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Launch Night of UNION by Noel Bowler

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Waterfront Gallery, University of Suffolk

Waterfont Building

Neptune Quay

Ipswich

IP4 1QJ

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An invitation to the launch night of UNION

Noel Bowler’s expansive project ‘Union’ looks at the spaces of organised labour. The work explores the meeting rooms and back offices at the coalface of the ideological war between labour and capital that has shaped our lives since the industrial revolution.


Made over a 5-year period in trade union offices in 14 countries, the photographs offer us a glimpse into the places where the decisions and policies that affect so many are created. Bowler gives us a unique insight into the pressures and challenges facing unions in this era of political and economic uncertainty, radical changes in traditional work practices and increased worker insecurity. The work of the Union movement has never been so relevant for so many throughout Ireland and the world. This timely work continues Bowler’s ongoing consideration of the political forces that shape our world, reflected through the organisation of social space. Mostly unpeopled, these interior spaces are quietly revealing. Some organisations occupy the simplest of functional spaces, others confidently demonstrate their rootedness within the established order of things, their spaces echoing the board rooms of corporate power.


“It’s heartening to spend time with Bowler’s quietly anchored work, to recognise the value and richness of all these sustained labours and understand that there are still sharp minds and strong hands ready to navigate difficult waters”
Ken Grant, Writer and Photographer

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