Selfridges: Bright Old Things

I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed the Whitworth Art Gallery. I mean really missed.

It’s a walk from my office, had a great cafe and I could wander around and waste a chunk of my lunch hour looking at beautiful things. And I’ve still got just under a month until it reopens on 14 February.

In the meantime, however long the refurbishment has taken, life goes on and art goes on. And I’m thrilled about the collaboration between the Whitworth and Selfridges that runs until 28 February.

It’s time for the Bright Old Things.


Selfridges Exchange Square and the Whitworth are championing older designers and artists – the opposite of their Bright Young Things project from back in 2013. As someone who turned to blogging relatively late (I started nearly 3 years ago at the age of 33) and still have plans for world domination, I love this.

There’s an in-store exhibition of work from artists who found success in later years which runs from 8 January – 28 February, a whole boutique online dedicated to the theme and a programme of talks, which have me rather excited.

The exhibition, as you might expect, is curated by Dr. Maria Balshaw, the Director of the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries, and aims to highlight the ageless nature of creativity. There are works from Susie MacMurray, Andrea Zapp, Helen Storey and Johnnie Shand Kydd. I’m going to go ahead and confess right here that Prof Helen Storey is on my Pinterest board titled ‘When I’m grown up I want to be….‘ already.


After the talks last year featuring discussions on age and beauty and beauty and gender in The Beauty Project, I just can’t wait to see what discussions are had when David Nicholls speaks to Dave Haslam (29 January), Brix Smith Start chats to Katie Puckrik (5 February) and (the event I’m really keen to attend) Anne Karpf talks to Greyfox blog founder David Evans (19 February).


On a separate note, I haven’t forgiven David Nicholls for One Day. For those of you who’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about. I have to admit, it made me rather cross. There, I’ve said it. Now I feel a little better.

And if that didn’t whet your appetite, there will also be performances by Golden Voices, a choir open to anyone over the age of 50, and the all-female She Choir – who the ladies of Manchester Women’s Institute may recognise from past meetings.


Tickets for the talks are priced at £10 and will be available from customer services in store, or alternatively, please call 0161 838 0610.

I might see you there.

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