AboutWhen Punk exploded onto the music scene in the 1970's, it seemed to be an aberration: another pointless negative outburst of teenage angst involving lots of swearing, spitting and rudimentary music. Little did we know that nearly forty years on, the seeds planted by those early Punksters would flourish over the generations, so that in our own time of financial hardship and uncertainty not a million miles away from the troubled world of the mid 1970s, Punk seems ever more relevant and attractive.
Evidence of this was the huge success of our 'Beyond Punk' show last year, curated by Gaye Black (from The Adverts). A very wide range of people was able to appreciate this show, which brought together artwork by well-known Punk musicians, including Poly Styrene and Adam Ant.
As a second installment to this journey, 'Punk And Beyond' promises to be a very exciting expansion of the idea. Again curated by the iconic Gaye Black, we are now able to fill our new, bigger gallery space with more artists and more artwork. The lineup promises to be even more varied and fascinating than the first show, with a wider range of both artwork and musical backgrounds. Fitting tribute will be paid to Poly Styrene, who sadly died of cancer earlier this year, with a series of specially commissioned portraits.
On the four Saturdays of the show, live music will be played in the gallery by participating artists and more, including:
26th Nov - The Near Future
3rd Dec - Thee Spivs
10th Dec - Jowe Head and the Demi Monde
17th Dec - Charlie Harper and Knox.
This will be a show that celebrates the enduring creative potency of Punk. The Lineup speaks for itself and many are available for interview:
GAYE BLACK (ADVERTS)
BEN BROWTON (THE SHAPES)
BILLY CHILDISH (POP RIVETS/MILKSHAKES/HEADCOATS/BUFF MEDWAYS/MUSICIANS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE/SPARTAN DREGGS)
MICHAEL DAVIS (MC5/DESTROY ALL MONSTERS)
BEN EDGE (THE SPIVS)
RAY GANGE (FROM THE CLASH MOVIE RUDE BOY"