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.
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.
Sue Jones is Director of Whitstable Biennale. She became Director in 2005 and has since built an international profile for the festival. She has 25 years of experience working very closely with early career artists on their first major commission. She was previously Curator and then Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London between 1990-2000. She is invited to curate internationally, most recently co-curating ‘Points of Departure’ for the inaugural Estuary Festival in 2016. Sue worked with Stuart on a number of projects in the 1990s at Chisenhale Gallery.
Sean Sparke is a sales and marketing consultant with over 20 years experience within the clinical, food and water sectors. Sean advises companies and their sales teams in the best approach to selling and achieving the optimum result through mentoring, production of sales strategies, networking, introductions to executive levels, thinking smarter and providing solutions to the customer. His previous roles have included working as a Sales Director both at a UK and International level. Sean’s background is scientific, with a BSc in microbiology and HNC in chemistry. His appreciation of art and moving image came through his association with Stuart Croft, his brother in law.
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.
The foundation wishes to thank previous trustees for their generous commitment and invaluable contributions: