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Women of the Factories

Women of the Factories

A Photographic Exhibition of Factory Women in Cork


15 – 22 June, 9am - 5pm
(Launch 14 June, 6pm)


The Atrium, Cork City Hall

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Women of the Factories is an exhibition of photographs that document factory women in Cork in the early to mid 1900’s, capturing their strength, joy, fierceness, ambition and vulnerability. The images include Dwyer’s Boot Factory, Thompson’s Bread & Cake Factory, Faber-Castell Pencil Factory, Lamkin’s Tobacco Factory, O’Gorman’s Hat & Cap Factory and Sunbeam Factory, taken between 1915-1956.

Collated by Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy (Artistic directors of Junk Ensemble), the exhibition ties into Junk Ensemble’s dance-theatre production of Man at the Door (Number 54), performed in Sunbeam Bingo Hall in Blackpool as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. Sunbeam Bingo is located on the site of Sunbeam Factory, which was destroyed in a fire in 2003.

The photographs are courtesy of Irish Examiner Archives and originally compiled by The Everyman Theatre.

Junk Ensemble are Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane, supported by the The Arts Council, Cork City Council and Firkin Crane. Women Of The Factories is supported by Cork City Council as part of Creative Ireland.