Media Space is a collaboration between the National Media Museum in Bradford, and the Science Museum. It will present two major exhibitions and a series of free installations in its studio space each year.
It will be made up of a 500sqm exhibition space, a 290sqm flexible studio and event space, and a café. The area was previously printing and industrial galleries on the second floor of the museum.
It will showcase the national photography collection from the National Media Museum. The first exhibition, Revelations: Experiments in Photography, will explore contemporary artists’ responses to scientific photography from 1850 to 1920.
The inaugural installation in the Virgin Media Studio space will be by digital art and design collective, Universal Everything.
Hannah Redler has been appointed head of Media Space. She has been head of the Science Museum's arts programme since 2004.
Redler said: "Media Space is a really exciting project that in many ways realises the original vision for South Kensington to be a place where the two cultures of art and science coincide. We’ve enjoyed a long history at Science Museum of bringing contemporary art interventions into our science galleries, but Media Space offers an unprecedented opportunity for our audiences to encounter photographers and artists’ own investigations into our collections."
Ian Blatchford, director of Science Museum Group, added: "Media Space is a project that is long overdue. We hope to reach diverse audiences and the dynamic, innovative and compelling programme at Media Space will make this happen."
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