Soho Photography Quarter

Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ) is an exciting new cultural space in Ramillies Place, W1, offering free open-air exhibitions and other events aimed at highlighting the very best of contemporary photography.

photograph of a street, Soho Photography Quarter, showcasing Christian Thompson's work in London

Soho Photography Quarter

Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ) is an exciting new cultural space in Ramillies Place, W1, offering free open-air exhibitions and other events aimed at highlighting the very best of contemporary photography.

Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ) is an exciting new cultural space in Ramillies Place, W1, offering free open-air exhibitions and other events aimed at highlighting the very best of contemporary photography.

What's on

Photograph of person wearing a colourful hoodie with necklaces falling out of his head by Christian Thompson at Soho Photography Quarter

Christian Thompson AO: Being Human Human Being

Being Human Human Being is an immersive site-specific installation of works including a large-scale art frieze, cross street banners, a sound scape and projections.

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photograph of two posters as part of the Omoiyari installation at The Photographers' Gallery in London

Omoiyari

By Keiken and Gabriel Massan, Omoiyari is the first commission of the AR initiative Open Space, and comprises a series of posters and an interactive AR filter.

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Launched in June 2022, the ‘Quarter’ realises a long-held ambition of The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG) – the UK’s first space dedicated to the exhibition, development and deeper understanding of the medium.  Through bi-annual site-specific presentations of photography, digital and moving image works, TPG is able to extend its critically acclaimed programme into the public realm, further exemplifying their mission to champion photography for everyone.   

Soho Photography Quarter has been developed in partnership with Westminster City Council (WCC), as part of a major project to invigorate the Oxford Street area.  The previously overlooked passageway, which stands at the gateway to Soho, has been transformed by Andreas Lechthaler Architecture into a tranquil pedestrianised zone with newly designed seating, ambient lighting, trees, planters and other architectural interventions to enhance visitor experience.   

Marking a welcome addition to London’s cultural mix, Soho Photography Quarter offers a dynamic and enticing social space to experience world-class photography for free.

 Photography by Leo Cinicolo.

About the Programme

Conceived as a bi-annual exhibition programme, SPQ will predominantly focus on solo artist presentations from British and International practitioners providing 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.

Each presentation will feature a significant art frieze, large-scale banners, moving image projections, soundscapes and other interactive 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.

 

Download the Press Release here.