Darkroom Magic – Photogram Photography Workshop for Cruinniú na nÓg


Cruinniú na nÓg workshops at Gallery of Photography

The Gallery of Photography is delighted to offer a free creative, fun-packed and educational workshop experience specially designed for children and young people for Cruinniú na nÓg with tutor Darragh Shanahan.
Supported by CreativeIrl, Arts Council Ireland, Dublin City Council.

Please phone in your booking on 01 6714654

Darkroom Magic – Photogram Photography gives small groups (max 6 per session) hands-on access to all the tools required for creating a photogram. A photogram is a painting made with light, in a photographic darkroom, made by placing objects of varying opacity on light-sensitive photographic paper. Each photogram is a unique work of art, theirs to take home with them.

Before these unique works are taken away, they are digitally scanned and will be displayed on the Gallery’s website and social media platforms as an online Gallery

The workshop is offered in two versions, each tailor designed for the interests and abilities of children in two age bands: 9-11 year olds and young teenagers (12-15 year olds)

Saturday 15 June:

1) 11:30 -12:10 – 9 -11 year olds
2) 12:20-13:00 – 12-15 year olds

3) 13:30-14:10 – 9-12 year olds
4) 14:20-15:00 – 9-12 year olds

5) 15:30-16:10 – 12-15 year olds
6) 16:20-17:00 – 12-15 year olds

Tutor Darragh Shanahan with student working on compostions. image by Adriana Vancova

Tutor Bio:
Darragh Shanahan graduated from DIT in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Photography, Incorporating Visual Studies, History of Photography, Theory and Criticism. He is a freelance Black & White photography, Pinhole Photography & Photogram tutor for school groups and special needs students.

Darragh has devised & led ‘after school’ photography programmes with the Family Resource Centre in St Michael’s Estate commissioned by Common Ground in collaboration with Suas, the educational wing of Concern Worldwide. An exhibition of this work took place in the IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art. Children on the programme also exchanged photographs with children from India & Kenya and a collaboration with other community groups took part in the group exhibition Tales from the Promised Land on site in St Michael’s Estate.

His self published 2014 book ‘Love is a Stranger’ was shortlisted for the International Photobook Dummy Award leading to the book being exhibited at international photo events in Athens, Cologne, Dublin, Madrid, Milano, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Paraty and Sao Paulo. In permanent collection at Photobook Museum Cologne. Darragh manages the Gallery of Photography Ireland’s communications, exhibition installations, lighting installations, coordinates the education programme & is the manager of their bookshop specialising in photography.

Where does this workshop take place? The workshop takes place in the Gallery of Photography’s Darkroom located in our subterranean level in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Is this workshop for me? This course is open to anybody interested in photogram photography, it is ideally suited to students from the ages of 9 to 15 years of age.

How do I book a place? In order to secure a place we advise that you book well in advance. You may book by calling into the Gallery in person, or telephone 01-6714654. We regret that we cannot accept bookings by email. ­Please telephone to check availability of places.