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The Photographers' Gallery opens at new Soho site

 8th Dec 2008

The Photographers' Gallery, the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography, has re-opened at its new permanent site in Soho, London. The Great Newport Street galleries closed last month to prepare for the move.

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.

"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."

The architects' firm O’Donnell & Tuomey converted a four-storey building at 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, in order to house the gallery on a temporary basis. Now, the gallery is trying to raise £15.5 million to re-build the property into a six-storey building by 2011.

Plans for the new building include creating a new street-level café and bar, as well as doubling the exhibition space. So far, about half the necessary budget has been raised.

A spokesperson for the gallery said construction of the extended building would begin "in about two years", at which time the gallery would close. A "programme of off-site projects and collaborations" will replace it until the Ramillies Street building re-opens in 2011.

The inaugural photography exhibition at the new venue is a selection of works by Katie Grannan entitled 'The Westerns', which features large format portraits of 'new pioneers' living on the west coast of America. It runs until 8th February, 2009.