Sheffield and its twin city, Pittsburgh, USA, have both been indelibly shaped by the steel-making industry, which once employed local people in their thousands. The remarkable parallels between these great “steel cities” are set to be explored by artist Jo Peel in a brand new exhibition making its debut at the Millennium Gallery this summer.
Steel City, City on the Move will bring together an immersive kaleidoscope of murals, painting and film to explore the shared legacy of steel in Sheffield and its American counterpart, Pittsburgh, formerly the steel capital of the world.
The exhibition takes its inspiration from ‘Sheffield, City on the Move’, a promotional film produced by the City of Sheffield in the 1970s and today often seen as a misguidedly optimistic prophecy of the city’s fortunes. Through the exhibition, Sheffield-based artist Jo Peel seeks to explore how the industry has come to shape contemporary Sheffield, reclaiming the ‘Steel City’ nickname as a positive epithet and source of pride.