In 2016, the year-long punk festival saw events across London’s museums.
An exhibition of Janette Beckman’s punk and hip hop photography and mash up collaborations with British and US artists featuring original iconic images of The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Specials.
Getting under the skin of what it’s like to be one of the capital’s top tattoo artists and see bespoke London-inspired tattoo designs. Like Punk, tattooing is one of London’s most influential subcultures and the two have long been associated.
In the fearless pioneering spirit of punk and with explosion of colour and vibrant rhythmic flavour, On|Off will light up its home in the heart of Soho celebrating the very best of emerging talent, both on and off the London Fashion Week schedule and return to the Vinyl Factory with these very special punk shows.
As designer of the iconic PiL logo, as well as their first single, album and famous Metal Box, this exhibition focuses on the seminal work Dennis Morris undertook with John Lydon’s PiL between 1978 and 1979.
Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, this free exhibition will explore punk’s early days in the capital and reveal how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves from the British Library’s collections alongside rare material from the Jon Savage Archive at Liverpool John Moores University, Punk 1976-78 will celebrate the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.
The festival will host a series of events featuring some of Britain’s most influential writers and cultural commentators. As well as looking at Hackney’s role in the birth of the punk movement (Malcolm McLaren and Sid Vicious grew up in and around Stoke Newington), it will explore the relationship between punk, reggae & ska, how it influenced – and continues to influence – fashion, film, design and politics way beyond its brief but incendiary years in the spotlight.
London Collections: Men will celebrate punk with an exhibition featuring contemporaneous punk fashion as well as many examples of the way in which it has influenced fashion in the last forty years. Every magazine from i-D to Dazed owes at least something to the youth quake of punk, while its influence can be seen everywhere from Vogue to Vice, and in collections from Alexander McQueen to Katie Eary.
Held in Show Space, the museum’s topical display area, this display of clothes, fanzines, photographs and ephemera will focus on the quotidian, highlighting the cultural expression that came to define punk in the every day. Early in 2016 the museum will work with Central Saint Martin’s students to find surviving punk objects to add to the museum’s existing collection.
The Punk Weekender comprises an exhibition of iconic images from photographers Derek Ridgers, Anita Corbin and the PYMCA Archive, plus an exclusive performance from punk legends The Raincoats. There are also talks and events celebrating the spontaneity, spirit and diversity of punk culture and its presence within Soho. TPG’s programme explores how and why the DIY/avant-garde spirit led to a range of punk subcultures and a reinvention of personal identity and expression.
With this much-loved institution closing its Shad Thames doors in 2016, what better way to end than with two days of creative disruption celebrating of one of London’s most distinctive design movements, with fanzine-making workshops, music, spoken word and other events shaping a fitting last weekend for museum.
Rough Trade 40 in-store and venue gigs: March to October 201
Opening in 1976, the Rough Trade shop became a true cornerstone of punk – a shop, label, independent distributor, radical meeting place and much more. In honour of the shop’s 40th anniversary, they will host a series of collaborative events, celebrating the participatory camaraderie of both the shop and punk’s original spirit.