Future event

Netflix and Stills
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

This 4 part lecture series will explore how the biggest online streaming shows influence our photography and our minds! David Grinly dismantles and contextualises some of the most popular, the most unusual and the most expensive streaming shows online now. With a mix of philosophical questioning and insights into the photographic techniques used – these lectures will change the way you binge watch!

Free but please book via the links below:

Week1: The Walking Dead  (20 November)

Week 2: Bones  (27 November)

Week 3: Stranger Things  (4 December)

Week 4: Pick n Mix  (11 December) 

Open Book Reading Group led by poet Em Strang
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm

Join us for a relaxed and informal poetry and creative writing session.

FREE but booking required.

This monthly* creative writing session is inspired by our current exhibition 'Women Photographers from The AmberSide Collection'. The session will start with Em reading short pieces of fiction and poetry aloud with the group. You will then be given the chance to try your hand at some relaxed creative writing in response to the exhibition itself.

No previous writing experience necessary and all welcome to this informal session. Tea and coffee aleays available. 

Register for the November session here.

Delivered with Open Book Reading

*no session in December


Book launch of “Poems” by Alan Eglinton
Thursday, 5 December 2019
6:00 - 7:00

Stills Centre for Photography

Datz Press (South Korea)

In “Poems” Alan Eglinton opens up his photographic practice to another way of making images. He observes everyday scenes with the naked eye or tells his life experiences, very often with a pinch of humour. He chooses a pen or a typewriter instead of a camera, leaving the latter to rest temporarily.

Free, but ticketed here.

Ella Murtha (The Tish Murtha Archive) in conversation with Ben Harman
Thursday, 12 December 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

£5 tickets here 

Stills is excited to welcome Ella Murtha to Edinburgh to talk about the work of her mother, Tish Murtha (1956-2013).

Tish was a photographer from the North-East of England. In the 1970s, she studied on the Documentary Photography course in Newport under the guidance of the course founder, David Hurn, before returning to Newcastle to create work concerned with, what she described as: “the documentation of marginalised communities from the inside.” Tish believed she had an obligation to the people and problems within her local environment, and that documentary photography could highlight and challenge the social disadvantages that she herself had suffered. Some of her best-known works are the series: Elswick Kids (1978), Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979) and Youth Unemployment (1981). These have been included in various recent exhibitions including a survey at The Photographer’s Gallery, London in 2018. They are also the subject of recent and forthcoming publications by Bluecoat Press, Liverpool.

Ella Murtha established the Tish Murtha Archive a few years after her mother’s death in 2013 in order to strengthen the legacy of her work. In this conversation with Stills’ Director, Ben Harman, Ella will give an illustrated talk about Tish Murtha’s life and work. This event has been organised to coincide with the current exhibition at Stills: ‘Women Photographers from The AmberSide Collection.’


Image: Tish Murtha, Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979) © Ella Murtha, All rights reserved

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