Using the Darkrooms

St Pauls Darkrooms – Facilities, Membership and Bookings

St Pauls Learning Centre has well-equipped and spacious community darkrooms with black and white printing and processing facilities suitable for beginners or advanced photographers. The darkroom is fully accessible, and available seven days a week for individual or group hire.  The darkrooms are now managed by “the Real Photography Company”  a group of Bristol based photographers, incorporated as a Community Interest Company in July 2017.   https://www.realphotographycompany.co.uk

Darkroom Facilities

  • 10 enlargers: 35mm, medium format, and 4×5”

  • Floor standing enlarger with height adjustable printing surface

  • Black & white printing room

  • Black & white film processing room

  • Daylight film and print drying and finishing room with light box

  • Large UV exposure box for cyanotypes and alternative processes

Darkroom Membership, Sessional hire and Fees

Become a Darkroom member to make the most of discounted sessional fees:

Members – £10 per 3 hour session:  Non-members – £15 per 3 hour session

Membership fees are: £20 for 6 months, £30 for a year.

Darkroom members must be aged 18 years or over. Young people under 18 may become darkroom members only if a parent or guardian also takes out membership and accompanies the young person at all times in the darkrooms.

Booking Darkroom Sessions

To book your session in the darkroom please contact St Pauls Learning Centre Reception: splcbookings@ethicalproperty.co.uk

Opening Hours

The Learning Centre operates a flexible booking system allowing you to book any 3-hour session within opening hours.

  • Monday to Thursday –  9am to 9pm (Last session starts at 6pm)

  • Friday – 9am to 5pm (Last session starts at 2pm)

  • Weekends  – 10am to 5pm (Last session starts at 2pm)

Free Inductions

All darkroom users and new members must take part in a FREE induction session prior to booking the first darkroom session to ensure correct and safe usage of facilities. Please book via stpaulsdarkrooms@gmail.com orfacebook.com/stpaulsdarkrooms

St Pauls Darkrooms – Group Bookings

Your group or organisation can book the entire darkroom facility exclusively on a regular or one-off basis. We can provide a professional tutor and full technical support if required, and ensure you have the best equipment to make your course or workshop a success.

Your group or organisation can book the entire darkroom facility exclusively on a regular or one-off basis for projects, workshops and courses. Our darkrooms can easily accommodate groups of up to 10 participants, and are perfect for professional photographers, youth and community groups, teachers and trainers schools, universities, or other organisations who want to enable participants to work together on photographic projects. Photography is a great medium for teaching numeracy, science and creativity, we also offer fascinating illustrated history of photography sessions.

We can accommodate your group, providing technical support, and tuition at all levels with fully qualified and experienced photography tutors, and ensure you have the best equipment to make your course or workshop a success.

Book your group for a one-off workshop or course, or make a regular booking by contacting us via stpaulsdarkrooms@gmail.com

Darkroom Hire Fees*

Book a half day (three hours) or a full day (six hours)

School and Community rates – includes black & white processing chemicals**

Half day including induction: £60

Full day including induction: £100

Half day including induction and technical set-up: £85

Full day including induction and technical set-up: £125

Half day including tutor and technical support: £160

Full day including tutor and technical support:  £275

Commercial and Corporate rates – includes black & white processing chemicals**

Half day including induction: £90

Full day including induction: £150

Half day including induction and technical set-up: £140

Full day including induction and technical set-up: £200

Half day including tutor and technical support: £275

Full day including tutor and technical support: £400

* We can work with your group to obtain funding in order to implement imaginative and exciting photography projects – contact us via stpaulsdarkrooms@gmail.com to find out more!

** We can also provide black and white film and photographic paper for your group at cost price, or you can provide your own.

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