Photographic Garden Open Call

Poster by Hannah Fletcher

OPEN CALL. Photographic Garden Test. GROW. Change

DEADLINE: 8th August

This is a paid research and development opportunity with The Sustainable Darkroom.

The Sustainable Darkroom are looking for a small group to work with on the creation of a photographic garden. The selected individuals will use the completed garden as a research space for developing new relationships between the garden and analogue photography. This could include, but is not limited to; making plant-based photographic developers, establish a water recycling and filtration system, or researching biodegradable, plant-based alternatives to celluloid and gelatin. They are also interested in proposals that make a conceptual link between the content and plant material used.

The individuals will have the support of relevant scientists, horticulturists and artists across the year to help and advise with aspects of the research.

This is a year-long project; running from September 2021 – September 2022.

At the end of each research initiative, there is an option for exhibiting at a local gallery space.

You will be expected to utilise the garden for a minimum of 12 days throughout 1 year, and contribute your research findings to The Sustainable Darkroom initiative.

The fee is £700 +plus £100 worth of travel expenses per person, and the potential for limited overnight accommodation.

The garden will be situated with East Street Arts, Leeds, UK, attached to the Northern Sustainable Darkroom facility. Participants will have access to the darkroom for the duration of the project.

If participants are available to help build the garden in August, then any help would be brilliant, but is not a requirement. Please let us know your availability.

Supported by East Street Arts

To apply, email the following to with the headline: Submission to photographic garden
– Your name
– Where are you based
– Any website or social media links
– A short CV
– A research proposal (maximum 500 words)

For more details please follow the direct link.