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BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Object:

    Award

  • Date:

    2003 (awarded)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cunliffe, Mitzi (designed by)
    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (awarded by)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Charlotte Barker, daughter of the late Ronald Barker OBE.

  • Museum number:

    S.179-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievement Award given to Ronnie Barker by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts ca. 2003. Features a silver face mask mounted on dark marble cube stand bearing a brass plaque.

Physical description

A silver moulded mask of a face, with the left eye cut out, mounted on a marble cube block, labelled with a square brass plaque. The hollow reverse of the mask bears an electronic symbol around one eye and a screen symbol around the other, linking dramatic production and television technology.

Date

2003 (awarded)

Artist/maker

Cunliffe, Mitzi (designed by)
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (awarded by)

Marks and inscriptions

'THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM & TELEVISION ARTS / SPECIAL AWARD / RONNIE BARKER / BASED ON A DESIGN BY MITZI CUNLIFFE / 2003 / 3331'

Dimensions

Height: 28.6 cm Whole, Height: 20.6 cm silver face mask, Width: 13.4 cm silver face mask, Depth: 5.0 cm silver face mask, Height: 8 Marble base, Width: 8 cm Marble base, Depth: 8 cm Marble base

Object history note

Statuette awarded to Ronnie Barker at the BAFTA awards 2003.

Descriptive line

BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievement Award given to Ronnie Barker in 2003. Statuette of a face mounted on a marble block.

Production Note

In 1955, a trophy mask was commissioned by Andrew Miller-Jones of the [then] Guild of Television Producers. Mitzi Cunliffe originally modelled the mask in Plasticine, from which the casting moulds were made, and though based on the traditional concept of the theatrical tragicomic mask, it is more complex than its immediate front facial appearance suggests. The hollow reverse of the mask bears an electronic symbol around one eye and a screen symbol around the other, linking dramatic production and television technology, and the full intention of Mitzi's original design included a revolving support to allow the mask to be turned and viewed easily from either side.

Materials

Silver; Marble; Brass

Categories

Theatre; Metalwork; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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