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Sat 1 December, 2018, 10:00amSat 9 February, 2019, 5:00pm


Date: Sat 1 December to Sat 9 February
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Price: Free
Venue: West Gallery

Sat 1 Dec 2018 – Sat 9th Feb 2019

Closing Punk Party: Sat 9 Feb 7.30pm. £5 (click here for more info)

PUNK celebrates punks, past and present on the Island and further afield, in the form of visual art, graphic design, graffiti, music.

This in-house curated show aims to explore the traditional visual art of punk culture from the mid 1970s to now, and its impact on the Isle of Wight through memorabilia such as posters, badges, ticket stubs, vinyl records, as well as show artworks by contemporary artists that retain a bit of punk ethos in their work today. Much of the work on display is kindly loaned by punk enthusiasts and ex-punk band members from the Isle of Wight.

For this exhibition we asked local people to come forward with their artefacts, stories and memorabilia, building a picture of how Punk culture has made its influence on the Isle of Wight. Punk culture includes a diverse array of ideologies, fashion, and other forms of expression, visual art, literature, music and film. It is largely characterised by anti-establishment views and the promotion of individual freedom.

Alongside the punk memorabilia are artists Paul Woods aka Paradox Paul and Arnold P Fetid’s with their punky performance-based installations. Both anti-establishment, both anarchic in style, they provide a fresh and alternative look at contemporary punk art as part of the exhibition.

Also on show are works by contemporary graffiti artist Steve Miles. Miles provides an insightful connection to how graffiti art dates right back to the punk scene in Downtown New York in the late ‘70s and how it transformed an entire visual look of album covers and public spaces throughout the rest of the world. More of Steve’s work can be seen in our Cafe with his exhibition Motive (on till 5th Feb).

Although Punk music and visual culture is deemed to be abrasive and sometimes hard to swallow, the underlying message for some is simple. A few years ago in an interview, John Lydon said that ultimately his message through his music, “is to bloody learn to love one another properly, cause you only get one go of it”. Therefore, we’d like to thank everyone that has contributed items for the show and to the installation team that have volunteered their time in making this exhibition happen.

Don’t forget to come along to our end of exhibition Punk Party on Sat 9th Feb wearing your best punk gear and party the night away to an eclectic array of punk performances. Click here for more info & tickets!


Gallery opening times: Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm, free entry. All galleries are free to enter. Please note the gallery will be closed 25th – 30th Dec & 1st Jan.

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