In the Red Room you will come together with like-minded beings as a brand new Collective to expose and explore experimental darkroom practices. Enveloping mystery, intrigue, the unnatural, the spooky, the sultry and the downright weird, in the Red Room we will celebrate what makes us stop, and look again.
Meeting every fortnight over 12 weeks, join film photographer Kate Matthews to think, talk and make, expanding on our knowledge of film photography, and perhaps the occult, to conceptualise and publish a Red Room Collective Photo-Zine, First Edition. We’ll hive mind ideas about the production of the Zine, but think gritty, think handmade, think Xerox, think hand illustrated.
The Red Room Collective is in its youth, and so shall you be. We’re seeking expressions of interest from Canberran creatives under 30 to take part in this unique Collective.
You would ideally have pre-existing film photography know-how, as the Collective aims to expand on existing analogue skills with alchemy, accidents and even some magic. You’ll need your own camera, and will be required to occasionally work independently at PhotoAccess between meetings to shoot or develop your film, prior to the printing sessions. No Zine making experience necessary.
If you’re unsure about your level of experience, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to [email protected]. She won’t bite. Where there’s a will there’s a way. The Collective’s aim is to include and celebrate.
As described above, Collective members should be familiar with film. You should have your own film camera, but if you’re between kits, lets us know and we can organise a rental (for a small fee). Perhaps you don’t use cameras to make images. That’s cool too. All can join in the fun.
At collective meetings, we’ll be working as a unit, but also making individually. So you’ll need to bring your own photographic paper, and shoot on your own film. Different folks different strokes, so there is no set poison here.
PhotoAccess is itself in many ways one big Collective, so we’ll also ask you to become a member. Its $35 for 12 months, with some serious bang for your buck.
$120 for all six sessions. This covers darkroom time, standard chemicals, some Zine printing costs, as well as mentorship and guidance from Kate. As mentioned above, this doesn’t cover darkroom paper or film.
(+ the $35, 12 month PhotoAccess membership if you aren’t already a member)
We’ll sort out the finances once the Collective is formed.
Tuesdays 6 – 9pm, fortnightly
July 27, August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21, October 5.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a test. The Red Room Collective welcomes any film savvy human between 16 and 30 who is interested in making something spooky, surreal and spectacular. Membership will be capped at 8.
Kate is a local Canberra artist who was imported from Melbourne many years ago. Her artistic practice explores the pluralities within public space, with a focus on the invisible barriers to accessibility and empowerment in public realms. Photomedia based, she creates photomontages either in the darkroom, or pasted up on the street or in the gallery. Kate has exhibited internationally and across Australia, and was most recently commissioned by the ACT Legislative Assembly to create a public work.