Focal Point Darkroom

Type of space: Darkroom

    Focal Point Darkroom is the largest and best-equipped public access darkroom in Australia, with 20 colour or Multigrade enlargers (for variable contrast black-and-white printing) and capable of doing film formats up to 4"x5". There are two enlargers with drop-boards; two large central sinks (one specifically for shortwer people, kids or patrons in wheelchairs), an automated print processor for up to 20"x24" prints (available at additional hire cost); automated print dryer for up to 20"x24" prints, variable safelight options and cater for special access needs.

    There is a second darkroom specifically for film processing, with its own wet and dry areas and a film drying cabinet. A third multi-purpose darkroom is also available, which includes a 4"x5" copy-camera with accessories for smaller camera types.

    Pricing Terms

    Access to the darkroom is only through Focal Point membership. Membership fees are: Full - $80 per year; Concession - $50 per year; Students - $25 per year.

    Hire cost for the main darkroom is $10 per hour, per enlarger for student or concession. $15 per enlarger, per hour for full members.

    Hire cost for the film processing room is $10 per hour for student or concession, and $15 per hour for full members.

    Membership also includes free access to our extensive library of 700 photography books, discounts on workshops and merchandise in the shop and free entry to most exhibitions in our gallery.

    Parking Notes

    Two spaces on-site. Unrestricted all-day on-street parking.

    This space is suitable for Arts and CraftFilm LocationPhotographyPhotoshootsPrintmakingWorkshops


    • Floor Dimensions 54.00 meters sq.
    • Ceiling Height Standard (up to 3m)
    • Max. Capacity 20
    • Floorplan Download


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Entrance ramps

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Wheelchair accessible

    • Wide hallways / entrance

    For performers
    • Arriving / exiting ramp

    • Reachable door handles

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Suitable telephone/communication

    • Video system for capture