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Stills’ Friends enjoy great perks. If you’d like discounts in our shop, 10% off our photography and digital media courses, invitations to our special ‘Friends’ events programme and behind-the-scenes access to Stills, sign up today.
Friends Enjoy:
  • 10% off all our photography and digital media courses
  • A programme of Friends’ events, including out-of-hours gallery openings, talks and studio visits
  • Priority booking for our photography lecture series
  • Invitations to all private views and special events
  • 10% off Stills’ shop, including limited edition prints, film and photography materials and Stills’ publications
  • Regular e-news updates, including articles, interviews with artists and specially commissioned texts  
Friends Membership Rates

Individual:  £40  
(£38 Direct Debit)
  Duo Friend:  £75  
(£70 Direct Debit)
  Student Membership: £20
(Direct Debit N/A)
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Sign up using the buttons above, or simply download the form below and email to or return to us at:  Stills Ltd, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP.
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Upcoming Friends Events 
Coffee, Bagels, and Cindy Sherman 26th July, 10am
Join us for an out-of-hours opening of our Cindy Shermam exhibition, 'Cindy Sherman: Early Works 1975-1980' for Edinburgh Art Festival 2019.
Enjoy the show with fellow Stills' Friends and a private tour by our Director, Ben Harman, followed by coffee and delicious Bross Bagels in our library.

Selected Past Friends’ Events 

Post-talk Drinks with Paul Hill 20th May  
We have invited the influential photographer, teacher and writer Paul Hill to deliver a talk at the French Institute on the 23rd May, 6:30pm. You can purchase tickets here.  Hill’s talk will encompass a broad range of areas relating to his experience and career and will touch upon his work, teaching, writing and thoughts of the current status of photography in Britain today. Join us for drinks with the artist afterwards. 
Friends tour of Ambit 23rd May, 2pm
Join our Director, Ben Harman, for a special Friends tour of our current exhibition, 'AMBIT'. In this informal tour, Ben will explore the range of new and diverse approaches towards photographic image making on show in further detail.  

Artist BookMarket Sat 9th Feb & Sun 10th Feb, 11am - 6pm

We hope you'll be able to join us as we celebrate the very best of artist book making, with makers, publishers and collectives from around the world coming to Stills and The Fruitmarket Gallery to present their work. This is Scotland's biggest book fair, and alongside 50 + tables, we have a busy schedule of workshops and talks. 

We've also prepared some goody bags for our Friends, so be sure to stop by Stills and pick up your free Stills tote bag filled with surprises!

Andres Serrano: Artist Talk Tues 4th Dec 2018, 7pm

To coincide with the exhibition of works from Serrano's 'Torture' series, the artist is coming to Edinburgh to give a talk at the Royal College of Physicians. Our Friends receive complimentary tickets, book here.

Artist Talk: Tait & Style and Gunnie Moberg  Tue 21st Aug 2018, 6pm - 8pm
Ingrid Tait, founder of Orkney fashion-textile company Tait & Style, is coming to Stills to give a talk about her friend Gunnie Moberg and the groundbreaking fashion photography they created together on the Islands between 1990 - 2007.

Rebecca Marr and Sarah Neely on Gunnie Moberg and Margaret Tait  Mon 20th August 2018, 6pm-8pm
Rebecca Marr will explore the creative space of Orkney’s shore through the work of photographer Gunnie Moberg while Sarah Neely’s talk will explore the significance of Tait’s photography in relation to her later work as a a moving image artist.
Rebecca Marr is a photographic artist living in Orkney. She spent 3 years working with the artist's collection during the establishment of the Gunnie Moberg Archive at Orkney Library & Archive.

Sarah Neely is a writer and lecturer at Stirling University. Neely's work currently focuses on the areas of film history and memory, and artists' moving image. Recent publications include Margaret Tait: Poems, Stories and Writings (Carcanet, 2012) and Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait - Portraits, Poetry, Sound and Place (Peter Lang, 2016).

Introduction to our photography darkrooms  Sat 26 Aug 2017, 2pm
Situated beneath the gallery on the lower ground floor are our comprehensive darkrooms, including Scotland's only open access dry-to-dry colour print processor. This introductory session with one of Stills’ technicians will help you get to grips with the basics of this magical medium.

Kevin McCollum Artist Tour Sun 3 Jun 2018, 3pm
A special artist led tour of our next Projects 18 exhibition and The Edinburgh Grand by Kevin McCollum. Kevin documents large-scale city centre developments in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Over the last two years he has been making images of The Edinburgh Grand on St Andrew's Square. A selection of works made for this project will be exhibited at Stills, while others will be shown in the public spaces around The Edinburgh Grand. Kevin will take us on a tour of both spaces, explaining his working processes and what attracts him to working on sites in a state of flux.

New Photography Collecting in Scotland, a Talk by Alex Hamilton Fri 16 February 2018 
Alexander Hamilton is Chair of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography (SSHoP) and part of the Editorial Team that delivers the highly acclaimed publication - Studies in Photography. He is a collector of photographs and a practising artist who has exhibited his work internationally. Hamilton will talk about collecting photography in Scotland and why it is important to the sector that a new strategy and approach to collecting photography is developed.

Late Opening and Director’s Tour of The Archive of Modern Conflict  Tue 6 Feb 2018, 7pm  
The Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) is an organisation and independent publisher which holds a growing collection of over 8 million photographs collected from diverse sources all around the world. Stills' upcoming exhibition, Collected Shadows, curated by the AMC’s Director Timothy Prus, is an enigmatic presentation of 200 photographs from this archive, offering a rare glimpse into these extraordinary holdings. Join Stills' Director Ben Harman for an out-of-hours tour of this major new Hayward Touring exhibition and find out more about this exceptional collection of images.

Robin Gillanders' Studio Visit  Fri 15 December 2017, 4pm
We are so excited to offer our Friends an opportunity to take a look 'behind the scenes' at Robin Gillanders' practice with this special studio visit. Robin's studio is based in the New Town. Friends are invited to meet either at Stills at 3:30pm where a group will walk over together, or at the studio directly - an email with the address will be sent to everyone that signs up.

Breakfast and Director’s tour  Fri 15 Sep 2017, 8am
Start your day off with coffee, croissants and culture. Stills Director Ben Harman takes our Friends on a guided tour of Kate Davis’ solo exhibition, ‘Nudes Never Wear Glasses.’