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Pete McKee bar crawl: Celebrating the importance of the local

Pete McKee is set to host a three-day Sheffield pub crawl this July, celebrating the importance of the much-loved local.

Renowned artist Pete has teamed up with four of the city’s local drinking establishments, as well as Kelham Island Brewery, to put on the three-day event from Friday 7 July – Sunday 9 July, ahead of his much-anticipated exhibition this November – Frank & Joy: A Love Story.

Over the three days, visitors to four Sheffield pubs (Fagan’s on Broad Lane – home of McKee’s iconic ‘The Snog’ mural; The Bath Hotel in Broomhall; The Greystones on Greystones Road; and the Brother’s Arms at Heeley) can pick up a free Pete McKee pub crawl card and get it stamped when they purchase a drink at each venue.

Visitors with stamps from all four pubs will then be able to exchange the card in the days after the event for a limited edition ‘The Snog’ beer glass, from the Pete McKee gallery on Sharrow Vale Road.

Pete has also joined forces with Kelham Island Brewery to produce a limited-edition Frank & Joy beer for the event, which will be available at all four of the venues across the pub crawl weekend.

Pete Mckee painting - The Meeting

‘The Meeting’

Pete said: “A major part of the Frank & Joy: A Love Story exhibition later this year will be about the bond local pubs have with their communities – and what better way to celebrate this than a good old fashioned pub crawl?

“I’ve picked four of my favourite pubs here in Sheffield to take part and got the wonderful Kelham Island Brewery involved too. I hope people will get on board and pay each pub a visit over the event weekend, joining me in supporting our all-important locals and recognising the role they play in bringing people together.”

In addition to the stamp card and limited-edition beer, each pub will also have a different Pete McKee beer mat available, all of which can be joined together to reveal a print by the artist.

He added: “I’m really excited about ‘Frank & Joy – A Love Story’ this November, and this pub crawl is just one way I’m hoping to involve the local community in my work and bring the messages behind the show to life.”

Pete Mckee Mural - The Snog

Pete’s ‘Frank & Joy – A Love Story’ exhibition is set to share the tale of two of the artist’s most-loved characters. Frank and Joy are the couple featured in The Snog, the work of art painted by Pete on the side of Fagan’s pub on Broad Lane in Sheffield, in 2013.

The exhibition, opening a decade after the original mural was painted, will celebrate Frank and Joy’s life story told through their local, while showcasing the vital role pubs play within our communities.

It will open at Trafalgar Warehouse in Sheffield city centre from 4th -19th November 2023 and tickets are available now to purchase here.

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