Artist Talk

Exhibition Talk: AMBIT artists on ‘Method and the Photographic’

Past Thursday, 30 May 2019 7-9pm

David Grinly, Research Associate at Stills, will moderate a discussion with several of the artists exhibiting in AMBIT: Brittonie Fletcher, Morwenna Kearsley and Frances Scott.

By discussing links and disparities between the methods used by the artists and why they chose certain techniques, this event will explore how different approaches to photography and the photographic contribute to our collective imaginary.

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TALK: Photography in the Time that Remains

Past Wednesday, 27 February 2019 6:30pm

Stills Research Associate David Grinly will give a lecture on his recent research trip to Rome, supported by Stills and Creative Scotland, where he continued to investigate the relationship between belief and the photographic. Building on themes and readings from Stills previous lecture series “Reading Photography” this new lecture will appeal to anyone with an interest in delving further into the theory of the photographic. No prior reading is required although some previous interest in the theory and philosophy of photography is recommended.

The lecture will begin at 6.30pm and there will time for questions and discussion. Refreshments will be available.

The lecture is free but ticketed.

Some of David’s writing and pictures can be seen on his website at




Artist Talk: Andres Serrano

Past Tuesday, 4 December 2018 7.00pm

Join us for an artist talk by Andres Serrano at the Royal College of Physicians.

Between 29 November 2018 - 3 March 2019, Stills will be showing a selection of recent photographs from Serrano’s ‘Torture’ series commissioned by socio-political arts organization a/political in 2015.

This talk, which will take place in the Great Hall at the Royal College of Physicians, has been organised to accompany the show, with Serrano flying in from New York to speak in Scotland about his practice for the first time.

The talk will be followed by a book signing in the New Library.

Since the 1980's Andres Serrano's work has sparked debate and raised questions about censorship, taste, public decency and acceptable modes of expression. In 1987 Serrano received international attention for his work 'Piss Christ', a photograph of a small plastic crucifix submerged in a tank of the artist’s urine. The work ignited a national debate on the freedom of artistic expression and the public financing of controversial artworks.

Video of this talk now available to watch below or via Youtube:



Image credit: Scold’s Bridle IV, Hever Castle, Kent, UK (Series: Torture), 2015, Andres Serrano. Courtesy of a/political and the artist.

Scold’s Bridle IV, Hever Castle, Kent, 2015, Andres Serrano

Artist Talk: Tait & Style and Gunnie Moberg

Past Tuesday, 21 August 2018 6pm - 8pm

Ingrid Tait, founder of Orkney fashion-textile company Tait & Style, is coming to Stills to give a talk about her friend Gunnie Moberg and the groundbreaking fashion photography they created together on the Islands between 1990 - 2007.

Tickets £5.00

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Artist Talk: Daniel Buren on Photography

Past Thursday, 26 April 2018 18.00-20.00

Stills is excited to announce that the renowned contemporary artist, Daniel Buren, will visit Edinburgh to present a lecture on photography - outlining his thoughts on the medium and the vital role that photography plays as a tool for documenting his work.

Daniel Buren is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary art. At the end of the 1960s, he abandoned traditional painting and developed a radical form of conceptual art, adopting 8.7cm wide vertical stripes (1965) and using them as a ‘visual tool’ to prompt a reading of the work’s surroundings rather than just the work itself. Made with paint, fabric, paper and tape, among other materials, the stripes are part of interventions made in galleries, museums, and public sites. For the past fifty years Buren has mainly made works in situ. His pieces respond to the specifications of the particular location in which they stand. Buren’s works have become more sculptural and architectural, although the characteristic stripes are still a key element.

*Location: French Institute of Scotland, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

£10 (+booking fee)

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Image Credit: Daniel Buren, The Big Wall, Up and Down, Diamonds and Circles, Black and White, permanent work in situ, Tottenham Court Road Station, London, 2008-2016 . Detail © DB-ADAGp Paris

Daniel Buren, The Big Wall, Up and Down, Diamonds and Circles, Black and White

ARTIST TALK: Isabel Rocamora "Imaging Faith"

Past Thursday, 28 January 2016 6pm - 7pm

Free, book a place here  

To mark the end of her residency at Stills, Artist filmmaker Isabel Rocamora will be introducing her new project Faith. Filmed in the Judean desert, across Israel and Palestinian Territories, Faith intimately observes the act of worship of the three monotheistic religions in Jerusalem (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Questioning segregation while celebrating difference, Faith invites reflection on one of the most tragic, world resonating conflicts that persist in this new century. Showing stills as well as extracts from the film, Isabel will offer insight into her artistic practice, closely discussing her working process from themes, through cinematography to directorial approach.

Awarded internationally, Rocamora's moving image work can be seen in museums and filmothèques worldwide. Exhibitions include the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; and the Bologna Museum of Modern Art. Isabel teaches film at Edinburgh University and Screen Academy Scotland.

Following its exhibitions at Galeria SENDA (Barcelona) and the Koffler Gallery (Toronto), Faith will have its Scottish Premiere at Summerhall Galleries in 25 May - 13 July 2016.


A project produced by the Isabel Rocamora Studio, co-produced by Galila’s Collection, Brussels and the Koffler Gallery, Toronto (with the support of Chad and Lisa Wolfond). Partnering with Galeria SENDA. Stills produced during a residency at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh. Funded by Creative Scotland.


Image: Isabel Rocamora on the set of Faith. Image by Ran Yehezkel. © The Artist, 2015.

ARTIST TALK: Dan Holdsworth

Past Thursday, 17 March 2016 6.00pm

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British photographer Dan Holdsworth will be in conversation with Ben Harman, Director of Stills, to talk about recent projects and aspects of an established career that has included the presentation of major exhibitions for galleries and museums in the UK and abroad.In 2007, his solo exhibition, At the Edge of Space, Parts 1-3, was held at Stills.

British photographer Dan Holdsworth explores the relationship between landscape photography, science and technology. Most recently, his work has become an investigation into both real and virtual representations of the geological landscape. Despite being deeply informed by the uses and applications of the newest technologies, Holdsworth’s work refers openly to the history and tradition of landscape photography.

Born in Welwyn Garden City, UK, in 1974, Holdsworth studied photography at the London College of Printing. His work has been featured in international exhibitions worldwide, including at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Tate Britain, London. His work is held in major international public and private collections including Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mumok, Vienna; and the Goetz Collection, Munich.

Image: Spacial Object no.17, Spatial Objects (2015) Dan Holdsworth Courtesy the artist.

Artist Talk: Mischa Kuball

Past Wednesday, 9 September 2015 6PM-7PM

Free. Places are limited, book a ticket here

The artist Mischa Kuball (b.1959, Düsseldorf, Germany) is best known for his use of light as a medium - in installations and photography - to explore architectural spaces, their contexts and related social and political discourses. As well as gallery and museum exhibitions, he has developed large-scale participatory projects exploring the politics of private and public spaces and the relationship between artist, artwork and audience. Varying from his use of slide projectors, CT scanners or reference to Plato’s cave, Mischa will present a talk on some of his projects, from over the last 30 years, that have drawn upon photographic apparatus, imagery and theory.

Mischa Kuball is based in Düsseldorf. Since 2007 he has been a Professor at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne and Associate Professor for Media Art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Artist Talk: Colin Gray

Past Thursday, 16 October 2014 6.30pm


In this illustrated talk, Colin Gray will discuss the development of his ‘intimate’ photography and the relationship between the staged and the documentary image. He will talk about how he collaborated and used photography as a therapy for himself and his parents over a 34 year time span.

Coinciding with the exhibition, 'Colin Gray: a Journey with his Parents, through Love, Life and Death,' at North Edinburgh Arts Centre, this event is presented in association with Street Level Photoworks and Luminate 2014.

This event is free, but places are limited. Please book your ticket here

 Heaven and Hull (1990), Colin Gray.  Courtesy the artist.

ECA Friday Talk | Carol Mavor | 'Mouthing Gold, Spitting Gold Mush' OR ‘Eating Sadistically'

Past Friday, 24 October 2014 11.30am - 1.00pm

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Building 

Mouthing gold, spitting gold mush—
Ted Hughes, 'Midas'

The fairy tale and related myths and fables, often turn on gold. Midas wished for everything that he touched to turn to gold, but the outcome was disastrous. He found that he could not eat (gold). This lecture takes the golden tale (from Ovid's 'Midas' to Grimms' 'The Golden Key' to Tim Krabbé's The Golden Egg) as a terrible eating: omophagous, cannibalistic and dangerous. Images by Janine Antoni, Kiki Smith and Marina Abramović include gold nipple buttons, a gold tongue broche and dessert pastry sprinkled with raw gold. In all, eating gold is sadistic. Sadism demands a story (Laura Mulvey) and the golden fairy tale delivers it with 'a tone licked clean' (James Merrill).

The lecture is part of Mavor's new book Aurelia: Art and Literature Through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale (forthcoming from Reaktion Books, 2015).

No need to book - just turn up.

Image: Kelly McCallum, Do You Hear What I Hear? (2007) nineteenth-century taxidermy fox, cast gold-plated maggots.

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