Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Southport PR8 2QB

Date: 17th August

Time: 10am - 12pm

Outdoor Cyanotype Workshop  for Adults with Sian Hughes

As part of our Gems in the Dune project join us and our community artist Sian Hughes for this Outdoor Cyanotype Workshop.

We will be using the Cyanotypes to create images of  the ecological environment in the dunes.  This alternative photographic process creates immediate stunning blue and white images from objects and plant forms laid on the sensitised paper. We will be working out of doors using sunlight [ if the weather is poor we have an alternative venue] guided by the Gems in the Dunes experts on what plants we can use. They will also give us detailed information about  the ecology of the dunes and the endangered ‘Gems’ that are at risk.

We will be recording the time, place and names of the collections along with the cyanotypes, to develop a wider understanding of the dunes. You will have several cyanotypes by the end of the session.

Artwork will be kept after this workshop for a local exhibition and will then be available to pick up from the Ainsdale Discovery Centre – dates TBC.

We will bring prepared papers, boards and glass clip frames. Please bring a bag to carry your papers and the clip frame,  pen / pencil for writing and recording.

This art activity is outside, so please check the weather and dress appropriately, we will be walking around the dunes. You may want to bring a water bottle and possibly something to sit on.

Itinerary -  timings approximate.

10.00 – meeting at ADC. Introduction to making cyanotype exposures.

10.15 – 11.15 Walking through the dunes creating cyanotypes.

11.15 – 12.00 Return to ADC to rinse and fix the images.


There is limited free parking just outside the Ainsdale Discovery Centre, PR8 2QB, and pay parking on the beach 2 mins walk away.


This workshop is free and places are limited  - please book via: email – Gems-in-the-Dunes@arc-trust.org or telephone: 01704 571575


This project is part of the Back from the Brink, a nationwide project saving England’s most endangered species from extinction and funded by The Heritage Lottery Funding. For more information visit https://naturebftb.co.uk/