- 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.

Be Inspired in 2016

We still have a daunting number of dark days until Spring, so until the equinox comes along to brighten our lives why not #beinspired to learn, explore and discover events at Stills and beyond.

Upcoming events at Stills include;

ARTIST TALK: Dan Holdsworth
THURSDAY, 17 MARCH 2016 6.00PM

SCREENING & ARTIST TALK: 'Lure of the Lost' Anthony Schrag with Stuart Armitt
WEDNESDAY, 23 MARCH 2016 6 - 7.30pm


Image: Spacial Object no.17, Spatial Objects (2015) Dan Holdsworth Courtesy the artist.


A long list of Stills coursesweekend workshops and Project days are available to book now. What are you waiting for – take the opportunity to develop skills that you have been eager to learn or brush up on.  



If absorbing, chilling-out and studying is more your thing then why don’t you come and visit our exhibitions followed by a brew in our comfy library?

The Joseph McKenzie and Photographs from the Margaret Morris Collection exhibition is on display until 9 April 2016.

Why not check out our friends at Streetlevel in Glasgow. They have a great looking programme of exhibitions, talks and events to help keep inspiration flowing through the short days.  

We are spoiled for choice in Edinburgh if you are looking to enhance creative skills. Have you checked out Edinburgh PrintmakersEdinburgh Sculpture Studios and Process Studios range of courses. It’s not a question of should you do a course, but a question of which courses to do!

A fantastic way to start the year and #beinspired!

For other ways to discover what is happening in photography in Stills and beyond why not follow us on Twitter @StillsEdinburgh


Stills @ Edinburgh Art Fair

We are looking forward to joining the 11th Edinburgh Art Fair from 13 - 15th November this week, with exhibiting artists Caroline Douglas, David Grinly and Evan Thomas.

Open daily from 11am

For more info visit:  

Jill Todd Photographic Awardees Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to this years Jill Todd Photographic Awardees!

Winners (in alphabetical order):  

Matt Hay
Alan Knox
Mhairi Law 

Highly Commended: 

Sekai Macheche 
James Parker
Jill Quigley
Nic Rue
Sam Wood 
Heather Yates. 

Awards will be made during the Private View at Stills on the evening of the 6th November. 

IPS Season of Photography 2015

The Institute for Photography in Scotland (IPS) is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 Season of Photography – an umbrella title for a series of lively exhibitions and events taking place at multiple venues throughout Scotland from mid-April to the end of September 2015.

The Season illuminates the wealth of activity around photography in Scotland. This includes exhibitions and events at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Stills, Edinburgh, the National Galleries of Scotland, University of Glasgow, University of St. Andrews, and the National Museums of Scotland as well as exhibitions taking place across the country, from Fife FOTOSPACE to regional museum venues in Linlithgow, Kirkcaldy, Clydebank, Irvine and Hamilton.

A unique feature is the range of self-organised artists events: Six Foot Gallery’s Month of Photography, ACTINIC, a festival dedicated to alternative, historic and new analogue photo related arts, and the second Blueprint, which explores the relationship between photo-mechanical printing and photography. There will be exhibitions by photography collectives and platforms such as Fèis, the Forgotten Collective, Document Scotland and Goose Flesh, as well as displays of work from photography associations, such as Queens Park Camera Club, and the five camera clubs across Fife. Talks, seminars and hands-on workshops will take place throughout the Season at various venues.

The Season highlights, celebrates and promotes the range of photography activities taking place. From the historical innovations of Anna Atkins and the American pioneer Lee Miller, to the contemporary narratives of Maud Sulter, the Magnum Photographic Agency and Scotland-based photography collectives, the Season offers something for everyone and tells multiple stories about the diverse ways in which photography is used as a creative tool.

Download the brochure

Beyond Words: Martin Parr book signing

Beyond Words: Martin Parr book signing
Thursday 20 August 6.30pm - 7pm 

Free, no booking necessary

Beyond Words and Stills are delighted to welcome back Martin Parr for a signing session on Thursday 20th August.

Parr is one of the world’s most prominent photographers and president of the prestigious photo agency Magnum. He is also a prolific author of photobooks and, in the three volumes of The Photobook; a History co-authored with Gerry Badger, has done much to elevate the status of books within the medium. Martin last did a signing at Stills three years ago and, since then, has published nearly twenty titles. These include a new edition of Phaidon’s retrospective, The Non-Conformists, Black Country Stories, Paris, Hong Kong Parr and Life’s a Beach.

The event is just 30 mins long, so don’t miss out and arrive early to grab a copy! If you are unable to attend but would be interested in reserving a signed copy of one of Martin’s title's, please email for further details.



The 2015 Jill Todd Photographic Award

Stills will host the annual Jill Todd Photographic Award for the first time. The award aims to promote early careers in photography and is open to all photography graduates in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Award takes the form of a competition, with applicants being asked to submit a body of work of between 5 and 12 images for consideration. Three winning artists and a selection of commended entrants will be selected to showcase their work at Stills.

Full submission details are available here.

Entry is via Deadline 31st August, 5pm.

JTPA Episode 1 Open Call from Jill Todd Photo Award on Vimeo

JTPA Episode 2 Exhibition from Jill Todd Photo Award on Vimeo.


JTPA Episode 3 from Jill Todd Photo Award on Vimeo.

JTPA Episode 4 from Jill Todd Photo Award on Vimeo.


JTPA Episode 5 from Jill Todd Photo Award on Vimeo.


Stills' new AiR Residents

Stills is delighted to introduce our 2015 AiR residents Kristian Smith and Scott Caruth.

Both artists will be spending a period of time in Modena to research and produce new work inspired by the location and context of their residency. Our partner in the programme, Fondazione Fotografia, will provide our artists with technical and critical support as well as access to their archives.

To read more about the artists and their work visit their resident pages

Later this year we will be visited by two Italian artists who will spend time in Stills researching and producing work inspired by their surroundings.

RSA Residencies for Scotland

RSA flyer

Stills is pleased to be a partner organisation for the Royal Scottish Academy’s Residencies for Scotland 2015-16.

The recruitment process for this opportunity can be found on the RSA website where you will be able to download application forms and information about all the partnering organisations.

Stills has had a successful history working with the RSA to deliver residencies to a number of artists including Gayle Chong KwanJennifer WilcoxRebecca MillingKatri Walker and Patrick Jameson.


Beyond Words Christmas POP-UP Shop @ Stills

3 - 19 December, 11am - 6pm daily

For the past four years Stills and Beyond Words have joined forces to bring you the joy of browsing photographic books in our annual Christmas pop-up shop. This winter the bookshop, on Stills lower ground, will have a selection of the finest contemporary photographic books available to purchase from publishers such as Hatje Cantz, Kehrer, Steidl, Nazraeli, Aperture, Radius, Twin Palms, Mack and will include limited editions and signed copies.

Come and browse for the perfect present! Beyond Words is a specialist retailer of photographic books. After 12 years trading as a shop on Edinburgh’s Cockburn Street, Beyond Words now operates as a mail order/online business. For further information or any queries please contact

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