Selfridges Hot Air presents:

 State of The Arts – The Podcast Series

As part of our State of The Arts campaign, our latest podcast series challenges the traditions of the art world by exploring the ways in which art infiltrates the lives of us all.


Episode 6: 'Art in Unexpected Places'

Meet Skip Gallery, a pop-up art space with a difference. Their MO? Exhibiting works out of, you’ve guessed it, a skip. 
For the month of March, this moveable maverick has found itself a very special, if a little unexpected home. Tucked in between Gucci and Chloe on the ground floor of Selfridges, this yellow skip is swapping out rubbish for riches with works from some of the best emerging artists of today.


Episode 5: 'Art in the Digital Age'

Ah, the internet. A world of swiping, scrolling and sliding at your fingertips. But when everyone's curating their own feed, how can artists carve a niche online? Following artists that exhibit online, in this episode we dive into a web of community and crypto-technologies to find out just how the internet has impacted art (and the artists making it).

Featuring: Nicole Ruggiero, Ed Fornieles and Kenny Schachter. This episode contains adult themes.


Episode 4: 'The Art of Fashion'

Where does fashion end and art begin? And what happens when these two worlds collide?

In this episode, we get an exclusive peek at the work of renowned fashion designer Roksanda Ilinčić in the runup to her show at the Old Selfridges Hotel during London Fashion Week. As a designer who walks a fine line between fashion and art, we discover the artistic inspirations behind her upcoming collection. Enter Troika: the artist collective collaborating with Roksanda to give her latest show a catwalk with a difference. From artistic fashion to fashionable art, we find out just how symbiotic the two disciplines are.  Featuring Roksanda and Troika.


Episode 3: 'Art in the Community'

Everyone is an artist, or so said Joseph Beuys. And whether you’re an old hand or a hidden talent, the benefits of getting creative can be surprising.

In this episode, we explore Everything I Have Is Yours, a greater Manchester art commission with a difference. Following two groups – united by age and a flare for the arts – we discover the value of art for all. From the creative minds behind the project, to inspiring workshop leaders and lively participants, we hear what a lifetime of experience can bring to both the arts and community.
Featuring: Ben White of Open Music Archive and Helen Wewiora of Castlefield Gallery. You can also discover works from Manchester artists and graudates of Manchester School of Art at our Trafford and Exchange Square stores in Manchester. Find out more here.


Episode 2: ‘The Power of Public Art’

Everyone’s a critic when it comes to public art – whether we think it’s an eyesore or a sight for sore eyes, we all have an opinion.

In this episode, we step out of the galleries and onto the streets, to find out exactly what it takes to make public artwork. We hear straight from the people bringing art to the public realm; from renowned artist, Simon Periton (whose work is currently on display in our windows at Selfridges London), to Yorkshire Sculpture Park curator, Helen Pheby. Travelling from open air parkland to the depths of London’s underground, we explore the process, purpose and power of public art, and get a sneak peek of London’s soon-to-be biggest public art collection yet.


Episode 1: 'Art of Imitation'

No one likes a copycat...especially when they cost you millions.
In this series opener, we explore the captivating yet criminal world of art forgery through the eyes of ex-forger John Myatt. From his criminal beginnings to now ‘painting on the right side of the law’, we hear John’s staggering story of subterfuge and house paints. But when authenticity is inextricably linked to the value of an artwork, it’s not just the forgers who have a stake in the matter. Speaking to dealers and experts alike, we unpack the taboo of imitation, asking whether the skill it takes to copy a world-class piece of art could ever be considered art in itself. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.