Quiet and Loud: Designs for Collective Assembly

Portland Works is an integrated metal works and the birthplace of stainless steel cutlery. In 2013 it was saved from redevelopment through a community purchase campaign. This exhibition explores the involvement of designers within the ongoing campaign, bringing into focus the posters, drawings and graphics that have helped to make invisible manufacturing and collective action visible to a wide audience. It celebrates the importance of these quiet contributions within a much louder campaign.

Portland Works is an active industrial workplace and the site is unfortunately not fully wheelchair accessible. It is intended that the exhibition will take place on a ground floor workshop. Individuals with specific access requirements or queries are advised to phone the organiser in advance to ensure that appropriate measures can be met. Visitors should be aware that there are no on-site disabled toilets or baby changing facilities. There is on-street pay and display parking close to the works.

Portland Works is a social enterprise, owned by over 500 community shareholders. This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Studio Polpo, an architecture practice and social enterprise who have been closely involved with Portland Works since 2009.

Date: 26th-28th June
Venue: Portland Works
Time: Open 11am – 6pm


Venue Info

Portland Works
Randall Street




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