The Photographers’ Gallery have announced its plans for relocation in central London. Doors will close at the Great Newport Street galleries on Sunday 16 November at 18.00. The Gallery will then open to the public on Saturday 6 December at 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, two minutes from Oxford Circus tube.
While at Ramillies Street, the Gallery will continue its activities of exhibitions, talks and events and ensure its acclaimed Bookshop, Print Sales and Café are open to the public.
The building at Ramillies Street will be refurbished with three floors open to the public: ground floor will have the main public entrance and a project space, first floor will house the Café, Print Sales and the Bookshop, second floor will be the main gallery.
Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery said today: “This move is a very exciting milestone for the Gallery. Soho has always been our home and we are now moving from one side to the other. We are ending a long history of thirty-seven years at Great Newport Street – it is here that the nation’s very first public gallery dedicated to photography was established. Our success in establishing photography as a recognised art form and introducing a generation of visitors to the most important names in photography has resulted in a huge growth in demand for our activities. We have simply outgrown our current premises and are constrained in every area of our work, be it Bookshop, Print Sales, our oversubscribed talks & events or our exhibition spaces, due to the public’s appetite for photography exhibitions.
My response to this has been to lead a campaign to deliver, for London, a new larger gallery to open in 2011. This will house more ambitious exhibitions and education programme to satisfy expectations. Our imminent move to the Ramillies Street building means the Gallery can continue in all its activities and we can simultaneously complete our campaign for 2011. It is a busy and exciting year ahead for us and I look forward to welcoming audiences, old and new, to this central location.
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