Portland Works is hosting the Irish Connections Exhibitions as part of the Sheffield Irish Association celebrations. It is a group exhibition of work from people with Irish connections. The launch and private view was on Saturday and it was great to meet new people and celebrate with everyone. The exhibition is on until 18th March.
Since the great hunger in 1845 the Irish people have been leaving Ireland to take up employment and residence all over the world. The Irish Diaspora in Sheffield is descended from people who walked over the Pennines from Liverpool and Manchester to seek employment in the cutlery and tool making industry
The Portland Works complex is a fitting venue for this exhibition and demonstrates the connection and continuity of the Irish people in Sheffield.
You can see my work ‘seed’ an installation of poetry, earth and print installed into the space along with work from other artists.