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10th - 17th August 2019


Dartmoor Summer School of Photography is a week long experimental photography residential taking place on Dartmoor National Park in the summer of 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 Britains 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 socialising.

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.


Resident Artists


Jem Southam
Light Atmosphere

This workshop will focus on attention to the relationship between light and atmospheric conditions and the making of colour photographs.

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Susan Derges
Field Work

In this workshop we will be exploring an intimate and tactile approach to photographing the land and it’s connection to ourselves.


Jason Evans
Ant Pictures

Evans’ workshop encourages participants to experience Dartmoor from a different perspective. Relationships between still life and landscape are up for discussion.

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Sian Davey
Presence as an Inquiry

My workshops will be focused on our relationship to our practice. Use your work to explore the bigger inquiry of how did we get here and perhaps where do we want to go.


Brendan Barry
Constructed Observations

In this workshop we will be constructing a camera obscura, converting it into a giant camera, setting up a darkroom inside and working with it to capture what we can observe and/or construct in front of it using traditional analogue black and white processes.


Contributing Practitioners


Jessica Lennan
Assistant Director

Jessica Lennan (b.1982, Berlin/ Germany) is a photographer and Lecturer based in the South West of England. Her work is a careful and sensitive investigation of the social environment and more specifically of the relationship between people and places.

She graduated from the Ostkreuzschool for Photography (Berlin/Germany) in 2009 and completed an MA in Photography and the Book at Plymouth University (UK) in 2012. Her work has been exhibited in Berlin, Paris and at several places in the South West of England. Lennan is also Co-Director and Co-Founder of DODO PHOTO, a gallery and project space for contemporary photography in Exeter.

Stephen Raff

Stephen Raff is a photographic artist working primarily with wet-plate collodion photography and a keen interest in film and alternative processes. His work investigates the relationship between nature and the human mind, using his photographic practice and imagery to share his own emotional response to this interaction and to raise awareness. 

He currently teaches the wet-plate process and works in collaboration with other photographers and artists as well as offering private commissions.

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Nicky Thompson
Artist in Residence

Nicky Thompson is an artist living and working on Dartmoor. The surroundings have often been a rich source of inspiration for her and have become an essential element in her work.

Her MA in Photography focused on experimental photographic practises leading her to create a strikingly innovative contemporary photographic portrait archive of Moretonhampstead (a small town on Dartmoor) using the Wet Plate Collodion process, a large format 8x10” camera and a portable darkroom. She is currently involved in the two year community project ‘Growing Dartmoor’.

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Sian Bonnell
Visiting Artist

Sian Bonnell is a UK based artist living in West Yorkshire and teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University where she is Reader in Photography.  Sian was awarded the Photoworks Senior Research Fellowship at the British School at Rome in 2011; her images are exhibited and published widely.

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Alice Mary Audrey Kerr
Head Cook

Alice has shared her food with people all over the world - in refugee camps, at glamorous parties, on mountain tops, on film sets, to people on the street and family and friends. For so many of us, the change in seasons means a shift in our approach to lifestyle, diet and health, for Alice it’s the perfect time to celebrate all the benefits that come with eating plenty of fresh, seasonal fruit, vegetables and salads. 

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Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
Harp and Folk Tales

Elizabeth-Jane Baldry is a Westcountry harpist who performs internationally. Her compositions have been used by ITV, the BBC, and Irish, Japanese, Danish, and Canadian film, radio and television. She is the only silent movie harpist in the world performing live to cinema screenings of early film. She also directs and produces films of British fairytales and is lucky enough to own a magical ten acre wood in the Dartmoor National Park where she grows trees, keeps bees, and brews tea in a twig kettle.


Tazelaar Stevensor

Tazelaar Stevenson is a printmaker/artist. Alongside his visual practice, Tazelaar is also a keen birdwatcher.  Scanning the landscape, honing in on movement, listening, fieldcraft and tracking are keys to connecting to the landscape. To feel it’s pace and rhythm. To feel connected. During the week Taz is going to lead birding walks, encouraging a way of looking and listening that will feed into the photography workshops. 





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.

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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. 



The Dartmoor Summer School of Photography has a commitment to and belief in broadening participation so is seeking funding from local sponsors in order to offer a small number of subsidised and/or bursary places to young local photographers from lower socio-economic backgrounds who would not be able to afford the experience without support. Details of available places and how to apply will be realised after the initial recruitment stage. To sponsor a place on the Dartmoor Summer School of Photography please contact us at positivelightprojects@gmail.com


There are two intern roles available durning the week for a photographer and videographer to document the events and activities that occur, capture what goes on and develop their own practice in the process. These roles would suit a recent graduate or young professional and include mentorship and guidance before and after with the creation of and resolution of the work made. Please email your CV, web/social media account links, examples of previous work and experience and why you think you should be given this opportunity to positivelightprojects@gmail.com


Applicants who decide to cancel after acceptance and payment of a place - if done by 1st June - 50% of the fee will be be returned. After 1 June, no payment will be returned. (We will endeavour to fill the space and if so all fees will be returned but we can make no guarantees. Special considerations can be made for extreme circumstances).



Thankyou for your interest, but the applications are now closed.

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