Climb aboard for artist’s new show

Pete McKee on one of the buses at at transport museum in Rotherham that will be commuting people to his latest exhibition showcasing at the Blue Shed
Pete McKee on one of the buses at at transport museum in Rotherham that will be commuting people to his latest exhibition showcasing at the Blue Shed
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In modern Britain where you’d struggle to find a penny sweet at face value - a humble 2p coin won’t get you very far.

But there was a time, not so long ago, when the mighty tuppence kept thousands of Sheffielders on the move every day.

Until the late 1980s Sheffield operated a bus service across town which cost 2p for youngsters and 5p for adults.

It might seem a far cry from today’s public transport prices, but followers of Sheffield artist Pete McKee should hold on to that copper.

Popular painter Pete has enlisted the help of South Yorkshire Transport Museum to pay tribute to a time when the fourth-largest city in the UK had the fairest fares in the land.

He is putting on a 1960s double-decker to transport fans to his latest exhibition - The Joy of Sheff - at The Blue Shed in Brightside Lane tomorrow, for one day only.

The loan was inspired by a painting from Pete’s last exhibition, 22 Views, called ‘2p bus ride’.

He said: “It’s bringing some of the old exhibition into the new exhibition and a bit of old Sheffield into the new.

“The exhibition is a little bit further away than people might expect so it helps to get a few people there and it’s a good excuse to bring back some memories.”

A total of 35 McKee paintings and five commissioned sculpture and ceramics works by other Sheffield artists make up the exhibition, which will be unveiled tomorrow.

The 47-year-old, who is based at a studio in Heeley and has a gallery A Month of Sundays in Sharrow Vale Road, has billed his new creations as his most ambitious to date.

He also said it could be his last collection of work directly inspired by his home city.

The bus service will pick up fans from Paternoster Row on the hour, every hour from 10am until 4pm and will be first-come, first-served.