From 2002 to 2006, the darkroom and workshop in Kent has been utilised for experimental hand-printing techniques for large scale black and white imagery, and the production of a portfoilio of exhibition photography to support conservation projects. The facility has also been host to education programmes in the local Community.

A facility of The Art Organisation

In September 2002 The Bluehouse Darkroom and workshop was converted from an empty disused unit, as part of a regeneration project in conjunction with the local landlord, and its interior rebuilt from recycled, 2nd hand and donated materials and equipment:

• Process and print 35mm and medium format black and white film and imagery.
• 2 table top condenser enlargers with various lenses.
• 2 floor standing enlargers capable of the large format monochrome printing; bath tub to wash off in.
• Textile and framing workshop. Home dyes. Toning.

• Computer link..
• Established network of artistry – discounts for materials.
• Short term accommodation, shower, washing machine, cooking.
• Access to British Wildlife facility, and Kent rural countryside and coast.

This was an ideal opportunity for a graduate artist working with photography to create a body of work suitable for exhibition.
The Bluehouse Darkroom was available for short term residencies; one, three and six months, to the right candidate who shows a desire to continue from their studies.

Artists working in the local community were invited to make use of the facility and the equipment.

FE and HE Students seeking work experience as part of their studies were encouraged to utilise the space.

The Darkroom and Workshop was to be sustained by the resident member as a facility in the community and paid a reduced rent to a local landlord for use of the unit, electricity and water. The premise was council tax exempt. The workshop had a wood stove and portable heaters in the darkroom and workshop.
Materials were at the expense of the artist.
All equipment was provided by The Art Organisation.


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