Punk London

The BFC has helped curate #PunkLondon: a year long series of events, gigs, films, talks and exhibitions to celebrate forty years of punk heritage in London.

Celebrating Forty Years of Punk with Paul Smith and Derek Ridgers
Friday 10th – Monday 13th June 2016

Steve Strange, Martin Kemp and Gary Kemp, Debbie Harry Party, London, 1981
Steve Strange, Martin Kemp and Gary Kemp, Debbie Harry Party, London, 1981

9 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BL
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of punk, Paul Smith will host an exhibition of the work of acclaimed British photographer, Derek Ridgers. The exhibition will take place in the gallery space at the Paul Smith Albemarle Street store and be free of charge. To coincide with the exhibition Paul Smith will be releasing an exclusive run of limited edition t-shirts featuring Ridgers’ seminal photographs. Prints of the artwork and signed copies of Derek Ridgers’ new book Punk London 1977 will also be on sale. British fashion photographer and director of SHOWstudio, Nick Knight, will host an interview with Ridgers that will explore Ridgers’ documentation of subcultures and early punks. The interview will be available to watch at the exhibition and also online at showstudio.com.

Anarchy in the UK
Monday 11th April – Friday 24th June 2016
Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, London W8 4LT
An exhibition of punk rock photography featuring both famously classic and never-before-seen images selected from Richard Young’s archive. For more information click here.

Punk 1976 – 78
Friday 13th May – Sunday 2nd October 2016
British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, this 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. For more information click here.

From King’s Road to King’s Cross: The Story of Punk Clothing
Tuesday 31st May – Saturday 11th June 2016
6 – 8 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB
This exhibition is a partnership between King’s Cross and Central Saint Martins and showcases fashion from the King’s Road to King’s Cross, giving an insight into Punk’s influence across London’s communities and landscape. For more information click here.

Punk at the Museum of London

Wednesday 1st June – Sunday 31st July 2016
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
During June 2016 the Museum of London will exhibit objects relating to punk. Focusing on clothes of the ‘ordinary’, rather than the celebrity London punk, the display will also include ephemera such as flyers and fanzines, photographs and oral history. Early in 2016 the museum worked with Central Saint Martins students to find surviving punk objects to add to the museum’s existing collection which will be featured in the display. For more information click here.

The Class of 76
Friday 10th June – Wednesday 15th June 2016
GALLERY DIFFERENT, 14 Percy Street, London W1T 1DR
PunkArt have put together ‘The Class of ’76’, a mixed media exhibition of collage and prints featuring the first wave of bands that created what we now recognise as the last rebellion, where music and fashion youth culture collided. For more information click here.