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.
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.
an ideal opportunity for a graduate artist working with photography to
create a body of work suitable for exhibition.
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.