the Visual Art of the Theatre at Harvard College. He has been Chair of Brighton Lighthouse, Photoworks and Brighton Photo Biennial, and a Council member and Chair of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the British School at Rome.
Keira Greene is an artist, filmmaker and writer living in London. She studied MA in Moving Image at Royal College of Art (2013- 2015) and BA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art (2009-2011). Keira has exhibited and screened her work widely, including recent exhibitions and screenings at Jerwood Space, London, South London Gallery, London, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Supernormal, Oxfordshire, The Commons, Bolinas - San Francisco. Recent written work has been commissioned by Tate and Orlando magazine. She works collaboratively within two research led collectives Altai, and Co- which explore collective action through organised events.
Anna Lucas is a London based artist filmmaker whose work is distributed by the UK artists moving image agency LUX. She has been commissioned by numerous organisations including Whitstable Biennale, South London Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Commissions East, Picture This, Tate and Film London. Solo shows include FACT, Liverpool and Chisenhale Gallery, London and she has been Henry Moore Fellow at Spike Island and Wellcome Trust Fellow at Oxford University. International screenings include New York, Virginia, Oberhausen, Korea, Melbourne, Taiwan. She was a longstanding friend and colleague of Stuart Croft working with him as Associate Lecturer at Moving Image Studio, RCA.
Gilane Tawadros is the Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organization which was established by artists for artists. She is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London which, over a decade, achieved an international reputation as a ground-breaking cultural agency. She has curated a number of exhibitions nationally and internationally and written extensively on contemporary art. Gilane worked with Stuart over a number of years in different contexts: at Iniva, at Brighton Photo Biennial and at DACS, where Stuart advised on artists’ moving image practice.
Gary Thomas produces and curates artists’ film and animation. He is co-founder and director of Animate Projects, and also works in the Film team at the British Council. He previously worked at Arts Council England as Head of Moving Image, where he led on policy development for arts distribution and implemented strategic initiatives for artists’ moving image archive and commissioning, including collaborations with the BFI and UK Film Council. He has been Chair of LUX and is currently also a trustee of National Dance Company Wales and UK Young Artists. He has made several short films in collaboration with artist Tim Shore.