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The Globalisation and Art Lectures; Richard Williams

Friday 3rd February, 2012, 6pm

For this lecture series art historians, photographers, artists and visual culture specialists have been invited to examine the intersections between art and the social realities produced by globalisation. All of the lectures are FREE.

To book a place on any of these free lectures please email

Richard Williams: A Modern Ruin - the ‘United States’ in Philadelphia
Focus Space artist Richard Williams presents an informal lecture on his current exhibition in Stills’ Focus Space which draws together his personal connections to the material and his writing on the contemporary built environment and globalisation.

The 'United States' is one of the sights of contemporary Philadelphia. One of remarkably few surviving transatlantic liners, it is a monument to a heroic industrial age in which the US itself was indubitably in the ascendant. In its present condition, semi-derelict, and moored opposite a retail park that could be anywhere in the world, it has a lot to say about the violent transformation of industrial societies over the past 40 years. Richard Williams’ talk will introduce the 'United States' for those who don't know it, and speculates on its past, present, and uncertain future.

Richard Williams is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at The University of Edinburgh. His books include The Anxious City (2004) and Brazil: Modern Architectures in History (2009). Though his published work invariably features his own photographs United States is his first public exhibition

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.

Nadav Kander: Yangtze River Joel Sternfeld: First Pictures  Saul Leiter: Early Colour   Jeffery Conley: Winter  Bruce Davidson: Subway  Huangshan   Vivian Maier

    Blakemore  William Eggleston: For Now  Corey Arnold: Fish Work      Michael Kena: Images of the Seventh Day  Sandra Kantanen: Landscapes  Francesca Woodman's Notebook

The Latin American Photobook  Letting go of the camera  On Being a Photographer  Steinmetz: Summertime  Andy Sewell: The Heath  Francesca Woodman  Bill Schwab: Gathering Calm

The diverse selection will cater to every taste whether you are after a rare, signed edition of John Blakemore's first major retrospective, the first publication of newly discovered street photography by Vivian Maier or a beautiful hardback showcasing largely unseen early colour photography by Joel Sternfeld. For those who are indecisive why not pick one of each from the pocket sized PHOTOFILE collection?

Opening Hours

1 Dec  - 18 Dec 11am - 6pm (8pm Late night shopping on Thursday 1 Dec and Thurs 8 Dec)
19 Dec - 23 Dec 11am - 7pm


Focus Space Richard Williams: United States

Focus Space Richard Williams: United States
Saturday 12 November 2011 – Sunday 18 March 2012
Launch Event: Friday 25 November, 6.30pm

For Stills’ Focus Space Richard Williams will exhibit a series of photographs and artefacts that examine the past, present and future of the once glamorous ship, the SS United States. The last, and fastest, ocean liner built by the US, its decaying 990-foot structure is now moored opposite an IKEA store at Pier 82 in the great port of Philadelphia, a place full of ruins of the industrial age.

Image United States 3 (2011) Richard Williams

Stills Artist Talk, Edoardo Agresti and Gianluca Capri

Monday 31 October 7pm Free

Please join us for a fascinating insight into the practice of two of Italy's most successful photographers.

Edoardo Agresti is a partner of Nikon Professional Service and teaches for Nikon School Travel as well as exhibiting internationally and has published in several international magazines and travel guides.

Gianluca Capri studied in Paris in 1998 and has since exhibited internationally including Artisti in Campo (2008), Gallery Park Palace, Monte Carlo (2009) and has received awards such as Venice International Photo Contest (2007).

The two photographers have presented exhibitions of recent works at The English Speaking Union and The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh to raise funds for Oxfam's 'Light Gives Life' initiative.

Refreshments will be served


The Italian Cultural Institute of Edinburgh presents the photography of Edoardo Agresti and Gianluca Capri.

All works are for sale and proceeds will contribute to the work of OXFAM.

Please join us for the Exhibition closing event at The English Speaking Union
Friday 28 October 6pm. All welcome.
Refreshments will be served

Exhibition venues:
The Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh

English Speaking Union Scotland, 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh


Image, 'Light Gives Life', Edoardo Agresti, 2011



Stills Performance: Stephen Sutcliffe, Log-rolling

Thursday 20 October 6.30pm


Skewing the context of Private Eye magazine's once yearly literary review feature, Stephen Sutcliffe and a selected cast give the first of a series of presentations, using video, audio and live readings of texts all culled from the artists personal archive.

Taking place within the space of Sutcliffe's exhibition Runaway, Success, this event deploys a methodology of live collage to continue and extend the exhibition's investigation of self-doubt, awkwardness and the construction of the idea of culture.

Limited spaces available, to book a place please email or call 0131 622 6200

Specially commissioned poster Runaway, Success includes an interview between the artist Stephen Sutcliffe and curator Lisa Le Feuvre and is available to purchase at the event and via Stills' shop.

Beyond Words Pop-Up Shop at Stills

Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 August (11 – 7 pm)

A year ago, Edinburgh lost its specialist photographic bookshop, Beyond Words. But Beyond Words continues to thrive as an online mail-order business and runs stalls at photographic events.

For five days during the Festival, we are delighted to host a ‘pop-up’ Beyond Words shop in our meeting room located on the lower level.

So come along and find out about the services Beyond Words can offer and catch up with some of the finest photo books published in the last year. Highlights include a range of signed titles from Nazraeli Press, hard-to-find books from Japan – among them limited editions from new publisher Superlabo and Sugimoto’s Nature of Light, and a brand-new limited edition from Stephen Shore.

Beyond Words is delighted to announce that our pop up shop at Stills will culminate in two book signings on Saturday 13 August.

Paul Hill at 4 pm

Paul Hill is one of Britain’s most revered photographers and photographic educators. In the 1970s he was head of the ground-breaking Trent/Derby Creative Photography course – the forerunner of every art photography degree now available. In 1976, he and his late wife, Angela, established The Photographer’s Place, the first residential photography workshop in the UK, and a centre which influenced a generation of British photographers.

His book White Peak, Dark Peak is a classic work of landscape/documentary photography. Approaching Photography remains a hugely influential exploration of the creative process of photography.

Paul Hill will be signing copies of his latest book, Corridor of Uncertainty

 “The book is an instinctive response to the uncertain and new world I entered without my best friend and constant companion of 42 years who died in 2006.” (Paul Hill)

Corridor of Uncertainty is a metaphorical meditation on loss and pain, despair and hope, beauty and banality, and seeming to be in a foreign country without a map, where reactions range from pity to incredulity. Although a very personal journey, it has resonances for a wide audience.

Stephen McLaren at 5 pm

Stephen McLaren is a renowned street photographer and co-author of Street Photography Now, the bestselling compilation of the work of 46 contemporary image-makers noted for their candid depictions of everyday life in our streets.

Stephen is a Scottish freelance photographer, workshop leader and writer currently based in London. He will be signing copies of the newly published paperback edition of Street Photography Now.

For further information on the ‘pop-up’ shop and these signings, please contact Neil on 01620 895985 or 07530 217288 or Please also contact Neil if you cannot attend but would like to reserve a signed copy of one or both books.

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Square Dance Screening, Dance Performance and After Party

Sweaty suits, privates on parade and merry highlanders...

Join us at Edinburgh's Live Site, BBC Big Screen , Festival Square for a special film programme and a one-off public dance performance curated by Stills' Film Lounge, presented as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend programme.

Screening times,
BBC Big Screen, Live Site, Festival Square, Edinburgh

Saturday 23 July 1pm - 2.30pm
Sunday 24 July 2pm - 3.30pm

Performance accompanying screening

Sunday 24 July at 3pm (15 minute performance)


Square Dance After Party

Sunday 24 July 5 - 7 pm at Stills

Join us after the performance for some square dancing of our own with DJ David Stinton kicking off the festival fun times!

Free and open to everyone

Supported by Tiger Beer


EIFF Cameo Screening Anarcadia & Capital, Ruth Maclennan


A special screening of Anarcadia and short film Capital by Ruth Maclennan at Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh.

Capital is set in Kazakhstan's new capital Astanta. A woman traveller, a stranger, addressed the founder-ruler of a city under construction, one that promises a glossy but oppressive future by erasing the past. Anarcadia is shot in the steppe of South-Eastern Kazakhstan. Into this shifting, elemental landscape, two iconic figures - an archaeologist and prospector - seek to uncover its buried meanings and future possibilities. Overlaying rival trajectories and competing incentives, Maclennan's overlapping, often contradictory stories echo the fundamental indeterminacy and unpredictability of the desert landscape itself.

Presented in collaboration with Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Tickets are available in person at Filmhouse or Festivalhouse@teviot or by calling 0131 623 8030.

Co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, in association with Stills, Edinburgh, Ffotogallery, Cardiff and Castefield, Manchester. Funded by Arts Council England, and with the generous support of the British Council. Additional support from the Henry Moore Foundation

Edinburgh Telford College Private Critique

Slide show: 
Kat McKean
Fereuse MacDonald
Lauren Stewart
Chris Fernandez
Katrina Alexander

Congratulations to Kat McKean, Fereuse MacDonald, Lauren Stewart, Chris Fernandez and Katrina Alexander, chosen from 15 students in this years HND Professional Photography at Edinburgh's Telford College to have a private Critique with freelance artists and photographers at Stills.

Whither the roots?

A lively programme of quick-fire presentations will examine the significance of personal or community connections to places that have been subject to erasure, whether through regeneration or economic decline.

Speakers include Nicky Bird (Artist), Malcom Fraser (Architect), Ray Mckenzie (Senior Research Fellow at Forum for Critical Enquiry, Glasgow School of Art) and Johnny Rodger (Lecturer in History & Theory, Architecture Department, Glasgow School of Art). The day's discussion will conclude with a wine reception accompanied by music from Wounded Knee

Few spaces remaining, book a place by emailing or calling 0131 622 6200

Further information on Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place project can be found here and the publication is available to purchase here.

Presented with the support of SO WHAT PRODUCTIONS and:

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Image, Nicky Bird and Jan McTaggart:  Foxbar, Paisley (Back of Annan Drive, 1977? / Back of Springvale Drive, 2007)

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