PLATFORM Centre: Workshop: Experimental Darkroom, June 9 - 10

9 or 10 June | 12:00–4:00 p.m.
(Participants can choose either the Saturday or Sunday workshop)
Only 8 spots available per day

Learn the basics of three camera-less printing methods: photograms, cyanotypes, and Van Dykes. Photograms are made by placing objects on light sensitive paper and exposing it to light. Cyanotypes and Van Dykes are similar in process, however we will be coating surfaces with chemistry before exposing to UV light. Cyanotype chemistry produces a cyan-blue image, and Van Dyke chemistry produces a deep brown colour. Participants will take home an 8x10 print of each process.

$40 (members)
$65 (non-members, includes membership)

To reserve your spot, contact Please specify which day you would like to take the workshop! Please note: To secure your spot you must pay the workshop fee in advance, either in the gallery or via paypal. Just let us know your preference when emailing.

To create electrifying images, we encourage participants to bring translucent objects. Examples: Glass ornaments, screens, crumbled saran wrap, lemon slices, lace, filters, casper, mesh, leaves, fishnet gloves, fish scales, frosted glass, sunglasses, wax paper, lampshades... or any objects with ornate edges or holes. Drawing on acetate yields nice results for all three printing methods as well.

If you want to print from a photo, you would need to bring an enlarged negative transparency on a surface such as acetate (if you want to create a positive image). Martha Street can help you with that! Printing from a 35mm negative/positive works well for photograms, but larger transparencies are ideal for cyanotypes and Van Dykes as these processes won't capture as much detail.

We will supply the printing surfaces.

Meganelizabeth Diamond and Kristiane Church

9 or 10 June, 12:00–4:00 p.m. Meet in the Artspace lobby, workshop will take place in the darkrooms on the 4th floor. We will also be going outside to expose the cyanotypes and Van Dykes to sunlight.

For media inquiries please contact:
Ray Fenwick
204 942 8183