Gallery 44 in Toronto has an excellent facility with 10 4x5 enlargers, and a second room where you can put your own enlarge in. www.gallery44.org ... Simon these would be people you would want to contact.. Lise Beaudry, Stu and soJin run the facilitys,
I believe there are many members here on APUG.
Project Basho in Philly has a wonderful facility.
Bill Schwab Photostock Facility.
M56 in Riverside Ca is hosting me to do a silver workshop in Sept.
I could keep on going but there are centers of excellence all around NA that I am aware of that should support each other.
If you would like I would forward your plan to G44. It is a hot bed of talented silver printers.
We do not open my private darkroom to casual use , ( all of my old assistants have access as they are well aware to put things back in the right place or suffer the concequences} Though it is used for group training and workshops, we just had Sandy King, Ron Reeder and Steve Sherman give workshops on wet work here. We also have at least 15 visits per year by young students where Paulette and I show them the magic of an image emerging.
Our workshops will be every year in May surrounding the Contact Photo Festival , which is an incredible month of photography here in Canada.
As you know we have taken the name defendthedarkroom.ca , we believe strongly in Harman's initiative and fully support you.
Bob, your work and support of everything darkroom-related in Toronto really makes me want to find a way to move back there (either to study or work).
Simon, I've filled out the questionnaire, and although I'd be more than willing to share my knowledge (and home-based darkroom, if need be) I doubt I'll be getting any calls given where I am located in Japan. Place M in Tokyo is fantastic -- both black and white and colour facilities are available in multiple formats -- you might want to look into them too (I used them every time I went to Tokyo before I had a darkroom of my own).
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been. D. Arbus
I have a darkroom at the university where I teach. I would certainly be willing to teach someone to use a darkroom without requiring they sign up for a class. The department asks for a small lab fee to cover the costs of the chemicals, but other than that, it is open to most people.
In Norfolk, we have the Norwich Arts Centre which has a small darkroom for hire - Not used it myself as they didn't offer large format facilities when I was setting up. The Soup Lab (only appears to have a facebook page ) was only a short walk away, but looks like they have had to move out a couple of months ago. May be they will set up elsewhere...
Unlike other parts of the UK, it looks like we have quite an active analogue scene in this area