Contact: Young Photographers Club Exhibition

Slide show: 
Alex Van Der Byl
Juyoung Lee
Victoria Wadsworth
Olivia Fraser
Gemma Gorton
Grieg Howitt










Exhibition Opening, Friday 28 April, 2014

Contact is a photography club for a group of young photographers aged 15 - 17. For ten weeks throughout Winter 2014 they have been experimenting with different photographic techniques using Stills' facilities. From playing with light in the darkroom to create simple but effective photograms, to using high end negative scanners and sophisticated photo-editing software, the group have worked hard to produce an exhibition showcasing a small selection of the work they have produced.

The exhibition will run until 6 April 2014, 11am – 6pm.

New opportunity for moving image artists

Are you at the early stages of developing a moving image project?

Stills has partnered with Northern Film & Media to provide an exciting new opportunity.

Connect/Exchange is a UK national exchange project for artists with a moving image / digital / screen-based practice. The Scotland – North East strand will provide a residency opportunity for four artists (two Scotland-based two North East based).  

You will benefit from,

- Self-catering accommodation. This is likely to be akin to a room in a shared house, with access to kitchen and bathroom facilities.
 - Travel – this will be equivalent to the cost of an advance train ticket between the artist’s location and Edinburgh
 - An artist’s bursary of £400
 - Access to Stills facilities & equipment for all four artists
 - Presentations & talks with key curators and artists across Glasgow & Edinburgh, including tours of relevant exhibitions & studios.

All exchanges take place from 14th – 20th April 2014.

Deadline for applications: midnight Sunday 16th March 2014

Connect/Exchange is a Northern Film and Media initiative. For further information and application forms please check their website. For further information about Connect/Exchange, please see All enquires to be made through Northern Film and Media.

New sponsor for Stills

Schiehallion is delighted to sponsor ‘Constructions of Landscape’ with our delicious craft lager! 

Enjoy FREE shipping on all orders until midnight of 16th February using the shipping code STILLS14.

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Constructions of Landscape Work in Progress 3 is kindly sponsored by Schiehallion and is supported by a New Arts Sponsorship Grant from Arts & Business Scotland.

Ben Harman appointed as new Director

The Board of Directors have appointed Ben Harman as the new Director of Stills, to succeed Deirdre MacKenna who leaves the organisation in December.

Harman is currently Curator of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow and will take up his new appointment early in 2014. In his current role Harman cares for a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art including photography and lens-based media. Curatorial projects include: LIVING WITH WAR: Artists on war and conflict (2013); Tales of the City: Art Fund International and the GoMA collection (2012); Alan Dimmick: Photographs from the last 15 years of contemporary art in Scotland (2012); Alasdair Gray: City Recorder (2011); Jo Spence: Self Portraits (2008); Jim Lambie: Forever Changes (2008) and Barbara Kruger (2005). Selected projects out-with GoMA include: Sculpture on Film, Glasgow Film Theatre (2012) and The Work of Patti Smith, Mitchell Library, Glasgow (2006).

On the prospect of joining Stills, Harman said:

“Since its foundation in 1977, Stills has become a vital centre for photography in Scotland. I am greatly looking forward to leading the Stills team in the development of a vision for the next phase of the organisation. I passionately believe in photography’s increasingly important role in culture and society."


  Ben Harman

Harman was Lead Curator on the Art Fund International Partnership between GoMA and The Common Guild which, over a five year period from 2007 and with an acquisitions budget of £1m, established a world class collection of international contemporary art for the City of Glasgow. Purchases included an unprecedented range of photography, film and video by artists such as: Thomas Demand, Peter Hujar, Walid Raad, Wolfgang Tillmans, Omer Fast, Fischli & Weiss, Emily Jacir and Fiona Tan.

Stills’ Chair, Ben Spencer, said:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Harman as the new Director of Stills. Ben’s broad knowledge of photography and artist film, both in Scotland and internationally, his network across the contemporary visual arts sector and many years experience of working at the Gallery of Modern Art - Scotland's most visited modern art gallery – will be a huge asset to the organisation. Ben’s appointment signals the start of a new, exciting phase for Stills.”

New Pastures

Deirdre MacKenna will leave Stills at Christmas this year to undertake a series of independent projects with her commissioning agency 'Cultural Documents', as Honorary Research Fellow of the RewindItalia project and as Visiting Professor at Fondazione Fotografia, Modena. In January 2014 she will start a doctoral studentship at University of Dundee supervised by Dr. Euan McArthur studying the history and development of models of visual art programme-making.

She will continue to work with Stills on the project with Drummond High School and St. Andrews University.

Beyond Words Christmas Pop-Up shop


Throughout November and December, Stills are proud to welcome Beyond Words back into the bosom of our lower ground floor.

Beyond Words is a specialist retailer of Photographic Books. After trading as a shop on for 12 years on Edinburgh’s Cockburn Street, Beyond Words now operates as a mail order/online business. For the past three years Stills and Beyond Words have joined forces to bring you the joy of browsing photographic books in our annual Christmas pop-up shop, and this year we are giving you more of an opportunity to browse those rare limited edition and signed books.

From now until 22 December you will find a great selection of Beyond Words stock nestled on the lower ground floor of Stills, open from 11 – 6, 7 days a week.

One of my personal favourites this year has to be the great batch of signed Gerry Johansson books – Sverige, Deutschland and Pontiac. An immediately alluring book design, each one part if an eighteen-year series, these photographic encyclopaedias catalogue the rural and urban landscapes from one small town to the next.

There is a great selection including Martin Parr, Stephen Shore, Paul Graham, Steichen, Brandt, Maier…. There are too many to mention, so I suggest you come and have a look for yourself!

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Christmas at Stills with Beyond Words
TUESDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2013 6.30PM - 8.00PM

Have you ever wondered what photography book Beyond Words owner, Neil McIlwraith would select as his favourite? What photo book has Deirdre McKenna kept by her bedside table during her 12-year tenure as Director of Stills?

Join us for a night of festive fun where invited guests will give short presentations about their favourite photography books. Peruse the shelves of Beyond Words pop-up bookshop and browse the list of up coming courses available at Stills.

Not only can we solve your Christmas shopping woes by providing an array of photography based gifts under one roof - including our extremely popular Stills Gift Vouchers - but we will be washing the evening down with mulled wine and mince pies... and not a note of Mariah Carey.

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.

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