A quick post as the Photographers’ Gallery, describing itself as “a new home for international and British photography in London”, invites the press to take a peek inside from 9.30am-12.00pm, ahead of its official public opening on 19 May. Hotshoe Blog will be there in a couple of hours to report on the opening of the new building which boasts “double the exhibition space” as well as “a dedicated education floor”.
About the building from the Photographers’ Gallery website:
“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 two of the exhibition floors, is the Studio Floor. This will host a range of talks, events, workshops and courses as well as a camera obscura, the Study Room, and Touchstone – a changing display of a single photographic work. 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.”
See engineer and designer Abraham Garcia‘s blog for more on the design and architecture of the building.