Stills Summer School

Summer 2019 sees an exciting time for Stills as we welcome the photography of Cindy Sherman onto our gallery walls. To accompany the exhibition, we are offering the unique opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the work and develop your own practice through two Sherman inspired Summer School courses.

Taught by established practicing artists this is a rare chance to explore the exhibition and develop your own photographic response all under one roof.

Course 1, Constructing Identities: Film Stills to Selfies

Monday 8th – Friday 12th July 2019 11am – 4pm

This week-long course offers five full days of learning, experimentation and production. You’ll make full use of Stills’ production facilities, shooting on analogue and digital, printing in the darkroom, editing with our industry standard software, all under the expert tuition of not one, but two, practicing photographic artists. With Sherman as your muse, expect a rich exploration into the world of self-portraiture.

Perfect for those with little to no experience but a love of the medium as well as those with a bit more experience.

See the full course outline and book here

Course 2, The Staged Photograph

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2019 11am – 5pm

Immerse yourself in a Cindy Sherman inspired weekend with photographic artist Katy Hundertmark. Using the ‘world as a stage’ you will refresh digital camera handling skills, use studio lighting and explore narratives within a constructed set.

Perfect for those with basic photography skills who are looking to expand their repertoire.

See the full course outline and book here.


Artist Bios

Caroline Douglas:

Caroline Douglas is an artist working with photography and moving image, currently studying her PhD by practice at the Royal College of Art, researching the role of women in early Scottish photography. Together with fellow RCA researchers, Caroline is part of the steering committee for the School of Art and Humanities Open Research Network Speaking of Her. Caroline is also a tutor and visiting lecturer in Photography (Stills Centre for Photography). Based in London / Edinburgh

Morwenna Kearlsey:

Morwenna Kearsley is a Glasgow based visual artist. She studied Photography, Film and Imaging at Napier University, graduating in 2007 with 1st-Class honours. She graduated from the Master of Fine Art course at Glasgow School of Art in 2015, where she was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship for Fine Art. Using photography, text, animation and video, she tries to understand the complexity of image-making. Her work investigates the "twilight zone" between the still and moving image, with a particular interest in the appropriated archived image found online and the possibility that no new images are needed.

Katy Hundertmark:

Katy Hundertmark is a German-Scottish artists based in Edinburgh with a strong interest in performance and staged photography. She graduated with a Master from Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and has exhibited locally and internationally since then.

Sign the petition to oppose the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed rent increase for Stills


On Friday 12th April the Herald newspaper published an article about the proposed rent increase faced by Stills and the impact this will have on the delivery of our programmes of work. We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support following publication of the article. Thank you!

Our lease negotiations are still ongoing and so we have set up this petition to harness your support as we think this will help during the next stages of our talks with the Council.

Stills is a registered charity and one of the longest established photography venues in the UK. It is the only dedicated public venue for photography in Edinburgh. For over forty years, Stills has been a venue where all can enjoy, experience and learn about photography.

This year we face an almost trebling of our rent, from £16,000 a year to £47,000, which poses a huge threat to our future. If we are unable to renegotiate this lease, staying on Cockburn Street and continuing to deliver our current programme of work will be unsustainable.

Our city centre location is crucial to making our work as accessible as possible – people travel from all over Scotland and further afield to access what we do, whether that's our exhibitions programme (which is always free), public-access photography production facilities, creative learning work or artist-led photography courses. Our work is unique and vital to Scotland’s cultural ecology. Stills makes a vital contribution to what makes Edinburgh and Scotland such a great place to live, work and visit.

Follow the link below to sign the petition:

Thank you!

The GreenRoom commission announcement



We are thrilled to announce that the winner of our GreenRoom artist’s commission is Edinburgh based artist and photographer Helen Jones.

Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2016 Jones has continued to exhibit whilst working commercially. Most recently Jones exhibited at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow showing her project In The Still as one of the winners of the Jill Todd Photographic Award. Jones uses photography and sculpture to explore themes of memory, loss and in particular decay. She is less concerned with creating a structured document instead opting to create a flow of photographic responses to a given experience. Recently exploring the boundaries of the photographic image and experimenting with the printed image on large pieces of cloth.

“When I was 7 my Dad marked out a small patch of garden for me and told me explicitly that now it was mine and I had to look after it well. His intention was to teach me responsibility and how to care for other things. Being 7, my enthusiasm waned and needless to say like the many hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies and stick insects before, my parents became sole carer for the little patch of land. Eventually my little piece of earth was reclaimed by my father and reinstated itself in the whole garden again. Now that I am, significantly, older I understand what he was trying to teach me. The garden is a magical place. One that turns decay into new growth, sunlight into living things and welcomes a slower pace to life. It’s a gentle reminder that : things, take, time. This realisation has fuelled my passion for gardens and insects, especially Bees, ever since.” - Helen Jones

To view more of Helen's work click here.

Stills’ Christmas Market 2018

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Cheryl Morrice
Catcher and Caught
Elke Thompson
Soot Design
Catcher and Caught
Soot Design
Xmas Market Logo

Join us at our annual Christmas Market in our gallery on Cockburn Street and pick up unique, handmade gifts from makers across Scotland.

Exhibitors include:

Catcher and Caught
Catcher and Caught is a Modern and graphic Jewellery Collection by UK designer Caroline Ruiz-Gallacher.  The line is known for its art and architecture, inspired wearable and lightweight graphic jewellery.
Catcher & Caught jewellery is handmade in Scotland with love.

Cheryl Morrice
Cheryl is a painter based in Fife. Her subjects include coastal scenes and landscapes, she also accepts commissions. Cheryl describes her paintings as ‘colourful worlds you can step inside of’. Her original paintings, prints and cards will be available to purchase at our Christmas Market.

Darren Gate
Darren Gate is an illustrator and designer based in Glasgow. His practice is best known within children's education and publishing, but more recently he has started to develop a range of art prints and cards, which will be available at our Christmas Market.

Elke Thompson
Elke Thompson designs and hand-makes complex beaded earrings from high quality seed beads, taking inspiration from nature, in particular butterfly wings. She also creates series’ of tiny glass bottles filled with little hand-folded origami stars telling individual stories, called 'Tiny Star Stories'.

Founded in 1997, Narcissus is Edinburgh's top florist for cutting-edge botanical design. Door wreaths, Advent Wreaths and plants will all be available at our Christmas market, as well as vouchers for floristry classes and flowers and a flower club subscription, so you can buy that special someone a unique Christmas gift – stunning flowers delivered every month. Narcissus will also be raffling a big hanging wreath over the weekend.

Nuin is a new design studio launched by Louise McLachlan this year. Wall calendars, handmade napkin rings and ring dishes, cards, envelopes and hand painted wrapping paper will all be available at our Christmas Market. Everything is printed on 100% recycled paper and packaged in biodegradable plastic packaging made from corn starch. 100% of the profits made during the market will be donated to the Thistle Foundation, a health and wellbeing charity based in Craigmillar, Edinburgh. / @nuindesign 

Marie-Alice Harel
Marie-Alice Harel is an author and illustrator based in Edinburgh. She makes books, artist books, fine art prints, postcards and greeting cards based on illustrations using watercolour and linocut. Her latest book, Hortari, will be exhibited at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in November. 

Wai-Lian Scannell launched Soop back in 2006 at 100% Design during London Design. Soon after her products were stocked in the Conran shop and then other UK retailers. In 2007 Soop went on to launch a menagerie of acrylic animal rings, which have been sold in a number of gallery shops from, MoMa NY and Japan, V&A, Southbank Centre, Saatchi Gallery. Wai-Lian describes her works as ‘design-led gifts that are quirky and aim to make people smile’.

Xanthe O'Connor
Xanthe O’Connor creates sculptural silver jewellery. She studied silversmithing and lapidary for a number of years before establishing a studio at Summerhall and now works full time as a jewellery designer and maker.  Drawing on inspiration of the juxtaposition created by opposing natural elements such as Fire & Ice, when it erupts from the earth’s core, it is the drop in temperature that dictates the sculptural formation of stone. By incorporating a microcosm of this natural phenomena, into wearable silver jewellery that weaves together concepts from natural landscapes to Classical Greek mythology.

Mai Mishima
Mai Mishima is a Japanese artist based in Dundee. She works with a range of media, including illustrations, screen prints, cards, needle felt and ceramics.

Hatice Ozhisar
Hatice is a freelance architectural and interior designer living in Edinburgh. She makes handcrafted jewellery, scarves and artworks.

Rachel Elliott
Rachel Elliott makes glass creatures, cutting their silhouettes in thick clear glass using the innovative technology of water-jet cutting. Although they all start the same, each one is individually screen-printed by hand with enamels, which are then fired in the kiln. The prints are inspired by the creatures themselves, their natural habitats but also other whimsical narratives and ideas from my imagination, making each one unique.


Doors Open Day: Academy Takeover

Date:  Saturday 29 September
Time:  11.30-16.30

Stills Centre for Photography invites you along to Doors Open Day 2018! Taking place on Saturday 29th September, Stills School will be taking over the gallery!

Falling on World Cyanotype Day the students of Stills Academy will be guiding you through the process of making your very own blue print to take home. Join us between 11.30am & 3.30pm for a great opportunity to try a Cyanotype taster session in Stills darkrooms. As an added bonus there will be a chance to win your own Cyanotype kit to continue practicing at home.

It is also a great chance to learn more about the various services we have on offer throughout the year.

Oh, did we mention that everything is free? We hope to see you there!

Cyanotype workshops running at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm.

Sign up on the day. No advance bookings being taken.

Stills Christmas Market 2018

Stills is now accepting submissions from artists, designers, independent retailers and makers of artisan goods for its annual Christmas Market on 24th - 25th November 2018Read More >

The Film Swap Project

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The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project


The Film Swap Project invites you to create unique photographic images with a known or unknown collaborator by sharing a 35mm film.

All you need to do is: 

  • Shoot a 35mm roll of film (remember to err on the side of underexposure by around 1 stop).
  • Remember to leave the end out when you rewind the film.
  • Drop your exposed roll off at Stills…
  • … and pick up a roll that someone else has already exposed!

When you’re done shooting, drop your double-exposed roll back to Stills and it will be processed and scanned, emailed to both photographers and shared on Instagram using the  #filmswapproject  hashtag.

You can also process and scan the film yourself and send us the results to share with your photographic partner.


Keep an eye out for the Film Swap Project box on our reception desk in the gallery.

See above for some images from our first swap between John Sumpter and Katy Hundertmark.

SOURCE: Future Issues Research Trip

SOURCE will be at Stills for a Future Issues Research Trip on Sunday 30th September 2018.  If you're interested in meeting SOURCE Editor John Duncan to introduce a new piece of work or to get feedback on work in progress, the pre-submission deadline is Friday 14th September 2018 at 5pm.

These meetings are one of the ways SOURCE finds new work for publication in the 'Portfolio Pages' section of the magazine. To attend, please email with a PDF with up to 8 images (<20 MB) and no more than 3 paragraphs of text that give a background to your work. Include your name, contact number and web address. Alternatively, send a link to the specific project on your website.  There is no submission fee.

John Duncan from Source reviewing photography work

Image: Artem Trofimenko with SOURCE Editor John Duncan during our recent Cork Research Trip.  Following this meeting SOURCE published Artem’s work in our current issue (Issue 94).

Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017

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Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017


Stills is excited to announce the launch of the first book dedicated to the work of Glasgow-based photographer Alan Dimmick. The publication covers a broad range of Dimmick’s images taken over the last 40 years and includes specially commissioned essays by artists and writers such as: Jacqueline Donachie, Moira Jeffrey, Francis McKee and Ross Sinclair.

The book launch will begin with a short Q&A between Alan Dimmick and Ben Harman, Director of Stills, followed by a book signing.


The publication will be available to purchase for the special launch price of £20 (normal RRP £22).

Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017 is published by Stills and follows the 2017 exhibition: The Collection Series: Works from a private photography collection & Alan Dimmick’s studio archive, 1977-2017.




This publication has been made with generous support from Timorous Beasties and The Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

Timorous Beasties Logo          The Culture & Business Fund Scotland Logo

 front page image courtesy Creative Rain

Stills School: CONTACT

CONTACT is a week-long course for 16-25 year olds which will teach you basic photography skills as well as encourage you to develop your own projects.  Whether you prefer darkrooms, digital or moving image we’ll make sure you feel confident using your new skills. 

During Contact you will have the option to develop skills in the following areas:
- Camera handling skills (digital and analogue)
- Film-processing
- Darkroom printing
- Photoshop
- Negative scanning
- Digital printing

We will provide all the equipment and materials you need and we'll even cover your travel costs so all you need to think about is what you might want to photograph (we can also help you with that!)


WEEK LONG COURSE     Mon 2 - Fri 6 July                    11am - 5pm 

Who is CONTACT for?
Stills School is free for young people who face barriers to participating in the arts. To take part you must either be out of education and employment or face financial, social or health related barriers. Not sure what that means? Get in touch

How to apply

Complete this short online form giving us as much detail as you can.

If you would like us to email you a copy of the form get in touch.

Deadline Wednesday 20 June, 5pm
We will inform successful applicants on Friday 22 June.

CONTACT will run 4 times a year, so if we are unable to offer you a place on this occasion there will be other opportunities. 

If you have any questions or want to visit Stills before you apply please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are more than happy to show you around.


CONTACT is part of Stills School. Find out more on the Stills School webpage. 

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