Over 10,000 people flock to Pete McKee's This Class Works exhibition

As Pete McKee's This Class Works exhibition draws to a close, the Sheffield artist has revealed that over 10,000 people have visited in just 16 days.

Sunday, 29th July 2018, 6:49 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th July 2018, 6:52 pm
Pete McKee at work. Picture: India Hobson

This Class Works - an 'exploration and celebration of the working class' with a political edge - is his first major show since undergoing a lifesaving liver transplant, needed to treat cirrhosis triggered by a rare genetic condition.

It opened on July 14 at a warehouse space at 92 Burton Road, and ended today (July 29).

Speaking on Twitter, Pete said: "After 16 sold out days which have seen over 10,000 visitors THIS CLASS WORKS is in it's final few hours. Before we close the doors for the last time I would love to know which was your favourite artwork from the exhibition?"

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Pete came up with the concept for This Class Works as he was recuperating from his transplant last year.

He said: "I wanted other artists to be a part of the show and make sure there was plenty of incredible work to see."

52-year-old Pete grew up on a council estate as the youngest of four children.

His father was a steelworker, his mother worked for a bakery, and he had jobs in a factory and as a postman before turning to art full-time.

He previously said he wanted the show to 'redress the unbalance that exists in the media and society'.

"It’s important for me to show the spirit of the working class; the pride, hope, fight, passion and resourcefulness that has been their foundation."

Thousands of people went to see his 2016 collection Six Weeks to Eternity, a nostalgic look back at school summer holidays, at the Magna centre in Rotherham.