Pete's new book: 'Council Skies'

Pete McKee is delighted to announce details of his latest book, Council Skies. This publication offers the most comprehensive overview of the artist’s work since he began painting in 2004. Growing up on a council estate has shaped the content of McKee’s work, which offers unique social commentary on working-class life, music and subcultures. Released at 10am, Friday the 14th of June and priced at £25 this hardback book features never-before-seen sketches and over seventy colour illustrations of the artist’s work.

To celebrate the release of Council Skies Pete will be hosting several signings around the UK in conjunction with his pop-gallery tour. If you wish to attend a book signing you can just arrive at the venues on the times and dates shown below, with the exception of Sheffield.*

  • Brighton: 10am-12pm, Saturday the 15th of June. ONCA, 14 St George’s Pl, BN1 4GB
  • Birmingham: 10am-12pm, Saturday the 6th of July. Arch 21, Custard Factory, Gibb St, B9 4AA
  • Sheffield: 6pm-8pm, Thursday the 11th of July. Ambulo, 48 Arundel Gate, S1 2PP
  • Nottingham: 10am-12pm, Saturday the 27th of July. Floor 1, Rough Trade Nottingham, 5 Broad St, NG1 3AJ

*Please note: If you would like to attend the Sheffield signing then the book must be pre-ordered. You can pre-order the signed book now from Pete’s website. Please note you must be able to pick up the book in the person on Thursday the 11th of July at Ambulo between 6pm - 8pm. Any books not collected for the signing will be refunded.


Council Skies also features a foreword by Mary O’Hara, award-winning journalist for The Guardian and author of Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK. The introduction was written by Dr Sue McPherson, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University whose research is predominantly rooted in the relationships between class and culture.

‘I’m really proud of this book because I fought long and hard to stand on my own two feet and declare I was an artist. Council Skies represents my childhood, love of music, fashion, the working class, family and life’s simple pleasures. I set myself strict parameters regarding my artistic process and the basic materials I use. I’m grateful i’ve been able to stick with these constants whilst developing my style over the years which I think the book demonstrates.’ - Pete McKee