Portland Works Inside Out

Portland Works Inside Out

You’re invited to experience a unique multi-arts events programme, held at Portland Works – one of the UK’s oldest examples of a working metal trades factory.

Built in 1879, Portland Works is the place where stainless steel was first manufactured. It’s been described by the Big Issue North as an engine room of Sheffield’s industrial revolution. The once-neglected building, saved from redevelopment by a huge community buyout in 2013, is undergoing a transformation and is now home to a thriving crafts scene.

In addition to the core traditional wood and metal workers, the partly renovated building is now home to a community of diverse contemporary craftspeople including guitar makers, artists, rug makers and even a gin distillery.

Friday 23 September, 5pm-10pm Free entry. Digital installations, incorporating both the inside and outside will explore the past and present usage of the works. Book Friday tickets (free but essential due to limited space)

Saturday 24 September Free entry. Street party with live music, stalls and drinks. The Bare Project will also bring the place to life through a series of performances. Book £5 Saturday theatre tickets (tickets not required for general entry)

Arts Council EnglandThis exhibit is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


The Bare Project do theatre in all kinds of places. They’re resident artists at Theatre Delicatessen and Bank Street Arts.

Mesters Events specialise in outdoor happenings. They use their profits to fund trips to areas in need of humanitarian relief and disaster aid.