On a dark green surface sit five different types of camera. In the top right corner is a bright purple HOLGA camera with a smartphone below it. At the top and bottom left are two different black film cameras, and between them is an open case with parts for a film camera inside.


28 Jan - 23 April 2023


History Gallery, RWA, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX


28 Jan - 23 April 2023

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28 January - 23 April 2023

PhotoLab is a place for everyone to explore, play and investigate across the lower ground floor.

In the Family Learning Space you will find self-led creative activities inspired by photography, and in the History Gallery you will find objects such as lenses, mirrors, lights and even a darkroom installation to explore with all your senses.

Not just for children, PhotoLab challenges adults and young people with camera phones to use the lightbox to photograph something special that later gets displayed on RWA digital screens.

Any visitors can discover something about the history of photography, artists who use photography today and how we tell stories with the photos we take.

We are delighted that the Photo Open is sponsored by MPB, the world’s largest online platform for used photography and videography equipment, committed to making kit more accessible and affordable, and helping to visualise a more sustainable future. Learn more at mpb.com

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Image by Alice Hendy 


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Experiment with printmaking using found objects, rubbers and foam stamps to print your own map.


PhotoLab is a place for everyone to explore, play and investigate photography across the lower ground floor.

Tuesday Teatime Tour April

A facilitated exhibition tour especially suitable for people living with dementia and their companions.

Art on the Forecourt - The Wild Escape

Drop by on Earth Day weekend to view vibrant artworks created by young artists from three local primary schools with artist Jasmine Thompson. Part of the Art Fund's -The Wild Escape.