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British photography - COVID-19 cancellations and postponements - UPDATED

The British photography world continues to react to the government's latest announcements and advice concerning the coronavirus. Venues are closing and events are being cancelled or postponed. Some of the actions taken by the main photography venues along with upcoming events are noted below. Please comment with details of others.  


  • Photo London, London, May 2020, postponed until the early autumn
  • Classic Photograph Fair, May 2020, postponed until the autumn
  • Photographica 2020, London, May 2020, cancelled
  • The Photography Show, Birmingham, NEC, March, postponed to the autumn
  • Photokina, Cologne, May, cancelled, returns May 2022
  • Sony World Photography exhibition, London, April, cancelled
  • Birkbeck History and Theory of Photography Research Centre lectures, London, postponed
  • Photoworks programmes, Brighton, postponed; Photoworks Festival 2020 later in the year still running

Symposia, exhibitions (see also venues below) and lectures

  • Photography beyond the Image symposium, London, April 2020, postponed until the autumn
  • Ways of Seeing: Women and Photography in Scotland symposium, Glasgow, April; 2020, postponed until 29 October
  • Kraszna-Kraus lecture, 30 March, London, postponed until the autumn
  • Another Eye exhibition, Four Corners Gallery, London, closed
  • Conference: Another Eye: Women Refugee Photographers in Britain 1930s-60s, London, postponed


  • National Science+Media Museum, Bradford, closed until further notice
  • National Portrait Gallery, London, closed until further notice
  • British Library, London, all sites closed, events cancelled. Aim to maintain online services
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, closed 
  • The Photographers' Gallery, London, closed until at least 31 March
  • Tate galleries, London, closed until at least 1 May
  • Barbican Gallery and Centre, London, closed 
  • Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, closed until further notice
  • Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, gallery closed; all events cancelled until at least the end of April
  • Imperial War Museum, London, closed until further notice
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery / National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, closed
  • Autograph, London, closed until further notice
  • Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, closed from 20 March
  • Stills Gallery, Edinburgh closed until further notice
  • Side Gallery, Newcastle, closed until further notice
  • Impressions Gallery, Bradford, closed for the foreseeable future
  • Ffotogallery, Cardiff, closed until further notice
  • National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, closed and all events cancelled
  • Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, closed from 18 March until further notice 
  • Hamiltons Gallery, London, closed until further notice

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Comment by Kelley Wilder on March 18, 2020 at 17:07

Thank you Michael, for this news. For an update, PHRC's annual conference, Camera Education: Photographic Histories of Visual Literacy, Schooling, and the Imagination, taking place June 15-16 will go ahead. We will be offering a virtual conference this year in addition to a physical one, if a physical conference is possible. I promise to blog about it here and on our own blog, when we know more details. Best wishes, Kelley


Comment by Roger Watson on March 18, 2020 at 11:04

Please add Fox Talbot Museum to the list of closed venues. Will close Friday morning.

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