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New Centre for British Photography to open soon

A Centre for British Photography is set to open in London later this month. We chat to deputy director Tracey Marshall-Grant about the new space.

The outside of the new Centre for British Photography
The Centre for British Photography

A new Centre for British Photography opening later this month will be a hub for British photography.

The centre, encompassing three floors of gallery space, is located behind the Royal Academy in Jermyn Street, London.

It is set to open on January 25 and will be the first home for the Hyman Collection.

Tracey Marshall-Grant will work with James Hyman and the team as a freelance deputy director.

As she was moving on from her role at the Royal Photographic Society, she felt it was the ‘ideal time’ to ‘make this immensely exciting project happen’.

“I’m looking forward to being back at the heart of running a gallery and an arts space dedicated to audiences and photographers,” said Marshall-Grant.

“I want to make a networking and educational space everyone can learn from and feel part of.”

Construction work at the Centre for British Photography
The new gallery spaces under construction

Centre for British Photography

The new centre aims to build on the offering provided by institutions like the Martin Parr Foundation, The Photographers’ Gallery and the V&A.

It aims to ‘provide a further space for photographers to see fabulous work and experience stimulating talks and workshops’.

“The space encompasses three floors of galleries which will show large group shows, both from the Hyman Collection and from collaborative projects with other curators and galleries,” said Marshall-Grant.

“We will also offer spotlight gallery spaces for new photographers, mid- and later-career photographers throughout the year.

“The building will be the first home for the Hyman Collection, showcasing work from the vast archive held by the family.

“It will also allow access for research and responses to the work and its history.

“An education element will also be attached to the centre and a large retail space for print and book sales.”

Find out more about the Centre for British Photography and upcoming exhibitions here.