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Press ReleasesBritish Arrows Awards Screen at Walker Art Center December 2-December 31, 2011

Minneapolis, November 2, 2011— Recognizing that advertising venues in the United Kingdom have radically expanded beyond the telly in this age of social networking, the British Television Advertising Awards has reinvented itself as the British Arrows Awards. The program continues to feature the best of the UK’s advertising ingenuity, selected by top ad executives and producers from across the globe. This year’s winners cross the finish line with the strikingly clever, funny, and poignant spots for which the series is known. Screenings sell out quickly. New Walker members receive two free tickets for joining. For special rates for groups of 10 or more, call 612.375.7569 or e-mail groups@walkerart.org.

Lizie Gower, chair of the British Arrows Awards and managing director of London-based Academy Films, will introduce the opening screenings on December 2.

This year’s program also includes free screenings of a selection of ads from awards finalists. These selections screen exclusively in the Walker’s Lecture Room and are not repeated in the screenings in the Cinema or the McGuire Theater.

Since the early 1980s, BTAA has exhibited its annual showreel at museums and cinematheques across the U.S. When the screenings began, they offered an American audience exposure to the originality, wit, and creativity of British advertising as well as a showcase for the early work of film directors such as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Hugh Hudson, and Alan Parker as they were becoming established Hollywood directors. Since then, the showreel screenings have developed an influential reputation in the U.S. for creative excellence. Public and professional interest have spawned further screenings across the country. Besides the Walker, which attracts the largest audiences of any U.S. venue, the 2011 awards will be shown in venues around the country, including Museum of Fine Arts, Huston; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Northwest Film Center; ICA, Boston; and the Northwest Film Forum.

Tickets for the British Arrows Awards screenings are $10 ($8 Walker members) and can be purchased by calling the Walker box office at 612.375.7600 or online at walkerart.org/tickets. ($4 service fee per order applies to phone and online orders.) Special rates for groups of 10 or more; call 612.375.7569 or e-mail groups@walkerart.org.

Screening Schedule

Friday, December 2
7 and 9:30 pm, Walker Cinema
Introduced by British Arrows Awards chair Lizie Gower

Saturday, December 3
4, 7 and 9 pm, Walker Cinema

Sunday, December 4
3 pm, Walker Cinema

Thursday, December 8
7 and 9 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
8 pm, Walker Cinema

Friday, December 9
3 and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
7 and 9 pm, Walker Cinema

Saturday, December 10
2, 6, and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
3, 7, and 9 pm, Walker Cinema

Sunday, December 11
2 and 4 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
3 pm, Walker Cinema

Thursday, December 15
7 and 9 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
8 pm, Walker Cinema

Friday, December 16
3 and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
7 and 9 pm, Walker Cinema

Saturday, December 17
2, 6, and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
3, 7, and 9 pm Walker Cinema

Sunday, December 18
2 and 4 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
3 pm, Walker Cinema

Thursday, December 22
7 and 9 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
6 and 8 pm, Walker Cinema

Friday, December 23
2 and 6 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
3 pm, Walker Cinema

Monday, December 26
3, 6, and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
7 pm, Walker Cinema

Tuesday, December 27
3, 6, and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
7 pm, Walker Cinema

Wednesday, December 28
3, 6, and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
7 pm, Walker Cinema

Thursday, December 29
3, 6, and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
7 pm, Walker Cinema

Friday, December 30
2, 6, and 8 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
3 and 7 pm, Walker Cinema

Saturday, December 31
2 and 6 pm, William and Nadine McGuire Theater
Noon and 3 pm, Walker Cinema

Make Sure You See All the Winners

This year’s program includes a selection of ads from finalists that screen exclusively— for free—in the Walker’s Lecture Room from December 1–31. Screens from 12 noon during gallery hours. 2010, video, 10–15 minutes each. Part one: December 1-15; Part two: December 16-31.

Dining Before or After the Show

Add to the merriment of the annual British Arrows Awards at the Walker Pub. Bar offerings include classic ales and cider, specials such as the Ginger Cup and the English Bulldog—custom cocktails and mocktails by talented Gather mixologist Josh Riegert—and other takes on time-honored British libations. The pub menu features savory sandwiches such as aged cheddar and fruit chutney or roast beef and caramelized onion with horseradish, as well as shortbread cookies and Frazzles snacks— Britain’s favorite “bacon-flavour corn crisps.” Open before all and after most British Arrows Awards evening screenings.

On Thursday evenings in Gather, the Walker’s restaurant operated by D’Amico and Partners, the menu features a trio of UK-inspired dishes: ale-battered fish and chips with malt vinegar and pub sauce; smoked lamb carpaccio with black currants, rocket, and fried artichokes; and cinnamon-raisin bread pudding. These dishes are available throughout the month in addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus at Gather, where locally sourced ingredients meet globally inspired cuisine.

Accessibility

ASL-Interpreted and Audio-Described Screenings:
Thursday, December 8, 7 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2 pm
Preshow tours with ASL-interpretation immediately precede these screenings.

RSVP to access@walkerart.org.

The Walker Art Center’s presentation of the 2011 British Television Advertising Awards is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Media partner Star Tribune.

2011 British Arrows Awards