Stills School

Stills School is an alternative photography school for 16—25 year olds. Delivered in two distinct stages young people can develop photography skills at a pace and level that suits everyone.

STILLS SCHOOL

Stills School is an alternative photography school for 16-25 year olds who face barriers to accessing the arts. The school is free of charge. All materials and equipment are provided, and we can cover travel expenses too. You don’t need any experience in making photographs, just a passion for photography. 

STAGE 1 | CONTACT: Contact is an introductory photography course that will teach you basic photography skills as well as encourage you to develop your own projects. 

In a small group you will learn about different photographers and be supported to find your own style. Whether you prefer analogue, digital or moving image, we’ll make sure you feel confident using your new skills. Everyone will have prints to take home or download at the end of the week.  

Two Contact courses will run in February 2021 – both will be entirely online due to COVID restrictions.

  1. 6th – 10th February
  2. 8th – 12th February

Who is CONTACT for?
This is for young people aged 16-24 who face barriers to accessing the arts. You don’t need any experience of making photographs but have a passion for the photography. We are looking for young people who are keen to try something new.
We will prioritise places for young people who experience any one of the following barriers:

  • Are out of education, employment less than 16 hours a week or formal training.
  • Face financial barriers to participating in the arts.
  • Face health related barriers to participating in the arts.
  • Are young carers and/ or are young parents.
  • Are looked after and / or care experienced
  • Are living in poverty or residing in areas of social and economic deprivation
  • Are from Black and/or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
  • Have protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

Please note this list is not exhaustive and if you have any queries please do get in touch.

Contact will run again in Summer/Autumn 2021. If you would like to be added to the mailing list and hear about new dates, please contact emma.black@stills.org


STAGE 2 | STILLS ACADEMY ONLINE
MONDAY 1 / TUESDAY 2 MARCH – MONDAY 5 / TUESDAY 6 APRIL

2 classes, 1 online session per week, with 3 joint class virtual lectures.

Stills Academy Online provides the opportunity to develop your photographic practice with the assistance of Stills expertise. Over a 6-week period you will be supported by our tutors to develop a photographic project. By the end of the six weeks you will have produced a concrete body of work (but not necessarily a finished one). 

The Academy will provide support in the following ways:

  • Online sessions with Stills’ freelance artist-tutor Morwenna Kearsley in a small group of just 6 students.
  • Project feedback sessions. Learn how to give and receive constructive criticism of your photographic work. An essential skill for developing projects and supporting peers.
  • Tailored support to develop your individual project through one-to-one sessions with your tutor.
  • Project related materials and equipment. Unfortunately Stills Academy is unable to offer access to the facilities at this time but we can help towards the of production of your project. 
  • Introductory photographic theory talks by artist and Stills research fellow David James Grinly providing greater insight to the photographic world.

Course outline

Stills Academy is tutored by Morwenna Kearsley. Morwenna is a visual artist working mainly with photography and video, often collaborating with other artists and non-artists via workshops and community arts projects. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at CCA Glasgow where she presented her solo exhibition “Leave the Dishes, Poke the Jelly”. Much of her work focuses on the question: how are we changed by the images we consume?

http://morwennakearsley.co.uk/

Below is the schedule of teaching times however we would expect you to undertake your own self-directed learning between sessions, such as going out on photo shoots and researching your projects.  Please note that should in person sessions become unviable the whole course will be moved online.

  • Week 1:
    • Monday 1 / Tuesday 2 March, 11am – 2pm Meet online for an introduction to Morwenna and inspiration for starting creative projects.
  • Week 2:
    • Monday 8 / Tuesday 9 March, 11am – 12.30pm Online session discussing project ideas
  • Week 3:
    • Monday 15 / Tuesday 16 March, from 11am Individual timetabled slots Online One-to-one project development sessions.
    • Wednesday 17 March. Time TBC First photographic theory talk
  • Week 4:
    • Monday 22 / Tuesday 23 March, 11am – 2pm Online group critique.
    • Wednesday 24 March. Time TBC Second photographic theory talk.
  • Week 5:
    • Monday 29 / Tuesday 30 March, 11am – 12.30pm Online project development session.
    • Wednesday 31 March. Time TBC Third photographic theory talk.
  • Week 6:
    • Monday 5 / Tuesday 6 April, 11am – 2pm Online Final Project presentation and discussion.

What do you need?

  • Access to a camera. This could be any digital camera or a phone camera.
  • Access to Zoom. If you do not have access to a laptop/computer or phone with Zoom access we can make arrangements to ensure you don’t miss out so don’t let this put you off!

What will you get out of the course?

You’ll get the opportunity to work towards creating a ‘finished’ body of photographic work and be equipped with the tools to help you further develop your practice. Not only will you have the support of Stills expert tutors, but as a peer group you will help each other articulate your ideas and benefit from the time and structure to turn your creative ideas into a physical thing – be it a series of prints or a zine for example. Most of all it will be a relaxed and pressure free environment to enjoy playing with photography.

Who is the Academy Online for?

This is for young people aged 16-24 who face barriers to accessing the arts. You should have experience of making photographs and a passion for the medium, though this does not have to be formal experience. Perhaps it’s a hobby or something you’ve tried in the past but had to give up. We are looking for students who are keen to develop a fledgling practice.  

Due to current lockdown restrictions we are unable to offer access to Stills facilities. If you are looking for an introductory photography course with more technical instruction, then Stills’ Contact will be a better fit for you.

We will prioritise places for young people who experience any one of the following barriers:

  • Are out of education, employment less than 16 hours a week or formal training.
  • Face financial barriers to participating in the arts.
  • Face health related barriers to participating in the arts.
  • Are young carers and/ or are young parents.
  • Are looked after and / or care experienced
  • Are living in poverty or residing in areas of social and economic deprivation
  • Are from Black and/or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
  • Have protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

Please note this list is not exhaustive and if you have any queries please do get in touch.

DEADLINE FOR ACADEMY SPRING 2021 APPLICATIONS IS 12pm, 25th FEBRUARY

To apply, complete the application form online here or download a printable version here.

Stills Academy will run again in 2021. If you would like to be added to the mailing list and hear about new dates, please contact emma.black@stills.org


STILLS SCHOOL ONLINE

Stills School Vimeo channel provides a selection of free photographic tutorials to inspire and teach new skills.
Check out Stills School Online here


COSTS
Stills School is free to participate, and most travel expenses can be reimbursed. Equipment and materials will be provided.

TAKE PART
Stills School is free for young people who face barriers to participating in the arts. To take part you must either be out of education and employment or face financial, social or health related barriers. Contact runs four times per year and the Academy runs twice a year. 

The Academy is primarily aimed at those who have completed Contact or who have previous basic photographic experience, this is an opportunity to take your practice to the next level. Whatever your goals for your photography we will support you to achieve them.


COMMITMENT 
We expect everyone to attend all of the scheduled sessions. Any concerns about attendance should be discussed prior to enrolment. 

GET IN TOUCH 
If you want to hear about application dates, ask us a question or find out if this is the right thing for you give us a call, send an email or arrange to pop in and have a look around.

emma.black@stills.org

0131 622 6200