THIS CLASS GIVES
• Pete McKee announces collaboration with Sheffield food bank to raise awareness of food poverty
• Donations will receive a limited edition Pete McKee artwork as a thank you
• Pop-up donation centre to take place on Saturday the 23 June between 10am – 2pm in Sheffield
• Pete’s new exhibition celebrating the working class runs from 14 – 29 July. More info at www.thisclassworks.com
This is a chance to own a limited edition Pete McKee artwork in exchange for food!
As part of his forthcoming exhibition, THIS CLASS WORKS, Pete is pleased to announce THIS CLASS GIVES, a charitable event in collaboration with S2 Food Poverty Network. This will take place at a pop-up donation centre at 40-44 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GF on Saturday the 23rd of June and will be open from 10am until 2pm.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Recent statistics showed that between the 1st of April 2017 and the 31st of March 2018 a national food bank network ‘distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 13% increase on the previous year.’ 484,026 of these emergency food supplies went to children.*
Charitable organisations such as the S2 Food Bank in Sheffield help tackle such food shortage problems as well as helping with housing loss, family breakdowns, mental health problems and crime.
All donations made at the ‘THIS CLASS GIVES’ pop-up event will be given to the S2 Food Poverty Network. They will then distribute these goods around a number of food banks throughout Sheffield in order to reach as many areas of the city as possible.
In order to receive this free, very special, limited edition tinned McKee and support S2 Food Bank’s work all you need to do is to bring in food or household items. Suggestions include: cereal, dry pasta and noodles, sugar, UHT milk, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, jam, peanut butter, baked beans, spaghetti hoops, rice pudding, tinned soup, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned pies, toilet roll, tooth paste, tampons, sanitary towels, nappies, washing powder, baby wipes, baby food, shower gel, shampoo and deodorant. Please note: we cannot accept any fresh food and can only accept tinned or dried goods.
Pete McKee said:
“If even one food bank alone existed it would be one too many. Sadly the number of food banks throughout the UK are on the rise, reflecting the increasing numbers of people needing to use them. It was a privilege to visit the S2 Food Bank and witness the incredible work they do. Not only do they provide desperately needed food but also long term support to those who use their services. Their aims are to provide both short term and long term relief, with goals to help change people’s situations so they no longer have to rely on food banks. This pop-up art exchange is just a small gesture but hopefully will not only provide much needed donations but also raise awareness that food banks still exist today. Hopefully, we can reach a point one day where the need for food banks can be eradicated”
Only 500 limited edition McKee tins will be available and only one can be issued per person, however the amount of items you choose to donate is entirely up to you. Please note that all McKee tins are empty and do not contain any food products.
Pete McKee’s new exhibition, This Class Works, runs 14-29 July at 92 Burton Road in Sheffield. This Class Works is an exploration and celebration of the working class. Different to anything he has done before, the exhibition is a collaboration between Pete and fellow artists, film makers and photographers who share an affinity for the UK’s working class.
More information can be found at www.thisclassworks.com