dot-art opens Liverpool’s only public darkroom

dot-art Opens Liverpool’s Only Public Darkroom 

dot-art is delighted to announce the launch of their new, open access darkroom in Liverpool city centre’s Cotton Exchange. Building on the continued success of their creative courses and art workshops, the darkroom will offer classes for beginners and the option to hire the space for more experienced photographers. This Autumn will also see the launch of a range of new courses to add to our popular regular sessions, including Introduction to Cartooning, Portrait Painting and Sketching in the Anglican Cathedral. 

The dot-art Darkroom is working with professional photographer and analogue specialist Rachel Brewster-Wright to offer one day Introduction to the Darkroom workshops and Analogue Weekends, where she will take you through the whole process of shooting, processing and developing your own black and white film over 2 days. For experienced photographers and those who have completed one of these courses, we have Darkroom Membership. Members have unlimited access to the space via our online booking system and can also choose to book it with a technician if they need a little more support. 

dot-art Managing Director Lucy Byrne said: “We are very excited to be opening the dot-art Darkroom and giving the photographers of Liverpool the chance to access facilities that are not available anywhere else in the city. We are keen to engage with anyone interested in analogue photography and encourage enthusiasts to get in touch and arrange a visit.” 

Away from the darkroom, at Bluecoat from October, we have the return of our popular courses in Life DrawingBeginners Acrylic Painting, Abstract Painting and Watercolour. Joining these is a 10 week Portrait Painting courseand a new 3 day course, Art for Beginners, for those who want to get creative but don’t know where to start – over three Sundays you will get experimental and learn fundamental skills in a range of fine-art mediaAlso new is a one day Introduction to Cartooning workshopin which you will create your own animated illustrations, learn how to structure characters, denote body language and accentuate features with artist Tommy Graham. These are joined by our ever-popular Sunday workshop in Festive Feltmaking.

Over at the Everyman we see the return of our Drawing Techniques evening course, which is designed to develop observational and expressive drawing techniques and skills, and the 3 day Drawing for Everyone course, taking place on Saturdays in November. Also on Saturdays we have single day workshops in Lino Cut and Digital Photography for Beginners. 

Our NEW venue for the Autumn is the Anglican Cathedral, where we are very pleased to be holding our new Sketching in the Anglican workshops on Saturdays in October and November with artist Kathy Dereli. 

Finally, our dot-art Club for creative children takes place at the fantastic Baltic Creative on Jamaica Street. We run afternoon sessions for 10-13 year olds, in two six week blocks, starting 22nd September and 10th November. Every week our young artists will be encouraged to develop their drawing skills and build a lifelong love of art under the expert guidance of artist Sarah Jane Richards.

 Full details, prices and booking information can be found here: These courses often sell out, so don’t delay! 

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