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 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. 

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. You don’t need any experience in making photographs, just a passion for photography. 

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 course.  

Two Contact courses will run in in Autumn 2021: one online course, and one will be a combination of in person and online sessions. Both courses are subject to COVID regulations and will run online if restrictions are reintroduced.

  1. 20th September – 8th November | Monday evenings from 6-9pm, digital course with Christina Webber
  2. 18th – 22nd October | in person and online with Zoe Hamill 11-2pm

Who is CONTACT for?
This is for young people aged 16-25 who face barriers to accessing the arts. 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, we prioritise places for people experiencing all barriers which may not be mentioned on this list. If you have any queries, please do get in touch.

To apply for either of the CONTACT Autumn courses, please complete the application form here.

Applications for digital CONTACT are now closed.
Deadline for blended CONTACT applications is 5pm on Monday 4th October

Contact runs four times a year. If you would like to be added to the mailing list and hear about new dates, please contact emma.black@stills.org

Image courtesy CONTACT February 21 participant Sophie Mahandru

STAGE 2 | STILLS ACADEMY

Dates

Friday 3rd December 2021 – Friday 4th March 2022

11-2pm

*Note – there will be no sessions over the 2 week Festive break.*

STILLS ACADEMY provides the opportunity to develop your photographic practice with the assistance of Stills expertise. You will be supported by our tutors to develop a photographic project. By the end of the 12 weeks you will have produced a concrete body of work for exhibition. Academy is primarily for those who have completed Contact, but it is open to others with some photographic experience.

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?

In addition to working with Morwenna you will have the opportunity to attend skills development workshops led by invited guest artists.

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 for?

This is for young people aged 16-25 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.  

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, we prioritise places for people experiencing all barriers which may not be mentioned on this list. If you have any queries, please do get in touch.

Apply Here

You can apply for Academy via this link. The closing date is 5pm on 25th November. If you would prefer a printed form or would like assistance, please let us know.


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


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 or send an email.

emma.black@stills.org

0131 622 6200