Open call for Backwater Darkroom users

Located in Cork City Centre, Backwater Artists Group provide high quality, well-equipped, secure studio spaces for artists. Launched in 2018, the new darkroom was designed not only to meet the needs of lens-based artists at Backwater Artists Group but to also address the deficit of darkroom facilities in Cork City following the closure of other studios in recent years.

Backwater Artists Group welcomes submissions from photographers and lens-based artists who have need of a darkroom facility and associated digital production facility. Each darkroom membership will be available for the duration of one year.


Heated darkroom space with access to temperature controlled water for processing and washing
24 Hour access (12 hours per week).

Access to two enlargers with ability to print 35mm and Medium format Chemicals used in the darkroom are disposed of by Backwater Artists Group Capacity to tray process colour prints if required.

1 x 3 meter sink for print processing

Film Drying Unit

One materials storage cupboard per user

Digital Production Facility

Access to hot desk in digital space

Access to full Adobe suite via 27” iMac

Epson V750 Scanner with capacity to scan all film formats from 35mm to 8×10


There will be a charge of €45 per month. Associate users will provide their own materials and chemicals. Storage and disposal of chemicals will be included.

How to submit

The next Darkroom Open Call deadline is 02 September 2020, 5pm. If you have any question please contact the Studio Coordinator by emailing

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