17 – 25 NOVEMBER, 2023
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Beautiful products made by many hands as part of The Portland Inn Project

Opening 17th November
Exhibition open 18 – 25 November

The Portland Inn Project CIC will be showcasing and selling products as part of their social enterprise - from the famous Portland Pigeon to brand new hand-printed napkins. The ‘PIP’ social enterprise is an important part of the work they do and each product is carefully designed and made by many hands. As part of the PIP shop, there will be opportunities to get involved in special events which share the organisation's street-level production processes in a gallery setting. Not only is this a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes on some of their production, it's a chance to purchase something very special before christmas!

The Portland Inn Project is a creative arts project for a community in Stoke-on-Trent that aims to achieve community cohesion, economic, social and cultural development by involving the community in the development of a pioneering community space, cultural hub and social enterprise. They deliver a collaborative programme with residents. The organisation advocates for people-led change, and their programme aims to create a counter narrative for their neighbourhood.


Pigeon Drop Party
Friday 17th November 4-8pm

Join the Portland Inn Project in the gallery space for this free opening event. Here they will be launching and celebrating their newest flock of ceramic Portland Pigeons. This will be the first opportunity to see the PIP shop, get first dibs on the pigeon of your choice, learn the story behind the Portland Pigeon, meet the Pigeon Club production team and to enjoy some music by DJ Calum Murphy. Bring the whole family along - refreshments will be provided. The event includes hands-on activity for the little ones!

The Portland Supper Club
Saturday 18th November 6-8pm
Tickets £100 - 10 tickets available

A very special candle lit dinner! Enjoy a three course meal in an intimate gallery setting, prepared and cooked by chef Josh Bailey and the PIP youth club chefs. An extension of PIP's Portland Street Takeaways, this unique offering will feature some of the produce grown locally which their gardening club have cultivated. This special event will share the important work the project delivers around food, health and nutrition during a relaxed, dining experience.
Each ticket includes 3 beautiful courses, a hand-made limited screen print, a ‘PIP Picks’ posey of flowers and 10% off any PIP shop purchases.
The bar will be well stocked with juices, wine and beer and is donation only.

Pigeon Club
Tuesday 21st November 4-6pm

This free drop-in event will give the public an opportunity to participate in the production process of the famous Portland Pigeon - from press moulding, to fettling and slip decoration. The PIP pigeon club team will be on hand to show you ‘how to’ and give insight into how their products are produced in PIP’s regular Pigeon Club sessions.

S.M.U.T Womens Group - Potters Hand Cream
Friday 24th November 6-8pm
Tickets £30 - 10 tickets available - free for S.M.U.T members

During this very relaxing event, the public are invited to join PIP’s women’s group for the evening - S.M.U.T (Singles, Mothers and others Unite Together) PIP will be sharing and discussing the natural ingredients, remedies and properties of their Potters Hand Cream. PIP team/S.M.U.T members Anna Francis and Katrina Wilde will also be discussing the local ecology of the PIP neighbourhood. This product was developed by women in the group under the guidance of beekeeper Carol Britnell of Ivy Bank Honey Bees and Mrs B’s Wax Wares. Included in the ticket price - you will receive a Potters Hand cream, a hand massage by masseuse Espi Mansi and a glass of natural orange wine.