XXIII: A Stills School exhibition

Image (crop), from The Entomologist, Dexter Charlton, 2022

XXIII is an exhibition of work from 20 Stills School participants who took part in the school in the 2022-23 sessions.

The work on display showcases a breadth of techniques and subject matter. Across the work there is deep exploration of what photography is and can be to young people, from darkroom experimentation to traditional street and portraiture photography, exploring issues of identity, home, the environment and much more.

Stills School is a free alternative photography school for 16-25 year olds who face barriers to accessing the arts. It provides the space and time for students to develop new photography skills with the expert support of Stills’ team of tutors, but also encourages conversation and collaboration, allowing the participants to build a community that lives on after the end of the course.

There are two stages to the School, which are represented in XXIII: CONTACT, an introductory course for those with an interest in photography; and Stills Academy, a 12-week course providing the opportunity for students to develop their photographic practice with the assistance of Stills expertise.

Applications for the next session of the School are now open. For more information and to apply visit


Stills School is generously supported by Baillie Gifford, The Gannochy Trust and the Community Learning & Development Fund.

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