We are hugely looking forward to the Deptford X Festival 2015 which will be kicking off at the end of this month on Friday 25 September and continues to Sunday 4 October (http://www.deptfordx.org/).  Deptford X exists to promote the best contemporary visual art and celebrate that art with the widest possible audience.  It is an arts event born of Deptford’s creative community and based on a belief in the limitless potential of the area. Deptford X is London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival and has been experienced by over one million people since inception in 1998.  The festival brings together some of the greatest artists from around the globe to Deptford, south-east London and mixes them with some of the most creative talent living in the area.

During the Festival, we will be hosting a couple of workshops:

Pinhole camera workshop: Saturday 26th September 10am-5pm
Photogram workshop: Saturday 3rd October 11am-6pm

These workshops will explore traditional darkroom processes using photographic paper. In the first workshop, participants will have an opportunity to make their own pinhole camera and use it to create images which are developed in the darkroom. In the second workshop, participants will be encouraged to use a combination of photographic paper and materials in creative ways to produce a series of photograms.

The cost is £20 per person for a workshop place. All materials are provided. No previous experience is required. Places are limited so early booking is certainly advised. If you are interested please email us at thegatedarkroom@gmail.com.

If you’re looking for an opportunity just to meet some of us and have an exploration of the darkroom, then please come along on Friday 2 October from 6-9pm.  We are hosting an open studio at Bond House, along with other artists in the building with the support of ASC Studios (http://www.ascstudios.co.uk/).  Our neighbours Zeitgeist Arts Project (ZAP) will be hosting a late night viewing of their Open Exhibition (http://www.zeitgeistartsprojects.com/exhibitions.html), so plenty of reasons to come along!