Punk Journey St Kilda + Beyond

Exhibition Dates: 19th-23rd November

About the Exhibition:

‘Punk Journey: St Kilda + Beyond’ is an exciting Punk exhibition and series of special Punk events that focus on St Kilda as the epicentre of the Melbourne Punk scene 1977-1987, as well as a celebration of contemporary Melbourne Punk 2004-2007.An audio visual menagerie combined with authentic Punk artefacts, photos and historical information will help to create a high calibre exhibition that reflects the counter-culture and anti-establishment imagery of Melbourne Punk. This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.


Special Events associated with this exhibition:

NB: All Events are at BRIGHTSPACE except for the St Kilda Music Walking Tour




Exhibition opens with photos, artefacts, audio visual room + ‘The Safety Pin Awards’ – the first ever Melbourne Punk Awards ceremony

  • Exhibition opens with photos, artefacts, audio visual room + ‘The Safety Pin Awards’ – the first ever Melbourne Punk Awards
  • ‘Punk a Photographic Journey: 2004-2007’ book launch
  • V.I.P (Very Important Punk) invitation only
  • MC Ron Rude
  • Official after Party – George Public Bar (Snakepit) + DJ Flea ThunderPussy




DIY Punk fashion making workshop with fashion icon Jenny Bannister, 1-4pm

Have you ever wanted to Punk up your wardrobe but were too afraid to try? Well now you can! Join legendary Australian fashion designer and ‘Princess of Punk’ Jenny Bannister for a 3 hour DIY Punk fashion making workshop where you get to turn your fashion into ‘trashion’!

  • This workshop is Free – Bookings are essential – places are limited (30 people)
  • Please bring an item to ‘Punk’ up, as well as a pair of fabric scissors
  • Other suggested items to bring – old t-shirts with cool images for patches, recyclable objects such as plastic containers and bottles, chain, old gloves, cardboard and plastic for making DIY stencils (old plastic folders and boxes) , old zips, records singles, CD’s, old fabric shopping bags, cable ties, split rings…anything else that you think…
  • Some materials provided (Stanley knives, fabric paint, safety pins, etc)

About Jenny Bannister: Jenny Bannister launched her own label, ‘Jenny Bannister Fashion’ in 1976 at the height of the 1970s radical fashion movement, and later evolved into couture and up-market boutique styles. Her DIY Punk fashion, in which she incorporated materials such as leather, plastic, paint, chain and studs, is highly regarded and she now has a loyal celebrity following. Her designs are featured prominently in the Melbourne Fashion Festival and her pieces have also been auctioned at Christie’s in London. Due to her creative and distinctive approach to design, many significant pieces of Bannister’s work have been collected by major art galleries and museums.



‘Little Bands’ night, 7-10pm

Join original members of the ‘Little Bands’ scene, for a special evening of experimental music and avant-garde sounds. Each act can only play for up to 15 minutes.



Exhibition Floor talk, 12pm-1pm

Join the exhibition coordinator Melynda von Wayward to discuss the background of the exhibition and the creative processes that helped shape its aesthetics, as well as an overview of the historical content being displayed.

  • Entry is Free

About Melynda von Wayward: Melynda von Wayward is the exhibition creator and coordinator of ‘Punk Journey: St Kilda + Beyond’. For the past several years she has been researching the history of the Melbourne Punks scene from 1977-1987. Her (not yet complete) website is the culmination of this research.

The St Kilda Music Walking Tour, 2pm

A special historical Music walk that takes participants to the original St Kilda Punk venues – complete with a historical Punk overview and tons of funny stories by your hosts Fred Negro + Fiona Lee Maynard + Special Guests

  • Fee is $40 (Bookings essential)
  • Go to to book tickets + find the starting venue



Discussion Forum: Is Punk Still Relevant, 1-4pm

Join us on the last day of the exhibition for a ‘Punk Panel’ from the 70’s, 80’s and today, discussing the topic ‘Is Punk still relevant? The forum will be adjudicated by UK writer Robin Ryde who is co-writing a book titled ‘The Truth of Revolution Brother’, a book about Punk philosophy.

  • Entry is Free
  • With special guest Punk bands – Dixon Cider + The Peptides

Panel participants:

  • Panel participants:
    • Rob Wellington: Rob began is foray into Punk in 1978 as a guitarist with the band ‘Fiction’ and then forming ‘International Exiles’ in 1979. He later joined ‘Wild Dog Rodeo’ in 1982/83. Rob has since had a successful a career in rock video production and won several awards for his filmmaking (he directed John Farnham’s `You’re the Voice’ and Models’ `Big on Love’). Rob is also the co-creator of the fun and informative St Kilda Music Walking Tour.
    • Fred Negro – Fred is a St Kilda icon, cartoonist and rock’n’roll legend. Playing drums in Punk band the ‘Editions’ in 1979, Fred has gone on to be in such legendary Punk and comedy bands as ‘I Spit on Your Gravy’, ‘Twits’ and ‘The Fuck Fucks’. He has designed posters and handbills for most of St Kilda’s live music venues and is currently co-host on the St Kilda Music Walking Tour.
    • Kate Buck – Kate was an original member of the 1980 Punk scene and sang in several Bands including the ‘Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living & Became Mixed up Zombies’ and ‘Lunatic Fringe’. She co-founded Punk clothing store ‘Eccentric Clothing’ in 1980, as well as Punk venues the Killayoni Club in 1981 and The Concentration Camp in 1984. Kate is currently the Booker/Promoter for the all female ‘Goddess’ music nights.
    • Paul Conroy – Paul was in 1980s Punk band ‘End Result’ and documented much of the Hardcore Punk scene through his photography. He has not only contributed to the book ‘The George: St Kilda Life & Times’ by Gillian Upton, but is the front man for Punk band 12FU.
    • Henry Shires – Henry is an ol’ 1977 Brit Punk (band The Unknown, who supported Adam Ant when he was a real punk). In 1997 he was a consultant, along with Jimmy Pursey, on a 30 year anniversary punk retrospective in London. He has lived with his wife in Melbourne for the last 7 years and used to go to a Punk or Billy gigs most weeks and is a big Bastard Squad fan.
    • Matt Ryan – Matt started his written career at 17 writing for Melbourne street press The Buzz. Then at 18 he wrote for the now former website He started his own zine ‘Munster Times’ because he felt like he needed something to do, also it was an attempt to meet some of his heroes, and also a way of getting free beer. Spanning eleven issues and counting, Matt interviews and covers local and overseas band he feels everyone should know about. It’s also a way of asking people what their favourite album by the Fall is…
    • Special guest adjudicator Robin Ryde (UK) – Robin is a business author, inspiring speaker, and a breath of fresh air in the world of organisational and leadership development. He is also the co-author of a book on the philosophy of Punk called ‘The Truth of Revolution, Brother’ which is due to be released this year.


For the duration of the exhibition – a PUNK POP UP SHOP – selling items all related to the St Kilda Punk scene!



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