Stu Herring


Herring’s performances encompass ritualistic elements from various cultures – borrowing ideas from the sadhus, the Hindu holy men of India, and the stylites or pillar-saints, the Christian ascetics in the early days of the Byzantine Empire (in modern day Turkey) who lived on pillars, preaching, fasting and praying. Herring plays with the characteristics of asceticism, the practice of abstinence or restraint. He often puts himself into situations that test the body’s endurance or place restrictions on his movements or are physically isolating. Within these solitary tasks, Herring finds himself in a mindset that by contrast to his gruelling actions, furthers his personal understanding of freedom.

In allowing these acts to be viewed Herring hopes to evoke feelings, or awaken memories within viewers of their own everyday struggles to maintain their individual freedom in what often seems an increasingly regimented and confining world.



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The latest news on Stu Herring's performances and exhibitions.

Divine Nothingness - opening Good Friday

Stu Herring is pleased to announce the opening of his Latest solo show at Abject Gallery.

Spiritual Horn at Newcastle Cathedral for The Late Shows.

Stu Herring is pleased to announce his latest performance Spiritual Horn, late shows at Newcastle cathedral on the 20th May 2017.

Interview with 'NE Arts & Culture' New TV show.

NE Arts & Culture show is a new programme featured on Made in Tyne and Wear, here you can see their reccent interview with Stu Herring.
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