Stills has a gallery space in which it presents four exhibitions a year. The research and development towards our exhibition programme is delivered by a specialist team of staff up to three years in advance of each project.

We receive numerous requests for feedback on work and proposals for exhibitions at Stills but, due to limitations on staff time, we are only able to respond if we are interested in requesting more information.

If you would like to make us aware of your work or an exhibition proposal, please email to: ben.harman@stills.org We recognize that this is an important way for us to learn about work that we may not be aware of.

The Stills / Edinburgh Park Photography Commission

Stills has joined forces with Parabola, the award winning developer and investor, to support an Early Career photographer to embark on a major new commission for Edinburgh Park, as it transforms over the next 14 months.

We’re looking for an early-career photographer to develop a new body of work that responds creatively to Edinburgh Park and its relationship to the city centre – whether that’s culturally, geographically or historically. The selected photographer will be encouraged to capture not just the physical landscape of Edinburgh Park, but also its mission of ‘redefining living and working in Edinburgh’ through creating work that is equally ambitious and innovative.

The project will begin in mid November 2019 and conclude at the end of December 2020. During this period the selected photographer will spend 7 days a month developing new work on site at Edinburgh Park – (these days are flexible but should be agreed in advance). There will also be full access to Stills’ production facilities during this time, plus free equipment hire, support and mentoring from the team at Stills and Edinburgh Park’s Art Curator Matthew Jarratt.

The photographer will also receive:
• A fee of £9800 (for 7 days a month)
• A budget of £1000 to spend on printing at Stills and framing their work for exhibition in 2020.
• A £500 contribution towards travel costs to and from the site.

Application criteria:
• A photographer based in the Edinburgh area.
• Within 5 years of having graduated in Photography or related subject and actively producing photographic work as a key aspect of their artistic practice.
• Demonstrable track record of working to deadlines with example/s of work undertaken for commercial clients or a gallery exhibition.
• Applicants will be required to submit a CV (up to two sides of A4) with a written statement of interest and a maximum of six images of recent work/projects (including title, medium, dimensions and any relevant links).

To submit an application or for any questions please email cheryl.connell@stills.org
Deadline Sunday 29th September

Applications will be judged by a panel that includes Stills Director Ben Harman and Curator Matthew Jarratt. All applicants will be notified on the results of their application by 18th October. The Stills and Edinburgh Park Photography Commission is part of a wider arts programme for the area, developed by Parabola. For more information visit www.parabola.com/places/edinburgh-park


Image by Claire Cochrane


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Stills' Photo Market 2020: Applications Open

Over the last couple of years Stills have joined forces with The Fruitmarket Gallery to co-host their Artist BookMarket but in 2020 we’re doing things a little differently...

While both our events are timed to open on the same weekend, (Sat 7 & Sun 8 March 2020) Stills is now taking applications separately for a market dedicated to photography.

So, no matter what you have to offer as a maker or publisher - photobooks, zines, new or second-hand photographic prints - if there’s a photographic element to your work, we encourage you to apply.

Tables are £45 each for the full weekend (11am-6pm both days) and the event will take place in our main gallery space on Cockburn Street in the historic centre of Edinburgh, a short walk from Waverley Station.

Application deadline is 12 January 2020. To apply please click here

Volunteer Opportunities

Stills recruits Front-of-House volunteers for each exhibition and will advertise all opportunities here when positions are available.


FRESH FOCUS at Stills is a new community for graduate photographers where they can seek peer criticism and support for their creative endeavours. The aim of the group is simple - to bring fresh practitioners together in a focused and supportive environment with the intention of fuelling critical engagement, promoting good working practices and connecting them to the wider photographic community.

The group meets twice a month at Stills (one weekday evening and one weekend) for a critique of work in development. Stills also supports the group to develop a programme of talks, critiques with guest speakers, pop-up exhibitions and participation in a range of events.

You should consider joining if you are:

  • In the early stages of your photographic career 
  • Making concept-driven thematic bodies of work 
  • Familiar with providing and receive critical feedback on such work 
  • Motivated to attend two critiques each month with new work to show 
  • Driven to develop your professional practice

Membership is for three years from the date of joining and members are expected to attend at least one critique meet-up per month to maintain their place in the group.

If you are interested in joining the group simply fill in the form below and we'll get back in touch within a week. If you have any questions you can email nic.rue@stills.org.

Follow the group on Instagram @FreshFocusatStills