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  • Arts, Digital Skills, Life Skills, Media
  • Industry
  • Always Open
  • Start Date
  • 16-25
  • Eligible Age Range

About this programme

Academy is a programme designed to allow participants the time and space to develop their own photography project with support from Stills tutors. In a small group you will meet weekly, where you will develop existing photography skills and learn new ones in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The weekly sessions will include;

  • Access to Stills facilities and equipment
  • Group gallery and site visits
  • One-to-one tutor review sessions
  • Group discussions

At the end of the Academy you will have expanded your technical skills, learned more about historical and contemporary photographers and gained confidence in discussing your work with others. You will also be part of a large community of young people who share similar interests and enjoy ongoing support from Stills.

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. Most of all it will be a relaxed and pressure free environment to enjoy playing with photography.

Who should apply for the Academy?

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


We 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, we 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.

If you want to ask us a question or find out if this is the right thing for you, give us a call or send an email.

0131 622 6200

Where you'll be

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  • Address 23 Cockburn St
  • City Edinburgh
  • Post Code EH11BP
  • Area Edinburgh City Centre
  • Country United Kingdom

Things to know

Updated on May 17, 2022 at 2:17 pm
  • Industry: Arts, Digital Skills, Life Skills, Media
  • Programme Type: Course
  • Eligible Age Range: 16-25
  • Course Length: 12 weeks
  • Start Date: Always Open
  • Course Capacity: 8
  • Eligible Groups: Not in Full Time Education, In Receipt of Benefit, Disabled Person, Lone Parent, Homeless / At Risk of Homelessness, Care Experienced, Refugee, Ex-Offender, LGBT+, BME Groups, Substance Misuse, Health Conditions, Long Term Unemployment
  • Attendance Pattern: Fridays, 11-2pm
  • Travel Expenses Covered: Yes
  • Postcode Eligibility: All Scotland

Meet your tutor


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?

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