Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Selfridges Festival of Imagination

Whoa, still pissed it's January? I know, ditto. But, Mamma Jordan is here yet again to provide sweet entertainment for your diary and such. Selfridges kick off their Festival of Imagination or, otherwise known as, their shops are hella empty and they need some international students to pop back and buy Fendi.

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The store window

Each store is celebrating, I don't know, imagination, but Manchester Exchange Square are going all out and have invited Dr. Maria Balshaw, director of Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries, to make the whole thing tick. There's a month of fabulous events, seminars and talks to pop along to from 15th January until 16th February, some free, some not-so-free. I've highlighted and elaborated on the juicy ones, below!

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The store window

MUST SEE: Wednesday 15 January to Sunday 16 February
Whitworth Gallery Pop-up Art Exhibition.
Inspiring exhibition in-store, showcasing iconic works by the world’s leading artists.
The exhibition is free. 


Wednesday 15 January, 6pm to 8pm
The Artist’s Mind: Artist richard Wentworth and Dr. Maria Balshaw in Conversation.
The talk will take place in San Carlo’s Farmacia del Dolce on LG. Tickets are £10 (including a glass of wine and tasting plate of San Carlo’s signature dishes). 


Thursday 16 January, 12.30pm to 1.15pm

Imaginative l unchtime: Alternative Camera Club.
The free talk will take place in Women’s on the third floor.  


Friday 17 January, 12.30pm to 1.15pm
Imaginative l unchtime: Manchester Urban Sketching.
The free talk will take place in Women’s on the third floor. 

 
Wednesday 22 January, 6pm to 8pm 

Creative Collaboration: Ben Kelly in Conversation with Andrew Stevens.
The talk will take place in San Carlo’s Farmacia del Dolce on LG. Tickets are £10 (including a glass of wine and tasting plate of San Carlo’s signature dishes).

Wednesday 23 January, 12.30pm to 1.15pm 

Imaginative l unchtime: Alternative Camera Club .
(as above)

Friday 24 January, 12.30pm to 1.15pm 

Imaginative l unchtime: Short Stories.
The free talk will take place in Women’s on the third floor.  


MUST SEE: Wednesday 29 January, 6pm to 8pm  
The Writer’s Mind: Jeanette Winterson, Introduced by Poet John McAuliffe..
Jeanette Winterson is one of the UK’s leading literary minds, a multi award-winning writer who has published countless works including the celebrated novel, ‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.’ Join Jeanette for an energetic, stand-up talk about her work.
The talk will take place in San Carlo’s Farmacia del Dolce on LG. Tickets are £10 (including a glass of wine and tasting plate of San Carlo’s signature dishes). 

 
Thursday 30 January, 12.30pm to 1.15pm
 

Imaginative l unchtime: Crafternoon Tea on Tour.
The free talk will take place in Women’s on the third floor. 
 
Friday 31 January, 12.30pm to 1.15pm
 

Imaginative lunchtime: Thinking with Dinosaurs.
The free talk will take place in Women’s on the third floor. 

 
MUST SEE: Wednesday 5 February, 6pm to 8pm
 

Danger: Imagination at Work: Jeremy Deller, Mary Anne Hobbs and Dave Haslam.
Our ability to imagine and create new ideas, worlds and concepts is often used for the common good - but imagination has a dark side too. Explore its subversive side in a one-off conversation between Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs and DJ and historian Dave Haslam. In a talk that ranges from William Blake to Johnny Rotten, find out just how disruptive the imagination and creative vision can be.
The talk will take place in San Carlo’s Farmacia del Dolce on LG. Tickets are £10 (including a glass of wine and tasting plate of San Carlo’s signature dishes).
 

Wednesday 12 February, 6pm to 8pm  
The Theatre of the Mind: Maxine Peake in Conversation with Sarah Frankcom.
The talk will take place in San Carlo’s Farmacia del Dolce on LG. Tickets are £10 (including a glass of wine and tasting plate of San Carlo’s signature dishes). 

 
MUST SEE: Thursday 20 February, 6pm to 8pm
 

Fashion, Science and the Imagination: Helen Storey in Conversation with Caryn Franklin, introduced by Jean Franczy.
Don’t miss a fascinating talk between two long-time collaborators that touches on science, art and the creative process. Helen Storey MBE is a multi award-winning artist and designer. Since 1997, Helen has pioneered work that brings art and science together. She is currently a Professor of Science Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and London College of Fashion. Caryn Franklin MBE is a fashion expert who co-edited i-D Magazine during the 1980s and presented the BBC’s The Clothe Show for 12 years. The talk is introduced by the Director of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, Jean M. Franczyk and has been arranged with the support of MOSI.
The talk will take place in San Carlo’s Farmacia del Dolce on LG. Tickets are £10 (including a glass of wine and tasting plate of San Carlo’s signature dishes). 

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