Paul Smith exhibition set to come to Glasgow

Paul Smith. Picture: James Mooney
Paul Smith. Picture: James Mooney
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A PAUL SMITH exhibition will be coming to Glasgow in 2016, it was announced today.

Launching to the public from 21 January, the exhibition will be held in The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture in Glasgow.

“Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” invites audiences into Paul Smith’s idiosyncratic world of fashion, creation, inspiration, collaboration and wit.

The exhibition draws on the designers personal archive, from humble beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today. It will explore how the designer’s unique creative intuition, together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success.

Paul Smith said: “I’ve always had an affection for Glasgow based on the city’s strong art heritage and its wonderful link with creativity. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the School of Art and just the whole atmosphere of the place is fantastic and so I’m delighted to be taking the exhibition to The Lighthouse.”

Originally debuted at the Design Museum in London in 2013/14, the exhibition toured earlier this year to Modemuseum Hasselt in Belgium.

Included will be a recreation of his first shop, a compact three-metre-by-three-metre space that he opened in Nottingham in 1970. A makeshift version of the designer’s office, known for being myriad of curiosities, full of objects collected from his many travels, as well as artwork, bikes and books.

Other highlands include his design studio, a collection of his greatest collaborations, from cars to Evian bottles, and a look at his many unique shop designs from around the world.

The Lighthouse’s Ian Elder, who has worked with the Design Museum and Paul Smith to co-ordinate the exhibition said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring such a renowned exhibition to Glasgow. It will attract visitors from across Scotland and we are preparing to welcome over 10,000 people to the exhibition.”

The exhibition runs until 20 March, 2016. Tickets are £6 adults and £4 child/concession. Ticket sales go live on Friday, 20 November at 1pm.