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Stills seeks new Director


The Board of Stills wishes to announce Deirdre MacKenna is stepping down as the Director of Stills at the end of this year (2013) after 12 years with the organisation. The cultural environment has shifted considerably over this period and Deirdre has consistently steered the organisation through these times of uncertainty and change. Under her leadership, Stills has developed strong partnerships providing residencies, commissions and exhibition opportunities for photographers, film and video artists alongside a successful courses programme.

Deirdre will be working in a freelance capacity on programming and curating work which also includes a number of confirmed projects at Stills during 2014. The Board is now embarking on a recruitment campaign for a new Director with a view to the post being taken up in the New Year.



Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, August 2010
l to r: Kirsten Lloyd, Carrie Maginn, Lisa Le Feuvre, Deirdre MacKenna, Debi Banerjee and Susan Maris. With James Maris in front.

Alexander and Susan Maris. The Pursuit of Fidelity (a retrospective)


Luminate Festival at Stills

Stills offers a wide range of creative courses in photography and for the Luminate festival we have designed two taster workshops where you can explore traditional and digital photography.

Digital Photography Demystified

2 October 2013
16 October 2013
23 October 2013
30 October 2013
10.00 - 13.00

This Digital taster session will demystify the various opportunities for managing and enhancing your photographs in the digital world. We will guide you, step by step, through several processes that will enable you to create an online photo-album that can be shared with friends and family.

Bring along at least one photograph to play with in digital or tradition paper/negative format, and we’ll teach you the rest!

Groups also welcome (maximum of 8 participants per session). Advance booking required.

Black and White Photography hands on taster session

1 October 2013
8 October 2013
15 October 2013
22 October 2013
10.00 - 13.00

Learn how to make a print from a black & white negative in this 3 hour morning session. If you have old or new photographic negatives in your possession bring one to Stills and print your own 10 x 8 photograph using traditional darkroom methods. 

Groups also welcome (maximum of 6 participants per session). Advance booking required.

To book call us on 0131 622 6200

Luminate is an annual festival celebrating our creative lives as we age. Each October Luminate’s diverse programme attracts audiences from across the generations, showcasing dance, theatre, music, visual arts and community projects across the length and breadth of Scotland.

For more detailed information about the festival and the 2013 programme please refer to our website.


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Beyond Words Pop-Up Shop at Stills

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Beyond Words Pop-Up Shop at Stills
Beyond Words Pop-Up Shop at Stills
Beyond Words Pop-Up Shop at Stills
Beyond Words Pop-Up Shop at Stills
Beyond Words Pop-Up Shop at Stills

We are very happy to announce that Beyond Words photography book shop is back at Stills for the Art Festival period, 02 - 31 August, 2013. Stocked with a diverse range of new titles, limited editions and discounted items the pop up shop offers the fleeting chance to peruse and purchase photo-books in person!

Beyond Words is located on Stills' lower ground floor, open 11am - 6pm, 7 days a week.

Due to prior commitment the shop will be closed throughout the day of the 23rd, though it will be open during the Document Scotland event that evening. .

Alt-Photo Festival

28th February - 12th March 2013

Following on from last years highly successful Pinhole Photography Festival the Alt Photo Festival opens its doors once again to those interested in and obsessed by unconventional photographic methods and chemical-based techniques. It looks like it will be a very exciting festival with more exhibitions by more photographers at new venues with many more workshop events. New to this years festival is the Edinburgh College of Art’s Alt Photo Symposium as well as a major exhibition. The festival is aimed at both practicing photographers and total beginners with events for everyone. We hope you can come along and join in. Have a look at the Alt-Photo website for full details.

Stills is delighted to be part of this years Alt-Photo Festival and will be offering people the chance to take part in colour pinhole photography workshops utilising our photography facilities which are open to the public seven days a week.




Evan Thomas


In addition to the workshops we will be displaying work by Paul Charlton, a local artist who uses alternative photographic practice in his work. Alongside the exhibition you will find a wealth of information about the captivating world of alternative photographic techniques with books and resources pulled from Stills permanent library.

Whether you are an avid alt-photo follower or just interested in trying out something new, pop along to Stills anytime between 11am-6pm, pour yourself a cup of tea and learn the difference between a c-type and a cyanotype.

Image credit Top, Evan Thomas, Bottom Paul Charlton, High and Dry

High and Dry, Paul Charlton



***DEADLINE: Monday 21 January 2013***

The RSA Residencies for Scotland is an exciting, artist-led scheme which provides valuable research and residency opportunities for artists whilst forging important networks with centres of artistic excellence across Scotland, ranging from traditional residency venues to specialised production facilities.

Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis is on enabling a period of research, development and production, as well as on the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences.

Artists can apply for funds of up to £5000 and are responsible for managing their own residency, in discussion with the partner venue. Our partner venues all have a long history of offering quality development to, and presentation opportunities for, contemporary artists and for many their expertise and longevity has formed the back-bone of artist practice in Scotland for decades. Exhibition opportunities may be available at the RSA or through links with the partner venues and their own exhibition facilities or networks.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture is an independently funded institution whose purpose is to promote and support the visual arts in Scotland. The programme is administered and funded by the RSA, with kind support from the Friends of the RSA and The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. Launched in 2009, the project is now offered on a biennial basis.  

Aims of the residency programme:
• To enable artists a period of research, development and production
• To reinforce links with centres of excellence across Scotland
• To provide access to technical expertise and assistance to learn new skills & techniques.
• To enable the exchange of ideas and practice

Stills is proud to be a partner organisation of the RSA Residencies for Scotland 2013.

For full application details and application forms see the Royal Scottish Academy website.

Beyond Words Christmas Shop at Stills

This December Stills has teamed up with Beyond Words to bring you a fantastic range of photography books. Whether you are looking for a perfect Christmas present, or treating yourself, come in and have a browse.


Open in the Lower Ground space, 11am - 6pm, 7 days a week.

Beyond Words book selection

Annual Photographers Lecture

Lecture Poster

Doors Open Day 2012, Animation Activity and Tours




Join us on the 'Edinburgh's Doors Open Day' weekend for tours of the gallery and building.

In 1997 the building underwent extensive refurbishment in order to provide better exhibition, production facilities and working space, carried out by the Edinburgh based architectural firm Reiach and Hall. On the tours we will talk you through the current exhibition, take you into the darkrooms to have a look at where traditional photographs are produced and show you the digital facilties where local and international artists create their masterpieces!

Tours of the building on Saturday and Sunday starting on the hour, every hour between 11am & 4pm. There is no need to book for the tours - just turn up the day at either 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm or 4pm.


Animation taster workshop
In addition to the tours there will be an animation workshop, using a simple stop-frame method that can be undertaken by all ages!

The workshop will start at 11am on Saturday and Sunday so choose what day you want to attend and call/email to book your place(s). These will go fast and places will be aoolcated on a first come, first serve basis.

Places are limited so please email or phone 0131 622 6200 to book your place.


Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event. It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Both are supported by Historic Scotland. Area coordinators create and manage local programmes and work for a variety of local authorities, civic trusts and heritage organisations.


Artist Talk: David Michalek

Presented in partnership with Summerhall, a rare opportunity to get an in depth perspective on the entire making of the multi-faceted visual work Figure Studies by celebrated American artist David Michalek.

A special and very comprehensive discussion about the genesis of the concept, the research and development of the methodology, the casting process and production of the work paying homage to the cinematic and photographic pioneers Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Jules-Marey.

Presentation followed by Q&A session. Further exhibition information is available here 

To book a place please click here 


Image Figure Studies, David Michalek (2011) Image courtesy the artist.


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Beyond Words Pop-up Photography Bookshop

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Beyond Words at Stills, Summer 2011
Beyond Words at Stills, Christmas 2011
Martin Parr Book Signing. Monday 6th August, 2012





3 to 28 August


Beyond Words will be displaying and selling a selection of the finest contemporary photographic books from publishers such as Nazraeli, Steidl, Mack, Dewi Lewis, Aperture, Hatje Cantz, Kehrer, Superlabo and Twin Palms.

Will include limited editions and signed copies.



Martin Parr Book Signing


Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely published photographers, and a leading authority on photo books, will be signing copies of his books, including his two latest, No Worries! and Up and Down Peachtree.







For more information, contact Neil McIlwraith,; background-color: transparent; color: #222222; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"> or 01620 895985.

Beyond Words ran a photographic bookshop on Cockburn Street for 15 years till the summer of 2010 and is now a specialist online photographic book retailer.


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