During the Gala Dinner we hold a silent charity auction to fundraise for our chosen charity partner.  All donations and profits from the auction go to the charity.

This year we are excited to be holding the auction in aid of Versus Arthritis, to find out more about our partnership please visit the page Charity Partnership.

Gala Dinner 2020 charity auction - artworks

The BIA are delighted to have received huge support this year for our Gala Dinner charity auction and amongst other fantastic items on offer, attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to bid on pieces from some excellent artists.

To view the full list of auction items click here, please note that bidding is only open to attendees of the Gala Dinner and will start on the evening of 23 January.


Glynis Owen FRSS, sculptor and printmaker

In stone, glass, bronze and aluminium, Glynis Owen creates distinctive civic, private and commemorative works from her studio in Hampstead, London.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors and a member of the Printmakers Council. An author of books on the techniques of sculpture, she is also a consultant and designer of awards. 

Her work has been commissioned by Tate Modern and exhibited at the Royal Academy. Major public commissions include a commemorative sculpture in bronze for Covent Garden Piazza and her work is held in both public and private collections in the UK, US, Europe and China. 

You can find out more about Glynis and her work on her website:

Glynis has kindly provided artworks at significantly reduced cost for the BIA Gala Dinner auction to help raise money for Versus Arthritis.


Michael Minas, artist

The Greek-Cypriot artist, Michael Minas (b. 1942) works from his studio in Teddington, South-West London, where he settled in 1966 after graduating from Hornsey College of Art Painting School.

Michael Minas is a painter who is absorbed by the perceptible objective world, but who uses his acute skill as an observer to go well beyond portrayal, to experiment, extend, reflect and invent. He is captivated by the excitement and sheer pleasure of colour. The voyages of visual discovery that his delighted immersion, even obsession, with the subtleties of the huge spectrum available to the human eye form the basis of his painting.

You can find out more about Michael and his work on his website: 

Michael has kindly donated one of his paintings for the BIA Gala Dinner auction to help us raise money for Versus Arthritis. 

Joseph Sloan, sculptor and printmaker

Born in 1940 in Co .Down, Ireland, Joseph Sloan is a largely self-taught sculptor and wood engraver. His professional life began in theatre but this came to an end when Sloan met the Liverpool sculptor Brian Burgess, who encouraged his desire to sculpt with the words “here are the tools, get on with it”. As a sculptor he works predominantly in bronze. 

Joseph Sloan’s sculptures have been exhibited across Europe and are in public and private collections worldwide. In 1992 he created the O.N.E. Air Corps Memorial at Baldonnel, which was unveiled by Mary Robinson – then President of Ireland. He has been invited to exhibit in “iontas”, Sligo, the Oireactas Belfast, and the RHA Banquet Exhibition, he has also been a regular contributor to the RHA Annual Exhibitions from 1991 to 2003. 

In 1977, Sloan’s accomplished wood-engravings were commissioned to illustrate “Faraway World: an Orkney Boyhood”, published by André Deutsch, London and his prints have been included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as shows selected by the British Printmakers Council. 

You can find out more about Joseph and his work on his website:

Joseph Sloan has kindly provided artworks at significantly reduced cost for the BIA Gala Dinner auction to help raise money for Versus Arthritis.


Miraphora Mina, owner and co-founder of MinaLima

Miraphora Mina graduated in Theatre Design from London’s Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in 1987. Eduardo Lima graduated in 1997 in Visual Communications from Pontifical Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janeiro.

They started working together in 2002 to imagine and create the graphic universe of the Harry Potter™ film series for Warner Bros. films. Sharing a common artistic vision, they crafted the entire graphic style of all the Harry Potter™ movies. Motivated by this flourishing collaboration, in 2009 they formed their own design studio, MinaLima™, with the objective of creating distinctive and unconventional design and illustration for the entertainment and publishing industries.

Their latest design adventure is House of MinaLima™, a gallery and store showcasing their entire treasury of graphic works. The gallery offers a narrative environment for the graphic designs of the Harry Potter™ franchise, as well as MinaLima’s™ other artwork and publications.

You can find out more about Miraphora and the House of MinaLima on their website:

Miraphora has kindly donated a MinaLima print for the BIA Gala Dinner auction to help us raise money for Versus Arthritis.