past exhibition

20 November - 14 December 2019


Pete Shelley is one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal punk band Buzzcocks. Born in Leigh, his music as inspired generations of musicians, over a career that spanned five decades. Held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans, his death in December 2018 was felt deeply across the world. 

This commemorative pop-up exhibition celebrates the trailblazing creative vision of Pete Shelley. Memorabilia, photographs and footage from friends, family and fellow musicians will be on display as well as original artworks and designs synonymous with his incredible career. 

Originating at The Turnpike, a place that Pete Shelley knew well, this is the first in a series of exhibitions that will continue to explore the global influence of a local lad from Leigh.

The exhibition is part of this year's Design Manchester festival and is co-curated by Design Manchester Artistic Director and designer Malcolm Garrett; a long-time friend and collaborator of Pete Shelley.


The exhibition will form a backdrop to a series of unique 'in conversation events that will bring together key figures from Pete's life and career.

Understated has been co-created by Malcolm Garrett, Joanne Fowler, Martyn Walsh, Peter Wadsworth and Helen Stalker

A series of live music events will be taking place in various venues, organised by the Pete Shelley Memorial Campaign. for more information visit


Photos by Livia Lazar. Courtesy the artists and The Turnpike