Portland Works


Portland Works, just off Bramall Lane, is the home of Now Then and its parent company, Opus. We've got a lot of love for this Grade 2*-listed complex and the board have just appointed a new Education and Outreach Officer to support the next stage of development, so now is a good time to give you the lowdown.

The newly-refurbished MakerSpace at Portland Works is now available to hire for events, meetings and exhibitions, a lovely 60-capacity venue with AV equipment and genuine industrial character. The above image was taken in the same space in 1908, polishers and burnishers hard at work.

Portland has over 30 tenants, working in everything from traditional metalwork to gin distilling. Open Up Sheffield is a good opportunity to see artists at the complex in their natural environment (5-6 and 12-13 May, 11am-5pm, openupsheffield.co.uk), while you can get a free guided tour and see some of the restoration work in progress at the open days on 12 May (11am to 5pm) and 9 September.

If you're looking for a small venue with real character, take a look at their site for more info on the MakerSpace. For a proper nosey around this unique, internationally-significant complex, get yourself down to one of the open days.

Butcher & Catch

199-203 Whitham Road

Opened last year to great fanfare, Butcher & Catch is a welcome addition to the Broomhill high street. The focus of this independent, family-run bar and restaurant is on provenance, quality and sustainability, with a great deal of care and attention put into everything that makes it onto your plate.

All of the meats served at Butcher & Catch are reared in close collaboration with local farmers, and are both Farm Assured and Red Tractor accredited, ensuring a high level of animal welfare. Likewise, all the seafood on the menu can be traced back to the time and place it was caught - fresh, sustainable and as local as possible.

Producers and suppliers include such esteemed traders as Moss Valley Fine Meats, Sheffield Cheesemasters, Our Cow Molly, Bradfield Brewery, Stancill Brewery, John Crawshaw and Frazer's Coffee Roasters. On the B&C site, you can find recipes featuring ingredients from these fine providers.

They are also on the look-out for new front of house and kitchen staff, so jump onto the site and click 'Careers' if you're interested in becoming part of the family.

Butcher & Catch is open seven days a week, 11am to 10pm. Book to avoid disappointment.

Portraits from the Market

17 May to 24 June, Persistence Works

Local portrait painter Andrew Hunt is one of the few artists we've featured in Now Then twice. We can't get over how hypnotising Andrew's work is, so it's great to see a new exhibition of some of his huge (and we mean huge) photo-realistic pieces setting up shop this month at Persistence Works, opposite the Rutland Arms on Brown Street.

Portraits From The Market is a collaborative project, with paintings based on 50 photos of people who visited or work at the Moor Market by local photographer Chris Saunders. Andrew and Chris took over a market stall for a day to capture the images. Even more intriguingly, the paintings aren't finished, so visitors can get an insight into Andrew's techniques and approaches as he completes them in situ.

We'd strongly advise popping your head before 24 June in if you're in the area. And by the way, we reserve the right to feature Andrew's work in the mag a third time...

Sheffield Micro Comic Con

Sat 19 May, Tonearm Vinyl

Sheffield Comics Network was set up in 2016 by comic book expert Bambos Georgiou, who has 30 years of experience in writing, drawing and editing, working with giants like Marvel and DC. As well as monthly meet-ups, the Network has hosted and been involved in a number of events since its inception, including the Big Draw 2017, and Bambos has been working with La Biblioteka on Pinstone Street to ensure the network's publications are readily accessible to the masses.

Bambos et al will be hosting a pop-up Micro Con at Tonearm Vinyl in Walkley this month, running from midday until 5pm. There will be around seven comic creators in attendance, whose work ranges from personal zines to US-style comics. There will also be prints available from illustrator Nick Taylor and Sheffield Hallam University will be bringing a high-tech gadget which records how people read comics on the page.

Tonearm Vinyl will be selling records as usual, proprietor and comic book fan Scott having kindly offered the space out. Check it out.

Make A Difference Awards 2018


For over 90 years, Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) has provided support, advocacy and leadership for our voluntary sector. According to the recent State of Sheffield report, the city is home to 3,300 voluntary and community groups, which contribute almost as much economically as the two universities combined, but many are working at a neighbourhood level, so the joining-up work that VAS does is absolutely vital.

The Make A Difference Awards started in 2016 as a way to celebrate 'the quiet heroes of Sheffield' and the huge difference they make. VAS will be consulting about their categories for this year's awards soon and they are also looking for organisational sponsors to help support the cost of running the event. The 2016 event was hosted at Cutlers' Hall, with awards presented by Jessica Ennis-Hill.

If you're interested in sponsoring, get in touch with them on info@vas.org.uk, or visit their website and join the mailing list to be kept in the loop about what VAS is up to.

Herdings Food Growers


Reach South Sheffield helps local people overcome barriers and inequalities by offering learning opportunities, support to work, health and lifestyle initiatives and volunteering. Based in the Reach Online Centre on Blackstock Road in Gleadless, Reach also runs the nearby 189 Centre, the community-managed Newfield Green Library, and the Herdings Community and Heritage Centre on Morland Road, a lovely building which we're told is the second oldest in Sheffield, after the Bishops' House in Meersbrook Park.

In collaboration with Heeley City Farm, Reach are currently running the Herdings Food Growers project at the Herdings Centre, giving local people the chance to learn how to grow their own fruit, veg and flowers. Sessions with Health Practitioner Kim Hinchliffe run on Thursday mornings, 9am to 12pm. There's a real community feel and everyone has a role, from tending to plants to building furniture and making the tea.

For more information, contact Kim on kim.hinchliffe@gvcf.org.uk or 0114 2398946. Visit the Reach website to learn about the many worthwhile projects they run.