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Photographers' Gallery to re-open in May 2012

  • Date: 12 February 2012
  • Area: London
Photographers' Gallery development, exterior

Photographers' Gallery development, exterior. Credit: Courtesy of the gallery


The Photographers' Gallery will unveil its new home for international and British photography on 19 May 2012, which will see a new education area and the doubling of the space available for exhibitions.

Designed by architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, the transformed building will launch with exhibitions from Edward Burtynsky and Raqs Media Collective. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky will present his acclaimed series OIL, a ten year survey of the subject, and New Delhi based Raqs Media Collective who will present a video projection An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale (2011). The two launch exhibitions will be on display until 1 July.

Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England, said: “The Photographers’ Gallery is nationally and internationally significant, presenting and developing the very best contemporary art and artists and playing its part in our city’s reputation for great artistic experiences and visitor attractions. Our support for this project is an investment in the ambitions and aspirations of the Gallery; giving it more space to share the work of exciting new and established photographers and putting education, literally, at the heart of the Gallery’s work. Like many, I’m really looking forward to the reopening of this fabulous institution.”

One feature of the new space is the Studio Floor. This floor will feature a full schedule of talks, workshops and events. The Studio Floor will include a camera obscura and a study room, where people will be able to access an archive of material related to exhibitions and events which have taken place since the gallery was established in 1971.There will also be new spaces for the bookshop, print sales room and café.

Another highlight of the gallery’s opening will be a new digital programme curated by a specially appointed digital curator. Responding to recent trends, the digital programme will feature projects which raise questions concerning the changing status and circulation of photography in today’s digital culture.


Arts Council England awarded £4.5 million for this capital project from its Lottery funding. The Photographer’s Gallery is also Regularly funded and will be one of our National portfolio organisations.