LONDON.- The Photographers Gallery
is creating an iconic new building in the heart of Londons West End.
On 19 September 2010, the Gallery will close its doors to the public for a year while we embark on our ambitious development of the building, creating a new, international home for photography in the UK. From October 2010, construction will begin at 16-18 Ramillies Street. Architects ODonnell + Tuomeys exciting plans will transform the former Edwardian warehouse into a state-of-the-art photography gallery.
The architectural plans include contemporary additions of textured acrylic render, Angelim Pedra hard wood and anthracite coloured terrazzo to elements of the existing structure and fabric of the building. The end result will provide three floors of dedicated public galleries that will enable the exhibition programme to be expanded; a floor dedicated to learning, offering space for a comprehensive programme of talks, events and education series and workshops; an enhanced Bookshop and Print Sales to nurture and inspire a new generation of collectors; a brand new café at street level; continued free admission and full access, including a passenger lift for public use.
Established in 1971, as the nations very first public gallery dedicated to photography, we have always resided in the Soho area. Building on our heritage as one of the worlds primary venues for photography, we have welcomed around half-a-million visitors annually. Responding to the growing popularity in photography, in 2008 we launched our plans to relocate with a major £8.7 million capital campaign. Now, two years later we have reached a key moment in our history and are in the final stages of creating a unique cultural oasis in the heart of central London.
During the construction period, the Gallery will operate a reduced programme offsite. Working in and around the Soho area, a series of innovative artist-led projects have been programmed, supported by Bloomberg, as have talks & events for visitors of all ages. Our Print Sales will continue to be available to collectors through photography fairs and by appointment and our beloved Bookshop will be available to browse from the comfort of your home or office via our website. It is an exciting time for us and to keep up-to-date with all our news, activities and developments join our free newsletter sign up at www.photonet.org.uk.
Coinciding with its 40th anniversary, The Photographers Gallery will reopen in Autumn 2011. Further information on anniversary events and the opening programme will be posted on the website.
The Photographers' Gallery success over the past four decades has established photography as a recognised art form, introducing generations of visitors to important names in photography and championing photographys place at the heart of visual culture. This major development is an initiative which builds on our long standing legacy as the premier photography gallery in the UK as well as ensuring we are in the position to define photography to the world in the 21st century.