In summer 2016, we were commissioned by the London Borough of Waltham Forest to produce Punk Waltham Forest; a three-month season of activities celebrating the borough’s contribution to punk music.
At the heart of the programme was an exhibition on Small Wonder Records. Beautifully curated by Neil Meads with exhibition support from Julia Spicer, the exhibition documented the unique influence of the Small Wonder record shop and label based on Hoe Street on punk music. Included as part of the exhibition was an installation of the Small Wonder shop, painstakingly recreated by Andrea Purcigliotti, Tony Barber and Matt Tully.
As well as the exhibition, we worked with a range of partners to deliver a programme of gigs, film screenings, art sessions, panel discussions and walking tours.
A group of volunteers collected some fascinating stories and oral histories from former customers of Small Wonder and bands on the record label and Waltham Forest College’s art, media and fashion students responded to the exhibition in Walthamstow by creating their own work that formed part of the mini exhibitions at Highams Park in October and Leytonstone in November.
Approximately 5,000 people were engaged over the course of the project which ran from September – November 2016.
Punk Waltham Forest was a part of the wider Punk London festival which ran throughout 2016. It was part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.