Opportunities

Scottish Photographers

Scottish Photographers is an informal network of independent minded photographers, which aims to encourage the practice of photography as a means of personal expression as well as an art form; there is currently a membership of over two hundred including amateurs, professionals, students and academics from Scotland and beyond. Providing an outlet for work not seen in traditional groups, Scottish Photographers crosses boundaries and provides a stimulus for those with little interest in competitions or distinctions or academic studies and avail themselves of a wide range of approaches and techniques from contemporary digital work to arcane and long forgotten processes.

Local meetings are held several times a year in Fife, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and there is a Spring residential weekend at Inversnaid Photography Centre. Occasional workshops by leading photographers are organised, usually in Stills Gallery, Edinburgh and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. A magazine, Solas, is published several times a year and an e-mail newsletter, Contact Sheet (Scottish Photographers E Mail) goes out at the end of every month.

Portfolio Sessions:

Portfolio sessions are at the heart of Scottish Photographers. They provide a forum for members to show projects that they are currently working on and to get feedback from those present. You do not have to bring images to all sessions but you are encouraged to do so.

GLASGOW: Contact Colin Gray c.gray@strath.ac.uk 
INVERNESS: Contact Matt Sillars matt.sillars@gmail.com 
FIFE: At Rothes Halls. Contact Peter Goldsmith p.a.goldsmith@lineone.net. 
EDINBURGH: Contact: David Buchanan davidbphoto@yahoo.co.uk

Proposals

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: proposals@stills.org We recognize that this is an important way for us to learn about work that we may not be aware of.

Connect/Exchange: Residency Opportunities

We are delighted to be working again with Northern Film & Media, Metal (Liverpool), BALTIC + The NewBridge Project (Newcastle Gateshead) and Chapter (Cardiff) on Connect/Exchange; an exchange, research and networking residency programme for artists with a screen-based practice.

Artists are supported with the initial research & development of a new project via a two-part residency, together with associated professional networking and events. 

We’re looking for two ambitious and open minded artists who will benefit from the support and networking opportunities Connect/Exchange offers. 

For further information, see How to apply. 

Application deadline: Monday 27th March, 10am

Artists: One artist based in North East England, one artist based in Scotland

Residency dates: Part One - 26th July to 2nd August 2017. Part Two (flexible access) 2nd October to 27th November 2017

Interviews: Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th April 2017

Residency Information

During a period of residency at Stills in August 2017, Connect/Exchange artists will have full access to a range of technical facilities. They will benefit from the advice and support on offer from technical and curatorial staff at Stills; the opportunity to take part in peer critique sessions to discuss their work and ideas; and the chance to hear from established moving image artists that live and work in Scotland. Timed to coincide with the opening days of the 2017 Edinburgh Art Festival, the residency will begin with a week of practical work, discussion, research, talks and visits to exhibitions. It will continue with the option for each artist to have a further two months access to Stills' production facilities.

Artists will benefit from:

Fee: £2,000 per artist, plus £500 toward materials. Travel expenses and accommodation will also be provided.

  • A two part residency: Part One is an orientation week providing time for initial introductions, networking with the host partner’s regional art scene and community, providing time for initial research and making appropriate connections for the development of the artist’s project. Part Two provides flexible access to host partner facilities over a two month period to undertake the research and development the artists propose.
  • Peer support: Each of our host partners will support two residencies. The selected artists will undertake their residencies simultaneously to ensure mutual support and artist-to-artist networking.
  • Public and audiences: Artists will share their practice, and development of their research project via regular blogs updates on the Connect/Exchange microsite and also to a public audience.
  • Long term impact and signposting: Host partners will arrange a flexible programme of support for artists including for example, meetings, studio visits, talks, discussions, regional networking and introductions to relevant industry and sector contacts. Artists will also be provided with signposting, guidance and support to distribute and exhibit projects post residency period.
  •  National event: We’ll bring all artists and partners together in NewcastleGateshead to share their experiences and to meet key people in the North East art scene. This will be followed by a day of workshops and talks covering topics such as marketing, distribution and exhibition approaches and strategies specifically for artists working with moving image, also open to the wide North East arts community.
  •  Wider benefits: Artists based in the host partner regions will also benefit from events and activates happening in Cardiff, Liverpool, NewcastleGateshead and Edinburgh through Connect/Exchange.

 

Any questions? Contact Lauren Healey lauren@northernmedia.org or Clare Gomez clare@northernmedia.org / 0191 440 4560

 

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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.