RHA Learning Event

RHA Kids and Family: Experimenting with Photography
17 Jul 2021
Time: 12pm - 2pm

Family workshop / minimum age 6yrs

Online via Zoom. Click here to book your place.

Please note, advance booking is required as we will post out art packs in advance of the workshop.

This workshop, held as part of PhotoIreland festival 2021, explores the cyanotype printing process. The cyanotype process produces images through sun printing. An object is placed on paper that has been treated with ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, after which it is exposed to sunlight and then washed in water, leading to the uncovered areas of the paper turning dark blue.

Facilitated by Jane Cummins, Jane will share with you the process of cyanotype printing with a step-by-step guide on how to create beautiful art using foliage and found objects from around the house.

For this workshop, participants will receive, by post, a box of tools and materials, including water colour papers, brushes, and cyanotype processing liquids.

The workshop will touch on the history of this archival printing process which was invented in 1842 as well as looking at the cyanotype photographs by Anna Atkins, an English botanist, who some will argue was the first female photographer. There will be tips and advice throughout, lots of room for questions. Experimentation with your papers and objects is key to this creative process.

The tools & materials included in your kit:

  • A selection of watercolour paper to experiment with.
  • A kit of cyanotype chemical processing liquids: ammonium ferric citrate and potassium ferricyanide
  • Paintbrush for application
  • Frames to hold your artwork in place during exposure.
  • Bulldog clips for frames.
  • Step by step guide so you can use your processing liquids again.

 Please note: we require that all participants have their cameras turned on for the workshop.

Jane Cummins is a photographic artist living and working in Dublin. She holds an MFA in photography from the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University. Recipient of the Belfast Exposed Graduate Award, she has exhibited nationally and has been published internationally. Her work is part of several collections including the Office of Public Works State Art Collection, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection.

Jane’s practice involves self-portraiture and landscape, focusing on self-exploration and identity. Her work deals with the relationship between the body and nature, a distinctly personal exploration into the nature of self and the unstable construction of identity. Her printing process varies from analog photography printed in her darkroom to alternative photographic processes dating back to the 19th century. In 2019 Jane co-founded Studio ID-11 based in Dublin’s Marlay Park, an art space where she and fellow artist Yusuf Amod run alternative processing workshops for artists as well as analog photography camps for children and young people.

PhotoIreland Festival 2021

1 – 31 July


For PhotoIreland Festival 2021, RHA presents a kids and family workshop on experimenting with photography with Jane Cummins. The festival will also feature our upcoming Ashford exhibition Tomorrow is Sunday by Miriam O’Connor, with our Ashford in-conversation talk on 28 of July with Miriam and exhibitions curator Ruth Carroll.



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