The first edition in the Acts of Care series of works.  Thorough research into Sheffield’s industrial history culminating in a publicly sited intervention and collection of handmade tools, created specifically for the project.  In Acts of Care altered traditional techniques are employed to perform acts of individualised care within the public landscape.  The works take the form of repair interventions; acting upon or within areas of damage to create new works. In order to perform the acts of care the tools specific to the tasks required are also made.  
Each tool having its own palette, material language and scale in accordance to the geographical location of the intervention and techniques employed.  The sites of the Sheffield Edition interventions are within the walls of Portland Works on Randall St; the location where Stainless Steel cutlery was first made 100 years ago.  This site was chosen as it holds a strong historical significance within the metal trades and it continues to thrive today as a community owned series of workshops which house a variety of highly skilled craftspeople, artists and small scale manufacturers.
Exhibition catalogue


Jerwood Makers Open



With Thanks


Clare Cumberlidge (curation)

Exhibition Locations

Jerwood Space 2013
Palais de Tokyo 2015
FACT Gallery 2016
Norwich Museum 2016
Hull Central Library 2017

Each tool created within the Acts of Care series are highly specific in their function

Their highly specified use betrays an obsessive manifesto for modern acts of care.

Are we the last generation to be able read these objects?

to de-code the meanings of the various joints, design and materials to glean information as to their proposed use?