The Art House x Photo Parlour

This year we are pleased to have embarked upon a new partnership with The Photo Parlour, Nottingham, exploring the possibility of bringing a darkroom facility to Wakefield. A darkroom would mean that all local photographers and curious creatives can experience black and white film processing and printing first-hand, rent the photography studio, and have access to workshops/courses covering a range of other analogue techniques.

It’s early days but we’re really excited to connect with our fellow photography enthusiasts.

Call Out for Equipment

As we continue to make behind the scenes developments for our new community darkroom facility, shaped by your input, we’re looking deeper into what resources we can bring together for our community and members.

We’re now at a point where we’ve heard what you want to see, and we’d like to ask for your help in achieving this – this is our call-out for equipment.

Whilst we wish we could take anything and everything, we need to save some space in there for you lovely people to work, so we’ve constructed a list of equipment which we’d be interested in receiving, either on a donation, long-term loan or purchase.

Please note that ideally, we would like this equipment to be tested or serviced and in working order.


·      35mm cameras (both manual and automatic)

·      Medium format cameras

·      Darkroom supplies (e.g timer, trays, negative carriers, tongs, focus finders)

·      RC print dryer

·      Negative drying cabinet

·      Tripods

·      Lenses

·      Enlargers

Beyond photographic equipment, we plan to build an extensive photo-book library. As you probably know, building a great library collection doesn’t happen overnight and the best community libraries are a collaborative effort. If you would like to donate, loan or sell us your photo-books please get in touch and help us get the ball rolling.


Conact Emily Ryalls, Project Co-ordinator

Image credit: David Severn

Would you like to donate or sell equipment?

Contact our Project Co-ordinator Emily Ryalls

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