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 has 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 major commemorative exhibition celebrated the trailblazing creative vision of Pete Shelley. Memorabilia, photographs and footage from friends, family and fellow musicians were on display as well as original artworks and designs synonymous with his incredible career.
The exhibition was part of the Design Manchester festival and was co-curated by Design Manchester Artistic Director and designer Malcolm Garrett; a long-time friend and collaborator of Pete Shelley.
The exhibition formed a backdrop to a series of unique 'in conversation’ events that brought together key figures from Pete's life and career.
Understated was co-created by Malcolm Garrett and Helen Stalker with support from Joanne Fowler, Martyn Walsh and Peter Wadsworth.