Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Punk Am Byth

Punk nostalgia's not really my thing so let us instead treat the Punk Forever exhibition in Bangor as cultural archaeology.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Gerrion Jones, from Merthyr, whose private collection of punk art and memorabilia forms the core of this show. Amongst the artefacts on display will be original works by Jamie Reid, Jimmy Cauty and Billy Childish. You'll also find vintage posters advertising the likes of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Last year the exhibition debuted at Merthyr College and proved to be such a success that it earned an extended run. Hopefully the Bangor show will turn out to be just as popular. Until recently Wales has been quite slow to stage this kind of pop cultural event but Punk Forever and the recent Pop Peth music exhibition at St Fagans signal a healthy change of outlook.

Punk Forever runs from January 15 to February 20. For more details on the exhibition and its accompanying events call the Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery: 01248 353368