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.

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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.

The GreenRoom artist’s commission

Deadline: Saturday 9 March 2019 at midday

Stills, in collaboration with PYRUS Botanicals, are delighted to announce a new artist’s commission opportunity. An artist will be selected to spend time developing work at PYRUS’s walled garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh whilst also having full access to Stills’ production facilities.

The commission will culminate in an exhibition at Stills from 13-21 April 2019 as part of the GreenRoom project. Taking place during the Edinburgh International Science Festival and supported by Grow Wild, the GreenRoom is an installation and series of events drawing attention to the importance of native plants, wildflowers and urban growing.

The selected artist will receive:
• A fee of £500 towards research and development
• A travel allowance for visits to the PYRUS garden
• Funds for materials and production costs
• Full access to Stills’ equipment and production facilities, including analogue darkrooms and a digital suite, for the duration of the project.

Project timescales:
• Development and production of work to be undertaken between 12 March – 7 April.
• Installation period for the GreenRoom at Stills: 8-12 April
• GreenRoom open to the public: 13-21 April

The commissioned artwork is expected to be a response to the specific environment of PYRUS’s walled garden. There will be opportunity to learn about local and seasonal botanical material, native plants, insects, wildlife and approaches to bringing nature into urban spaces. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists and photographers at an early stage in their career who use photography and/or moving image in their practice.


Please send:
• A CV or statement on your work.
• No more than 8 images of your work and/or a link to your work online.
• A statement of no more than 500 words on why you would like to undertake this commission.

Send your submission to: nic.rue@stills.org
Deadline for submissions: Saturday 9 March at midday.




About Stills: Stills is a centre for photography based in the heart of Edinburgh. We offer exhibitions and production facilities as well as a range of engagement opportunities for anyone to discover, enjoy and understand photography. We are a champion for the important and powerful role that the medium of photography plays in the world today. www.stills.org



About PYRUS: PYRUS is a botanical studio and Victorian walled flower garden near Edinburgh. The journey from seed to bloom is central to their creative practice. PYRUS’s aim is to raise public awareness about the availability and sustainability of locally grown, seasonal botanical material. www.pyrusbotanicals.com

Volunteer Opportunities

Stills is seeking volunteers who are passionate about photography and contemporary art. We are looking for individuals to invigilate our upcoming exhibition, AMBIT 12 April - 2 June 2019.

Stills is open seven days a week, providing the public with an opportunity to engage with our exhibitions and events. Your role as an invigilator would be to welcome people into Stills and act as a first point of contact, providing information about the exhibition and Stills varied programme of activity.

What are we looking for?

 - We ask that you can commit up to 2,5 hours a week for the duration of the exhibition. The weekly rota will remain the same for the duration.

- Good customer service skills.

- A passion for photography and contemporary art that can be passed on to our audience.

- You must be available for training on Tuesday, 9 April 5pm -7pm.  

You will be given full training for the role and Stills’ volunteers are encouraged to join in with our programme, events and make use of our facilities.

Important dates

Duration of volunteering opportunity: 11 April - 2 June 2019

Deadline for application: Thursday, 28 March 2019, 6pm

Training Day: Tuesday 9 April 2019, 5pm - 7pm

TO APPLY please fill in the Application Form in this link: