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Photography Phase II at the V&A

Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the V&A to provide lighting design services for the Phase 2 of the Photography Gallery, a new £1.7 million exhibition space across four rooms in the Grade I-listed South Kensington museum.

The Photography Centre is the latest project to emerge from the museum’s high-profile FuturePlan renewal programme, which aims to harness the ‘best contemporary designers’ to improve visitor facilities inside the Grade I-listed Aston Webb-designed landmark.

The project is planned to compete in 2022 and comes a year after David Kohn Architects completed the first phase of the Photography Centre, featuring a gallery for displays drawn from the museum’s 800,000 photographic items. The second phase will deliver a teaching and research space, a browsing library, a studio and photographers’ darkroom.

The V&A has been acquiring photographs since 1852 and now holds one of the largest and most important collections in the world. Comprising over 800,000 objects that encompass the medium’s entire history, the museum holds works by the world’s leading historic and contemporary photographers.

Michael Grubb Studio will be working with exhibition architects Gibson Thornley, heritage architects Purcell and the internal V&A team.