Edinburgh Art Festival: Art Late

Thursday 25 August 6 - 8pm 

A regular and popular feature of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Art Late is a specially programme night of late openings at galleries across the city.  

Join us for exhibition tours of Runaway, Success every 20 minutes throughout the evening.  

Refreshments will be served.

Further information on the Art Late Programme can be viewed here


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)

New Spring Opening Hours

Stills will be opening the gallery from 11am to 7pm Monday to

Why not take advantage of our New Spring and Summer Opening Hours and drop in to see us after work or as part of your late night shopping on Thursdays!


More Access at Better Prices

As of Monday 2 May, we're streamlining the way you use our Production Facilities to enable more access and a better pricing structure.

new prices

Stills' new one day pass [£12] or a monthly pass [£45] give you full access to all Stills' Production Facilities, including Stills' Digital Lab, Photogrpahy Darkrooms and Video Editing Suite, enabling you to move freely between processing film and scanning, post-production and printing without interruption.

If you've not already had your induction, you can start using our facilities by coming
along for a 1-hour induction, lead by a Stills' Technician, which costs only £20!

To arrange a suitable time please give us a ring on 0131 622 6200 or email


World Pinhole Photography Day at Stills

Sunday, 24 April 2011
12pm - 4pm

£3 Donation

Join us this Sunday for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.

Learn how to make a pinhole photograph in a short darkroom session at Stills. There are four available slots - 12pm, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. Each session has six places and are open to all! Call 0131 622 6200 to reserve your place, or simply turn up on the day!

Learn more about the day

Artist Talk Ruth Maclennan


Come along to Stills on Saturday 9 April, 2PM.

Ruth Maclennan in conversation with artist Alexander Maris.

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