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ACA in Edinburgh

Photo Tour with Emily Belz

May 31 - June 6, 2020

Join ACA  in Edinburgh, Scotland as we combine the charm of this city, the lure of photography and the opportunity to study with and learn from a professional. This will be a singular opportunity to experience Scotland, mix with locals and grow your own photographic practice.  You’ll have opportunities to photograph everything from castles against the sunset to street performers at Waverly Train Station. 

This trip is limited to 10 students and will include daily photo instruction, guide shooting and peer review, as well as exciting opportunities to explore the city and its environs. 

This workshop is intended for photographers with previous photographic experience.

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a uniquely historic, eccentric and enchanting city.   It is a mix of bustling shopping streets, cozy pubs, winding alleys (wynds to locals) and windswept hills.  The Old Town is centered upon the Royal Mile, a cobbled street leading past cathedrals, bagpipers and charming curving streets all the way from the Palace of Holyrood up to Edinburgh Castle.  Across Princes Street Gardens stand the elegant Georgian row houses of New Town.   The broad streets are occupied by posh historic homes, upscale shopping and gorgeous cafes.  

As you travel through Edinburgh, you can see anything, Fringe Festival performers, University of Edinburgh Students, longtime locals and changing neighborhoods.  You’ll be charmed by the variety and interest of the city – it’s a place that makes you want to linger and enjoy.

What is included

●        Workshop at ACA to prepare for the trip

●        6 nights accommodations (shared room, single supplement available)

●        Daily breakfast

●        One day trip in a private van outside Edinburgh

●        Selected meals including: welcome tea, pub lunch, goodbye dinner.

●        Daily Instruction by Emily Belz

●        Entry to scheduled museums, historic sites and tours

●        Local bus pass around Edinburgh

●        Suggested destinations for what to see on your free time.


Not Included

●        Transport to Edinburgh and from Edinburgh

●        Airport Transfers

●        Meals not explicitly listed in the final itinerary.

●        Personal expenses

●        Travel Insurance (recommended)



Accommodations will be in charming well located 3 star or better hotels with en suite bathrooms and included breakfasts.


About the Organizers:

Emily Belz, Photography Teacher: Emily Belz is a fine art photographer and educator. She has exhibited her photographs both regionally and nationally at venues including the Center for Fine Art Photography; the Griffin Museum of Photography; and the Danforth Museum. She was the recipient of a 2014 artist grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, a 2015 Critical Mass Finalist, and was awarded the Manoog Family artist residency in 2018. In 2019 Belz has had solo exhibits at Gallery Kayafas and the Danforth Museum. She is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.


Belz holds a BA in photography and art history from Hampshire College (1997), an MA in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009), and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (2017). She teaches classes and workshops at the Arlington Center for the Arts in Arlington, MA and the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA and is on the faculty at Lasell College in Newton, MA.



Sarah Buyer, Tour Director:  Sarah is the Director of Education & Programming at ACA where she organizes classes, workshops, gallery shows and kid’s programming.  An enthusiastic and experienced traveler, Sarah is accustomed to organizing group activities, and loves planning travel!  Sarah completed her masters degree in Museum Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and has a particular affection for Edinburgh.   She is delighted to introduce ACA students to Scotland!


Fees & Cancellations:

Price: $3,000 on or before November 15, 2019, $3,200 starting November 16, 2019

●        Single supplement - $400 fee

Accommodations, meals, tours and activities are booked far in advance; therefore all cancellations are subject to a fee.

●        $300 cancellation fee through February 1, 2019

●        $500 cancellation fee after February  1, 2019

●        No refunds will be given after March 15, 2019 for any reason. 

Please note that we require a minimum number of participants to run the trip.  If we do not meet that number by January 15, 2020, we will cancel with full refunds.

Please note that this trip includes lots of time exploring the city!  In order to best enjoy the trip you should be able to:

●        Climb at least three flights of stairs

●        Carry/wheel/maneuver your own luggage

●        Carry your own camera equipment during the day

●        Walk at least two miles comfortably on uneven cobblestones


Curious? Have questions or concerns?

Please contact ACA's Director of Education & Programming, Sarah Buyer, at:

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