Stills School (Stills: Centre for Photography)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • People aged between 16 to 25 year olds and who face barriers to accessing the arts

Who provides this?

  • Stills: Centre for Photography


Friday 26 November 2021 – Friday 25th February 2022*

*Please note there will be no sessions over the 2-week Festive break.

Stills Academy provides the opportunity to develop your photographic practice with the assistance of Stills expertise. You will be supported by its tutors to develop a photographic project. By the end of the 12 weeks, you will have produced a concrete body of work for an exhibition. Academy is primarily for those who have completed Contact, but it is open to others with some photographic experience.

Course outline
Stills Academy is tutored by Morwenna Kearsley. Morwenna is a visual artist working mainly with photography and video, often collaborating with other artists and non-artists via workshops and community arts projects. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at CCA Glasgow where she presented her solo exhibition “Leave the Dishes, Poke the Jelly”. Much of her work focuses on the question: how are we changed by the images we consume?

In addition to working with Morwenna, you will have the opportunity to attend skills development workshops led by invited guest artists.

What will you get out of the course?
You’ll get the opportunity to work towards creating a ‘finished’ body of photographic work and be equipped with the tools to help you further develop your practice. Not only will you have the support of Stills expert tutors, but as a peer group, you will help each other articulate your ideas and benefit from the time and structure to turn your creative ideas into a physical thing – be it a series of prints or a zine for example. It will be a relaxed and pressure-free environment to enjoy playing with photography.

Who is the Academy Online for?

This is for young people aged 16-25 who face barriers to accessing the arts. You should have experience in making photographs and a passion for the medium, though this does not have to be a formal experience. Perhaps it’s a hobby or something you’ve tried in the past but had to give up. Stills is looking for students who are keen to develop a fledgling practice.  

Stills will prioritise places for young people who experience any one of the following barriers:

  • are out of education, employment less than 16 hours a week or formal training
  • face financial barriers to participating in the arts
  • face health-related barriers to participating in the arts
  • are young carers and/or are young parents
  • are looked after and/or care experienced
  • are living in poverty or residing in areas of social and economic deprivation
  • are from Black and/or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • have protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

Please note, Stills prioritise places for people experiencing all barriers which may not be mentioned on this list. If you have any queries, please do get in touch.

You can find out more about Stills School and apply for Academy here:

The closing date is 5.00 pm on 18 November. If you would prefer a printed form or would like assistance, please get in touch using the details in the contact box on the right.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties
  • Online application form

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Public parking available

Opening times

Various times throughout the year.

Contact Details

23 Cockburn StreetEdinburgh, EH1 1BP

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Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Learning, employability, volunteering

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