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BAFTA To Auction Exclusive ‘BAFTA, Backstage’ Photography

27 January 2015
BAFTA/Charlie Gray

BAFTA And BiddART Join Forces For Online And Live auctions

London, 27 January 2015:  In partnership with specialist auction company BiddART, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce an exclusive online and live auctions of its latest photography exhibition, ‘BAFTA, Backstage’.

Showcasing over 90 images, ‘BAFTA, Backstage’ offers a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes of the most prominent night in the UK film calendar.  The exhibition features the work of eight photographers who have covered the EE British Academy Film Awards, with reportage and portrait photography of leading film talent. The eight featured photographers are Greg Williams, Ian Derry, Ellis Parrinder, Charlie Gray, Phil Fisk, Rich Hardcastle, Sarah Dunn and Jessie Craig. The exhibition also includes the awards photography of Michael Barrett, Doug McKenzie, Richard Kendal, Jonathan Birch, David Dettman, Stephen Butler and Marc Hoberman. The photographs are currently exhibited at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, which was open to the public on 24 and 25 January and attended by over 2,000 people.

This is the first time BAFTA has made a photography collection from its archive available for sale via an online and live auction, which gives the public an opportunity to take home a piece of BAFTA heritage. 

Lots 1 to 72 are part of the online auction, available for bids now at The closing date for the online auction is 16.00 on 9 February 2015.

24 unique and exclusive limited edition prints (Lots 73 to 96) will be auctioned live at a special charity event at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on Friday 30 January. Comedian Jon Culshaw will open proceedings at 16.00 and introduce the guest auctioneer, Jon Baddeley, MD of Bonhams. Each unique print is signed by the artist and is accompanied with an enumerated, signed Certificate of Authentication and sealed with an original BAFTA Hologram.

For further information, please contact freuds:

Kerry Porter                                                                  Emma Micklewright

020 3003 6648                                                               020 3003 6353

[email protected]                                              [email protected]

For the opportunity to attend the live auction, please email [email protected]


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts 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, scholarships 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 and

About BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, is situated in the heart of London’s historic West End. Ideal for conferences, exhibitions, celebrations, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings combining all the prestige and glamour of the movies, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly offers understated elegance as well as a number of spaces which can be transformed for any requirement or theme. Event spaces include a state of the art cinema with 227 seats, an intimate screening room, mezzanine space and gallery as well as an option for a whole venue buy-out at weekends. As featured in Event Magazine’s Top 20, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly holds a full wedding licence for the Princess Anne Theatre, the David Lean Room and the Run Run Shaw Theatre, catering for weddings and receptions from 12 to 350.

About BiddART

BiddART is a specialist consultancy, which takes high-end photographic collections to market.  BiddART management team features Lee Roberts, former Commercial Director of The O2, Mark Adams and Lianna Leong, creators of Photo Art Fair and who in September 2013, achieved $2.6m sales for the Kate Moss Collection at Christies, and Sarah Carrington, former Picture Editor of Illustrated London News Group. For more information, visit