A new home for British photography will open in London in late January 2023.
Three floors of exhibitions will present the diverse landscape of British photography today, as well as an historical overview. The 8,000 sq. ft. Centre will be FREE to visit year-round and will offer exhibitions, events and talks, a shop and an archive and library.
The Centre will feature photographs from 1900 to the present, work by photographers living and working in the UK today, and images taken by those who immigrated to the UK. It will present self-generated exhibitions and those led by independent curators and organisations, as well as monographic displays. The Centre plans to stage numerous exhibitions throughout the year and also bring together the photographic community – professional and amateur - through its talks and events programme.
The Hyman Collection includes over 3,000 significant works by more than 100 artists including Bill Brandt, Bert Hardy, Daniel Meadows, Jo Spence, Karen Knorr, Anna Fox and Heather Agyepong. It is currently available as a global online resource, and it also has a history of lending to exhibitions outside London. Now, with this new home, regional museums, galleries and photography collectives will also be invited to use the Central London space to present exhibitions and collaborate on talks and events.
James Hyman, Founding Director, said: “The Centre for British Photography is for anyone with an interest in photography. Photography in Britain is some of the best in the world and we want to give it more exposure and support. With this new physical space, alive with exhibitions and events, we hope to create a hub that increases British photography’s national and international status. We hope that through this initial work to make a home for British photography we can, in the long run, develop an independent centre that is self-sustaining with a dedicated National Collection and public programme.”
The opening events will include two major, new exhibitions: a self-portrait show co-curated by the campaign group Fast Forward: Women in Photography; and The English at Home - over 150 photographs which provide an overview of British photography focused on the domestic interior drawn from some of the major bodies of work in the Hyman Collection. Taking its title from Bill Brandt’s first book, The English at Home will range from Bill Brandt, Kurt Hutton and Bert Hardy to Martin Parr, Daniel Meadows, Karen Knorr, Anna Fox and Richard Billingham.
There will also be four In Focus displays that will spotlight specific bodies of work. These will include Jo Spence: Cinderella in collaboration with the Jo Spence Memorial Library at Birkbeck, University of London; and the series Fairytale for Sale by Natasha Caruana that was recently acquired by the Hyman Collection.
Also on display will be two bodies of work that were commissioned by the Hyman Collection: Spitting by Andrew Bruce and Anna Fox is a response to the original Spitting Image puppets in the Hyman Collection, and Wish You Were Here, a recent series commissioned from Heather Agyepong.
The gallery shop will also present a selling show - Paul Hill: Prenotations - of large format platinum prints.
Fundraising print sale
A print sale will go live on 17 November with funds raised going towards the Centre and to support photographrs in Britain, through commissions, grants, acquisitions and sales. Priced at £70, the prints will be available to purchase from 17 November – 19 December 2022 on the Centre for British Photography website: www.britishphotography.org.
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Notes to editors
The Hyman Collection
James and Claire Hyman began collecting photography for The Hyman Collection in 1996 and the Collection now consists of over 3,000 artworks of significance by over 100 artists. All British photography from its origins until the present day is the remit of the Collection, though there is particular emphasis on 20th century and contemporary work. In 2020, they set up a charitable foundation to further promote and support photography in Britain in all its diversity. By generously putting The Hyman Collection of British Photography online and sharing it with the world as an educational resource at britishphotography.org, they have demonstrated their passion for openly sharing and supporting British Photography. In addition, they have also shared the Collection through significant regional exhibitions and philanthropic gifts to major national collections.
James Hyman is an art historian and art dealer. James received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute (University of London) and is a leading authority on twentieth century British art, especially the painters of the “School of London”. His doctorate was published as The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001). He is a writer, lecturer and curator and the Director of James Hyman Gallery. He is also a trustee of the Robin and Inge Hyman Charitable Trust and the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and is the Founding Director of the Centre for British photography.
Tracy Marshall-Grant is an Arts Director, Curator & Producer specializing in the production of photography exhibitions, festivals, education, and archive projects. She is currently incoming Deputy Director of the Centre for British Photography which houses the Hyman Collection. She was previously Director of Development for the Royal Photographic Society and directed Bristol Photo Festival and LOOK Photo Biennial in Liverpool. Tracy has also been Director of Development at Open Eye Gallery Liverpool and Executive Director at Belfast Exposed Gallery.
Tracy is also co-founder and Director of Northern Narratives, the non-venue-based photography production company specializing in archive exhibitions and long-term archive development projects. Amongst the productions within this she has developed a large international tour and publication of Martin Parr’s Irish work- currently touring museums and galleries in Ireland and America until 2023. She has worked with Marketa Luskacova, Jem Southam, Café Royal Books and RRB Publications on a number of archive books and exhibition productions and is currently developing the Chris Killip retrospective with Thames & Hudson, The Photographers Gallery and Baltic Gateshead. She is also Director of Liverpool Photographer Ken Grant’s Archive. Tracy was also the project manager behind the 2021 Holocaust portrait exhibition with the Imperial War Museum, Royal Photographic Society, the Holocaust Memorial Trust.