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Created by artist Pete McKee, Pub Scrawl is an event where 10 creatives take over 10 venues to create the ultimate Sheffield pub/art crawl.

The grand plan for the installation was to transform The Washington, Sheffield’s ‘spiritual home of music’ into a place of colour, cuteness and playful reverence.

Along with the help of Jamie Salmon (aka The Curious Machine), I transformed the dance floor into a neon chapel of sorts, hosting it’s Sunday service. The chapel’s walls were adorned with ghosts from Sheffield’s past including the Tinsley towers and Roxy disco and The Oracle light screen danced to the mesmerising generative music of the Random Rainbow Organ. .

Outside in the beer garden the Sheffield Colouring Book came to life with a giant pencil rainbow, 5ft Alpacas and lots of paper flowers, nestled alongside LED mushroom lights, rainbow pencil pots and papercraft bunting. We also transformed the taproom into a colouring wonderland, with a multicoloured dartboard, papercraft Sheffield landmarks including Park Hill and a shop where visitors could purchase our colouring book, prints, cards and specially designed badges.

Photography by Tom Smith


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