Visual Arts

Pinhole Photography Workshop

The Edge

In celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and our exhibition Collected Shadows, we’ll be hosting a introductory family workshop where you can make and use your own pinhole camera. Guided by photographer Nigel Goldsmith you’ll be introduced to the science of pinhole photography before constructing your own camera, before learning how to take pictures and process them in our pop-up darkroom.

The modern digital camera is a highly complex ‘image gathering device’ far removed from the simple boxes used by early photographers. The primitive nature of the pinhole camera means that it can create images beyond the abilities of even the most advanced digital camera. In this workshop you will make your own camera and use it to take a set of images. You will be shown how to use a darkroom to process your images.


Nigel is a professional photographer and illustrator. His commercial work has been widely published in the UK and abroad. He has a personal interest in primitive film and digital photographic techniques and has delivered pinhole photography workshops at the University of Bristol, Royal Photographic Society and for the National Trust.


Minimum age: 8 years. All materials provided. Pre-booking advisable, limited spaces

Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Darkroom chemicals are safe if handled properly and you will be given full health and safety instructions on working in a darkroom. Photographic ‘fix’ however can stain material so please don’t wear your best clothes to the workshop.