The Big (Halloween) Photo Quiz

Friday, 31 October 2014 6.30pm

We are raising funds for our engagement programme to provide access to more free activities for community groups, families and young people.

Join us in this traditional pub-quiz style fundraising event which promises to be an evening full of fun and photography. Pitch your photo knowledge against others to see who really does know their f-stops from their bus stops!*

Refreshments are sponsored by Krafty Brew who are currently brewing us up a delicious batch of Pilsner for the evening!

Prizes have generously been donated from Beyond Words Photography Bookshop, Blackfriars restaurant, Source Magazine, Barney’s Beer, Pickerings Gin, Narcissus Flowers and more...

£10 per ticket (maximum 6 people per team)

You can buy your tickets online, in person or over the phone. Call us on 0131 622 6200 for more information or email engagement@stills.org


*photographic knowledge will help but not needed to have a good time.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014 6pm - 8pm


As the nights start to draw in, Document Scotland look forward to welcoming you to our two evening Autumn Salon events this November.

We hope you can join us for an informal, informative and lively evening of multimedia presentations, photography and conversation featuring work by the four members of Document Scotland as well as special guest photographers.

The first of these evenings takes place at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh on Wednesday 12th November, where doors will open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. The following day, on Thursday 13th November, we will be at St Andrews University Special Collections Reading Room where proceedings will begin at 7:30pm.

To book a place for the event at Stills, please click here.

ECA Friday Talk | Carol Mavor | 'Mouthing Gold, Spitting Gold Mush' OR ‘Eating Sadistically'

Friday, 24 October 2014 11.30am - 1.00pm

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Building 

Mouthing gold, spitting gold mush—
Ted Hughes, 'Midas'

The fairy tale and related myths and fables, often turn on gold. Midas wished for everything that he touched to turn to gold, but the outcome was disastrous. He found that he could not eat (gold). This lecture takes the golden tale (from Ovid's 'Midas' to Grimms' 'The Golden Key' to Tim Krabbé's The Golden Egg) as a terrible eating: omophagous, cannibalistic and dangerous. Images by Janine Antoni, Kiki Smith and Marina Abramović include gold nipple buttons, a gold tongue broche and dessert pastry sprinkled with raw gold. In all, eating gold is sadistic. Sadism demands a story (Laura Mulvey) and the golden fairy tale delivers it with 'a tone licked clean' (James Merrill).

The lecture is part of Mavor's new book Aurelia: Art and Literature Through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale (forthcoming from Reaktion Books, 2015).

No need to book - just turn up.

Image: Kelly McCallum, Do You Hear What I Hear? (2007) nineteenth-century taxidermy fox, cast gold-plated maggots.

Film Screening & Discussion | Carol Mavor and Megan Powell’s FULL (2014)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 6.30pm

A screening of the 39-minute film by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell, followed by an in-conversation with the filmmakers and the audience. 

Ten-year old Ivo does not want to grow. Carol Mavor and Megan Powell's black and white film is chock-full of gorgeous imagery of cocoons, sprouting mushrooms, butterflies feeding with their coiled tongues, a field planted with two hospital beds, an empty nest being torn in two, a bowl of over-spilling milk, a mother, a father and a boy. With the combined sensibility of Chris Marker's La Jetée and Francesca Woodman's photography, the viewer is taken through the drama and terror of a boy who prefers not to eat.

Carol Mavor calls herself an 'artist historian'. She is the author of five books, most recently Blue Mythologies (2013), which creatively engage with the representation of childhood, photography, the maternal body, colour, boyishness, girlishness, memory, forgetting and experimental cinema. Her Reading Boyishly was named by Grayson Perry as his 2008 'Book of the Year'. For her short Fairy Tale Still Almost Blue, the Philadelphia Enquirer writes: 'I was drawn to Mavor's hauntingly beautiful film...narrated in her own hypnotic voice, which is something akin to an all-female, fairy tale version of Thomas Mann dark novella Death in Venice.' Currently, Mavor is writing a novel entitled Like a Lake.

Megan Powell is a photographer and filmmaker, who received her MA from Royal College of Art. For her eye for seeing the unseen, she was most recently honoured with a residency at Winterbourne House and Gardens, as part of a commission funded by the Arts Council, to film and photograph a long-time favourite subject of hers: bees. This latest project is inspired by the photographs of Alfred Watkins, who famously invented a tiny and efficient light meter called the 'Bee Meter'.

This is a free event but places are limited. Please book your ticket here.

Screening & Discussion | The Act of Killing

Saturday, 25 October 2014 1.00pm


Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ 

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Filmhouse

This “bone-chilling” documentary follows Anwar Congo, leader of a death squad in 1960s Indonesia. Flipping the conventional focus on the victims of atrocities, Director Joshua Oppenheimer instead turns his cameras on the unrepentant – and unpunished – perpetrators. Inviting men who directly participated in the murder and torture of more than a million suspected Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals to dramatise their crimes in the genre of their choice, he creates a surreal and intensely disturbing psycho-spectacle.

The Act of Killing has been described as both a ‘game changer’ and a ‘high-minded snuff movie’. Differing viewpoints on this controversial film will be aired and debated in the post-screening discussion led by the photographer and writer Owen Logan.

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