Pete McKee announces artists for new exhibition

Pete McKee has today announced the nine artists he has invited to share their work alongside his own in the upcoming exhibition This Class Works.

A selection of artists, musicians, actors, designers, photographers and poets will each contribute their own interpretation of the exhibition’s themes, which aim to explore and celebrate the lives of the working class. Read Pete talking about the inspirations behind his new project with Exposed here.

The featured artists include: Anthony Bennett, JB Barrington, Jo Peel, Jon McClure, Martyn Ware, Maxine Peake, Natasha Bright, Sarah Jane Palmer and Tish Murtha. 

In addition to this, the exhibition will also feature several designers and illustrators who’ve been commissioned to complete a special brief for the exhibition. Those included are: Cafeteria, Dust, Field, Nick Bax, Jon Cannon, Kid Acne, Patrick Murphy, Nick Deakin and Peter & Paul.

Everything’s still very much under wraps, but we’ve received the following details on what to expect from the McKee camp below.

  • Live sculpting by Anthony Bennett
  • Poetry inspired by Pete’s paintings (& vice versa) by JB Barrington
  • A visual history of Sheffield’s industry pubs by Jo Peel
  • Soundscapes that reflect the atmosphere of industrial sites and other places of work by Martyn Ware
  • Written accounts of what it means to be working class from Maxine Peak
  • Photography exploring both social clubs which still exist to this day by Natasha Bright
  • Unemployed Youth – an insight into a day in the life on a typical council estate by Tish Murtha
  • Sarah Jane Palmer’s secret hidden messages in everyday items
  • A special selection of long-lost government propaganda.

Pete said of the collaboration announcements: “I’ve always enjoyed working with other artists to achieve the realisation of some of my ideas and for this exhibition I’ve taken that one step further by asking some incredible artists to produce their own work for this show.”

This Class Works will open at 92 Burton Road from the 14th-29th July. Tickets are available here and are priced at £5 per person; the ticket also includes a copy of the exhibition programme. Children under 12 can attend for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. 

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