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The GreenRoom

The GreenRoom

Stills library is transforming into a green space with the help of a botanical installation by the team at Pyrus. Within the GreenRoom is an exhibition by Helen Jones who has been commissioned to create a new body of work in response to her experience of spending time within Pyrus’ victorian walled garden.

Members of the public can join in and learn about native wildflowers in drop-in participatory workshops. Here you will learn how to create an Anthotype. Using a variety of plants and natural ingredients, our volunteer team will guide you through the slow paced and relaxing process.

We will round off the GreenRoom project with a celebratory event where your exposed prints will be laid out in a mini one-night exhibition with a pay-as-you-feel buffet from the wonderful folks at The Real Junk Food Project.

Anthotype drop in sessions:

13 – 21 April, 11am – 4pm (NOT 15th & 17th April)

Celebratory Event Friday:

19th April, 5pm – 7pm





Sign the petition to oppose the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed rent increase for Stills

On Friday 12th April the Herald newspaper published an article about the proposed rent increase faced by Stills and the impact this will have on the delivery of our programmes of work. We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support following publication of the article. Thank you!

Our lease negotiations are still ongoing and so we have set up this petition to harness your support as we think this will help during the next stages of our talks with the Council.

Stills is a registered charity and one of the longest established photography venues in the UK. It is the only dedicated public venue for photography in Edinburgh. For over forty years, Stills has been a venue where all can enjoy, experience and learn about photography.

This year we face an almost trebling of our rent, from £16,000 a year to £47,000, which poses a huge threat to our future. If we are unable to renegotiate this lease, staying on Cockburn Street and continuing to deliver our current programme of work will be unsustainable.

Our city centre location is crucial to making our work as accessible as possible – people travel from all over Scotland and further afield to access what we do, whether that's our exhibitions programme (which is always free), public-access photography production facilities, creative learning work or artist-led photography courses. Our work is unique and vital to Scotland’s cultural ecology. Stills makes a vital contribution to what makes Edinburgh and Scotland such a great place to live, work and visit.

Follow the link below to sign the petition:


Thank you!

Open Book Reading Group: AMBIT
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm

Explore our latest exhibition AMBIT: Photographies from Scotland and read and discuss passages of fiction and poetry linked to the themes of the exhibition. Then you will get the chance to try your hand at creative writing in response.

These Open Book Reading Group sessions are led by the poet, Samuel Tongue.

Open Book Reading Group: AMBIT is free but booking essential. Please follow the link to the Eventbrite page here.

Creative Digital Photography
Monday, 6 May 2019
11am - 1pm

Monday, 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May

11am - 1pm, £60

Learn how to use your digital camera in a fun and relaxed environment.

In a small group you will learn basic camera controls under the expert guidance of a practicing photographic artist. The course will be taught at a pace that suits and sessions will be peppered with refreshments.  

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or concerns over the telephone, our number is 0131 622 6200.

Course booking link:  



Tour and Tea with Stills' Director
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
11am - 12pm

Join us at Stills for an informal tour of current exhibition ‘AMBIT’, a group exhibition of photographic work being made in Scotland today.

The tour will be followed by a cup of tea and slice of cake in our comfortable library area.

This event is free and no booking is required.

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