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01st Feb - 01st Mar

‘Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s’ – Open Call for Participants

Calling all Derby Punks from the 1970s!

QUAD and Déda are looking to connect with anyone who was involved in the Punk scene in Derby in the mid to late 1970s. Do you have any photos including ones of yourself or friends, also fanzines, posters, badges, clothing and ticket stubs from the time period 1976 to 1979?

Your images and memorabilia could be part of the exhibition ‘Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s’ curated by Aaron Williamson that will take place in QUAD Gallery 2 from 16 March to 30 June 2024. Any items submitted to this open call will be handled with great care, scanned and returned safely after the exhibition ends. Your images could also be included in an archive website that will tell the story of a pivotal time in the history of Derby as a city.

To ask a question, or send items please contact Peter Bonnell at QUAD on:

‘Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s’ is part of the QUAD/ Déda project ‘Dancing Through Time: from Pop to Punk in the City of Derby’, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. You can find out more about the ‘Dancing Through Time’ project here:  

About ‘Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s’

This exhibition will draw upon the archive of artist Aaron Williamson, whilst also incorporating ephemera and documents arising from a call-out to individuals who were active on Derby’s punk scene between 1976 – 1979.  The exhibition is focussed not on the actual music that punk threw up, but on the experience and productions of the punk milieu and audience itself in and around Derby, the borough that was granted the status of a city during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, (a national celebration that was the target of much punk derision).

Fanzines, photos, badges, tickets, posters, clothes or any other ephemera that have survived will be collected and exhibited in archival display cases; selected additional printed materials (posters, photos) will be reproduced and fly-posted to the gallery walls, fittingly with wallpaper paste, as with 1970s flyposting.

Derby punk can be dated to the infamous non-appearance of the Sex Pistols at the King’s Hall in November 1976. Despite this absence of a focal performance event, practically all of the young people who assembled outside the King’s Hall that evening went on to form their own bands, publish fanzines, make clothes and promote gigs. Punk was a moment when young people were engaged with autonomous Do-It-Yourself production rather than submitting to the passive consumption of the music industry.

This is the cultural phenomenon that I hope the exhibition will represent.

Aaron Williamson, January 2024


Do you have memories or memorabilia from this time in Derby?
Be part of this exhibition! Contact Ocean at to submit and get in touch

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