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Photographers' Gallery

Photographers' Gallery

January 2012

Photographers' Gallery

Address:
16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW
Type:
Commercial
Completion:
2012
Venues:
1
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Description of Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.

On 19 May 2012 a new home for international and British photography in London was unveiled.

Construction started in Autumn 2010 on the transformation of our building on Ramillies Street, London. Designed by award-winning Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey, the building features three dedicated floors of gallery spaces. This 100% increase in exhibition space will allow the Gallery to showcase established and high-profile artists alongside emerging photographic talent from around the world.

Situated at the heart of the building between the two main exhibition spaces is the education floor. Placing an emphasis on the Gallery's outreach activities, this floor will feature a busy schedule of talks, workshops and events.

Complementing the exhibition and education floors will be the new spaces for the Bookshop, Print Sales Room and Café, creating a lively meeting place at street level.

Source: photonet.org.uk

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The Photographers’ Gallery will unveil its new home for international and British photography in the heart of London's Soho on Saturday 19 May 2012. The Gallery’s opening will mark the conclusion of its ambitious £8.9 million capital campaign, which has been generously supported by Arts Council England’s Lottery Fund alongside a range of Trusts, Foundations, corporates and individuals.

Designed by award-winning Irish architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, the transformed building features a two storey extension that will double the size of the previous exhibition space.

Providing a platform for an enhanced programme of exhibitions, the generously proportioned galleries will showcase established and emerging photographic talent from the UK and around the world. A new environmentally controlled floor will create opportunities to show more work from archives and museum collections and higher ceilings in the top floor galleries will provide
dynamic spaces for large-scale and moving image works.

A sculpted terrazzo entrance with an open plan design will connect the ground-level Café and lower-ground Bookshop to the street, creating a welcoming meeting place and lively hub for visitors. Extending over a further five floors, the original Victorian red-brick warehouse will be linked to a modern steel-framed extension through an external sleeve of black render, terrazzo and sustainably sourced Angelim Pedra wood. The architects have created numerous links between exterior and interior, punctuating the building with large feature windows which function as apertures onto the urban realm around Oxford St.

Opening Programme

The renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and New Delhi based Raqs Media Collective will launch the 2012 exhibition programme on Saturday 19 May 2012. This major solo exhibition of Edward Burtynsky’s photographs will showcase over thirty large-scale images from his widely acclaimed series Burtynsky: OIL. A decade-long survey on the subject, Burtynsky: OIL reveals the rarely seen mechanics of the manufacture, distribution and use of one of the world’s most highly contested resources while exploring its impact on our lives, culture and the environment. Raqs Media Collective will display a silent, looped video projection titled An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale (2011). The projection features a series of subtle alterations to an early 20th century photograph depicting a surveyors’ room in colonial Calcutta. Also included in the exhibition will be a sculptural work entitled 36 Planes of Emotion (2011) that features an ensemble of emotional states printed onto book-shaped objects. The two opening exhibitions will be on display until 1 July 2012.

Situated at the heart of the building between the two main exhibition spaces is the Studio Floor. Placing an emphasis on the Gallery’s education programme, this floor will feature a full schedule of talks, workshops and events. Introducing permanent elements to the programme, the Studio Floor will include a camera obscura and a Study Room where the public 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. Also featured on this floor will be Touchstone, a quarterly display of a single, groundbreaking photograph. Opening with Jeff Wall’s seminal work, The Giant (1992), Touchstone will encourage audiences to closely examine the work and showcase their responses alongside comments from the artist and contributors from other disciplines.

Another highlight of the Gallery’s opening will be a new digital programme curated by the Gallery's 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. A centrepiece of the programme will be a digital display on the ground floor which will present guest-curated projects, artist commissions and collaborative photographic work involving the public. Social media channels, mobile devices and the Gallery’s website will all be explored as alternative platforms for exhibitions.

Complementing the enhanced facilities for the public programme will be new spaces for the Bookshop, Print Sales Room and Café. The Bookshop will offer the latest releases as well as hard-to-find art and photography titles and a range of niche cameras. The Print Sales Room will see the relaunch of The Photographers’ Gallery Editions, in which a world-renowned photographer donates a limited-edition print of their work to benefit the Gallery’s public programmes. Commencing with GB. England. Suffolk. Southwold. Lakeside Tea Room (1993) by Martin Parr, these Gallery Editions will be available at affordable prices and present an entry point for emerging collectors. The new street level Café will be run in partnership with Lina Stores, the oldest family run delicatessen in Soho, and will boast an Italian menu of freshly-made dishes and baked goods.

A new visual identity for the Gallery has been created by North, one of the UK’s most respected and innovative design practices. Inspired in part by the building’s architectural design, this new visual identity will boldly communicate the Gallery’s vision both within the building and beyond.

The Photographers’ Gallery staff together with its Board of Trustees has raised £8.5 million to date towards its projected £8.9 million capital campaign target. Funds raised include a £3.6 million grant from the Arts Council England’s Lottery Fund; £2.4 million from the sale proceeds of the Gallery’s previous building at Great Newport Street and £2.5 million from Foundations, Trusts, individuals, corporates and an auction of donated photographs held in 2011.

Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, said: The new Photographers' Gallery will build upon its unique position as London's principal organization dedicated to championing photography's role at the heart of visual culture. Whether on the gallery walls, through printed pages or new technologies, our programmes will provide a platform for current debates, new ideas and creative collaborations.

Our building will create a vibrant social and intellectual hub in the heart of London's Soho for people of all levels of interest to enjoy the most democratic of all art forms. 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. Architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey said: We look forward to seeing the transformed Gallery unveiled from behind its scaffolding. We wanted The Photographers' Gallery to have an identifiable presence as a new public building in Soho, its silhouette visible through the gap on Oxford Street. Large windows are designed to frame views in to the gallery spaces and out to the London skyline. The black rendered elevations that wrap the new extension are cut away to reveal the colour and character of the original brick warehouse structure.

Source: The Photographer's Gallery www.photonet.org.uk

16/05/2012 22:15 by Buildington

The Photographers’ Gallery will unveil its new home for international and British photography in the heart of London's Soho on Saturday 19 May 2012. The Gallery’s opening will mark the conclusion of its ambitious £8.9 million capital campaign, which has been generously supported by Arts Council England’s Lottery Fund alongside a range of Trusts, Foundations, corporates and individuals.

Designed by award-winning Irish architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, the transformed building features a two storey extension that will double the size of the previous exhibition space. Providing a platform for an enhanced programme of exhibitions, the generously proportioned galleries will showcase established and emerging photographic talent from the UK and around the world. A new environmentallycontrolled floor will create opportunities to show more work from archives and museum collections and higher ceilings in the top floor galleries will provide
dynamic spaces for large-scale and moving image works.

A sculpted terrazzo entrance with an open plan design will connect the ground-level Café and lower-ground Bookshop to the street, creating a welcoming meeting place and lively hub for visitors. Extending over a further five floors, the original Victorian red-brick warehouse will be linked to a modern steel-framed extension through an external sleeve of black render, terrazzo and sustainably sourced Angelim Pedra wood. The architects have created numerous links between exterior and interior, punctuating the building with large feature windows which function as apertures onto the urban realm around Oxford St.

The new street level Café will be run in partnership with Lina Stores, the oldest family run delicatessen in Soho, and will boast an Italian menu of freshly-made dishes and baked goods.

A new visual identity for the Gallery has been created by North, one of the UK’s most respected and innovative design practices. Inspired in part by the building’s architectural design, this new visual identity will boldly communicate the Gallery’s vision both within the building and beyond.

Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, said: The new Photographers' Gallery will build upon its unique position as London's principal organisation dedicated to championing photography's role at the heart of visual culture. Whether on the gallery walls, through printed pages or new technologies, our programmes will provide a platform for current debates, new ideas and creative collaborations. Our building will create a vibrant social and intellectual hub in the heart of London's Soho for people of all levels of interest to enjoy the most democratic of all art forms.

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.

Architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey said: We look forward to seeing the
transformed Gallery unveiled from behind its scaffolding. We wanted The Photographers' Gallery to have an identifiable presence as a new public building in Soho, its silhouette visible through the gap on Oxford Street. Large windows are designed to frame views in to the gallery spaces and out to the London skyline. The black rendered elevations that wrap the new extension are cut away to reveal the colour and character of the original brick warehouse structure.

Source: photonet.org.uk

01/02/2012 20:44 by Buildington

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