Few landmarks in Manchester are as instantly recognisable as the famed Afflecks Palace—the iconic shopping emporium that happens to be celebrating its 40th birthday this year.

To mark the occasion, they’ll be hosting a special portrait exhibition and are looking for Afflecks aficionados to get involved.

The Afflecks 40 project, a collaboration with acclaimed photographer Paul Wolfgang Webster, aims to capture 40 different people who have been significant to the building’s journey so far.

Webster, who boasts work in the National Portrait Gallery, will capture images of 40 different people who have unique untold stories about the venue.

The images will debut at an exhibition in the summer, before being immortalised in a book.

Anyone who wants to submit their own story, can do so at this email address: afflecks@siobhanhanley.com

Andrea George, Director for Town Centre and Consumer Brands at Afflecks, said: “We want to celebrate 40 years of people, projects, ideas and enterprise.

“Afflecks has always been about its people, and that’s why the Afflecks community is at the heart of this project.

“It means so much to so many – it’s a safe place, a creative hub, a symbol of independent enterprise and it’s been at the centre of an entire pop culture movement.

“We want to capture the ultimate ‘Afflecks Family Album’; the people from that incredible journey, from fans who have been shopping there since the 80s, to those who have run businesses, and anyone who has a special connection or story to share.

“I personally have such special memories of being immersed in Afflecks when I was a teenager, buying my first pair of Red or Dead shoes!”

Thu 17 Feb, Afflecks Palace,
52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
Bradley Lengden
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Thu 17 Feb 2022