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Print Workshop & Dark Room

Two photo views of the Print Room, showing the printing press and a work desk.

Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Print Workshop and Darkroom are open-access, non-profit run facilities for practicing artists and photographers. These spaces provide practitioners at all levels of experience with professional places in which to work. 

The Print Workshop is set up for non-toxic practice, using the process of acrylic-resist etching on a Rochat press 21” x 40”. 

The Darkroom is equipped for small, medium and large format developing and printing. There are two enlargers, a DeVere 504 and a Durst 670 Colour.

Annual Membership and Session Fees

Membership fees

Includes the use of both the Print Workshop and the Darkroom: 

One year’s membership £50.00

One year’s concessionary membership £25.00
(People in receipt of: Income Support; Job Seekers allowance; Pension or Universal Credit; Students; Young people (16-25 years); Disabled people, with free entry for one carer)

Induction fees

Introductory inductions are necessary for all first-time users of either facility. They are also available for practitioners who wish to refresh their skills:

Intensive refresher and novice user (one hour session) £40.00 / Concession £20.00

Refresher and less experienced user (one hour session) £30.00 / Concession £15.00

Experienced user (15-30 minutes session) £15.00 / Concession £ 7.00

Experienced user (10-20 minutes session) £10.00 / Concession £5.00

Opening times

Monday – Saturday, 8.00am – 8.00pm

Half-day sessions, 8.00am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.00pm

Session Fees & Materials

In addition to annual membership all studio users are required to pay session fees, which contribute towards the running of the Print Workshop and Darkroom. 

All users will be provided with: Black ink; some necessary printmaking and darkroom chemicals; grounds; newsprint; developer; fixer; stop-bath and some necessary cleaning products. 

Other printmaking and darkroom materials – Coloured inks; printing and photographic paper; metal plates and 35mm film – are available to buy (at cost price) from Taigh Chearsabhagh.

Prices for members

Full-day session £10.00

Concession   £5.00

Half-day session £5.00

Concession   £2.50

Session bundles

Bundles can be used as full days or a combination of full and half-days.

20 x half-days sessions £50.00

10 x half-days sessions £30.00

Prices for non-members

Drop-in full day session £20.00 / Concession £10.00

Drop-in half-day session £10.00 / Concession £5.00

Nicola Neate is Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Print Workshop and Darkroom Technician. She is available to support users of both facilities, as well as ensure their smooth and safe running. Nicola has documented the workshop refresh and re-opening, which you can read about on our blog.


Please click on the Print Workshop and Darkroom availability calendars to see if the days on which you would like to work in either facility are available. Once you have found suitable dates, please contact Nicola to complete the booking process, as well as for details about how to purchase any additional materials you may need: nicola@taigh-chearsabhagh.org 

Two photo views of the Dark Room showing the work areas.

To compare our fees with other print workshop charges, we provide the following information:

Soulisquoy Printmakers (Orkney) / £240.00 Annual fee.

Highland Print Studio / £65 Annual fee (Induction £35.00). £11.00/£5.50 Session fees.

Glasgow Print Workshop / £100 Annual fee. £6.00 Session fee.

Edinburgh Print Workshop / £100 Annual fee. £15.50/£12.70/£9.00 Session fees.

Images copyright: Nicola Neate, 2022