Stef Blum-Stevenson (MFA; PGDE)

Widening Participation Officer (ACES)

Background

I lead ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) at the University of Edinburgh, am a visual artist, experienced educator, and co-founder of Tragicom Collective.

 

As as Widening Participation Officer for ACES at the University of Edinburgh, I organise a year-round programme of events, advice, and support for under-represented and disadvantaged young people interested in studying art, design, or architecture after school. 

I'm also a proud Committee Member of The Edinburgh Race Equality Network (EREN), a University of Edinburgh network for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues and allies. Supporting Strategy 2030 to make our University an even better place to study and work. 

 

I've been awarded Edinburgh Thrive Arts Grants to develop innovative exhibitions and workshops for creatives (2021), received Hope Scott Visual Art Funding (2019), the Marion Cameron MacKenzie Scholarship (2017), and the Andrew Grant Scholarship (2016). Residencies allowed me to explore the impact of human interaction with the Scottish Highlands (Beta-Beta 2016), a former hospice for AIDS + HIV patients in Cologne (Lebenshaus 2014), as well as a High Street in Thessaloniki after the economic crisis (Thermokoitides 2014).

Research summary

  • domestic crafts
  • support structures and shelters
  • bodily perception
  • everyday materials

Current research interests

My art practice and research investigates how humans interact with physical spaces; I use quotidian materials to create installations that place the viewer within the work, and amplify the spatial awareness of their own bodies. From building walls, roofs, tubes, floors and tunnels, my work invites the viewer to physically interact with it. I'm allured to themes around shelter and support structures, and how the human body relates to these objects.