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Punk: Sex, Seditionaries and the Sex Pistols

27 May to 11 September 2005

Devised in the city that was once home to the Buzzcocks and where the Sex Pistols played their legendary Free Trade Hall gigs, this exhibition looked back to the 70s, to the movement that changed everything, and underlined exactly what PUNK meant to Manchester.

Exploring the cultural explosion of Punk and the fashion, music and graphic design surrounding the Sex Pistols, the exhibition charted the relationships between the key players, between the Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, Vivenne Westwood and Jamie Reid and the designs, fashion and cultural icons they collectively created.

Punk featured many rare and previously unseen items including outrageous anti-fashion creations from McLaren and Westwood’s shop SEX (later Seditionaries) – some personally owned by Sex Pistols band members – original handwritten lyrics from songs on cult album Never Mind the Bollocks, PLUS rare designs of promotional items and album covers, as well as original photos of the Sex Pistols on tour.

Punk showed how this ground breaking cultural movement managed to achieve iconic status, whilst retaining the  power to offend.

Also part of  the exhibition was included rare materials, flyers, photos and objects illustrating the punk scene in Manchester at the time, including bands such as Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds and Goldblade, curated from private Manchester collections.


The below video was taken from an event hosted at Urbis in June 2007, and features Anthony Wilson in conversation with….

Warning this video contains strong language.
Watch all of the interview here…

Customer Comments

“‘What do I get?’ I get it all in one exhibition”

“Your punk show f*****g rocks!”

Media Release

Punk.pdf – click here to download Punk’s media release


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