Mass Virtual Gallery

London-based architectural photographers Mass Collective are hosting a virtual gallery throughout June, presenting a new exhibition each week themed around the contemporary British built environment.

The virtual gallery will be hosted on the free to use Mozilla Hubs platform as part of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) digital programme, and at 6PM BST on every Thursday throughout the month, live artist talks will be held in the virtual gallery space and streamed to Youtube via architectural photography festival Zoomed In. Viewers will also be able to buy both limited edition and affordable print products of some of the exhibited images via the Mass Collective website.

Mass Collective was founded by photographers Francesco Russo and Henry Woide in 2019 as a social space for architectural photographers in London.

Exhibition Schedule, 4th-30th June

Exhibition openings with live artist talks throughout the month will require booking due to limited capacity, free tickets available here

4th-10th June: Above and Below

Stefania Miravalle and Will Scott look at London from the two perspectives of above and below ground level. Miravalle’s ‘Interactions’ portrays urban density through abstractions of where buildings meet in shadows and reflections, and Scott’s ‘The Architecture of the Underground’ documents the iconic designs of London Underground stations through an architectural lens.

Interactions Photo ©Stefania Miravalle
Interactions Photo ©Stefania Miravalle

11th-17th June: Urban Identities

Francesco Russo and Polly Tootal document the architectural quirks of the English townscape. Russo’s ‘Ruin or Rust’ documents the last remaining gas holders within the context of the towns that they tower over, and Tootal’s ‘Somewhere in England’ finds beauty in the universal obscure and mundane found across English towns.

Somewhere in England Photo ©Polly Tootal
Somewhere in England Photo ©Polly Tootal
Leigh Road Gas Holder, Ruin-or-Rust Photo ©Francesco-Russo
Leigh Road Gas Holder, Ruin-or-Rust Photo ©Francesco-Russo

18th-24th June: Constructed Landscapes

Henry Woide and Luke O’Donovan reflect upon the battles between forms of nature and industry in shaping the British landscape. Woide’s ‘No Moor’ captures the obsolete industrial structures of Dartmoor as they are reclaimed by nature, whilst O’Donovan records the cultural significance of the final few coal power stations that are still standing in ‘Last Days of Coal’.

No Moor Photo ©Henry Woide
No Moor Photo ©Henry Woide

25th-30th June: Passenger

Agnese Sanvito and Matthew White present views of British architecture through transit. Sanvito’s ‘Multi-storey’ photographically surveys the ubiquitous typology of car parks, and White’s ‘Every Building on the Old Kent Road’ collects views from the back of a truck from all the way along the 1.8 miles of the famous South London road.

Multi-storey Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Multi-storey Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Every Building on the Old Kent Road. Photo ©Matthew White
Every Building on the Old Kent Road. Photo ©Matthew White

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