Eco-friendly photogram workshop (session 1) — Impressions Gallery

Learn how to make black and white prints using a natural beer based developer in this sustainable photogram workshop run by Lisa Holmes of Keighley Photo Hub CIC.

A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light.

The beer-based developer used in this workshop is the result of a collaboration between Keighley Photo Hub CIC and Brass Castle Brewery, (funded by Arts Council England) to explore how waste from the brewing industry can be utilised to create a sustainable and reliable alternative to traditional chemistry-based darkroom developer.

During the workshop you will learn how to produce photograms using expired photography paper, which will then be processed in a beer based developer. You will also have an opportunity to talk to Lisa about her research in this area and ask any questions.

You are welcome to bring along any small flat items you may like to use in your photogram, ideally something of significance to you. This could be natural objects, such as leaves and flowers, material such as lace or even old negatives or slides. We will also be providing objects to use should you need them.

All other materials will be provided.

Booking essential via Art Tickets, or call the gallery on 01274 737843.

12 places available per session, tickets are £5.

A later session of this workshop will run from 12pm to 12.45pm.

Sponsored by Brass Castle Brewery.

Any questions? Email or call 01274 737843

This event is running as part of our annual Photobook Fair: Sustainability and the Photobook.

Image © Lisa Holmes.

Eco-friendly photogram workshop (session 1) — Impressions Gallery
© Lisa Holmes
Eco-friendly photogram workshop (session 1) — Impressions Gallery
© Lisa Holmes
Eco-friendly photogram workshop (session 1) — Impressions Gallery
Photogram by © Lisa Holmes

Workshop facilitator

  • Eco-friendly photogram workshop (session 1) — Impressions Gallery

    Lisa Holmes

    Founder & CEO - Keighley Photo Hub CIC

    Lisa Holmes has been a photographer for over 20 years and a lecturer in photography for 10 years. She is a fine art and contemporary portrait photographer, with a commercial studio based in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Her work has been exhibited widely and published in various magazines and blogs such as Contemporary Photography Magazine, Studio Vox, and Print Space. She has also won accolades such as a gold award from The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photography and being named as one of The Best Photographers of 2016 by One Eyeland. Alongside her teaching and commercial work, Lisa is also the Founder and Director of Keighley Photo Hub CIC, a not-for-profit social enterprise driven by a belief that everyone should have access to photography, the arts and culture, and the opportunity to express themselves in a supportive environment. The Photo Hub engages with the local community through photography workshops, public project and providing both analogue and digital facilities. At the heart of Keighley Photo Hub CIC is the desire to teach and promote more about sustainable photography practices. As part of this they are currently creating one of the first Eco Darkrooms in the country which focuses on using plant-based chemistry and environmentally friendly techniques. In 2022 Keighley Photo Hub won Social Enterprise of the Year 2022.