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Spring Art Lecture: Photography in Scotland and the mysterious fact: 40 years of Stills

Location: University of Stirling, Pathfoot Building

Free, ticketed: book here

2017 is the 40th Anniversary of Stills, Centre for Photography and since its establishment Stills has become a champion for the important and powerful role that the medium of photography plays in the world today. In this lecture Stills’ Director Ben Harman will discuss the history of Stills and the general condition of photography in Scotland. 

The lecture accompanies an exhibition The Photographic Art: Pictorial traditions in Britain and America on loan to the University Art Collection from Stills. The Photographic Art presents a display of historically important photographic works from the 19th and 20th centuries by famous photographers such as Ansel Adams, Julia Margaret Cameron and Edward Weston. Accompanying this is an exhibition of new and existing work by Mhairi Law and David Grinly representing exciting new talent in photography from Scotland. 

Image: The Photographic Art: Pictorial traditions in Britain and America (installation detail) University of Stirling, Crush Hall 2017

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The Photographic Art (installation detail, 2017)
Exhibition Tour: Stills at The University of Stirling
Thursday, 25 May 2017

Location: University of Stirling, Pathfoot building, Crush Hall.

FREE, no booking necessary

As part of Stills’ 40th anniversary programme, we are presenting an off-site exhibition to showcase a range of contemporary and historic photography in a unique setting during the year of Stirling University’s 50th anniversary. The exhibition includes new work by Scottish photographers Mhairi Law and David Grinly as well as images by some of the best-known photographers of the 19th and  20th centuries, including: Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julia Margaret Cameron and Edward Weston.

Stills' Director, Ben Harman will be in conversation with exhibitor Mhairi Law as she discusses her recent photographic series Føroying - The Floating Islands alongside her series Eilean I Island made on the Isle of Lewis in 2014. 

This tour is followed by the Spring Art Lecture: Photography in Scotland and the mysterious fact: 40 years of Stills with Ben Harman, Director of Stills. To book a place click here

Image: Føroying - The Floating Islands, Mhairi Law (2016)

Mhairi Law, 'Føroying - The Floating Islands' 2016
EXHIBITION TALK: Norman McBeath in conversation with Ben Harman
Tuesday, 30 May 2017

FREE, no booking necessary

Norman McBeath will talk us through his photographic series Light Box on display as part of the Ambit: Photographies from Scotland exhibition. 

Light in its many aspects - solar, sacred, reflected, man-made - shines through this series of photographs. They are portraits of light, playing off intricacies of light and shadow. The focus is not on identification but on imagination, providing the viewer with a starting point for their own narratives. A creative response to the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015, these photographs were developed as part of a wider collaboration with the poet Robert Crawford. The series seeks to open possibilities, alternative ways of seeing the familiar, through the lens of the camera - the original 'light box'. 


Image: Light Box (2012-2014) Norman McBeath (installation detail). Photograph by Alan Dimmick

Norman McBeath, 'Ambit: Photographies from Scotland'
Technical Support Days
Sunday, 4 June 2017

Are you looking for some support with your photography practice? Just ASK! (Additional Support + Knowledge) 

  • Perhaps you want a refresher in the B&W darkrooms, or some assistance getting re-acquainted with the enlargers and chemicals? 
  • Do you need a hand using our inkjet printer, or the freedom to ask lots of questions when scanning your negatives?
  • Or maybe you just want some reassurance whilst you get started on a new project?

Whatever it is - for just £24, (or the equivalent price of 2 standard day passes), Stills’ Team Assistants will be happy to provide enhanced technical support throughout the day.

Simply book the facilities you wish to use on the relevant days (see below), and make sure to let us know when booking that you would like Technical Support with an Enhanced Day Pass.


Digital Scanning and Printing Darkroom Printing Support
Sunday 4 June Saturday 17 June
Saturday 1 July Sunday 2 July

Support will be available as needed between 11am-1pm and 3-5pm

Please note: You must have completed a full induction or one of our courses prior to these sessions.

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Snap Shots: Children's Art Week Open Day
Sunday, 11 June 2017
11am - 4pm

Have you ever made a print in the darkroom?
Fancy trying some studio photography?
Want to experiment with Photoshop?

Why not drop into Stills and we’ll introduce you to some creative and fun ways to play with photography. There’s no need to book, just come along on the day and have fun experimenting.

Ages 5 – 15 (under 12's should bring a responsible adult with them)

Free and no booking required. 


Children's Art Week
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