They’ll be opening for tours and tastings in the coming weeks.
And the next visitors to Rebel City Distillery in Cork’s historic Docklands will be the first to check out two huge new custom murals created by locally-based Scottish artist Tom Campbell.
The artworks span the expanse of the old Ford Factory walls, where the distillery, founded by husband-and-wife Robert and Bhagya alongside Robert’s father Brendan Barrett, is breathing new life into the building, used to craft, distill and bottle a unique range of spirits on-site.
Inspired by the distillery itself and Rebel City’s first release Maharani Gin, the artworks took over a week to complete.
Maharani means ‘high queen’ and the female figure in the first mural echoes this, evoking a general tribute to revolutionary women everywhere and, more specifically, to Bhagya Barrett and the women from the organic cooperative in Kerala where the company sources its botanicals.
The second mural is more abstract and whimsical, with a bird motif alluding to the distillery’s location in the docklands.
Tom Campbell is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice involves drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. Born in Scotland and based in Ireland, he has worked across Europe, including France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and The UK.