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‘Frank & Joy: A Love Story’ Pete McKee previews new work ahead of upcoming exhibition


Frank & Joy in The Snog, on the side of Fagan's

Opening Saturday 4th November at Trafalgar Warehouse, renowned Sheffield artist Pete McKee’s most immersive and interactive exhibition to date, ‘Frank & Joy: A Love Story’.


10 years since they were painted on the side of Fagan's pub, audiences will follow the story of two of the artist’s much-loved characters, Frank and Joy, who feature in McKee’s mural ‘The Snog’. Although many of us associate them with Fagan's, their story takes place in the setting of McKee’s imagined local pub, ‘The Buffer’s Rest’.


Pete McKee, said: “While the mural that serves as the inspiration for this exhibition is on the side of the very real Fagan’s in Sheffield, Frank & Joy’s story takes place in an imagined pub – The Buffer’s Rest.


“It’s my idea of the perfect pub. It’s located in the heart of the city where industry and housing meet. It’s a pub that encompasses all those fantastic things that make a great pub.


“It’s warm and cosy, it’s full of character (and characters!), the perfect place for a refreshing pint, and you’re welcomed by the perfect hosts: Babs and Terry.”



It's not just the setting for the exhibition's story that Pete has revealed ahead of opening, some of the new characters who’ll be found at The Buffer’s Rest have also been unveiled.


Pete said: “There’s a few odd characters in The Buffer's Rest, but the pub wouldn’t be the same without them. Everyone’s accepted for who they are. It’s a home from home. And that means more to some than others.


“We all know straight away when we walk into a pub if it’s the right one. We’ll smile inwardly at the prospect of a good pint and a decent spot to sit and enjoy our drink. On the other hand, we’ve all stepped inside a boozer and immediately felt like turning on our heels.”

We're so excited to check out the exhibition, tickets are still available so be quick!


Frank & Joy: A Love Story runs from 4 - 19 November. The exhibition is part performance and booking is required.

Tickets are priced at £7 (plus booking fees) for adults, and £5 (plus booking fees) for children (aged 12-18). Children under the age of 12 and assistant carers do not require a ticket but must visit with a full priced adult.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

For more information on Pete McKee, click here.



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