Stills has a gallery space in which it presents four exhibitions a year. The research and development towards our exhibition programme is delivered by a specialist team of staff up to three years in advance of each project.

We receive numerous requests for feedback on work and proposals for exhibitions at Stills but, due to limitations on staff time, we are only able to respond if we are interested in requesting more information.

If you would like to make us aware of your work or an exhibition proposal, please email to: ben.harman@stills.org We recognize that this is an important way for us to learn about work that we may not be aware of.

Creative Exchange: Orkney – Edinburgh

Creative Exchange: Orkney – Edinburgh Sponsored by Highland Park single malt Scotch Whisky.
October – November 2018

Stills is delighted to announce a new Creative Exchange programme between Orkney and Edinburgh, sponsored by Highland Park single malt Scotch Whisky.

Artists based in Edinburgh and Orkney are invited to apply. An artist from each location will be selected and supported through a programme comprising a 7 day residency in Orkney followed by 7 days residency in Edinburgh, plus 14 days independent research and development. In Edinburgh, artists will have free access to Stills’ facilities, including dark rooms and digital labs.

Artists will receive:

- £2000 Artist Fee
- £500 Materials Fee
- Transport and Self-catered Accommodation funded for visiting artist
- Support from Rebecca Marr on Orkney and Stills’ team in Edinburgh

This is a research residency inspired by Stills’ current exhibition of photography and films by Orcadian artists Gunnie Moberg and Margaret Tait. Research made while on Orkney will be shared with Stills’ and Highland Park’s audiences.

We are particularly interested to hear from artists who use film and/or photography in their practice.

To apply, please send an artist CV, up to 8 images of your work and/or a link to your work online and 500 words on why you would like to participate on this residency.

Send submissions to: rachael.cloughton@stills.org

Deadline: Friday 24th August, 5pm. Interviews scheduled for the w/c 27th August (Skype interviews will be arranged for artists based in Orkney).

Artists must be over 18 to apply.



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Volunteer Opportunities

Stills recruits Front-of-House volunteers for each exhibition and will advertise all opportunities here when positions are available.


FRESH FOCUS at Stills is a new community for graduate photographers where they can seek peer criticism and support for their creative endeavours. The aim of the group is simple - to bring fresh practitioners together in a focused and supportive environment with the intention of fuelling critical engagement, promoting good working practices and connecting them to the wider photographic community.

The group meets twice a month at Stills (one weekday evening and one weekend) for a critique of work in development. Stills also supports the group to develop a programme of talks, critiques with guest speakers, pop-up exhibitions and participation in a range of events.

You should consider joining if you are:

  • In the early stages of your photographic career 
  • Making concept-driven thematic bodies of work 
  • Familiar with providing and receive critical feedback on such work 
  • Motivated to attend two critiques each month with new work to show 
  • Driven to develop your professional practice

Membership is for three years from the date of joining and members are expected to attend at least one critique meet-up per month to maintain their place in the group.

If you are interested in joining the group simply fill in the form below and we'll get back in touch within a week. If you have any questions you can email nic.rue@stills.org.

Follow the group on Instagram @FreshFocusatStills