Stirling Photography Festival 2020

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Our 2020 theme:


Anne Sproull - 2018 Entry

Hope & Passion #SPF2019

We’ll be selecting photographs submitted via the hashtag #SPF19 for our exhibition in August. The theme is “Hope & Passion”—so feel free to submit your interpretation of that! If you’d prefer to submit via email, you can do so by clicking here


Hope and Passion’ is our theme for 2019, designed to inspire a new and diverse programme of events and exhibits, and to engage a wide cross section of our community, both as contributors, sponsors and participants.

Kelly Gardner - 2018 Entry

What’s on: 2019 Events

There are no upcoming Events at this time.

Friday 2nd August , 1200 – 1430
Childrens Photography Fun in partnership with Artlink Central and Sonja Blietschau Photography at the Bellfield Neighbourhood Hub, Stirling

Monday 5th August 1000-1200
Photography Skills for Children with Jessops at Codebase Stirling 

Monday 5th August 1400- 1600
Photography Skills for All with Jessops at Codebase Stirling

Thursday 8th August 1900 – 2030
Stirling’s Trading History – an city centre photowalk with local historian Andy McEwan  

Friday 9nd August, 1200 – 1430
Childrens Photography Fun in partnership with Artlink Central and Sonja Blietschau photography at the Bellfield Neighbourhood Hub, Stirling

Sunday 11th August 1300 – 1500
The Churches of Stirling, an historical walk with Andy McEwan around Stirling city

Monday 12th August 1000- 1300
Light Painting with David Gilliver Photography at the Tolbooth Theatre 

Friday 16th August 1200 – 1430
Childrens Photography Fun in partnership with Artlink Central and Sonja Blietschau photography at the Bellfield Neighbourhood Hub, Stirling

Saturday 17th August 1000 – 1600
Architectural Photography Masterclass with Historic Environment Scotland at the Engine Shed and Stirling Castle

Sunday 18th August 1100 – 1300
Food Photography with Sara MacMillan from Sprinkle Happiness 

Sunday 18th August 1900 – 2130
Photographing Landscapes with Sam McDiarmid Photography, at a location to be revealed 

Monday 19th August 1200 – 1600
Wildlife Photography I with Mandy Williams in partnership with Argaty Red Kite Wildlife Centre, Doune 

Thursday 22nd August 1800- 2000
Girls and Their Mothers meet photographer Kim Simpson at the Macrobert Arts Centre as part of their Spotlight event 

Friday 23rd August 1830- 2030 Capturing Romania: Two Photographers, One Passion with Ian Macilwain and Neal Gruer at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum  

Saturday 24th August 1200 – 1430 Self Discovery through Street Photography with Neal Gruer Photography, at Creative Stirling’s Hub in the city centre

Monday 26th August 1200 – 1600 Wildlife Photography II a second opportunity to work with Mandy Williams at the Argaty Red Kite Wildlife Centre, Doune 

Wednesday 28th August 1200 – 1400 Day of Access with Alec Finlay, artist and poet, and Sam Mcdiarmid Photography at the University of Stirling   

Thursday 29th August 1830 – 2030 Scotland’s Love Affair with Photography Malcolm Dickson of Street Level, photographer Davis Eustace, and Stills’ Ben Harman at the Engine Shed, Stirling 

Our Mission

The Stirling Photography Festival is an inclusive celebration of community. Our mission is to develop skills, create opportunities, and build relationships through a series of events, workshops, and exhibitions. Partnering with some of photography’s newest and finest talent from across Scotland, our aim is to connect our community through photography. We are delighted to have had the support of local businesses and Stirling’s cultural partners including Creative Stirling, the Engine Shed, the MacRobert Arts Centre, the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, the University of Stirling’s Art Collection and the culture team at the Tolbooth Theatre.

Our Vision

Our vision is to establish the Stirling Photography Festival as an annual event in Scotland’s events calendar. Our strengths are in the fact that we are truly a community festival, led by a diverse team of enthusiastic volunteers drawn from school, university, community and business backgrounds. We aim to provide grass roots support for artists, whilst continuing to offer accessible and inclusive programme of the highest standard and opportunities for involvement, whoever you are.

Some of our 2018 Entries

Claire Brunton

Darryl Comrie

Lauren Gunning

Our Place

2018’s theme was Our Place

Paul-Emile Grisard

How you helped…

We have big ambitions -

we’re looking to make 2019 even bigger than last year and to fix the Stirling Photography Festival into the city’s annual calendar of events. This year we are adding new partners to our programme including the Travelling Gallery, the University of Stirling Art collection, Forth Valley College, Stills of Edinburgh and Street Level Photoworks of Glasgow.

We’re running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds to ensure we’re able to pay our festival artists and contributors fairly. Last year we ran on the goodwill of so many, and we are forever grateful for that, but this year we want to prove that we can make the festival sustainable, whilst keeping it accessible to all. This is where you come in!