Minneapolis, November 7, 2011— This holiday season, the Walker carries on a 26-year tradition as host to the ever-popular British Arrow Awards (formerly the British Television Advertising Awards). An eclectic mix of compelling minidramas, outrageous wit, and awe-inspiring innovation, the dozens of winning spots come from all across the UK’s multimedia advertising platforms. From high-tech extravaganzas to down-and-dirty comedy, this celebration of commercial creativity brings people back year after year. Screenings sell out quickly—more than 23,000 people attended last year’s program.
On behalf of the British Arrows, Mark Benson will introduce the opening screenings on Friday, November 30. Benson is Head of MPC, a world leader in postproduction and visual effects for the Advertising, Feature Film, Digital and Television industries.
Since the early 1980s, the organization 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 2012 awards will be shown in venues around the country, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Northwest Film Center, Portland; and the L.A. County Museum of Art.
Tickets for the British Television Advertising Awards screenings are $10 ($8 Walker members, students with valid ID, and seniors) and can be purchased by calling the Walker box office at 612.375.7600 or online at walkerart.org/tickets. Tickets include one free gallery admission (up to a $12 value; valid for one week following the screening), a $5 discount in the Walker Shop, and $1 off an adult beverage the same night. 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 email@example.com.
Friday, November 30: 7 and 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 1: 7 and 9 pm
Sunday, December 2: 1 and 3 pm
Thursday, December 6: 7 pm
Friday, December 7: 7 and 9 pm
Saturday, December 8: 2, 4, 7, and 9 pm
Sunday, December 9: 2 and 4 pm
Thursday, December 13: 7, 8, and 9 pm
Friday, December 14: 3, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Saturday, December 15: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Sunday, December 16: 2, 3, and 4 pm
Thursday, December 20: 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Friday, December 21: 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Saturday, December 22: 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Sunday, December 23: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm
Wednesday, December 26: 3, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Thursday, December 27: 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Friday, December 28: 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Saturday, December 29: 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm
Sunday, December 30: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm
Dining Before or After the Show
For one month only, the Walker Pub takes over Gather by D’Amico, with an expanded menu and expanded hours. Executive chef Josh Brown offers a delectable twist on British tradition with Scotch eggs, fish and chips, bangers and mash with onion gravy, prime rib roast beef, and lamb korma —plus sweet finishes like English sticky toffee pudding and treacle tart. Gather’s regular menu is available as well. Reserve a table before or after your British Arrows Awards screening: 612-253.3410 or opentable.com
Walker Pub Hours
November 29–December 29
Lunch Tuesday–Sunday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner Thursday–Saturday, 5 pm–9 pm
Garden Café by D’Amico: British Fare & More
Located in the Bazinet Lobby, the Garden Café is open before all and after most British Arrows Awards screenings. Offerings include a full complement of casual fare, snacks, and kid-friendly selections, plus British-inspired sandwiches, salads, and sweets marked with a Union Jack label. Classic ales, cider, and cocktail specials such as the Ginger Cup and the English Bulldog are available along with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Garden Café Hours
Tuesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm; evenings until a half-hour after start of last screening
ASL-interpreted and audio-described screenings: December 15, 1 pm; December 20, 7 pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Store coupon and $1 off drinks with ticket. Gather open Thursday-Saturday until 10 pm.)
The Walker Art Center’s presentation of the 2012 British Television Advertising Awards is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.