London Galleries to boast ‘1,500m2’ exhibition space

March 2, 2010

The National Media Museum (NMM) is on the hunt for a team of designers and architects to work on its planned London outpost.

News of a tender document relating to the planned work is contained in a report published by Design Week, which the NMM did not contest this afternoon .

However, an NMM spokesman told us that the Bradford-based museum is still waiting for approval of government funding for the project.

NMM bosses are meeting with relevant parties in London to discuss the move, rumoured to involve the Science Museum.

The NMM spokesman refused to confirm whether one or more venues are involved.

Design Week states that the ‘London Galleries Project will see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries in a location in the capital yet to be confirmed’.

The article adds: ‘The galleries are set to open in September 2012 and will focus on photography, film television, radio and the internet. The gallery space will feature: flexible installation spaces; a screening and performance space; private study rooms; a large welcome lounge; and a cafe and bar.’

Interested parties will be invited to tender for the proposed work from 14 April, the report adds.

The NMM has yet to officially comment on the article.

Last year the NMM appointed a creative director for its ‘future London Galleries’.

At the time it said that a presence in London will enable it to bring its exhibitions programme and items from its collection to a ‘wider audience’.

The museum said it hopes to be in a position to open its London galleries in ‘2011/12’, subject to ?fundraising and government approval?.

Earlier today we reported that the museum’s visitor traffic dropped 18% last year.


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