‘daughters of the magdalen asylums’


Work exhibited in 2011 at Redbrick Mill in Batley. Several pieces from the work were shown in March 2012, at Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland. In making this body of work the artist is mindful of the historical and social functions of photographs and of the conditions of labour in the 19th Century. I am also attempting to memorialise the many emigrant Irish women who left Ireland to work in the mills of the North of England. Some were escaping the notorious ‘Magdalen Asylums’, where women and young girls were incarcerated and laboured within the Laundries, often for decades, with no real legitimacy.