Beauty/Obscenity? A debate on the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 6PM


Location: Stills, 23 Cockburn St, EH1 1BP

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In 1983, Stills hosted the first exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work in Scotland. To coincide with screenings of the 2016 documentary film Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures at Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Stills will host a debate on his photographs to examine the different arguments and controversies that still surround them. The debate will begin with contributions from Ben Harman, Director of Stills and David Grinly, photographer, followed by a discussion with questions from the audience.

Full details of the Photography on Film season at the Filmhouse can be found here

Image: Artforum cover image, September 1989. Frank Herrera’s photograph shows Robert Mapplethorpe’s Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1980, as projected by laser artist Rockne Krebs on the facade of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., on June 30, 1989, as part of a demonstration protesting the museum’s cancellation of the Mapplethorpe retrospective that had been scheduled to open there that evening. The demonstration - against the Corcoran’s action specifically, and against censorship in the arts in general - was organized by William Wooby, of the Collector gallery and Restaurant in Washington, and by Krebs, founder of the Coalition of Washington Artists.

Artforum cover image, September 1989.

BOOK LAUNCH: 'A Lovers Complaint' Robin Gillanders & Henry Gough-Cooper

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 6.30PM


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Robin Gillanders’ latest book is a limited edition ‘artist’s book’ with haikus by the writer Henry Gough-Cooper. It takes as its inspiration Roland Barthes’ 1977 book ‘A Lovers Discourse’.


Image: A Lovers Complaint (2016) Robin Gillanders. Courtesy the artist. 

'A Lovers Complaint' (2016) © Robin Gillanders

Stills Taster: Lewis Baltz

Saturday, 25 June 2016 11am - 2pm

Limited places, booking necessary

Join us at Stills for a hands-on photography session inspired by our current exhibition ‘Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske’.

Stills Tasters are designed to give you the opportunity to engage with the skills and techniques used by artists in Stills’ exhibitions in an informal and relaxed environment. They are suitable for beginners and those who want to expand their knowledge.

Following a quick tour of the exhibition, artist David Grinly will lead a practical session drawing on the themes and aesthetics of Baltz’s game-changing topographical photographs.

Book via email, info@stills.org or call 0131 622 6200.

Stills can provide Digital SLR cameras for the session if required – just let us know when you book your place.

Children’s Art Week: Photogram Friday

Friday, 17 June 2016 3pm - 4.30pm

Stills is delighted to be taking part in Children’s Art Week 2016.

Join us for an introduction to traditional photographic printing techniques. Discover the magic of the darkroom and create photograms inspired by the industrial landscapes featured in the Lewis Baltz exhibition

Suitable for families and individuals aged 8 – 14. (Under 10’s accompanied by an adult)

The session is free but due to limited places booking is required. Book via email - info@stills.org or phone 0131 622 6200.



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