Pete McKee announces new gallery at Leah’s Yard

The popular Sheffield artist is the first tenant announced for Sheffield’s grade II listed Heart of The City development.

Leah’s Yard, which is currently undergoing the final stages of its renovation, breathing life back into its patchwork of buildings, is gearing up for opening in summer 2024.

And Pete McKee will be moving his gallery from its current Sharrow Vale Road location to the city’s newest destination for independent retail and a showcase for the finest makers and creators.

Speaking about the move, Pete McKee said: “The development team has taken great pains to retain as much of the heritage of the building as possible and it looks stunning. I’m incredibly proud of the Sheffield heritage my family, and many others over the generations, have been a part of. So, to be able to place my gallery where once the Artisans of Sheffield produced their wares was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.

Pete McKee at Leah's Yard

“I believe in Sheffield and its ability to adapt and thrive and the town centre is currently going through a metamorphosis. Soon, it will be free of the cocoon of scaffolding and building sites and will be able to open its wings once more. But it won’t shine like our famous steel if we don’t support it. That’s why I wanted to move to the city centre to help be a part of our beautiful city’s new beginning – where we forge our own future and don’t look to be a poor copy of our neighbours up the M1 and over the Snake.”

Tom Wolfenden of Leah’s Yard said: “It’d be tough to think of a more perfect partner in this next stage of Leah’s Yard than Pete McKee. A true son of Sheffield, Pete’s artistic journey is a great example of the creativity that is in the bones of this city and to be able to host the next stage of The McKee Gallery is something we’re extremely proud of.”

James O’Hara added: “Back in 2009, in my very first bar in Sheffield, we hosted a McKee exhibition and through that I became firm pals with Pete and his brilliant family and team, for Pete to choose Leah’s Yard as his next home feels like the perfect fit in so many ways.”

As Leah’s Yard begins the countdown to opening next year enquiries are still being welcomed from businesses looking for retail, studio and office space.

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