Art fans drink to pub scrawl

Pub Scraw in Sheffield pubs, January 20 2012
Pub Scraw in Sheffield pubs, January 20 2012

SHEFFIELD’S first-ever Pub Scrawl has clearly captured the imagination of the public even before it starts on Friday with all places on two guided tours already snapped up.

Artist Pete McKee, who has curated the event marrying 10 Sheffield artists (or collectives) with 10 of bars around the city, is encouraging people to create their own pub scrawl, going to all ten venues or just selecting their favourites.

The idea is that the artist will create artwork in their designated venue, using it as a canvas which could be anything from hanging a picture on the wall to a visual installation. Each venue will be different creating an exciting atmosphere within the city.

Earlier this week the draw was made to determine which artist is exhibiting in which venue

Ian Anderson of the Designer’s Republic will be at the University Arms; Tom J Newell, The Harley; Lord Bunn, Bath Hotel; Tado, The Bowery; Warp Films, The Washington; Sarah Abbott, The Forum; Faunagraphic, Frog and Parrot; Geo, The Great Gatsby; Fine and Dandy, Bungalows and Bears; Nick Deakin, DaDa (formerly Trippets). Each exhibition will run from 6pm until 11.30pm apart from Ian Anderson’s which runs from 7pm till 9pm.

Explained McKee, Sheffield Telegraph cartoonist and a painter with an international reputation: “I started my artistic journey by exhibiting in the Washington pub about six years ago.

“Pubs are a great place to show work, although this particular event will be more of an experience than an exhibition. I’m trying to take away the stuffiness that art can sometime encourage and I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.

“I’ve set up a series of exhibitions by a selection of Sheffield artists who I admire, who inspire me, and keep me on my toes.

“The fantastic thing is the enthusiasm that the artists have had for the project, and the desire to push their own boundaries and try something out of the ordinary.” There is a limited edition programme for £5 and the event is sponsored by local brewery Thornbridge who will be launching a special Scrawl ale.