New Pete McKee exhibition marks ten years of support for Sheffield Children’s Hospital
The new exhibition curated by Artfelt has been launched in The Long Gallery in Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Most people will recognise the beloved Sheffield artist Pete McKee for his local roots and the creative talents which have earned him a worldwide following, but lesser known is his steadfast support for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Over the last ten years, McKee has designed a Christmas card to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity’s arts programme, Artfelt, raising more than £38,000 to help create distraction within the hospital and making the clinical more comfortable with engaging artwork and patient workshops.
Now a Christmas tradition at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the cards represent just one of the ways McKee supports its work. Pete became a patron of Artfelt in 2012 and over the years, he has donated £10,000 from the sales of his ‘Penguin Book’ artwork, designed a Herd of Sheffield elephant which sold for £22,000 and created a swing-tag for a Pulp-inspired Sheffield Wednesday shirt which recently raised over £30,000.
To celebrate Pete’s ongoing support, a new exhibition curated by Artfelt has now been launched in The Long Gallery in Sheffield Children’s Hospital, featuring prints from his archives, which examine childhood, family and the fun of growing up.
Pete McKee explained: “Knowing just how valuable and vital Sheffield Children’s Hospital is, especially being a parent who has relied on its services in the past, it has been a pleasure to fundraise for them for over a decade”
“I was even more delighted to become a patron of Artfelt, the arts programme for Sheffield Children’s, a few years ago. I am a strong believer in how art can help an individual’s recovery and improve their surroundings, especially if they need distraction from being in hospital.
“I hope you enjoy this collection of classic McKee works specially-selected by Artfelt.”
This year's McKee Christmas card
Artfelt Manager Cat Powell added: “It’s a privilege to have Pete as our patron as he truly understands the power of art in hospitals. I always enjoy the big reveal when I see the year’s Christmas card for the first time!
“Pete’s art is very popular with our patients and we will frequently see examples of his work being created on the wards, so it’s great to bring this exhibition to the hospital for everyone to enjoy.
“I hope Pete’s unique take on family and childhood resonates with our visitors and gives them a moment of humour or reflection during their time at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”