DIY Plant Based Developer

27 November 2021, 10:00 - 16:00

£110 per person

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This workshop runs on multiple dates. Tickets are per date if you would like to do multiple sessions you require a ticket for each session

During the workshop, participants will explore the process and approach of making analogue photographs, developing their film and printing in the darkroom – all with the use of plant-based developer. 

The day will begin with an introduction into, your tutor, Nick’s practice and an insight into plant-based alternatives for your developer. The group will then embark on a local photowalk, with a 35mm camera provided (or your own 35mm camera if you prefer) and roll of film (also provided). After finishing the roll of film, you’ll return to The Art House for a lunch break, before moving on to discussing the process and science behind making a DIY plant-based developer. You will then develop your film with Nick’s support and once dry, begin printing in the darkroom with your new developer – ready to take your prints home. 

All darkroom-based workshops are classes of up to five, allowing for a more focused small group learning experience with our tutor.

  • What will the students make?

    As a participant, you’ll come away with an understanding of producing and using your own plant-based developer, a roll of processed 35mm film and a handmade 8x10" print.

  • Who is the course for?

    This workshop is suited to those with some initial knowledge of analogue processes. The workshop is focused on participants gaining the knowledge of working with alternatives to commercial developer, as opposed to introducing analogue processes as a whole. Do the students need to bring anything? Students are not required to bring anything. The Art House have 35mm cameras available for this workshop, however, should you choose to work with your own 35mm camera please do feel free to bring your own.

  • Working Safely

    We have made some changes to ensure everyone feels confident and safe to come and join in without fear of catching Coronavirus. Our courses are running with fewer participants to allow plenty of room for social distancing. We are also requesting that students attend with a mask or face covering. If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending a course please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing

Workshop and course bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until 7 days before the scheduled start date. Our workshops support the work we do as a charity, and because materials and equipment are ordered in advance, we regret that refunds cannot be offered less than 7 days before the workshop date. Please note that Eventbrite’s booking fee is non-refundable.

Bookings cannot be transferred between courses however bookings can be transferred to another person in the event that you are unable to attend on the day. 

In the event that The Art House needs to cancel a workshop for any reason, for example due to tutor illness or if lockdown measures are put back in place your ticket will be refunded in full.

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