Three Soho Streets Are Now A Permanent Outdoor Gallery

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 23 months ago

Last Updated 10 June 2022

Three Soho Streets Are Now A Permanent Outdoor Gallery
Huge banners of a person breathing smoke and wearing a crown of white flowers
A brand new gallery for you - and entry is free. Image: Luke Hayes/Photography Gallery

Three streets off Oxford Circus have been transformed into a permanent outdoor gallery.

Ramilies Street, Ramilies Place and Hill Place are now home to the Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ) — where huge artworks hang on banners, projections and friezes slather the walls, and soundscapes ping off the brickwork.

Image: Luke Hayes/Photography Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery — itself situated on Ramilies Street — is behind the project, billing SPQ as an 'unparalleled opportunity to experience artists and works beyond the gallery walls, that will instigate new forms of dialogue between audiences and works.'

Christian Thompson AO, Being Human Human Being, 2022 c-type print on Fuji Metallic paper

Displays will change every six months, and the inaugural outdoor show is Being Human Human Being, by Indigenous Australian artist Christian Thompson AO. His works — including his 'Flower Walls' series in which human hands 'sprout' from plants and flowers — explore 'identity, cultural hybridity and history'.

Alongside SPQ, the Photographers' Gallery will also host related artist talks, outdoor film screenings, interactive AR projects and workshops.