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 £9.2 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 doubles 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.
the gallery’s 2012 programme will launch with exhibitions by renowned canadian photographer edward burtynsky and new delhi based raqs media collective. also on display later this year is the deutsche börse photography prize 2012, freshfacewildeyed2012, shoot! existential photography and solo exhibitions by tom wood and fiona tan. additional displays across the building include touchstone, a new strand in the gallery’s programme opening with jeff wall’s the giant, print sales space showcasing a selection of works from their roster of represented photographers and the wall, the centrepiece for the gallery’s new digital programme launching with born in 1987: the animated gif.