Our Tutors

Lydia Beilby        

Lydia Beilby is an artist, curator and educator. She is a founding member of artist’s collective Screen Bandita, whose expanded-cinema pieces and workshops have been commissioned and performed widely at film festivals, galleries and unusual spaces around the UK and Europe. Lydia is also the short film programmer for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Lydia teaches courses on Cinema for the Open Studies Department at The University of Edinburgh.

Lydia teaches our Super 8 courses and Light Movement: Experimental Film.

Erin Busswood

Erin teaches our Digital SLR Camera Training course (both online and in Stills).

Paul Cowan

Paul is a photography technician at Edinburgh Colleges (Sighthill Campus)

He teaches our Landscape, Product Photo and Inkjet Printing courses.

Caroline Douglas

Caroline Douglas is a visual artist working with photography and moving image. In October 2017, she began her PhD by practice at the Royal College of Art, researching the role of women in early Scottish photography. She is a celebrated visual artist; in 2011 she received the 9th Helen Keller International Award for her work Playboy Entertainment for Men and in 2016 was awarded a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award for the work Zero Hours Creativity. She has exhibited internationally including Galerie Huit, Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival and Columbia University, New York.

Caroline teaches our Colour darkroom course (currently on hold due to coronavirus)

Luke Edwards

Luke Edwards is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. He studied Intermedia Art at Edinburgh College of Art and makes work is around the concept of ‘Post-Internet’. Luke works with digital prints; combining illustration, gradients and photographs. His work has been described as ‘a reflection of the digital world [seen] through his screen, which he then output from back into the real world.’ He also works as an art handler at National Galleries of Scotland.

Luke teaches our Photoshop course.

Martin Elden

Martin is a graphic designer based in Glasgow.

He teaches our Design Layouts for Graphics and Print course.

Brittonie Fletcher

Brittonie is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. She has an MFA in Fine Art Photography from Edinburgh College of Art and a BFA in Photography and Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Brittonie’s photographic work ranges from 35mm to large format, with combined use of hand-applied historic process ProtoPhoto to hybridised 21st century digital technologies. Her fascination with history and chemistry has made her an expert in analogue and alternative darkroom techniques. In addition to Stills she is currently staff at Penumbra Foundation in NYC and Fairfield University in CT as part of their innovation lab.

She has worked with institutions across the world including Royal College of Art and received honours such including the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award and a nomination for RPS Hundred Heroines. She is the director of ACTINIC Festival.

Brittonie was instrumental in establishing our alternative darkroom programme and teaches our alt courses including Eco-Darkroom, DIY Darkroom, Print Your Own Tintypes and Liquid Silver, as well as 1:1 tuition both online and in house.

Gavin Fort

Gavin Fort is an award winning sound recordist and engineer producer. He studied popular Music from Edinburgh Napier University and completed an MSc in Sound Design from The University of Edinburgh. He is also a Certified User of Avid Pro Tools. Gavin has been working professionally with musicians, artists and actors both in the recording studio and on location since 2004. He has worked on a wide range of audio projects from punk albums to instructional horse riding audio books to interactive multi-media hospitality training platforms.

Gavin teaches on our Sound Recording and Editing for Artists & Filmmakers course.

Kat Gollock

Kat Gollock is an Edinburgh-based photographer specialising in performance, portraiture and events. A graduate of both Stevenson College and Edinburgh Napier University, Kat has been working within the photography industry since 2007. As well as freelance work, she teaches photography and has been involved in several art based youth engagement and community outreach projects. She is picture editor for Edinburgh International Film Festival and project assistant for Neu! Reekie. Kat was recently awarded the Jill Todd Photography Award bursary and is exhibiting a solo show at Stills as part of Projects 20.

Kat teaches our Digital SLR photography and Lightroom courses.

David Grinly

David Grinly is a visual artist and one of Stills’ most experienced tutors. He studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and then went on to complete an MSc in Electronic Imaging. He has a varied portfolio; he spent several years’ working as a commercial photographer, contributing to major publications like The Guardian and The Observer, The Financial Times and The Herald, while also developing and exhibiting his personal practice. David now works as Stills’ Research Associate and lectures in Critical Studies at Edinburgh College.

David teaches our Studio Portrait Project Day.

Zoe Hamill

Zoe Hamill is an Edinburgh-based photographer and works at Stills as a technician. She studied photography at the University of Ulster in Belfast and has exhibited widely, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland in Dublin, Kaunas Photo Festival in Lithuania and Glasgow Women’s Library.

Zoe teaches our Photoshop course and Eyes Open, our course for children (currently on hold due to Covid-19).

Cora James

Cora James is a visual artist based between London and Edinburgh. She is an assistant tutor at London College of Communications and teaches photography at Edinburgh University. James’ practice focuses on the everyday and has been described as ‘a collective and obsessive process in which she wanders the streets continually in search for what remains unseen’. She has exhibited extensively, including galleries in Rome, Edinburgh and Glasgow and has completed commissions for leading publications including Vanguards and Source.

Cora teaches our Composition in Photography Project Day, and our Street Photo and Architecture courses.

Morwenna Kearsley

Morwenna Kearsley is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. She was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship to undertake an MA in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, which she completed in 2015, and has a degree in photography, film and imaging from Napier University. Morwenna has participated on residency programmes across the world including at the Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, Italy and has exhibited widely. She was recently selected for Stills’ AMBIT exhibition, which showcases the most exciting photographers working in Scotland right now.

Morwenna teaches our Black and White Darkroom courses and darkroom project days.

Wilfred Magnussen

Wilf Magnussen is an Edinburgh-based designer and content creator.

Wilfred teaches our Video Editing course with Premiere Pro CC

Andrew Mckelvey

Andrew Mckelvey is an Edinburgh-based freelance motion designer and animator. He has developed and produced digital media content for a range of clients, including leading Edinburgh agency Studio Something. He is also a lecturer at Napier University, teaching digital software including After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Nuke X and Unreal Engine 4.

Andrew teaches our Adobe After Effects course