Grade II listed Portland Works was the birthplace of stainless steel – the invention which gave Sheffield its name as the world’s ‘Steel City’. It is also a rare example of a still functioning metal trades complex, providing low-cost workshop space to small manufacturing businesses, independent artists and craftspeople.
With Portland Works under threat from redevelopment, Hand Of ran two very special events designed to boost the profile of the building’s community shares campaign – which went on to be described by The Guardian as “one of the biggest community community ownership schemes in the country”. The first cultural events to take place in the complex, Hand Of’s concerts exhibited a selection of electro-acoustic compositions and performance art by artists from across the UK, as well as acoustic musicians rooted in the North of the country.
Hand Of is now also a proud owner of a Portland Works Community Share.