TALK: Becky Shirwan (Collection Director, a/political)

Past Tuesday, 12 February 2019 6.30-8.00PM

Becky Shirwan is Collection Director at a/political, a not-for-profit organisation that collaborates with socio-political artists to initiate, produce and tour large-scale projects world-wide.

In 2015, a/political commissioned the artist Andres Serrano to produce Torture, the series currently on display at Stills. Shirwan was closely involved in the development of the work including the production of photographs at The Foundry, a/political’s experimental art space in Maubourguet, France. Shirwan has worked for a/political since the organisation was founded in 2013.

She will talk about the ethos of The Foundry and her role in commissioning, producing and collecting artist’s works, including the various projects she has initiated such as Santiago Sierra's Black Flag, Erik Bulatov's FORWARD and Democracia's ORDER.

Tickets £5 - Booking available here through Eventbrite




image credit: Behind the Scenes: Andres Serrano at The Foundry, 2015

Behind the Scenes - Andres Serrano at The Foundry, 2015

Document Scotland Salon

Past Thursday, 7 February 2019 6.00-9.00pm

The centrepiece of the evening will revolve around Document Scotland’s current work entitled A Contested Land.

A Contested Land examines the complex relationship between Scotland’s people, history and landscape through the work of four photographers. The contrasting series of works by the collective known as Document Scotland, will be exhibited at the Martin Parr Foundation for the first time before it is shown at venues in Perth, Dunoon and Inverness during 2019. The exhibition in Bristol has been curated by Martin Parr and each of the projects feature new and previously unpublished work by the collective.

The Document Scotland Salon will be hosted by members of Document Scotland who will show their work on a large screen. Each photographer will talk for around 10 minutes and then take questions for around five minutes.

Document Scotland have also invited fellow Scottish photographers Arpita Shah and Margaret Mitchell to present and talk about their work.


Tickets £4 (£3 concessions) available here

Document Scotland Salon

Curator tour: Andres Serrano - Torture

Past Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12.00PM - 1.00PM

Join us for an exhibition tour with Ben Harman, Director of Stills and curator of Andres Serrano - Torture. This exhibition features a selection of recent photographs from Andres Serrano’s ‘Torture’ series commissioned by socio-political arts organisation a/political in 2015.Read More >

Artist Talk: Andres Serrano

Past Tuesday, 4 December 2018 7.00pm

Join us for an artist talk by Andres Serrano at the Royal College of Physicians.

Between 29 November 2018 - 3 March 2019, Stills will be showing a selection of recent photographs from Serrano’s ‘Torture’ series commissioned by socio-political arts organization a/political in 2015.

This talk, which will take place in the Great Hall at the Royal College of Physicians, has been organised to accompany the show, with Serrano flying in from New York to speak in Scotland about his practice for the first time.

The talk will be followed by a book signing in the New Library.

Since the 1980's Andres Serrano's work has sparked debate and raised questions about censorship, taste, public decency and acceptable modes of expression. In 1987 Serrano received international attention for his work 'Piss Christ', a photograph of a small plastic crucifix submerged in a tank of the artist’s urine. The work ignited a national debate on the freedom of artistic expression and the public financing of controversial artworks.

Video of this talk now available to watch below or via Youtube:



Image credit: Scold’s Bridle IV, Hever Castle, Kent, UK (Series: Torture), 2015, Andres Serrano. Courtesy of a/political and the artist.

Scold’s Bridle IV, Hever Castle, Kent, 2015, Andres Serrano

ON/OFF - The evolution(s) of the art discourse in the digital era

Past Friday, 2 November 2018 6.00-8.00pm

ON/OFF is a series of discussions produced and chaired by online-based collective TabloidArtHistoryRead More >

ON/OFF TabloidArtHistory

Artist Talk - Takashi Arai

Past Tuesday, 4 August 2015 6.30 - 7.30pm

Please join us for an artist talk with world-leading dagueretypist, Takashi Arai. This talk accompanies Arai's Daily D-Type exhibition at Stills, running until 9 August 2015.

This event is free, but ticketed. Please click the link below to book your place.

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This talk and the accompanying exhibition are in partnership with the ACTINIC Festival, a festival dedicated to alternative, historic and new analogue photo related arts.  For the full festival programme and further information, please click here:

We are extremely grateful to the ACTINIC Festival and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation for their assistance in bringing Takashi Arai to Scotland.



Takashi Arai - Self Portrait at My Grandfathers Funeral

Artist talk & Screening: François Bucher

Past Wednesday, 2 March 2011 6.30 PM

Colombian artist François Bucher's documentary Haute Surveillance, currently on show at Stills, reflects on a violent rupture in the everyday life of a classroom when fiction bled into fact. This talk will offer a glimpse into Bucher's wider practice which focuses on  a range of subjects including the geographies of power, the politics of representation and the ethical questions posed by the mediums of cinema and television.

Generously supported by The Goethe Institut Glasgow

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