Talk: Eco-Darkroom and Sustainable Photography Network with Lisa Holmes — Impressions Gallery

Join photographer Lisa Holmes to hear about her year-long project funded by Arts Council England to research and develop the country’s first Eco-darkroom.

Lisa Holmes, Founder and CEO of Keighley Photo Hub CIC, will also be talking about her ongoing collaboration with Brass Castle Brewery to produce a sustainable plant-based developer created from brewing industry waste products. Pubs and brewing across the UK contribute £23 billion to the UK economy. As a by-product of this production around 250 million tons of spent grain and 30,000 tons of waste hops are disposed of. Lisa and Brass Castle want to utilise some of this waste to create a reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional chemical-based film and paper developer.

Lisa will finish by sharing the launch of the new sustainable photography network, which aims to bring together artists and businesses working or interested in this growing area of photographic research and development.

Booking recommended via Art Tickets or call the gallery on 01274 737843

Free event, donations welcome.

Any questions? Email or call 01274 737843.

Image © Lisa Holmes.


  • Talk: Eco-Darkroom and Sustainable Photography Network with Lisa Holmes — 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.