Champagne-and-humbug launch for Photographers’ Gallery
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 18 May 2012
Sparks (sort of) flew last night at the opening of the newly revamped Photographers' Gallery in London on Thursday night, when arts heavyweight Liz Forgan followed the ever ebullient Ed Vaizey, the arts minister, as guest speaker at the swanky launch bash. Ed introduced Liz as “our very own Dame Liz Forgan", only for the illustrious dame to reply: “Honestly! What humbug: the weather is miserable, budgets are being slashed.” To which Nicholas Serota, the Tate’s director, piped up from the audience: “And you’re leaving the Arts Council,” leaving guests bemused and amused. Forgan went on to describe the new Photographers’ Gallery, after a five-year, £9m transformation of its multi-storey home near London’s Oxford Street, as the “classiest loft conversion imaginable”.
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