Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ)

Credit: Andreas Lechthaler Architecture | Artworks © Shirley Baker Estate

Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ)

Opening on 9 June

Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ) is an exciting new cultural space situated just off Oxford St, presenting free open-air exhibitions and projections highlighting the very best of contemporary photography and ensuring they are accessible to the widest possible audiences, without restriction.

Launching in June 2022, the Quarter is an initiative of The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG) in partnership with Westminster City Council (WCC).  It has been designed by Andreas Lechthaler Architecture, as part of Westminster City Council’s ambitious plans to invigorate the Oxford Street area; the newly pedestrianised space offers sculptural seating areas, trees, planters and a twice -early exhibition programme for visitors to enjoy.

With a focus on solo artist presentations, British and international practitioners, this bi-yearly programme of large-scale, public realm artworks comprising large-scale art friezes, overhead banners as well as moving image projections, ,offers unique access and insight into some of the most innovative and dynamic ‘photographic’ practices today. 

From those playing with, or subverting, traditional techniques, to those pushing the boundaries of digital technologies or working with performance and archives, SPQ provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience artists and works beyond the Gallery walls and instigates new forms of dialogue between audiences and works.

Running alongside the main displays, audiences can experience a rich programme of additional activities (live and digital) aimed to further illuminate the works on show and the artists behind them. These will include artist talks, outdoor film screenings, digital commissions, interactive augmented reality projects, performances, workshops and smaller pop-up exhibitions and other related activities in the space and online.

Soho Photography Quarter is a vibrant and welcome addition to London’s cultural mix offering dynamic new modes of display and exciting opportunities to experience world-class photography for free. 

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