Media Space before construction, 2nd floor Science Museum London © Kate Elliott.
Media Space, which will be located on the second floor of the Science Museum, is the result of a £4m capital project paid for, in part, by public funds. Designed to showcase the National Media Museum's expansive photography collections, Media Space was supposed to open in June 2013. But, as revealed at a press event this morning, the opening has now been pushed back to 21 September.
"There have been many changes throughout the history of the project," a spokeswoman for the Media Space tells BJP. "Recently there has been a restructure at the National Media Museum, a change in leadership and a new project manager. All of these have had an impact and the project has started on-site later than anticipated. Taking into account contingency time for delays we felt that there was too short a time to realistically finish the build and install the first exhibitions in time for June opening."
Media Space has also altered its programme of exhibitions, shelving its inaugural show Revelations: Experiments in Photography. Instead, the curators will be presenting the work of photographer Tony Ray-Jones. "Revelations: Experiments in Photography contained loan items and the delay in the capital project impacted upon the number of loans we could confirm in time for September," says the spokeswoman. "With this in mind we decided that the launch exhibition would be Tony Ray-Jones which links strongly back to the National Media Museum Collection. As the launch exhibition, Tony Ray-Jones will showcase one of the many strengths of the collection which is acquiring large bodies of work by British photographers/ artists. Revelations: Experiments in Photography will still be shown at Media Space but at a later date."
Media Space will open on 21 September, "on budget," the spokeswoman adds.
For more details, visit the National Media Museum website.
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