In Conversation: Creative Connections: Sir Paul Smith and Vicky McClure
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8 December 2017, 15:00-17:00
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Sir Paul Smith, Britain’s foremost designer and BAFTA-winning actress Vicky McClure, both of whom feature as sitters in the Gallery’s current display, Creative Connections: Nottingham, talk to journalist Paul Flynn about their lives, work and relationship with their home city.
Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer and his label has become synonymous with classic British tailoring and style. His first exposure to the fashion industry was when aged 15 he began working in a Nottingham clothing warehouse and went on to gain experience in different roles before launching his first menswear collection in 1976. He is renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity.
One of the UK's most exciting actors, Vicky McClure won a Best Leading Actress BAFTA for her performance in This is England 86. TV work includes roles in Line of Duty, Broadchurch, The Secret Agent and The Replacement. She learned her craft at the Nottingham TV workshop, an acting school also responsible for launching the careers of Jack O’Connell, Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell and Joe Dempsie.
Paul Flynn is a London-based journalist and pop cultural commentator whose writing has appeared in i-D, Attitude, Fantastic Man, The Sunday Times, GQ Style and Grazia. Paul also co-wrote Enquirer, a 2012 play about the present state of British journalism.