dot-art operates an open access darkroom 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.


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


Saturday 21st May

Introduction to Darkroom

1 Day Course

intro darkroom

Saturday 21st May

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 4th and Sunday 5th June

Analogue Photography Weekend

2 Day Course


Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June

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.




Darkroom Vouchers are available to gift the passionate photographer in your life.

Gift them an analogue experience on our courses or to hire the space to develop their own film.




Appointment Only

Daily Hire 


Appointment Only

For those experienced in Darkroom, this daily hire of the space grants you access to vintage equipment, chemicals and everything you need to develop and process black & white film.

For more information email info@dot-art.com


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. 


For information on group bookings and hire of the Darkroom, please get in touch with us via email info@dot-art.com