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Genre  photography
Website  www.arenapal.com
Founded  1997
Area served  Worldwide
Headquarters  London
Type of business  Private

Industry  photo archive, photo library, publishing, photography and the performing arts
Services  Image licensing, picture research, archival services, arts photography commissions

ArenaPAL is a UK company, based in Central London, which specialises in the licensing of performing arts images, both in the UK and throughout the world. Its collection falls under the main categories of opera, theatre, classical and contemporary music, classical and contemporary dance, as well as educational imagery covering all categories.


It manages a library of 3 million images with over 350,000 currently viewable online. The library also holds thousands of unscanned prints, negatives and transparencies. These are digitised as part of its on-site archival scanning project. In 2007, it was declared the best international image library in the world.


ArenaPAL was founded in 1997 as the first fully digitised performing arts archive. Unlike most specialist photographic agencies, it has worked with a wide range of contributors from its inception. The company continues to expand its extensive archive as well as taking in submissions of contemporary performance, including theatre, ballet, dance and opera productions, plus classical music, rock, pop and jazz events.

ArenaPAL is also a photographic commissions agency with a roster of arts photographers including Clive Barda, Richard Cannon, Eric Richmond and Hilary Shedel. ArenaPAL is a member of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA), which has declared it: "[t]he best international performing arts photographic resource for all images users representing a unique collection from around the world", in 2007.


In addition to the original Performing Arts Library (PAL) (*) founded by Barda, the following archives and collections are represented by ArenaPAL:

  • Andia (France),
  • Garsington Opera,
  • Glyndebourne Festival Opera,
  • including the Guy Gravett Collection and Mike Hoban Collection,
  • IndaiPicture,
  • RIA Novosti Culture,
  • the Bertram Park and Yvonne Gregory Archive (*),
  • the Boosey and Hawkes Collection,
  • the Cameron Mackintosh Library,
  • the Darryl Williams Dance Library (*),
  • the John Vickers Archive (*),
  • the Mander and Mitchenson Theatre Archive (*),
  • the Noel Gay Organisation,
  • the Opera and Dance Archives of the Royal Opera House (*),
  • the Prussian Heritage Image Archive (BPK),
  • the Ronald Grant Film and TV Archive,
  • the Royal Academy of Dance,
  • the Royal College of Music (*),
  • the Stanislavski Collection (Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance) (*),
  • the University of Bristol Theatre Collection (*).
  • (*) = exclusive franchise.


    ArenaPAL represents the archives of many photographers of the performing arts, including:


    Arenapal Wikipedia

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