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The Story


Who runs the darkroom?

Hello! My name is Emily Rose Parris. I'm an artist & arts educator based in Kent. I first dipped my toes in the water while studying at UCA Canterbury for a National Diploma in Arts & Design in 2009-2011 ~ that's where the magic started! I then continued this love for all things analogue by studying at Kingston University, graduating in 2014 with a BA (hons) in Photography. Like many other art & design graduates, I found myself without a local darkroom to continue my practice ~ so with the help of family, friends and volunteers I built one!

What is The Darkroom at Beach Creative?

The Darkroom at Beach Creative is a black & white community darkroom and workshop space based inside Beach Creative CIC. Starting from humble beginnings & with the wonderful support from the volunteers at Beach Creative CIC, family & friends, the self-funded project (supported by my personal income from my day job) the darkroom was ready to open to the public in 2015. 

The Darkroom at Beach Creative is a darkroom for all! Emily offers a wide range of group or one-to-one for those looking to develop their skills or learn something new. The Darkroom is also available to hire for those with previous darkroom experience, meaning your love for analogue photography doesn't have to end once you graduate!


How can I get involved?

You can join me for a private workshop to suit your schedule and skill levels, or group workshop if you prefer!

Students are entitled to a 10% discount! I also offer a 10% discount if you book as a duo, so buddy up!

I also deliver workshops off-site, so if you would like to book me for your community group, school or class then get in touch! I have a full DBS and liability insurance which I can provide upon request.

Community History

I work closely with a number of local organisations such as UCA where I am a Creative Workshop Tutor, delivering creative workshops on campus and within educational settings. I have previously worked as a sessional tutor on the Lens Based Media foundation course, assisting students with all things analogue photography, building their confidence and experience.


I used to run a weekly creative group in 2018-2023 at a Canterbury based Mental Health & Wellbeing charity called Take Off. I often run creative workshops at Ashford umbrella centre with support from In a Space Arts

I am Arts Award trained at all levels & have delivered 3 Arts Award course for young people during the 2017, 2018 & 2019 Summer holidays which saw 15 young people achieve a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in the Arts. During the pandemic I worked closely with UCA to deliver a series of virtual Bronze Arts Award courses, these courses have upported 200+ young people achieve a pass, providing a future pathway within the arts. To find out about more funded opportunities with UCA, head to their outreach website.

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