Stills Gallery

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Stills Gallery
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Stills is a centre for photography based in the heart of Edinburgh. We offer exhibitions and production facilities as well as a range of engagement opportunities for anyone to discover, enjoy and understand photography. Stills was established in 1977. Since that time it has become a champion for the important and powerful role that the medium of photography plays in the world today.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.

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Jeff1903
King's Lynn, UK1,566 contributions
Photograph Exhibitions
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is a gallery that stages photograph exhibitions and I guess your enjoyment will depend on whether you like the current offering. The main exhibition space is a few linked rooms on one floor, so it won't take very long to pop in for a look. I thought that some of the poems that accompanied the photos in the current show were as good as the pictures themselves. I believe that they also run course on taking pictures and there is a shop on the lower floor.
Written November 30, 2017
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Ron K
Forfar, UK30 contributions
Always visit this gallery when I'm in Edinburgh because of the challenging contemporary nature of it's exhibits.
Jul 2017
Photography exhibition by a selection of art graduates who had all studied in Edinburgh. As usual the gallery was giving up and coming artists a chance. The content was radical and international which made for a wonderful hour.
Written July 11, 2017
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BigMumPlum
Aberdeen, UK12 contributions
Jo Spence Exhibition 29 July - 16 October 2016
Oct 2016 • Family
A thought-provoking exhibition, so glad that I didn't miss it! Stimulating mix of past and present, with sharp, keyhole insight into the future. Spence's beliefs, her passions and the questions she raised through her work are as relevant today as they were in the 70's, 80's and 90's. I loved the "Adventure Playgrounds" - a fitting connection with the ethos of the Stills Gallery.

This gallery promotes creative learning. I was seriously impressed with the courses on offer, especially for young, post-secondary 16 years +. Visited the exhibition with my three children and nobody wanted to leave after an hour.
Written October 19, 2016
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Ron K
Forfar, UK30 contributions
Always a great place to visit. Exhibitions are challenging and stimulating.
Aug 2016
The Jo Spence exhibition was a highlight of the Art Festival for me.
Her photography tackled issues relevant to the 1970s and which are still pertinent today. Keep it up Stills! You surprise and delight me every year.
Written August 25, 2016
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Chewy123123
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
Digital SLR photography and Photoshop
Apr 2016 • Solo
These two courses are taught by David Grinly and Keith Brame respectively. I recommend both courses for beginners as well as those who have some knowledge of photography. These two courses are mutually helpful and so I would suggest to take the course on digital SLR photography first and then after a few weeks that on Photoshop. That will allow you explore your equipment in full before you venture into the field of Photoshop. Both David and Keith are friendly and helpful. They have impressive knowledge of photographic techniques, aesthetics, and history. The gallery provides camera (Canon EOS600) and allow you to take them home during the course period. Both lecturers are very willing to provides help after the course.
Written May 20, 2016
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I H
Edinburgh, UK1,864 contributions
Turning up the Dimensions
Mar 2016 • Friends
I attended a 2 day photography introductory course at Stills. It was fantastic to learn what the settings on the camera do, to explore the effects you can achieve by using them and learn the basics of composition. It was also liberating to understand that using photoshop is not cheating, it is part of the creative process.
Written March 28, 2016
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We're glad you enjoyed the course! We'll hopefully see you again soon.
Written May 18, 2016
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Curious_KEX
Edinburgh, UK29 contributions
Interresting photos in accessible presentation
I just wandered in from the street, and what a nice surprise! Completely unknown female photographers of the past, but worth to get to know them.
There was just enough background given on the photographers to draw you in. Lovely half an hour!
Written May 24, 2015
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Kurtations
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand15 contributions
Cool Exhibition
May 2015 • Solo
When I travel I like to check out photography exhibitions for entertainment and to energise. And Edinburgh has Stills. Stills is just a pure photography (free!) gallery hit on one of the most beautiful streets in the world, Cockburn street just off the Royal Mile. Right now there is two exhibitions on. One is advertising photography from Margaret Watkins around a hundred years back, which I really liked. And cyanotypes from Anna Atkins which look very scientific. If you love photography then definitely check out Stills whilst your in Edinburgh!
Written May 15, 2015
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Dineidyn
Edinburgh, UK49 contributions
Stills gallery
Nov 2013 • Solo
Scotland's Centre for Photography. Stills was established in 1977 and has become a champion for the important and powerful role that the medium of photography plays in the world today. Always has an exhibition and offers training and digital and traditional photo facilities, including a library and coffee lounge PLUS an iMac to check your email!

If you're a photographer visiting or living in Edinburgh - pay a visit - you'll be welcomed very warmly.
Written October 25, 2014
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James C
Adelaide, Australia341 contributions
Thought provoking work.
Aug 2014 • Couples
This is a gallery that doesn't just whack up some pretty pictures. It is small and thus selective about what it shows. It doesn't want to be a white box. Educated staff will approach you to chat and like a response so if you wish to wander in uffish thought this is not for you. You need to think about the work and it is not obvious. There is also a library/workspace downstairs and courses are available. I liked it. It's artistically ambitious.
Written September 10, 2014
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Stills Gallery is open:
  • Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM