Nottingham icon and one of Britain’s foremost fashion designers, Paul Smith, has returned to home soil inspiring local young people and making his first trip to the “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” exhibition, currently on its final stop of a worldwide tour at Nottingham Castle.
Paul held an in-depth guided tour for invited guests and press, followed by hosting two workshops to where he passed on advice and guidance to students from the NTU art and design department and the 4th Chilwell Brownies.
Each workshop offered ten young people the chance to present a creative idea or design to Paul. The brief was to create packaging or a bag for the new Nottingham Castle shop, inspired by Paul’s iconic designs. Participants were asked to consider how low impact or recycled materials could be used.
The day ended with a ticketed event to hear an exclusive talk by Paul with the chance to meet the city icon and take home a signed book.
Ted Cantle CBE, Chair of the Nottingham Castle Trust board, said: of Nottingham Castle Trust, said: “It’s a real privilege for us to welcome Paul and to celebrate the Castle as the final destination of “Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith”. Being able to give Nottingham students and young people the chance to experience world-class exhibitions in a unique way and providing access to inspirational and iconic Nottingham voices is what we are all about – it’s been a day that makes you proud to be associated with the city.”
The “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the world of the fashion designer with more than 1,500 objects, many of which are from Paul’s personal collection, that reflect his personality, curiosity and energy. Looking at the impressive scale of its global operation today, the exhibition draws on Paul Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today.
The exhibition, created in conjunction with the Design Museum, is Nottingham Castle’s first major temporary exhibition since its £30million redevelopment. Entry to “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith”, which runs until 20th February 2022, is included for free in the general admission ticket to Nottingham Castle.