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Doors Open Day at Stills
Saturday, 23 September 2017
11am - 6pm


Join us on for our Doors Open Day where you can take part in free tasters and tours throughout the building including;

Darkroom printing 
Discover the magic of analogue printing in Stills traditional darkrooms.
Using negatives depicting images of the Old Town you will make your own prints to take home on the day. Working under the red light you'll witness the images slowly appear in the developer - just like in the movies!

Animation with Photoshop 
The range of things you can do with Photoshop is mindblowing so we're not even going to attempt to show you the full package (we've got courses that do that if you're interested). Instead we're going to show you how you can easily make short animations by drawing on top of stock footage. 

Studio Photography 
We'll have our studio lights and back drop set up in a cosy 'photobooth' where you can take turns posing for and snapping portraits. Camera shy? No problem - we have a range of disguises to ease the discomfort! Our mini-printer will be set up for you to take a print of your mastepiece away with you. 

Exhibition Tours 11am & 2pm
We will be providing guided tours of our current exhibtion at 11am and 2pm.
Nudes Never Wear Glasses is Kate Davis' first solo exhibition in Edinburgh and has been created especially for the context of Stills. Bringing together a new photographic series with drawings and recent moving image works, Nudes Never Wear Glasses includes the first gallery presentation of her Margaret Tait Award film Charity (2017).

The tasters will run from 11am - 5pm. No need to book, just drop in at a time that suits you. If we're busy there may be a short wait, but teas and coffees will be available in our library space so you can wait in comfort.

Suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Stills 40th Anniversary Lecture: Simon Baker
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Location: Scottish National Gallery, Hawthorden Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh.

Ticketed: £4 + booking fee. Book here

Simon Baker is Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate, and has been invited by Stills to present a talk in Edinburgh as part of our 40th anniversary. Since his appointment in 2009 he has worked on acquisitions, displays of the permanent collection and exhibitions at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and in advisory roles for Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool. With reference to recent projects, he will discuss strategies for exhibiting and collecting photography at Tate and the processes of identifying and selecting work for acquisition or display.



Simon Baker
Stills 40th Anniversary Auction
Friday, 20 October 2017
Live auction of prints by named photographers 
from 6pm
(auction starts at 6:30pm)

You can read full details about the auction on the dedicated webpage.

Stills 40th Anniversary Auction logo
Tour and Tea with Robin Gillanders
Tuesday, 31 October 2017

FREE, No booking required

Join us for a tour of Robin Gillanders' exhibition followed by refreshments in our library. Stills are delighted to be presenting a body of work by the established photographic artist in an exhibition that marks Stills' 40th anniversary year. We are delighted that the artist himself will deliver the tour - a treat for new and established fans of his work.

Gallery tour approx 40 mins.
Tea / coffee / chat - until it runs out!


Stills 40th Anniversary Lecture: Alec Soth
Thursday, 9 November 2017

Location: The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

*Please note this venue does not have wheelchair access

Ticketed: £8 + booking fee. Book here (*The first ticket release is now sold-out)

*Due to popular demand a second ticket release will be made in early October. Sign up to our mailing list via www.stills.org homepage to receive updates and announcements.

Stills is excited to offer this rare opportunity to hear from the distinguished American photographer Alec Soth. Stills has invited Soth to Edinburgh to present a lecture as part of our 40th anniversary events. 

Alec Soth (b.1969) was born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), NIAGARA (2006) Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2015). He has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows at Jeu de Paume, Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center, Minnesota (2010) and Media Space, London (2015). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise-focused on visual storytelling. He is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

Image: New Orleans, Louisiana (2002) Alec Soth. Copyright the artist

'New Orleans, Louisiana' (2002) Alec Soth. Copyright the artist
Talk & Book signing: Martin Parr
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Ticketed: £4 + booking fee. Book here

This event is in partnership with Beyond Words, a specialist retailer of photographic books. A selection of book titles signed by Martin Parr will be available to purchase on the evening, including: Think of Scotland (2017), Remote Scottish Post boxes (2017), Bad Weather (1982), The Last Resort (1985) and The Photobook: A History (2004). 

Martin Parr was born in Epsom, UK, in 1952. He studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic from 1970-73 and since then has worked on numerous photographic projects. Over the years, he has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. Parr’s photographs, as well as his own collection of prints and objects by other international photographers, have been exhibited widely in prestigious venues around the world. He has published over 90 books of his own work and this Autumn he will publish books on Oxford University and his Scottish work. Parr became a full member of the Magnum Photographic Cooperative in 1994. He was Professor of Photography at The University of Wales Newport from 2004-12 and was appointed visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in 2013. In April 2017, Parr was awarded the Sony World Photography Award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography. 


Image: Inveraray, Scotland, GB (2006) Martin Parr. Copyright © 2017 Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Inveraray, Scotland, GB (2006) Martin Parr. Copyright © 2017 Martin Parr / Magnu
Talk: Brett Rogers OBE
Thursday, 23 November 2017

Tickets: £4 + booking fee. Book here

Stills is pleased to present a talk by Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London. She will talk about the organisation's history, current priorities and future plans in light of their 50th anniversary in 2021. 

Brett Rogers OBE (b.1954, Australia) is Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London, the first publicly funded Gallery dedicated solely to photography in the UK. Founded in 1971, it established early on a reputation for its independent approach to curating and its promotion of photography in all its myriad forms. Now located in the heart of London’s Soho Quarter, the newly transformed building opened to the public in May 2012 continues to be recognized internationally as an innovator within the filed of photography and the wider image economy. Before joining the Gallery in 2006, Brett was deputy director of visual arts at the British Council, where she was responsible for establishing the British Council’s Photography Collection and curating an ambitious programme of international touring exhibitions on British photography. In 2013 her key role in developing the photographic field was recognized by University of the Arts London by appointing her a Visiting Fellow. Brett Rogers was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in May 2014. 

Brett Rogers
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