Punk comes to Bolton

Posted on Monday 7th August 2017

The University of Bolton have been given an amazing opportunity to contribute to the prestigious international, ‘Design Manchester’ festival for the very first time, having been chosen to represent the ’regions’ of Greater Manchester for the event. Malcolm Garrett, organiser and co-founder of Design Manchester, and a revered hero of the design and music worlds with close links to MMU and Manchester School of the Art, approached Professor Paul Hollins and Sam Johnson, Head of the University of Bolton School of the Arts, with an invitation to host the international exhibition, ‘Time’s Up’, originally presented in Paris earlier this year.

Focussing on the seminal Punk band Buzzcocks, the exhibition looks at their early years and is planned to be hung in the Atrium, the very spot where Buzzcocks performed their first gig 41 years ago on the 1st of April 1976 in what was then the Bolton Institute of Technology. A special masterclass is planned to complement the opening of the show with speakers to be confirmed shortly.

Following the launch of the exhibition, the School of the Arts is hosting the internationally recognised, ‘Punk Scholars Network Conference’ in December, with a wide range of extremely high quality speakers and icons of the movement already lined up. Capitalising on the event, the Punk theme is being threaded through several of the Art and Design and Media critical studies modules in Semester 1 which,  together with some tutors hosting sessions or presenting academic papers, will make the whole process truly, ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’. Bolton College Art and Design students will also have opportunities to benefit from the event which will link with their assessment theme, ‘Festivals’.

‘To contribute to the prestigious “Design Manchester” festival and to host the international Punk Scholars Network Conference in one semester is a fantastic opportunity for us! The series of events taking place throughout the autumn will allow students, staff and guests to engage with the highest calibre of professional practice and academic research investigating Punk culture and its legacy. It is a real privilege to be involved in supporting these activities and we plan that this will be the first term of a rolling programme of events, exhibitions and symposia involving the School of the Arts, creative practitioners and arts organisations from across the region and beyond.’

Sam Johnson – Bolton School of the Arts

“I’m delighted that the University of Bolton School of the Arts will host the ‘Times Up’ exhibition which covers the formative years of Buzzcocks as part of Design Manchester. The band was formed in the then Bolton Institute of Technology and the University was also the site of the bands first performance in 1976.  The exhibition will run from the 12th to the 22nd October and  again in December as part of the Punk Scholars Network Conference 2017. One can not underestimate the significance of Buzzcocks in the cultural landscape of the North West of England in 1976- 1977…”

Professor Paul Hollins – Bolton School of the Arts

Fizzing at the Terminals: Buzzcocks will play the O2 Manchester Ritz on 19th October, with support from contemporary all-female Manchester punk band PINS (Bella Union). PINS recently collaborated with Iggy Pop on their Bad Thing EP, and in 2015 opened for Sleater-Kinney on the UK leg of their tour. Artwork and projections from the ‘Fizzing at the Terminals’ and ‘Orgasm Addict Reframed’ exhibitions will be displayed around the venue during the gig. Tickets are on sale on Friday at 10am from Skiddle and Ticketmaster.