The Stuart Croft Foundation officially launched to the public with an intimate evening celebration at Jerwood Space, London, on 26th October. The foundation welcomed guests from across the arts and film industry, as well as friends and family of the late Stuart Croft.
Acclaimed novelist, playwright and poet Deborah Levy, who mentored Stuart Croft as a writer, paid tribute to Stuart in a very moving and captivating speech.
Will Fowler, curator of artists’ moving image at the BFI, announced that the BFI National Archive is now housing and developing the Stuart Croft archive, marking an exciting development towards maintaining the legacy of Stuart Croft’s work. Read more about plans for the archive revealed that night in the speech.
The launch also saw the publication of a new piece of writing – Chasing the Tail of Tales by critic and curator Sacha Craddock – which so vividly reflects Stuart’s spirit, audacity and originality. This specially printed fold-out edition, which was commissioned by the Stuart Croft Foundation and designed by Cameron Leadbetter, was available to guests on the night. If you would like to request a copy of the print publication, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stuart Croft’s film Drive In was screened in Jerwood Space’s Gallery 3 as part of the event. This extraordinary seven-minute looped work holds all of Stuart’s signature elements: recursion, narrative appropriation, the interrogation of power relations, the riff on genre cinema, and sensational writing.
We are enormously grateful to the Jerwood Space for hosting a very special launch event. We hope you will join us on this journey and support the foundation so that we can build on Stuart’s legacy and nurture future generations of artists, curators, writers and educators.
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