The Portland Inn Project

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. Portland Street, where the project is located, is within an area of the city centre, where derelict properties were sold for £1 with the view of changing the fortunes of the area. This is a collaborative delivery led by artists Anna Francis and Rebecca Davies, with associate artists including Alice Thatcher.

Between 2015 and 2018, British Ceramics Biennial worked as partners on the Community Maker project, where local residents were invited to explore the community together and think about the future, while sharing food together and working with clay.

Clay has continued to be a key focus for the project, with many opportunities for local people to enjoy making ceramics, with a view to embedding the material as a key feature of the community facilities being co-designed with the Portland Street Community.