Work in Progress

17 Nov 2012 - 20 Dec 2012
Slide show: 
Zeitgeber (2012) Lena Dobrowolska
Zeitgeber (2012) Lena Dobrowolska
Untitled diptych, from Everything That Comes Before Us, Circa 1940 - 2011 (2012)
Untitled diptych, from Everything That Comes Before Us, Circa 1940 - 2011 (2012)
True Stories from the earthquakes, Modena 2012  Morwenna Kearsley
True Stories from the Flood, Modena, 1966 (2012) Morwenna Kearsley

Join us for an Artists Talk with Caroline Douglas and Morwenna Kearsley, Thursday 13th Dec, 6.30pm. FREE


Work in Progress is an opportunity to see how artists make photographs, and to talk about how and why photography is as important now as it ever has been.

The artists showing work in the upper level gallery, Lena Dobrowolska, Caroline Douglas and Morwenna Kearsley all use Stills as a place to research and produce new work and for Work in Progress present series of works which use the properties of photography to question experience, memory and time.

Using photographic processes and other media the artists test their existing knowledge and assumptions about photography and, in doing so, reflect the constantly evolving methods for the production and consumption of the photographic image.

Alongside this exhibition our lower ground level will be transformed into the first annual Salon exhibition, a public exhibition space in celebration of three years of meetings of the Stills’ Democratic Camera Club. The Democratic Camera Club was started in response to demand from our members for an event where their work could be shown and discussed critically. The photographs reflect the diverse range of interests and approaches to photography practiced and discussed in the Democratic Camera Club, and invites you to get involved.

Artist Biographies:

Lena Dobrowolska (1985, Poland) lives between Edinburgh and Krakow. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Photography from The University of Falmouth, Cornwall in 2010 and has just started her MFA Fine Art Inetrmedia at Art Academy in Krakow. Lena is a freelance tutor at Stills, specialising in photography artist book making and publishing. Recent residencies include Northlight Dunbar Scotland, Nida Art Colony Lithuania and exhibitions; Photomouth, Krakow, Plateau Czulosc Gallery, Warsaw, Eaddie and the Eagle Museum,Amsterdam, Holland,KKKC Kleipeda, Lithuania. Lena also featured in this autumn’s FOAM Talent Issue, Amsterdam. She is represented by Czulosc Gallery in Warsaw.

Caroline Douglas (1984, Edinburgh) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (BA Hons Photography) in 2006 and Glasgow School of Art (MFA) in 2010. Caroline was a Re:Create artist in residence at Stills in Edinburgh in 2008. Her international residencies include the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2009, Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, 2010 and Proekt Fabrika in Moscow, 2011. Caroline was the recipient of the 9th Helen Keller International Award in 2011. Exhibitions include; Edinburgh, Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Arles (France), Berlin (Germany), Baltimore, New York (USA), Krakow (Poland), Kyoto (Japan), Moscow (Russia) and Penang (Malaysia).

Morwenna Kearsley (1983, Edinburgh) Morwenna Kearsley (1983, Edinburgh) is a photographic artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received a 1st-Class BA (Hons) degree in Photography, Film and Imaging from Napier University in 2007 and since then has worked as an exhibiting artist and freelance tutor. Her artistic practice predominantly features analogue photographic processes. She continues to work with film and wet darkrooms because the slow, meditative process of capturing light and creating the photographic print is essential to the way she relates to the visual world. Often working with text and image Kearsley is interested in the flux between the fact and fiction of memory - a space also arguably inhabited by the photographic image. Kearsley was artist in residence at Fondazione Fotografia (Modena, Italy) throughout May and June 2012. More information on her residency can be found here



Banner image credit: Lena Dobrowolska, Zeitgeber (2012); Caroline Douglas, Untitled diptych, from Everything That Comes Before Us, Circa 1940 - 2011 (2012); Morwenna Kearsley, Untitled [Flood, 1966] (2012) from True Stories from the flood, Modena.


Morwenna Kearsley’s archive images are reprinted with the kind permission of Fotomuseo Panini, Modena, Italy. Text work printed with the support of Anne Forte and Martin Elden at Edinburgh Printmakers