Created for Pete's 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset exhibition, this work looks at the past to examine the present. The central house represents one of the first council houses to be bought by its owners after the Right to Buy scheme was introduced in 1980 under Margaret Thatcher’s government. This scheme gave council tenants the option of purchasing their home at a substantially discounted price. Although being able to buy one’s house is a cause for celebration, these council houses were never properly replaced. The house’s embellishments, including the Velux window, suggest that its occupants own rather than rent.
“You don’t need to know why or how the people in this house have been able to afford their place. They could have worked their way up in their jobs and earned a higher salary than most. Someone could have had a payout from a coal mining injury. Maybe they are brilliant at saving. The main thing I wanted to symbolise was what upward mobility looks like in this context and also what it looks like when people want to show they’ve moved up a gear.”
"They were the first on the street to holiday in Benidorm. There’s a bull fighting poster in the kitchen, Bill’s name printed in bold as the matador. Mavis has a framed photo of herself wearing a sombrero whilst drinking from a wine porrón." - Pete McKee
Created in 2022
Emulsion on board
Measurements including frame: 65cm x 90.5cm