The Photographers? Gallery has today unveiled plans to open a new £15.5m home in the heart of London?s Soho in 2010.
Commenting on the move the gallery?s director Brett Rogers said: ?This is a proud moment in our history. We are delighted that we are moving forward with our plans to create a building worthy of London as one of the world?s great centres for photography, and which can do justice to the development of the visual medium of our time.?
Established in a converted Lyons Tea Bar in 1971 the gallery prides itself on being ‘the first independent gallery in Britain devoted to photography and new media’.
The Photographers? Gallery will move from its current base in Great Newport Street, near Leicester Square, to Ramillies Street, off Oxford Street.
A spokesman added: ?Spread over six floors, the development will double the current exhibition space, provide state-of-the-art technology for education, a new online resource centre and a street level café and bar, allowing the gallery to play an expanded role in the cultural development of this vibrant part of London?s West End.?
The Photographers’ Gallery claims to attract around 500,000 visitors each year and describes itself as the UK’s national centre for the promotion of photography.
The gallery will be designed by Dublin-based architects O’Donnell and Tuomey.