Real Photography Exhibition

Fri 21 Feb - Launch Party and Preview, 6.30 - 8.30pm all welcome!

Hamilton House Gallery

Exhibition open every day 9.30am - 5.30p till Wed 4 March

We are pleased to present our first Darkroom Members / users and course participants' exhibition of hand printed black and white images, showing off the talents of photographers at St Pauls Darkrooms, and the magic of analogue darkroom techniques. We invite you to view the exhibition at the Launch Party and Preview on Fri 21 Feb, or drop in before Wed 4th March. All welcome.

The Gallery is located on the ground floor behind the juice bar.


Supported by the Big Lottery Community Fund.

Supported Darkroom Sessions

Thurs 27 Feb

Thurs 23 April

6 - 8.30pm

£25 including materials


Friendly and informal evening sessions with Ruth Jacobs offering help and advice in the Darkroom. Perfect to help you refresh and improve your darkroom skills and learn new ones. Bring film to process or negatives to print from, photographic paper and other materials included in the fee. You can book these sessions separately, or come to both. All welcome.

Kin - A Creative Community

Photography Exhibition by Sophie Sherwood

Bristol Central Library Foyer

Sun 1 Mar - Sun 15 Mar

Photographic portraits by Bristol-based visual artist and Real Photography Company Director, Sophie Sherwood, looking at a group of creative individuals that all have a friendship with Sophie and interconnect together in some way, eg. through collaborating or simply living together at some point. These portraits highlight kinship and the importance of supporting one another in whatever we might end up doing in our lives.

Sophie will be speaking about her work at a free Lunchtime Lecture at Bristol Central Library on Thurs 5 March from 12.30 -1.30pm. All welcome.

FFI - Venue accessibility information

Supported by The Big Lottery Community Fund

Cyanotype Workshops for Women

International Women's Day Celebration event at Bristol City Hall

Sat 7 Mar 

11am - 5pm

Workshops times tbc.


We are running a series of creative photography workshops at Bristol City Hall as part of the International Women's Day event. Using the cyanotype process you are invited to make beautiful blue prints from light sensitive materials, and we will trace the history of photography, highlighting contributions of pioneering women photographers.

No need to book - just sign up on the day.

FFI - see Bristol Women's Voice

Supported by The Big Lottery Community Fund

Black and White Darkroom Workshop

Sun 29 March

10.30am - 4.30pm

£60 including materials


Develop film and make black and white prints at this enjoyable and informative one-day workshop in a small and friendly group, with experienced tutor, Ruth Jacobs. Bring your own film to process, all other materials including photographic paper is provided. Suitable for beginners, all welcome.


A popular workshop - places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Pinhole Photography - New Light through an Old Hole

Festival of Learning Event

Bowling Hut, Eastville Park.
Wed 1 April

7 - 8.30pm


Come and celebrate a Real Photography Company outreach event for the Festival of Learning. Pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell will hurtle through the science, history and contemporary approaches to pinhole photography before going on and on about his own work for far too long.  More details coming soon.

The Science of Photography

Workshop for British Science Week
Sat 14 March

1 - 4pm


Come and celebrate British Science Week at St Pauls Darkrooms! Take part in a selection of light and time based experiments and experiences, from seeing the world how it would appear without a brain, to watching light sensitive silver salts being exposed to light in our photographic Darkrooms. Suitable for all the family, more details coming soon.

UNESCO International Day of Light 
Sat 16 May

1 - 4.30 pm


The Unesco Day of light is an annual event celebrating light and its significance to us all around the world. May the 16th is the anniversary of the invention of the laser. Come along and experience light-based fun and activities at St Pauls Darkrooms. More details coming soon.

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