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Doors Open Day: Academy Takeover

Date:  Saturday 29 September
Time:  11.30-16.30

Stills Centre for Photography invites you along to Doors Open Day 2018! Taking place on Saturday 29th September, Stills School will be taking over the gallery!

Falling on World Cyanotype Day the students of Stills Academy will be guiding you through the process of making your very own blue print to take home. Join us between 11.30am & 3.30pm for a great opportunity to try a Cyanotype taster session in Stills darkrooms. As an added bonus there will be a chance to win your own Cyanotype kit to continue practicing at home.

It is also a great chance to learn more about the various services we have on offer throughout the year.

Oh, did we mention that everything is free? We hope to see you there!

Cyanotype workshops running at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm.

Sign up on the day. No advance bookings being taken.

Stills Christmas Market 2018

Stills is now accepting submissions from artists, designers, independent retailers and makers of artisan goods for its annual Christmas Market on 24th - 25th November 2018Read More >

Creative Exchange: Selected Artists Announced!

Artists Brittonie Fletcher and Frances Scott have been selected to participate on Stills’ Orkney–Edinburgh Creative Residency, sponsored by Highland Park Single Malt Whisky

This is a research residency inspired by Stills’ current exhibition of photography and films by Orcadian artists Gunnie Moberg and Margaret Tait. Research made while on Orkney will be shared with Stills’ and Highland Park’s audiences.

Between 8th–15th October Brittonie and Frances will begin the exchange on Orkney, supported by photographer and Gunnie Moberg archivist Rebecca Marr. They will then return to Edinburgh where they will have access to Stills’ facilities. 

Brittonie Fletcher 


Brittonie Fletcher

Brittonie Fletcher is a photographer from Boston, USA. She moved to Edinburgh in 2010 to complete an MFA in Contemporary Fine Art Photography and has remained in the city since.

She enjoys working in many forms of visual art, but is best known for her alternative photography practice, which employs hybrid techniques using digital and chemical processes. Brittonie has exhibited internationally, including the Rayko Center Photography, USA; Photo Ireland, Dublin 
and Blanco Negro Gallery, Sydney.

Her work has been acquired by major collections, including Preus Museum, the Norwegian National Museum of Photography and the National Library of Scotland.  


Frances Scott

Frances Scott

Frances Scott is a photographer and designer from Orkney.

A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, her photographic work often focuses on journeys - from explorations of Toronto’s tangled ravine system to her documentation of Scotland’s A9 road.

Her projects are often resolved as books, and her work has been featured in Grafik Magazine and the photography journal NOTES: Letters to Photography.

After graduating in 2014, Frances returned to Orkney where she co-founded MÓTI, a collective which seeks to unite and motivate art graduates based in the islands. She currently works as a photography technician at Glasgow School of Art, returning home frequently to maintain her connection with Orkney. 


Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Film Swap Project

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The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project
The Film Swap Project


The Film Swap Project invites you to create unique photographic images with a known or unknown collaborator by sharing a 35mm film.

All you need to do is: 

  • Shoot a 35mm roll of film (remember to err on the side of underexposure by around 1 stop).
  • Remember to leave the end out when you rewind the film.
  • Drop your exposed roll off at Stills…
  • … and pick up a roll that someone else has already exposed!

When you’re done shooting, drop your double-exposed roll back to Stills and it will be processed and scanned, emailed to both photographers and shared on Instagram using the  #filmswapproject  hashtag.

You can also process and scan the film yourself and send us the results to share with your photographic partner.


Keep an eye out for the Film Swap Project box on our reception desk in the gallery.

See above for some images from our first swap between John Sumpter and Katy Hundertmark.

Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017

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Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017
Book Launch: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017


Stills is excited to announce the launch of the first book dedicated to the work of Glasgow-based photographer Alan Dimmick. The publication covers a broad range of Dimmick’s images taken over the last 40 years and includes specially commissioned essays by artists and writers such as: Jacqueline Donachie, Moira Jeffrey, Francis McKee and Ross Sinclair.

The book launch will begin with a short Q&A between Alan Dimmick and Ben Harman, Director of Stills, followed by a book signing.


The publication will be available to purchase for the special launch price of £20 (normal RRP £22).

Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017 is published by Stills and follows the 2017 exhibition: The Collection Series: Works from a private photography collection & Alan Dimmick’s studio archive, 1977-2017.




This publication has been made with generous support from Timorous Beasties and The Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

Timorous Beasties Logo          The Culture & Business Fund Scotland Logo

 front page image courtesy Creative Rain

Stills School: CONTACT

CONTACT is a week-long course for 16-25 year olds which will teach you basic photography skills as well as encourage you to develop your own projects.  Whether you prefer darkrooms, digital or moving image we’ll make sure you feel confident using your new skills. 

During Contact you will have the option to develop skills in the following areas:
- Camera handling skills (digital and analogue)
- Film-processing
- Darkroom printing
- Photoshop
- Negative scanning
- Digital printing

We will provide all the equipment and materials you need and we'll even cover your travel costs so all you need to think about is what you might want to photograph (we can also help you with that!)


WEEK LONG COURSE     Mon 2 - Fri 6 July                    11am - 5pm 

Who is CONTACT for?
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. Not sure what that means? Get in touch

How to apply

Complete this short online form giving us as much detail as you can.

If you would like us to email you a copy of the form get in touch.

Deadline Wednesday 20 June, 5pm
We will inform successful applicants on Friday 22 June.

CONTACT will run 4 times a year, so if we are unable to offer you a place on this occasion there will be other opportunities. 

If you have any questions or want to visit Stills before you apply please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are more than happy to show you around.


CONTACT is part of Stills School. Find out more on the Stills School webpage. 

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

29 April 2018 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day!

In celebration, we're hosting a drop-in day of practical pinhole photography so you can join in the fun! Come along to explore the creative potential of this magical and captivating process.Read More >


In response to our current exhibition Collected Shadows: The Archive of Modern Conflict we are inviting individuals to create a new photographic archive using Instagram to record shadows in everyday life.

All tagged images will be printed and displayed in our window during Edinburgh Science Festival between April 9th-15th 2018.

To participate simply add #stillscollectingshadows to your image by April 7th 2018 and we will do the rest. 

If you have any queries please contact

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Artists’ BookMarket 2018

Artists’ BookMarket 2018

Sat 17 and Sun 2018, 11am–6pm 

This year for Artists’ BookMarket The Fruitmarket Gallery and Stills have partnered, allowing more space for a curated approach to the different strands of artists’ book practice and giving greater prominence to artists who work with photography. And it’s not just the stalls that have multiplied, with an enlarged programme of talks, events and workshops across both galleries, make time to visit each venue.

The artists’ book is a form that came into its own in the twentieth century. While early artists’ books were either sketchbooks, or a form of limited edition, illustrated or hand-printed book, it was the work of conceptual artists of the 1960s and ‘70s that gave the book the status of an art object in its own right. At this time, artists’ books served as a means of circumventing the constraints of the commercial art world, offering a space for experimentation and an affordable way for collectors to acquire artworks. Often handmade or self-published, the artists’ book can explore ideas and forms, as well as offering a glimpse into an artist’s wider practice.

Today the field has broadened considerably, and in the UK there are strong networks of artists who work with books for many different reasons. One example is the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England (Bristol), which conducts research into artists’ books and print culture in the UK and beyond. In Scotland, there is a healthy contingent of book artists working in Fife, exploring form and printmaking, as well as in the Borders, in the area of letterpress printing. Scotland’s cities and institutions also play host to much activity in the area of artists’ books, across galleries, libraries, studios and art schools.

The Fruitmarket Gallery
Joanna Robson, Book Works, Elaine Fullerton / Skerrypress, Marion Archibald, Stichill Marigold Press, MÄ Harel, Stephen Livingstone, UNIT Collective, Road Books (Judy Kravis), Moschatel Press, Henningham Family Press, Reed Contemporary Books, Rudy Kanhye / Charlotte Wendy Law, Stef Mitchell, Jennifer Pettigrew, bound:unbound, Artists Book Club (ABC), The Caseroom Press, C.A. Hiley / Cécile Simonis, Elizabeth Willow, Seeing Poetry, point and place, Pat Hodson, Kerry Douglas & Frances Douglas, ECA Illustration: Bookmark, Hamillustration, John Taylor / Tricia Willder, Lucy Roscoe – The Book Tree Press, Crisps / O Panda Gordo, Iona Sherwood, Susie Wright / Anupa Gardner, Dot and the Line, Andrea Allan / Sarah Tulloch, Anna Yevtukh, David Faithfull, Rhona Taylor, Battenburg Press, The Gutter Press (Sarah Bissell), Mhairi Braden.

Less Than 500 Press (Mark Beechill), Weproductions (Helen Douglas), Ian Mitchell, Gordian Projects, Jessie Churchill, Adam Geary/AGLU, Shona Grant, SOFTBOX COLLECTIVE, Ag47 Press, George Logan and Christine Partridge, The Pupil Sphere, The Democratic Camera Club (John Sumpter), Fresh Focus, Volumes (Sara Alonso).

We will be running a series of talks and workshops to accompany the Artists' Bookmarket. Please see our events listings for more details.

Stills' Christmas Market

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Catherine Aitken
Dinda Fass
Hazel Frost
Kathryn Duncan
Lynda Wilson
Marion Archibald
Evie Milo
Rhona Taylor
Travelling Basket
Troll's Eye Crafts













Catherine Aitken, Comptonville/Campbell, Dinda Fass, Hazel Frost Ceramics, Joanna Robson, Kathryn Duncan, Lynda Wilson, Milomade, Marion Archibald, Nmarra, Rhona Taylor, Travelling Basket

Pick up beautiful, handmade jewellery and accessories, home-furnishings, ceramics and original artworks from Stills' Christmas Market in our gallery space on Cockburn Street on the weekend of the 9th & 10th December, 11am - 6pm. It's a fantastic opportunity to buy unique Christmas Gifts for that special someone, while supporting local makers.

Catherine Aitken:
Catherine Aitken is an Edinburgh-based accessories brand working with the heritage cloths of Scotland, including Harris Tweed, Fife Linens, waxed cottons from Dundee. These cloths are designed intuitively to create contemporary accessories for the modern urban adventurer. Proudly designed and handcrafted in Catherine’s studio in Leith, the bi-annual collections are inspired by people on the move, the city break lover, and created for those who want to connect with beauty, purpose and provenance. Catherine’s sustainable, slow fashion that's practical as well as stylish, has found her fans all over the UK and internationally. 

comptonville\campbell is a newly launched fashion company that produces unisex accessories. The company was formed to address issues of fast throwaway fashion and sustainability. It focuses on solid craftsmanship with micro manufacturing processes, bridging the gap between high fashion, craft and design. All materials are sourced locally and nationally, where possible and include waxed cottons dyed in Scotland

Dinda Fass:
Dinda Fass is a photographic artist with a practice that spans across photography, video and text and poetry. Dinda’s work combines a personal photographic archive made over a 20-year period with more recent found photographs and images from various sources. Dinda combines photography with other visual elements, such as text, drawings, diagrams and postcards. Original prints, (framed and unframed), collages, posters, small artists books, and cards will be available at our Christmas Market.

Hazel Frost:
Hazel Frost is a ceramicist living and working in Northumberland. Hazel works primarily on the potters wheel using a wide range of stoneware clays, slips and glazes to create unique tableware and decorative vessels. Hazel’s work reflects the natural world around her, taking inspiration from the tones and textures found in the Northumberland landscape. 

Joanna Robson:
Joanna creates limited edition artists’ books made from etchings and laser cut paper. She uses concertina books as a format for visual storytelling, creating three dimensional landscapes and narratives through the layering of the paper. These books can be displayed as large, panoramic paper structures. Joanna has previously exhibited at Summerhall, Edinburgh Printmakers, Out of the Blue, St Margaret's House Christmas Markets.

Kathryn Duncan: (only on Sunday 10th December)
Kathryn Duncan's jewellery is a blend of contemporary luxury style and lasting artistry. It can be styled in so many personal eclectic ways - each piece of jewellery even has its own unique name and story from ancient times and bygone eras. All of Kathryn Duncan's jewellery is made in the UK from 18-karat gold-plating, sterling silver, gemstones and semiprecious stones.

Lynda Wilson:
Lynda Wilson is an Edinburgh-based artist working in drawing, painting, printmaking and artist books. Lynda is a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and of bound:unbound, a collective of 5 artists who work in artist book form as well as in their own particular mediums. Hand-printed Christmas cards and general cards, handmade Christmas decorations, handmade and bound sketch books and note books, mini monotypes and small artist books will be available at our Christmas Market.

Evie Milo is a jeweller, designer and maker working with rare and recycled materials. Her unusual jewellery is handcrafted with love and skill from collections of salvaged and recycled silver and reclaimed copper plumbing pipes. Affectionately known as the 'spoon lady', Evie predominantly works with recycled silver in the form of salvaged antique sterling silver teaspoons. These are re-imagined and transformed into items with a new beauty and charm.

Marion Archibald
Marion Archibald's research and practice is rooted in her interest in the journeys that we all take in our lives, both literal and figurative. Her work records ambiguous and uninhabited places, each with their own unique presence; places that we have moved through and left behind on our journey. Primarily working with photography, Marion also incorporates video, found objects, artist books and small-scale sculptures into her practice. Artist books, hand-bound books incorporating alternative photographic processes, including cyanotypes, cards and various prints will be available at our Christmas Market.

Nmarra jewellery emerged from experiments with photo-etching sheet brass. Designer Jen Stewart was keen to exploit the material qualities and warm golden colour of the brass to produce some wearable designs. Nmarra designs are bold and graphic, drawing from inspirations in the natural world to structures in our built environment. All items are hand finished in Glasgow, using local suppliers and with component parts sourced from within the UK wherever possible. The earrings are lightweight and easy to wear, with gold plated hooks or chemically bonded gold plated stud posts and butterfly scrolls to keep ears comfortable. 

Rhona Taylor:
Rhona Taylor is a visual artist, primarily a painter and printmaker, and makes work ranging from large-scale installations to small paintings and screenprints on wood, paper and acrylic. Much of Rhona’s work is based on the sea, remote places, navigation and collective identity. She has recently started using text as well as imagery her work. A selection of prints and small paintings on paper, plywood and acrylic sheets will be available at our Christmas Market.

Travelling Basket:
Travelling Basket sets out to bring the beauty of traditional and innovative hand crafted products to UK markets. The organisation seeks out and develops lasting relationships with all their makers to support sustainable businesses and traditional crafts. Travelling Basket value products that have proven themselves through design, material and craftsmanship to be dependable. Handmade willow baskets, pottery, quality household and kitchen goods, apiary supplies, 100% beeswax candles, natural sheep skin rugs, woollen and wooden products will be available at our Christmas Market.

Troll's Eye Crafts
The maker behind Troll's Eye Crafts is Los Angeles born Danielle Ray. Danielle studied textile and jewellery design at California State University and Parsons School of Design in New York. She moved to London in 1987 and now lives and works in the Scottish Borders where she produces beautifully handcrafted leather goods, including bags and purses.

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