Quaglino’s to exhibit brand new BAFTA photography
From Monday 28th May, Quaglino’s restaurant in St James will host an exclusive photography exhibition of new images commissioned by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Shot by official BAFTA photographer Ian Derry, the previously unseen collection features past BAFTA winners and includes some of Britain’s most talented and iconic television personalities such as Julie Walters, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Ant and Dec and Jo Brand. The exhibition at Quaglino’s will follow a special pictorial publication of the images given to guests attending the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on 27th May, 2012.
The BAFTA exhibition, which will last until 18th July, is the fourth in Quaglino’s ongoing series of collaborations with established photographers and emerging talents. Ian Derry is known for his insightful and striking images, and has covered many notable events, including the Bosnian war, FA cup finals, John McCarthy and Terry Waite’s return from captivity, as well as shooting the poster for 2011 film ‘Jonny English Reborn’ and images for television series, ‘The Apprentice’. Derry has also shot a number of well-known figures in the worlds of music and sport, including Rod Stewart, Noel Gallagher and boxer David Haye.
The images form part of a unique collection of stunning portraiture that BAFTA has commissioned for its Archive and Heritage programme. Since 2007, the charity has been building a collection of bespoke studio and reportage photography capturing the wealth of talent working in the moving image industries.
Derry comments: “What a privilege it was to be asked to shoot Past Winners for BAFTA’s Television Awards brochure. We based the concept around the television in your front room, which seemed to totally relax the amazing group of previous BAFTA winners. From Ant falling asleep on Dec’s shoulder to Julie Walters lying on the sofa in high heels and socks eating chips, every photo tells a story.”
Janette Dalley, BAFTA’s Photography Director, commented, “We are very pleased to be working with Quaglino’s in conjunction with our ongoing exhibition strategy. We very much look forward to showcasing the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards photography within this very innovative use of Quaglinos as gallery space.”
All imagery will be available to purchase. To see more of Ian Derry’s work, and other exclusive BAFTA photography, please visit: www.bafta.org/heritage.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Quaglino’s – From its inception in 1929 by Giovanni Quaglino to its reinvention by Terence Conran, Quaglinos of Mayfair has been a destination restaurant, welcoming royalty, rock stars and high society alike. It offers an extensive brasserie-inspired menu and specialises in fresh crustacea and platters of fruits de mer. The art-deco inspired dining room features a sweeping central staircase and eight decorated columns, and the space also features a buzzing mezzanine bar and two private dining rooms.
BAFTA: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org or www.bafta.org/guru.
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