New members

The darkroom is currently open for new members. The membership fee is £25 monthly, which allows for unlimited darkroom use.
This includes some of the basic chemicals involved. The photography paper you provide yourself. Members book time via the online booking system. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email us at hello@coachwerks.co.uk, or Contact us

Community darkroom equipment

The darkroom consists of Durst DA900 enlarger and all the equipment necessary for developing negatives and photographic prints.

Currently there are only facilities for black and white film processing but there are plans to integrate this with digital facilities. There is also interest in expanding facilities to allow for colour film processing and printing.

The Durst enlarger will print from 35mm, medium format and larger format negatives.

Inside the darkroom (the dry room)

Membership

Whether you are looking to return to the darkroom or you have never used a darkroom before, the darkroom is open to all. Although there is a learnt skill to printing it is in essence a simple process: an enlarger, three trays of chemicals, a sink to wash the prints space for the prints to hang and dry. Once set up, you could be watching your first photograph form within minutes. As the print emerges there is the added sense of connection with the picture, a mix of photographic alchemy and craft, and as your sheets of negative and contact sheet grows, the files that hold them read as a book of images.

Although we don’t provide on-going lessons, one of the current members will be able to take you through the process and get you started. The darkroom is currently open for new members. The membership fee is £25 monthly, which allows for unlimited darkroom use. To join, email us at hello@coachwerks.co.uk 

  • 24/7 access
  • Basic chemicals included

Frequently asked questions

A darkroom provides film photographers with the ability to turn their negatives into enlarged prints that match their original version.

The darkroom is open at any time, and as a member you’d be able to visit at any time which suits you.

Although there is a learnt skill to printing, it is essentially a simple process. Although we don’t provide on-going lessons, one of the current members will be able to take you through and get you started.

Based at Coachwerks art studios in Hollingdean, Brighton. to find out more about planning a visit, see our contact page.