dot-art has announced the launch of their new, public darkroom in Liverpool city centre’s Cotton Exchange. Building on the continued success of their creative courses and art workshops, the darkroom will offer classes for beginners and the option to hire the space for more experienced photographers.

This Autumn will also see the launch of a range of new courses to add to their popular regular sessions, including Introduction to Cartooning, Portrait Painting and Sketching in the Anglican Cathedral.

The dot-art Darkroom is working with professional photographer and analogue specialist Rachel Brewster-Wright to offer one day Introduction to the Darkroom workshops and Analogue Weekends, where she will take you through the whole process of shooting, processing and developing your own black and white film over 2 days.

For experienced photographers and those who have completed one of these courses, there will be Darkroom Membership. Members have unlimited access to the space via our online booking system and can also choose to book it with a technician if they need a little more support.

Away from the darkroom, at Bluecoat from October, there is the return of popular courses in Life Drawing, Beginners Acrylic Painting, Abstract Painting and Watercolour. Joining these is a 10 week Portrait Painting course, and a new 3 day course, Art for Beginners, for those who want to get creative but don’t know where to start – over three Sundays you will get experimental and learn fundamental skills in a range of fine-art media.

Also new is a one day Introduction to Cartooning workshop, in which you will create your own animated illustrations, learn how to structure characters, denote body language and accentuate features with artist Tommy Graham. These are joined by the ever-popular Sunday workshop in Festive Feltmaking.

Over at the Everyman we see the return of our Drawing Techniques evening course, which is designed to develop observational and expressive drawing techniques and skills, and the 3 day Drawing for Everyone course, taking place on Saturdays in November. Also on Saturdays there is single day workshops in Lino Cut and Digital Photography for Beginners. 

In other exciting news they will be holding their new Sketching in the Anglican Cathedral workshops on Saturdays in October and November with artist Kathy Dereli. 

Finally, the dot-art Club for creative children takes place at the fantastic Baltic Creative on Jamaica Street. With afternoon sessions for 10-13 year olds, in two six week blocks, starting 22nd September and 10th November. Every week the young artists will be encouraged to develop their drawing skills and build a lifelong love of art under the expert guidance of artist Sarah Jane Richards.

Full details, prices and booking information can be found at