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Art open day at BBC's Media Centre

On Saturday 20 May 2006, the BBC will open up a part of its art collection to the public in a unique exhibition at the BBC's White City offices.


Art Open Day

The exhibition at the BBC's Media Centre in Wood Lane, London W12 is open for one day only - Saturday 20 May.
 
It is free of charge. Admission is on the hour from 11.00am with last admission at 3.00pm.

On Saturday May 20 see inside the Media Centre, and gain an insight into the BBC's history through its people.

Portraits of nine BBC Director-Generals will be on display, from the first - Lord Reith - up to the most recently unveiled portrait of Greg Dyke by British artist John Keane.

Visitors will also be able to view Faces and Folklore: an unofficial history of the BBC, which draws together some of the quirkier and less known personalities and events from the BBC's past to mark the 80th anniversary year of the BBC's first Royal Charter.

Robin Reynolds, Head of BBC Heritage, said: "The BBC has a modest but attractive art collection and we are constantly looking for ways to open it up to the public.

Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke potrait by John Keane

"While we have lent parts of the collection to art galleries, this is a chance for the public to see the portraits in sequence and to understand the stories behind them."

Rory O'Connell, Manager of the BBC Heritage Collections, will give a short talk about the portraits and the accompanying exhibition throughout the day on 20 May.

last updated: 18/05/06
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