Scottish Photographers

Scottish Photographers is an informal network of independent minded photographers, which aims to encourage the practice of photography as a means of personal expression as well as an art form; there is currently a membership of over two hundred including amateurs, professionals, students and academics from Scotland and beyond. Providing an outlet for work not seen in traditional groups, Scottish Photographers crosses boundaries and provides a stimulus for those with little interest in competitions or distinctions or academic studies and avail themselves of a wide range of approaches and techniques from contemporary digital work to arcane and long forgotten processes.

Local meetings are held several times a year in Fife, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and there is a Spring residential weekend at Inversnaid Photography Centre. Occasional workshops by leading photographers are organised, usually in Stills Gallery, Edinburgh and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. A magazine, Solas, is published several times a year and an e-mail newsletter, Contact Sheet (Scottish Photographers E Mail) goes out at the end of every month.

Portfolio Sessions:

Portfolio sessions are at the heart of Scottish Photographers. They provide a forum for members to show projects that they are currently working on and to get feedback from those present. You do not have to bring images to all sessions but you are encouraged to do so.

GLASGOW: Contact Colin Gray c.gray@strath.ac.uk 
INVERNESS: Contact Matt Sillars matt.sillars@gmail.com 
FIFE: At Rothes Halls. Contact Peter Goldsmith p.a.goldsmith@lineone.net. 
EDINBURGH: Contact: David Buchanan davidbphoto@yahoo.co.uk


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.

Business Development Manager (Fixed Term, Part-Time)

Stills is seeking a dynamic Business Development Manager to lead on initiatives that will make an essential contribution to organisational development. 

Stills was established in 1977 and is based on Cockburn Street in the heart of Edinburgh. We are a photography gallery, with learning and production facilities. We provide public access to opportunities that enable the advancement, discovery, enjoyment and understanding of photography. 

This is a busy and exciting time for Stills. In 2017 we are delivering an ambitious programme for our 40th anniversary year and planning activities that will achieve the vision and purpose set out in our 2018-21 business plan. 

Following a period of research and consultancy we have identified a number of potential new business initiatives that require further development and implementation. We anticipate these will ultimately provide us with greater organisational and financial sustainability. We are now seeking a highly experienced individual to develop, activate and manage these initiatives and, working with the Director, staff and Board, play a leading role in new income generation.

Outline of key duties:

  • Design and implementation of a members’ and patrons’ scheme
  • Research and development of new income streams for the organisation
  • Identifying and approaching potential corporate partners and sponsors
  • Supporting the Director with the identification and completion of grant applications
  • Development of a fundraising plan
  • Completing written and verbal reports and a fundraising plan


  • Experience of business development, fundraising, preparation and management of project budgets 
  • An interest and commitment to developing ideas specific to Stills’ wider potential within the photography / visual arts / charitable sector
  • Ability to manage projects, work to deadlines and enroll others in the mission and its delivery
  • Experience of audience and market development, and communications
  • An entrepreneurial drive
  • Excellent communication skills

Contract: Fixed Term for 6 months. Working days are typically Monday - Friday however the post-holder may, on occasion, need to work evenings and occasional weekends. Working pattern to be agreed upon appointment.

Salary and Hours: £9,600, Part-Time, 3 days per week (6 month contract). Based on FTE £32,000 (per annum, pro rata)

Application: Please email a cover letter outlining why you would like to work with us including details of relevant skills and experience. Include an accompanying CV of no more than 2 pages and send to: programme@stills.org with subject header: ‘Business Development Manager Application’

For any questions about the post, please contact Ben Harman via email: ben.harman@stills.org

Deadline: 11am, Monday 15th May 2017  

Volunteer Opportunities

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