11 December 2004 1–5pm

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SubURBAN is the National Gallery of Australia’s annual event that celebrates the diversity of youth culture. SubURBAN 2004 will take place on Saturday 11 December and will be a day of youth-focused events held throughout the Gallery.

This year SubURBAN takes fashion as its theme, coinciding with a major retrospective exhibition at the Gallery Vivienne Westwood: 34 years of fashion. Westwood is well known for her revolutionary, collaborative work with Malcolm McLaren in the 1970s. It was through their Kings Road shop, called Seditionaries and then SEX, that the Sex Pistols met, formed and wore the defiantly rebellious clothing created and sold at the shop. Featuring Punk clothing and accessories, Westwood’s ground-breaking Mini-Crini and Pirate collections of the 1980s, spectacular evening wear, knitwear and recent pieces, the exhibition will challenge and amaze anyone interested in fashion today.

In keeping with the theme, one of the main features of SubURBAN will be a fashion performance showcasing work by emerging fashion designers from Australian colleges and tertiary institutions. From street wear to experimental couture, the catwalk will come alive with sharp, funky design accompanied by music, art and fun throughout the day.

On a stage outside in the Gallery car park Koolism – Canberra’s own ARIA winners –described by the New York Times as ‘the standard-bearer of Australian hip-hop Koolism’s strength is that it sounds like a hot summer’s breeze, with nimble, laid back rhythms and dub-heavy beats’. $2 Scratchies will also entertain the crowds with mixed sounds and genres, scratched, cut and mashed live on 3 turntables, while Shifty’s sponsored skaters show off their skills in the temporary skate park.

Also coming to the Gallery, from the massive youth festival Straight Out Of Brisbane, are Melbourne stencil artists DLUX (James) and AMAC (Andrew) who form Rats Alliance. They will design and complete a major piece inspired by SubURBAN at the entrance to the Gallery. This art performance is an opportunity for young people to be inspired by what has become a global street art phenomenon.

Entry to SubURBAN is free.

Entry to Vivienne Westwood exhibition is free for patrons 16 and under.

For more information and up-to-date schedules visit the Gallery’s website:

View the subURBAN website

For further information please contact:
Todd Hayward Marketing and Communications +61 2 6240 6431