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Andy Gotts’s "Behind the Mask" exhibition for BAFTA comes to The Williamson

8th January 2015

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Glenda Jackson portrait by Andy Gotts

Glenda Jackson portrait by Andy Gotts (celeb photographer) on show at Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral 

Photographer Andy Gotts’s fabulous "Behind the Mask" show for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts comes to The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in a blockbuster exhibition to launch the new year's exhibition programme and will be on show to the public from the 24th of January until the 22nd of March 2015.
 
The touring exhibition is the biggest collection of BAFTA-winning actor portraiture ever assembled with portraits of over one hundred international stars of the big and small screen. The images in "Behind The Mask" represent the who's who of actors who have won or been nominated for a BAFTA since 1954.
 
The exhibition is a collaboration between BAFTA Archive & Heritage and the renowned celebrity photographer, Dr Andy Gotts MBE, who crossed the globe to photograph subjects including many British celebrities including Wirral's very own Daniel Craig and Glenda Jackson, as well as American stars Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Sidney Poitier and the late Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams.


Andy Gotts said: “Even though I have been given the title 'celebrity photographer' I have always seen myself as a photographer of actors. I have always been a movie buff and getting the opportunity to meet my matinée idols is beyond a dream come true.
 
"I specialise in character studies of the face and try to show a new and different side of world famous faces in my ‘warts and all’ style.”
 
BAFTA Archive & Heritage collects, protects and celebrates the rich heritage of BAFTA, the UK’s leading independent charity supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image since 1947.
 
Colin Simpson, Principal Museums Officer for Wirral Museums said of the exhibition:
 
" We are delighted to be able to show Dr Gotts work in the Williamson, it is our largest photographic exhibition to date and we hope we will attract a diverse audience from those who appreciate seeing the candid way that the celebrities have been represented and those who admire his skill in achieving his unique results"
 
There will be a ticketed VIP opening on the evening of Thursday the 22nd of January with an opportunity to view the celebrity portraits during a reception with music and refreshments. For more information on how to get tickets, please contact the Friends of the Williamson (friendswilliamson@gmail.com) or follow their blog http://friendswilliamson.blogspot.co.uk/ or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofWilliamson
 
The Friends of the Williamson in conjunction with The Light Cinema in New Brighton hope to run a programme of BAFTA award winners every Thursday evening throughout the duration of the exhibition, with discounts for Friends of the Williamson. The Birkenhead Library Film Society that operated for over 30 years at the Williamson and then at Birkenhead Town Hall has been much missed and this may afford the opportunity to start a regular film club at The Light alongside their 'LightArts' programme of cultural broadcasts.
 
 
 
 
Title:              Behind the Mask
Dates:             24th January - 2nd March 2015
Times:            Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm  (closed Monday & Tuesday)
Venue:            Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
                        Slatey Road, Birkenhead
                        Wirral, CH43 4UE
                        www.williamsonartgallery.org

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