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Workshop: Dartmoor Summer School of Photography

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Dartmoor Summer School of Photography is a week long experimental photography residential taking place on Dartmoor National Park August 10th-17th, 2019. The Dartmoor Summer School of Photography offers the opportunity for a group of visual artists to join together to explore their relationship with photography with the guidance of a selection of renowned artists and photographers in the midst of one of Britain’s most beautiful national parks.

Days comprise of workshops, assignments, time to experiment, explore and make work. Evenings offer a variety of activities including talks, music recitals, games, time to make more work, night walks, bird watching, swimming, eating together, sitting round the fire and socializing.

The week ends with a group exhibition of the work made during the residential.

The ethos of the Dartmoor Summer School of Photography is to think outside the box, open up, expect the unexpected, step outside your comfort zone. Experiment. Play. Enjoy. 

The week will be split between led workshops with a specific focus and time to develop your own work in response and/or pursue other directions. Students will be able to select 3 out of a possible 5 day long artist led workshops to participate in during the week.

The Summer School will be held at The Dartmoor Training Centre not far from Two Bridges, on the banks of the West Dart River in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, Devon. The Centre lies in a tranquil, secluded valley with easy access to the open moor.

At The Centre there is a large bright common room, a fully equipped kitchen and modern shower and toilet facilities. There is central heating throughout and a wood burning stove for extra warmth and atmosphere. The Centre grounds are approx. 2 acres with an outdoor fire area and outstanding views of the river valley and Dartmoor skyline. 

Accommodation is divided into 2 main dormitories for participants, one male and one female. Sleeping arrangements are basic but the surroundings here are so beautiful that you won’t be spending long in your rooms! If you are wishing for a bit more privacy and comfort, we can provide a limited number of ready pitched bell tents with a double air mattress for an additional £300 for the week. As there is only a limited number of these available they will be allocated by lottery at the end of the application process. Applicants will be informed of whether they are successful or not before having to confirm their place. Alternatively participants are more than welcome to pitch their own tent at no extra cost.

All meals are included. A cooked breakfast, lunch and sit down evening meal, with snacks and drinks available throughout the day. The menu will be vegetarian and as much as possible sourced locally, an effort to reduce our environmental impact. You are welcome to bring extra food. We will endeavour to cater for any extra dietary needs.

What to bring:
Specialist materials needed for workshops will be included, however participants may need to bring some of their own equipment depending on which workshops they partake in. A guide of what you will need to bring will be sent out to successful applicants.

We will be creating a pop up library during the residential! All participants, artists and contributing practitioners will be asked to bring two books with them that will be accessible by all for reference over the course of the week. Guidance on what to bring will be given to successful applicants.

There are public transport routes to the Centre. We will send out directions and suggested travel options to successful applicants. For those considering driving there is a limited amount of parking at the Centre so to avoid congestion and to limit our environmental impact we will be setting up a car share system prior to the event.

The Dartmoor Summer School of Photography is a non profit event run by Positive Light Projects. Any proceeds left over from fees will be invested in the event and/or in other events run by the organisation. The cost of the week is £750. This includes participation in workshops and events, materials, room and board (3 meals a day) for 7 nights, 8 days. There are 30 places available at The Dartmoor Summer School of Photography 2019. 

To enroll this is great weeklong summer program visit their website now!