3 Carnaby Street

As part of The Subculture Archives we are running a programme of events, talks and screenings surrounding youth and subculture. 

All events are free entry.

Gavin Watson Photographer Talk
Thursday 29th June, 

Renowned Skinhead photographer Gavin Watson discusses his work and his journey through Skins, Punks and Ravers to modern day.

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Laura Griffiths Guest Exhibition Launch
Thursday 6th July, 6-10pm

Artist Laura Griffiths launches her guest exhibition in the basement gallery. Laura is exhibiting cutout sculptural forms exploring counterculture within society, works from her latest Arts Council Funded project 'Truth Lies Within'.

Exhibition runs until July 13th.

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Punk and the Pistols Screening
Thursday 13th July, 7-9pm

In conjunction with the Museum of Soho, The Subculture Archives presents a screening of the iconic documentary 'Punk and the Pistols', followed by a Q&A with director Paul Tickell. The 1995 BBC documentary on Punk and the Sex Pistols is based on Jon Savage's England's Dreaming, featuring interviews with Glen Matlock, Malcolm McLaren, Jordan, Vivienne Westwood and Siouxsie Sioux.

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Exist To Resist Book Signing and Exhibition Launch
Friday 14th July, 7-9pm

Join us for a book launch and signing for Exist To Resist by Matthew Smith. Exist To Resist is a social history photobook born out of a love for UK's rave, activism, sound system and festival culture from 1989-1997. Expect drinks, music and a talk by Matthew himself.

Exhibition runs until July 20th.

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Peter Walsh Photographer Talk & Exhibition Launch
Thursday 20th July, 6-9pm

Mancunian rave photographer Peter Walsh discusses his work documenting the 1980s Manchester rave scene (Hacienda, Madchester) and how this nostalgic movement speaks to young people today more than ever.

Exhibition runs until July 27th.

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Owen Harvey Guest Exhibition Launch
Thursday 27th July, 6-10pm

Photographer Owen Harvey launches his guest exhibition in the basement gallery. Owen's work harks back to the very foundations of Mod culture in the UK. Once described as 'Clean living under difficult circumstances', Owen delves deeper into the progressive nature of the Mod movement and captures what it means to be a member of this iconic subculture today. 

Exhibition runs until August 10th.

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Street Art Stories: Joburg Screening
Wednesday 9th August, 6:30-9pm

Join us for the screening of Street Art Stories: Jo’burg, which documents the extraordinary rise of street art in South Africa’s creative epicentre. In collaboration with producers Legendary Offspring and Nando's. 

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Long Live Southbank Take Over
Thursday 17th August, 6-9pm

Long Live Southbank is the official non-profit organisation set up to preserve and maintain London’s unique and world renowned Southbank Undercroft, and to represent its diverse creative community of skateboarders, BMXers, visual artists and everyone else. They will be taking over the basement at The Subculture Archives for a week long take over to celebrate all things Southbank Undercroft. 

Launch Event

Join us at The Subculture Archives for the launch of the Long Live Southbank takeover. Expect DJs, drinks and a Conversation with LLSB and friends: Landscapes, Public Space & Skateboarding. 

Skate Screenings

Long Live Southbank will be hosting an evening of skate shorts, exploring the international skateboarding community from the Southbank Centre to Slovakia and Palestine. 

As part of this evening, they will be screening: 
- MONUMENTS II by Peter Mercell
- Unfinished stories
- Pieces of Palestine by Jacob Harris
- You Can't Move History by Wnstan Whitter, BrazenBunch and Long Live Southbank

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Owen Harvey: Ground Clearance Talk
Thursday 24th August, 6-9pm

Emerging in the late 1940s, Latino youths placed sandbags in their custom vehicles, so that the body of their car would ride close to the road; “slow and low.” Returning to America in the 21st century to document the movement today, Owen Harvey will be coming to The Subculture Archives to discuss his latest body of work. 

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Lee Harris Talk and Exhibition Launch
Thursday 31st August, 6-9pm

From 1977 until 1982 Lee Harris started and edited Britain's first counter culture and drug magazine. HomeGrown was a breakthrough magazine that represented a defining moment in British underground culture. Join us for an evening with Lee Harris as he goes back to his roots on Carnaby Street.

Exhibition runs until September 8th.

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Fortune Teller Records Event
Thursday 7th Sept, 6-9pm

London based record label Fortune Teller Records will be curating an evening of music and discussing their journey at The Subculture Archives. This new label have been releasing psych and garage rock obscurities from past decades through limited edition vinyl releases.

Fortune Teller DJs, are joined by Jon Mills of Shindig! Magazine and Rob Bailey, founder of New Untouchables. 

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Kirstin Sinclair Take Over
Thursday 14th - Wednesday 20th Sept

A Front Row Seat is a solo exhibition by catwalk and street style photographer Kirstin Sinclair as part of London Fashion Week. The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the life of the people setting the trends. 

Launch Event

Join us for the private view of Front Row Seat, hosted by Dave Rudd and with music by DJ Karistocat. Kirstin will be signing copies of her book. 

Panel Discussion on Street Style.

Kirstin will be joined by leading street style faces from the London scene to discuss how street style has influenced the catwalk and vice versa.  

Molly Macindoe Talk and Exhibition Launch
Thursday 21 Sept, 6-9pm

Since the late 1990s, Molly has meticulously captured the evocative Free Party movement that emerged from the squat parties and raves of the inner city, becoming interwoven with the traveller festival scene. She will be discussing and debuting her most recently shot work at The Subculture Archives. 

Exhibition runs until October 5th. 

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Resistance Exhibition Takeover
Thursday 19 Oct, 6-9pm

Resistance Exhibition will take over the basement gallery at The Subculture Archives Carnaby St for one week, displaying photos, video and material from 25 years of UK grassroots protest movements. From Reclaim the Streets to Reclaim the Power. Come and visit to view a multi media journey of protest and resistance, through time. They will be hosting workshops throughout the week.

Exhibition runs until October 24th. 

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