Skate Photography Workshop and Mentoring

We’re very pleased to announce that registration for our National Lottery-funded skate photography workshop is now open. If you’re aged between 14 and 25 and have an interest in skateboarding and photography, you can apply for a free place through this registration form.

The workshop will run for 4 days in the (Nottingham City) half-term week/the week of the second May Bank Holiday, from Tuesday the 29th May until Friday the 1st June 2018.  There will then be an exhibition of the participants’ photographs, alongside the work of experienced local skate photographers and industry experts opening on Friday the 22nd of June until Monday the 25th June.  Both the workshop and the exhibition will be at Nottingham’s Photo Parlour.  The course will include:

  • Taught sessions each day from the 29th May to the 1st June, from 11am to 6pm, including an introduction from an industry expert, composition and preparation of skate photos, lighting (in the field and in the studio), using your interest in skateboarding to improve your portrait, architectural and wider street photography, using digital and film cameras, with the option of dark room sessions for interested participants;
  • Experienced mentors will go skating with the participants in the afternoon/evening of each day, and will help and advise you on how to take better photographs with other participants and their friends; and
  • We will fund and arrange for a selection of each participant’s photographs to be professionally printed and mounted.  These will be displayed at a free public exhibition at The Photo Parlour that will open on the afternoon/evening of Friday the 22nd of June.  You can invite friends, parents and family members, school, college and university tutors, and we will invite people from across Nottingham’s and the UK’s skateboard community and wider creative and cultural sectors.

The workshop aims to show you how you can improve your photography, take amazing skate and non-skate pictures, and learn wider creative industry and employability skills – building portfolios and contacts, and thinking of the kind of work, study or further hobbies/interests you can pursue in the future.

There will be places for up to 16 participants – and selection will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with the proviso that we want to ensure young people local to Nottingham, and young women as well as guys, have an opportunity to take part.  We will get back to you to confirm whether or not we have been able to reserve you a place – so please take care to complete the registration form fully and accurately – we expect demand for places to be very high, and we want to make careful decisions on who we can offer the free places to (so joke answers in the registration form won’t be ideal!). If you are a bit older or a bit younger than 25 or 14 (no younger than 12/secondary school age), we would still welcome an application from you.

We will ask every applicant to confirm whether or not they can make the dates and times of the workshop and exhibition.  Because we know people are busy, you don’t have to commit to every day – but we will ask you to commit to a minimum number of days.  If for any reason, after having a place reserved, you are then unable to make it – please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to another applicant.

Finally, this workshop is aimed at Nottingham’s and the wider Midlands skateboard community – you do not necessarily need to be able to skate yourself, but we will expect you to be involved in and aware of the culture in order to benefit from the course (this is not an opportunity for a free general photography course).

For any questions or further info, please email:

The full link to the (google forms) registration form is:




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