dot-art has a newly established darkroom based in Liverpool city centre. The dot-art Darkroom contains all of the standard components required to take black and white camera film and transform it into beautiful negatives and black and white photographs. You can discover the potential of your own analogue photography in a learning format (browse our workshops below) or through darkroom membership (suitable for darkroom pros!)

Explore each component of the darkroom, step-by-step, with a professional photographer. Whether you’re a complete beginner who has never seen the inside of a darkroom, or a more advanced artist needing an extra bit of guidance, the dot-art Darkroom has everything you need to create fantastic photographs.


Saturday 27th November

Introduction to the Darkroom

1 Day Course

Introduction to the Darkroom

Saturday 27th November

This one day workshop is designed for anyone who has taken images using a film camera and wishes to print their own photographs in a darkroom. Suitable for complete beginners who are new to photo making,

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December

Analogue Weekend

2 Day Course


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December

This weekend workshop will take beginner photographers through the whole process of shooting and developing black and white film. Suitable for complete beginners who are new to photo making.

Appointment Only

Darkroom Technician Hire


Appointment Only

dot-art Darkroom

Suitable for experienced photographers who need a bit of extra guidance using the darkroom, or for professional photographers wanting to try something new. 


Membership of the dot-art Darkroom is available to any professional photographer; those with significant experience of using darkroom equipment and for people who have attended either our ‘Introduction to the Darkroom’ OR ‘Analogue Photography Weekend’ courses.

Members have unlimited access to the dark room (subject to availability), but MUST book in advance through our members-only online calendar. You can either book a morning (9am-1pm), afternoon (2-6pm) or evening slot (7-11pm). Once you are a member you will be sent a link and password to access the calendar.

  • Chemicals are included in your membership fee, but all other consumables, including paper, must be supplied by you.
  • Fees must be paid by GoCardless; you will be sent a link to set up payments once membership has been set up.
  • If you have not completed one of our courses in the last 6 months, you will need a short induction before your first booking to familiarise you with the dark room and its facilities. This must be booked by calling 0345 017 6660 or emailing gallery@dot-art.com.

Download our Darkroom membership information here


£25 / month

Full access through booking system

Fees paid using GoCardless


£195 / year

Full access through booking system

Fees paid via Bank Transfer