- Are you aged 15 – 19?
- Can you shoot a roll of 35mm film? (you don’t need to have your own camera – we can provide one!)
- Have you made at least one print in a darkroom before?
- Are you keen to learn new darkroom skills?

Stills Young People’s Masterclasses are aimed at those who have got a little bit of experience and would like to get back into the darkroom to improve their skills. We’d like to encourage all young photography enthusiasts to take part in our new Masterclasses so if you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, read on!


Colour Darkroom Photography, Saturday 28th May, 11am – 5pm

This Masterclass will introduce you to the delights making colour analogue prints. For this workshop you will:

- Be given a small project to inspire you. We need you to arrive with a shot roll of colour film. We can provide this for you as well as the loan of a camera if needed!
- Spend the day in Stills where you will be taught how to process your colour film and how to use our enlargers and colour printer to make analogue prints that you can take home on the day.

We don’t expect anyone to have colour darkroom experience – this will be new to most people!


B&W Darkroom Photography, Windows To The Soul: Portraiture & Printing,  Saturday 4th June, 11am – 5pm

This masterclass is designed to encourage you to make a series of prints based on a set brief. You will be guided through printing techniques with our tutor on hand to advise how to get the best out of your photographs. During this workshop you will:

- Be given a project to work on. You need to arrive with a shot roll of black & white film. We can provide this for you as well as the loan of a camera if needed!
- Process your film.
- Spend the day in the darkroom making prints from your negatives, concentrating on bringing out the best tones and helping build your confidence using Stills darkrooms.

Don’t worry – we are not expecting anyone to be experts! You will have a whole day to practice new techniques and build your confidence, so even if you are unsure about your level of experience you should still get in touch.


And there is even more good news – these workshops won’t cost you a thing! We’ll even provide some tea and biscuits! 

There are limited places available, so what are you waiting for? Email or call Claire,, 0131 622 6200 to book your place on one, or both of these masterclasses today.  

Colour photography examples  colour photography darkroom


The Young People’s Masterclasses are made possible through generous funding from Cashback for Creativity.

Stills Receives Spirit of Women Grant

 ‘House | Work ’ project to challenge gender norms and stereotypes

Stills is delighted to announce that it has been chosen to receive a Spirit of Women Changemakers small grant. Funding charity Spirit of 2012 (Spirit) created the Changemakers programme to mark and celebrate the centenary of the iconic moment in 1918 when women first won the right to vote. The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, delivers the grants programme in partnership with business services company BE Group.

Stills is amongst seven recipients who will receive grants of £8,000 to £15,000 to work in communities across the UK. In the year running up to the centenary celebrations in March 2018, we will deliver a new partnership project with Edinburgh Art Festival to explore themes of gendered perception within caring roles and the undervaluing of unpaid care. Through a programme of creative activity, in response to a new exhibition at Stills by artist Kate Davis, community groups in Edinburgh will create work in a series of workshops that will be showcased in an exhibition raising awareness of these themes.

Alongside these aims, the projects will look to change perceptions of disability and drive social cohesion. Demand was high, as over 400 charities and social enterprises applied to the programme, through systems designed by leading business services company BE Group. The final grantees were selected by an expert panel of women with civil society and funding experience.

Ben Harman, Stills' Director said

"We are delighted to be receiving a Spirit of Women Changemakers grant towards our House/Work project. We are extremely excited to get started on the programme of work that will activate a new partnership and bring about a range of sessions, workshops and events to challenge gendered perceptions of caring roles and the undervaluing of unpaid care."

Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society Chief Executive said:

“We were delighted with the quality and diversity of the many applications we received, which demonstrated the ambition in the voluntary sector to tackle the harmful norms and stereotypes that underlie gender inequality in our society. We are looking forward to working alongside these great organisations to drive real change across the country.”

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, said:

“100 years on from women getting the right to vote in general elections, women and girls in the UK still face formidable challenges. Spirit is proud to be collaborating with Fawcett and BE Group to fund these innovative projects, which will celebrate women and empower them to change things for the better.”

The funded activity includes work across England, Scotland, and Wales, with women across different age ranges, ethnic groups, and disabled and non-disabled people. It ranges from a media and workshop campaign to change perceptions of disabled women in Wales, to intensive workshops on objectification with at-risk girls in south London.

Connect/Exchange: Residency Opportunities

We are delighted to be working again with Northern Film & Media, Metal (Liverpool), BALTIC + The NewBridge Project (Newcastle Gateshead) and Chapter (Cardiff) on Connect/Exchange; an exchange, research and networking residency programme for artists with a screen-based practice.

Artists are supported with the initial research & development of a new project via a two-part residency, together with associated professional networking and events. 

We’re looking for two ambitious and open minded artists who will benefit from the support and networking opportunities Connect/Exchange offers. 

For further information, see How to apply.

Application deadline: Monday 27th March, 10am

Artists: One artist based in North East England, one artist based in Scotland

Residency dates: Part One - 26th July to 2nd August 2017. Part Two (flexible access) 2nd October to 27th November 2017

Interviews: Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th April 2017

Residency Information

During a period of residency at Stills in August 2017, Connect/Exchange artists will have full access to a range of technical facilities. They will benefit from the advice and support on offer from technical and curatorial staff at Stills; the opportunity to take part in peer critique sessions to discuss their work and ideas; and the chance to hear from established moving image artists that live and work in Scotland. Timed to coincide with the opening days of the 2017 Edinburgh Art Festival, the residency will begin with a week of practical work, discussion, research, talks and visits to exhibitions. It will continue with the option for each artist to have a further two months access to Stills' production facilities.

Artists will benefit from:

Fee: £2,000 per artist, plus £500 toward materials. Travel expenses and accommodation will also be provided.

  • A two part residency: Part One is an orientation week providing time for initial introductions, networking with the host partner’s regional art scene and community, providing time for initial research and making appropriate connections for the development of the artist’s project. Part Two provides flexible access to host partner facilities over a two month period to undertake the research and development the artists propose.
  • Peer support: Each of our host partners will support two residencies. The selected artists will undertake their residencies simultaneously to ensure mutual support and artist-to-artist networking.
  • Public and audiences: Artists will share their practice, and development of their research project via regular blogs updates on the Connect/Exchange microsite and also to a public audience.
  • Long term impact and signposting: Host partners will arrange a flexible programme of support for artists including for example, meetings, studio visits, talks, discussions, regional networking and introductions to relevant industry and sector contacts. Artists will also be provided with signposting, guidance and support to distribute and exhibit projects post residency period.
  •  National event: We’ll bring all artists and partners together in NewcastleGateshead to share their experiences and to meet key people in the North East art scene. This will be followed by a day of workshops and talks covering topics such as marketing, distribution and exhibition approaches and strategies specifically for artists working with moving image, also open to the wide North East arts community.
  •  Wider benefits: Artists based in the host partner regions will also benefit from events and activates happening in Cardiff, Liverpool, NewcastleGateshead and Edinburgh through Connect/Exchange.

Any questions? Contact Lauren Healey or Clare Gomez / 0191 440 4560



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10x8 Auction Reveal

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Thanks to everyone who donated, bid, attended and supported our 10x8 Fundraising Auction on Friday night.

We raised a massive £3,447 from the online auction and a further £2,245 from the Live Auction.

Many thanks and congratulations to all involved. If you would like to find out the names of the artists for any print, please click here to load the slideshow in Google docs, or view the pdf below.



10x8 Auction

View the catalogue here

ONLINE AUCTION  18 - 28 October 
Closing 7pm on 28 October 

GALLERY DISPLAY 26 - 28 October, 11am - 6pm  
All prints included in the auction will be on display in Stills.  During this time a gallery assistant will be on hand to help you place an online bid.

LIVE AUCTION EVENT Friday 28 October, 6pm
All welcome!  The live auction will take place on Friday 28 October, 6pm.  On the night you will have the opportunity to place final online bids and have a go at waving your paddle in a live bidding event. Refreshments provided by the Edinburgh Beer Factory

Luminate Photo Challenge at Stills

Cumbernauld Housing, Chris Leslie


To complement the touring pop-up exhibition of architectural photographs created by older people living across Scotland, Stills will host a week long exhibition in the lower ground gallery space. The exhibition also features images taken by professional photographer Chris Leslie as inspiration for the Challenge participants.

Come and find out more about the important roles these different buildings play for communities nationwide.

Join us for the opening evening, Friday 7 October, 6pm – 8pm

The exhibition continues Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 October 2016, 11am - 6pm*.

*Please note that the exhibition space is occasionaly used for other activities and as such closed off to the public. Please call in advance to ensure the space will be open.

This event is being delivered as part of Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing festival.

Luminate is an annual festival that takes place across the length and breadth of Scotland each October, offering the chance to celebrate creativity, share stories and to explore what ageing means to all of us.

For more detailed information about the festival please refer to our website at

Image: Cumbernauld Housing, Chris Leslie

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CONTACT Young Photographers Registration

- Are you interested in photography? 
- Aged between 16 and 24? 
- Out of school but not yet working full time? 
- Do you want to try something new?

If you answered yes to all of the above then maybe CONTACT is for you…

CONTACT is an eight-week, introductory photography course led by one of Stills artists. You will learn new skills in digital and darkroom photography and have time to experiment and develop your personal projects.

Sound good? There’s more… 
- All material and equipment will be provided (we have great darkrooms and digital kit) 
- The course won’t cost you anything 
- There will only be eight people doing the course – a good small number. 
- You don’t have to have any formal qualifications – just a passion for trying something new with photography.


Where and When?
Stills Centre for Photography, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP 

Friday afternoons, 2.30 – 5.30pm 
28th October – 16th December

How to apply
Simply fill in this short online form

Friday 14th October, 5pm

We would love to offer a place to everybody that shows an interest but this isn’t always possible. If you don’t get a place on this one, don’t worry, the course will start again in the new year








Connect Graduate Blog

Connect Graduate Day LogoI wrote a blog back in June in which I tried to distil some of the wonderful advice about graduation that I’d been given by colleagues and peers. I found their advice and support very helpful, sometimes just hearing how other people coped with the transition can be very reassuring, and people a bit further along have excellent advice to offer and knowledge to share.

With this in mind, we here at Stills have been working to put together an afternoon event for recent graduates to facilitate this knowledge exchange and perhaps give people the opportunity to start to make their own support network.

In fact, the second bit of advice on my list was ‘create (or keep) a peer group’. A group of people who can give you support, share work and opportunities, collaborate with, pass work between and just keep everyone involved in contact with photography.

CONNECT FOR Photography Graduates will be an afternoon of short talks all about how our speakers found graduation and how they went on to build the career that they have now. We have invited speakers from art, commercial and heritage sectors to share their experiences in what we’re hoping will be a nice, relaxed, informal, inspiring and hopeful afternoon.

The event will be free, but you will need a ticket, and bookings will open at 10am on 10 September. Join the event page on Facebook to be notified when tickets go on sale.

Are you a photography or art graduate who has established yourself in a career, or set up a business, who would be interested in speaking at future CONNECT FOR events? Get in touch with me at and let me know what you would like to give a talk about.

Nic Rue - Project Assistant

Luminate Photography Challenge

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A Light and Life Mission Church, © Chris Leslie
Housing, Cumbernauld, © Chris Leslie
District 10, Dundee, © Chris Leslie
The Old Post Office, Foula, Sheltand Isles, © Chris Leslie
Golfhill Primary School, Glasgow, © Chris Leslie
Oil Refinery, Grangemouth, © Chris Leslie
The Winter Garden, Rothesay, © Chris Leslie
Social Club, Airdrie, © Chris Leslie
St Mungo’s Parish Church, © Chris Leslie
Old Woolworths / New Tesco, Dundee. © Chris Leslie
Wemyss Bay Train Station, © Chris Leslie
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We are delighted to announce the Luminate Challenge for 2016.

Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and Stills, Centre for Photography, are collaborating on a photographic challenge for older photographers during 2016. This is a chance for you to create something new this summer, and to share it with others around the country in October as part of Luminate.

We are inviting you to produce a single photograph to tie in with the chosen theme, which this year takes inspiration from the Festival of Architecture.

The deadline is 5th September, and full details of how to enter can be found in the Terms and Conditions document on the Luminate website.



The Challenge: we would like you to photograph a building that has played an important part in your own life or the life of your community.

Our cities and towns are being rebuilt, reimagined and redesigned by bold new architecture. In the process some historic, traditional buildings are preserved, but many are demolished and exist only through memory and archive.

We would like you to photograph a building that means something to you.

The building you photograph can be a home, workplace, a place of worship, or a building you visit. It can be an older building, a new building or a building facing demolition. We are looking for photographs of architecture that go beyond the picture postcard buildings. Think beyond capturing just the building - capture the spirit of the building and tell us about its connection with you and your community.

To inspire you we have commissioned photographer Chris Leslie to shoot some architectural photographs which he has shared along with some helpful hints and tips on approaching architectural photography.

A panel of judges will select a range of submissions that will be exhibited across Scotland, as well as being exhibited alongside Chris Leslie’s work at Stills, Centre for Photography in October 2016. Other selected images will be shared online on Luminate’s website.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 5th September 2016 and full details of how to enter can be found on the Luminate website.

Submission guidelines

- Luminate will accept photographs created on any camera device.
- Digital images submitted via the email address must be no larger than 8MB in file size.


Exhibition Video

Our current exhibition 'Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske' is open until the 9th July, so if you've not had the chance to visit you still have time.

We are delighted to share with you a video blog by our current Marketing Assistant, Paige Hughes, giving you the opportunity to have a look around our exhibition with Director Ben Harman. We also have exhibtion interpretation material availble to download from the exhibition page as well as a free limited edition downloadable book published by co-curator Montabonel and partners. 

Introduction by Ben Harman and new essays by Nicolas de Oliveira, Nicola Oxley and Sebastien Montabonel. Click on the link below for a PDF version of the publication:

Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske 

Director's Video Blog - Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske from Stills Edinburgh on Vimeo.

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