Museum to host blockbuster exhibition

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Williamson Art Gallery,Oxton. Pic © Rept0n1x / Wikimedia Commons

Williamson Art Gallery,Oxton. Pic © Rept0n1x / Wikimedia Commons

The Williamson Art Gallery has announced it will be home to a blockbuster exhibition starting in the New Year.

Andy Gotts’s Behind the Mask for BAFTA comes to the Wirral-based gallery on 22nd January with a VIP gala evening with live music and entertainment planned.

The portrait collection is the biggest ever of BAFTA nominees and winners since 1954 and features the likes of Daniel Craig, Jonny Depp and Robin Williams.

Gotts said: “Even though I have been given the title ‘celebrity photographer’ I’ve 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.”

The photographer has been travelling around the world for the past two years gathering his collection of portraits for this exhibition.

Colin Simpson, principal museums officer for Wirral Museums, said: “We’re delighted to be able to show Dr Gotts’s work in the Williamson.

“It’s 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.”

Gotts himself will be attending the opening of the exhibition in the New Year.

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