Art and ale hand in hand in first Pub Scrawl event

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DRINKERS can enjoy paint with their pints tonight as 10 Sheffield pubs become galleries for the evening.

The city centre pubs will act as a canvas for 10 city artists to exhibit their work for Sheffield’s first Pub Scrawl.

Artist Pete McKee is the man behind the event, in a bid to raise awareness of the city’s ‘vibrant art scene’.

Pete, owner of A Month of Sundays gallery in Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, said he was amazed at the interest in the free event, which has seen 150 places on a guided tour sell out and more than 600 people express an interest in visiting at least one of the venues.

He said: “There’s a real buzz going on around the city about Pub Scrawl.

“The one thing you can say about the people of Sheffield is they like a challenge.

“All the artists have pulled out all the stops to make the event really special.”

The artists will be showcasing their work from about 6pm.

The venues taking part are: the University Arms, Brook Hill; The Harley, Glossop Road; The Bath Hotel, Victoria Street; The Washington, Fitzwilliam Street; The Bowery and The Forum, both in Devonshire Street; Bungalows and Bears, The Frog & Parrot and The Great Gatsby, all in Division Street; and DaDa, Trippet Lane.

Dan Booth, Frog & Parrot manager, said: “We wanted to take part to support Pete, who’s a Sheffield legend, and hopefully attract customers into the pub.”

The event is free and people are encouraged to make their own Pub Scrawl by visiting as many venues as they want.

n For details, see www.therealmckee.co.uk