"In my day we didn’t need a global pandemic to holiday at home." - Pete McKee

Curatorial Note

Created for Pete's 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset exhibition this work looks at the past to examine the present. Although the term “staycation” predates the pandemic, it was used more than ever during lockdown. The artist was prompted to create this piece while reflecting on how holidaying at home is now marketed.

Set in the 1970s, a couple wait for a coach early in the morning. Pete went on these low budget holidays throughout his childhood, specifically staying at caravan sites “...because they were cheap and cheerful.” 

“The idea of working-class people going abroad for their holidays back then was fantastical. [...] Camping was probably the most basic level, then it’d be caravans, B&Bs, and finally, the absolute pinnacle of indulgence: a seafront hotel with full bed and board. A staycation for us just meant a holiday. I find it so funny how staycation trips have been marketed to mean something completely different. Nowadays you’re slumming it if you haven’t got a Jacuzzi and a gastro pub around the corner.”

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 56cm
Large print: 50cm x 70cm

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

Please note that unframed prints take 1-3 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 53cm (approx)
Large framed print: 54cm x 70cm (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 41cm

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