Bathroom Darkroom Project

This project was created in response to the house I was living in at the time. It was rented out by an agency room by room and had a constant rotation of tenants with most people staying in the house for the minimum term of three months; creating a continuously shifting and oddly impersonal living situation. This housing situation, while peculiar, is becoming more and more the norm and I wanted to make work about the house to use the situation to my advantage and root myself into the space that I didn’t feel was my own.

I decided to turn one of the bathrooms to a temporary darkroom, opening up the house as subject matter to artists interested in the process of making work within the space. After holding a call out for participants ten artists were selected to take part, each of them proposing different working processes and approaches to the project. The invited artists then completed residencies within the space, lasting anything from one to four days.


"The bathroom darkroom had a limited longevity, only in that house could the darkroom exist. A perfect space by chance, another house with an unused, windowless bathroom might be difficult to find."


The work produced has involved turning the kitchen
into a camera obscura; working with a craft collective based
in social housing; pinhole and large format plate cameras
and both documentary and constructed imagery. The
participants include students, recent graduates, educators,
technicians and practicing artists, based in Greater
Manchester, London, Liverpool and Yorkshire. 

What results is a portrait of not only this house but the artists' own experiences with shared or rented housing, encompassing the amicable, claustrophobic and mundane.


Image by Hayleigh Longman.

Quote from a text by Anna Columbine.

This project was curated by Rachael Burns.

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