Self Catering


"There’s no shortage of love, just a shortage of childhood." - Pete McKee

Curatorial Note

Created for Pete's 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset exhibition this work is Pete’s response to reading about the large number of young carers living in the UK, amounting to over 800,000. This painting is neither judgement nor condemnation of the households that find themselves in this situation but simply aims to illustrate the difficult reality of those who find they have little choice.

Here, a small child has breakfast alone. In the foreground, the unicorn on her bag and the colourful cereal packet suggest the carefree and childlike world into which she would like to escape. In the background is the reality of her situation, evidenced by the unwashed dishes and pile of dirty laundry. The chaotic clutter stands between her and the window. This further alludes to how such responsibilities separate and isolate this little girl from the rest of the world.

Product Options:

This image is available as an art print, produced on high-quality paper and available unframed or framed. This image is also available on canvas. 

Unframed art print*
Small print: 40cm x 40cm
Large print: 60cm x 60cm

*Dimensions include a white border that surrounds the image and measures approximately 5cm.

Please note that unframed prints take 1-2 working days to be printed and an extra 1-2 working days for delivery. Unframed prints are available the same day from the McKee gallery for collection only.

Framed art print
Mounted and framed in a bespoke, glass, black angled frame. Made by the gallery's local framer.

Small framed print: 43cm x 43cm (approx)
Large framed print: 63cm x 63cm (approx)

Please note that framed prints take 7-10 working days to be made up and an extra 2-3 working days for delivery.

Our canvases are hand-stretched onto chunky pine frames with hand-folded corners. Our McKee images are printed onto the canvases with high-definition printers to produce sharp, high quality images.

Canvas: 31cm x 31cm

Please note our canvases can take up to 7 working days to be delivered or to be collected in store.  

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