Our unique programme of residencies support artists through critical, technical and professional development. We aim to provide opportunities for experimentation and reflection which allows artists to take significant steps forward with both their practice and career.

Residents are given unlimited access to Stills’ production facilities, equipment and expertise as well regular peer-led work in progress critiques.

To find out about future opportunities please join our mailing list or regularly check our opportunities and Creative Scotland’s opportunities listings.


Connect/Exchange 2017

Exchange/Research/Networking residencies for artists with a screen-based practice, taking place across the UK

Connect/Exchange is a national UK residency scheme for artists with a screen-based practice. Conceived and developed by Northern Film & Media, artists are supported with the initial research & development of a new project via a two-part residency, together with associated professional networking and events.

Northern Film & Media are looking for ambitious and out-going early and mid-career artists who are open to testing out and sharing new ideas, who have a new project they want to undertake initial research & development for, and who will benefit from the support and networking opportunities Connect/Exchange offers. Artists are supported via a two-part residency, together with associated professional networking events.

There are spaces for eight artists on the scheme - three artists based in the North East, one artist based in Scotland, one artist based in Wales and three artists based nationally. These will take place at our host partners Metal (Liverpool), Stills (Edinburgh), Chapter (Cardiff) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art + The NewBridge Project (NewcastleGateshead). 

For further information about Connect/Exchange, our host partners and how to apply see the Connect/Exchange project site. 

DEADLINES: Deadline for residencies with Metal, Chapter and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art + The NewBridge Project: 10am Monday 16th January 2017.

Deadline for residencies with Stills: 10am Monday 27th March 2017. Further details will be launched in February 2017. 

For more information, please contact Lauren Healey: / 0191 440 4560

Connect/ Exchange is an Northern Film & Media initiative and the partnership with Stills is supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.



AiR [Artist in Residence]

AiR is a partnership between Stills and Fondazione Fotografia, Modena Italy. Continuing the collaboration initiated in 2010, the aim of AiR is to sustain a dialogue between artists from Scotland and Italy, about the role and potential of the photographic medium within specific locations and contexts. Artists undertake research and produce works which engage with the urban or rural environment of the area in which their residency occurs.

Previous residents can be viewed here. For further information please contact



RSA Residencies for Scotland

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. Launched in 2009, the project is now offered on a biennial basis and is 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 the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences. The programme is administered and funded by the RSA, with kind support from the Friends of the RSA and The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust.

Previous residents can be viewed here.

For further information please see here.