I don’t know if it was deliberate planning or not, but I like it. Blott Studios latest exhibition celebrating 40 years of punk music and culture runs from 4 to 7 August. There is an open invite to the preview party on 5 August at their King Street studio.  Have you ever seen anything more punk than that? If you are none the wiser you may want to read that again…

Chiming in with the dates of the ever popular Rebellion music festival in the town the ‘Sugar and Spite’ exhibition features three artists. Dale Grimshaw is a leading artist in the London Urban Art scene. He has taken part in Sand, Sea and Spray just days ago and his striking image of a tribesman currently from his 2015 visit adorns a wall on Back Lord Street just over the road from North Station.

Another London based artist is Stewy. He is best known for distinctive, life-sized stencil portraits of punk poets, artists and other British icons with a style not dissimilar to Banksy.  Some readers may have seen his work in Manchester city centre in 2013, where his stencils included Anthony H Wilson, Quentin Crisp, John Cooper Clarke and Chris Sievey (aka Frank Sidebottom).

Knox may be known to some punk aficionados as a founder member of The Vibrators.  His published work ranges from still life to Kentish Town landscapes, but it is his punk related portraits that will feature in this exhibition.

A host of other supporting artists should also be mentioned. These include Corrine Streetly, Zoe Cox, Tina Warren, Boz Phillips, Jill Reidy, Laura Green, Caroline J Radley, Claire Griffiths, and Jayne Langthorne.

Back to that post launch preview. On 5 August local band The Litterbug will be playing on the roof terrace between 7 and 9pm to get things off with a bang.  Many readers will be familiar with their output as they have been on the local scene for many years, those who aren’t and have read this far probably won’t be surprised to see that punk is their main genre.

Unless you don’t believe anything starts before the preview, you can see the exhibition at Blott Studios, King Street from 9.30 on the 4 August.  It closes on 7 August at 21.30.

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