“My journey starts in Gambia, West Africa, and continues through different countries. Drawing upon the experiences of sudden language changes and frequent relocation, my work examines memory and communication. Currently studying in Edinburgh, I have had the opportunity to create work in such inspiring spaces. In 2017, I worked on the project ‘House | work’ at Stills which explored unpaid care and gender inequality. The exhibition raised awareness of caring roles, which can be very isolating at times. Stills creates empowering and important conversations, and last year I had the privilege to continue working with Stills embarking on Stills School Academy. I am excited to develop my skills and create new friendships.”
I recently graduated from Stills Academy. During the twelve weeks I created “Beyond the Mica”, a body of work comprised of images of the Aberdeenshire landscape I grew up in. Through the course of The Academy I addressed the frustration I felt towards the overly familiar images I had been taking, by combining and overlaying them to create new narratives. Being a part of The Academy meant that I gained much needed confidence in my work whilst also being constantly inspired by the people around me. Together with my fellow graduates we created our group show “Invert”. This was named to reflect our mutual agreement that we all took on hurdles within our work and inverted them into very personal, but essential forms of art.
27, Phd Candidate Edinburgh Uni
“As a latchkey kid growing up in the 2000s, I spent most of my time taking staged self portraits and posting them on my various social media profiles. I liked the idea of “performing” without having to look anyone in the eye. So when I first came across Cindy Sherman’s work, it spoke to me and made me feel powerful in my own solitary, photo-narrative endeavours. The final print that I made at Stills Summer School ‘The Staged Photograph’ with Katy Hundertmark is a homage to Sherman’s A Play of Selves series, and the three characters I depict are, from left to right: The Criminal, The Daughter and Her Mother.”
“I started volunteering in Stills in April 2015. Since then, Stills has been accompanying me in the pursuit of photography. The institution provides invaluable resources, support, and opportunity to someone like me who does not have academic background in photography.
Through the eyes of ruby is a photographic journal documenting the current underground music scene in both Scotland & England. All the photographs are taken by Owen Godbert & Ste Fletcher using black & white 35mm film. “We have been using Stills for a few years for both developing and printing our photographs. Most recently we have been in the darkroom printing for an upcoming exhibition at Night and Day cafe in Manchester, which opens in September.”
We are part of a network of publicly-funded production facilities across Scotland that offer makers of all levels access to state-of-the-art workspaces and equipment at affordable rates. Once inducted, you can use all of our facilities for as little as £15 a day.