The Darkroom is a non-for-profit Photography Education and Visual artist centre located in the heart of Dublin 7.

The Darkroom was founded in 2010 by Visual Artist and Photographer Mella Travers. Mella began her photographic career in the 1990s, working for many prestigious fashion publications, while also maintaining an extensive personal practice. Her work has been exhibited widely in Ireland, including VISUAL Carlow and RHA Dublin. Most recently she has exhibited work alongside artists Wendy Judge and Niamh McGuinne, which explored innovative analogue techniques and modes of presentation.

Beginning as a small space at the artist collective Block T, Smithfield, The Darkroom has expanded and grown, and in 2016 moved to a purposely fitted and designed space centrally located at 32 North Brunswick St, Stoneybatter. Encompassing analogue and digital facilities, darkrooms, a large studio, a digital suite and an extensive range of camera and lighting equipment, The Darkroom offers a range of rental options and a wide range of courses covering all aspects of photography.

Experienced and award winning tutors, such as Mandy O’Neill and Mella Travers, are on hand to provide small group sessions or one to one tutoring, which can be tailored to the clients needs. A description of  the wide range of courses available can be found here.

I took an introductory black and white darkroom course with Mella, it was lots of fun and really interesting. Mella is a great teacher, and really cares that everyone learns and achieves what they want to in the course. I hope to be doing more darkroom courses in the future!

Deborah Jacob

The Darkroom is an indispensable resource for photographers both analogue and digital, excellent classes too, would definitely recommend any one interesting in learning about either digital or analogue photography!

Frank Little

Did the intro to Black & White class.  Learning how to bring my images to life in a print format by the fourth week was incredibly satisfying and gave me a serious buzz. We need more places like it in our city, and we need to protect the ones that already exist.

Owen Costello