Fotografiska abandons London development plans


18 September 2020

The Swedish photography gallery – one of the world’s largest exhibition spaces dedicated to the medium – has announced that it has “ended its effort to open at the Whitechapel Road location,” citing uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.

A London branch of the gallery franchise was due to open this year in the city’s Whitechapel Building – a 1980s office block redeveloped by Derwent and Fletcher Priest Architects – following the expansion into New York and Tallinn exhibition spaces last year.

“Uncertainty around Brexit, coupled with current Covid-19 concerns, has made it untenable for the London-based licensee to establish a franchise at this time,” reads a statement on Fotografiska’s website.

Fotografiska opened in Stockholm in 2010 and has attracts some 500,000 visitors every year. While the London venue plans have been scrapped, it is continuing to develop a new space in Berlin.