Ale and arty - pub scrawl in fine fettle

Some of the art work on display art The Forum Bar, Devonshire Street, Sheffield, as part of the Pub Scrawl event.
Some of the art work on display art The Forum Bar, Devonshire Street, Sheffield, as part of the Pub Scrawl event.
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NEVER has there been a better excuse to pop down the pub.

Sheffield’s first ever pub scrawl – which teamed 10 local artists with the same number of the city’s finest watering holes – had punters flocking in.

And the evening proved such a success that organiser and artist Pete McKee is hoping to repeat the event.

The idea was the artist could create artwork in their designated venue, using it as a canvas for anything from hanging a picture on the wall to a visual installation.

And drinkers – not to mention art lovers – were able to call into as many places as they fancied on a pub crawl-style night out.

All of the venues – the University Arms on Brook Hill, The Harley on Glossop Road, The Bath Hotel on Victoria Street, The Washington on Fitzwilliam Street, The Bowery and The Forum, both on Devonshire Street, Bungalows and Bears, The Frog & Parrot and The Great Gatsby, all on Division Street and DaDa on Trippet Lane – were heaving.

Pub Scrawl curator Pete said the event was an attempt to take away some of the stuffiness which can be associated with the art world.

“The whole night was a brilliant, with every venue packed out,” said Pete.

“I led a tour party of 50 people calling in at each of the 10 venues.

“There were two other official tours each containing groups of 50 bringing the total to 150.

“And there were lots of other people who decided to take their own unofficial tour, some calling in at selected pubs others calling in at every bar.

“It was great night and, yes, we’re going to get our heads together to talk about repeating it.

“It was certainly a hit with the bars and also the punters but I need to talk to the artists involved to see if they want to give it another.”