Sunday 5th of May - Sandycove and James Joyce Tower

On Sunday 5th of May, Dublin Sketchers will sketch in Sandycove near Forty Foot and the James Joyce Tower from 2pm and meet for drinks at 4pm in Fitzgerald's


If it’s your first time out and you can’t spot anyone at 2pm, just choose something to sketch and get stuck in. Keep your eyes open for anyone carrying a sketchbook and say hello. It's a friendly crowd who you’ll get to know over a drink from 4pm. Don't worry if you're late, most of us usually are! You need to bring your own paper and pens/pencils etc.


Here's a website about the location http://www.joycetower.ie/

The martello tower is where James Joyce set the first chapter of his book Ulysses.
From a food perspective, this is breakfast time, 8:00 am, so think tea, sugar, milk, eggs, bread, butter and honey!
This short video, presented by Senator David Norris, gives some low down on the first chapter.
Note that there will be no reading of Ulysses, but if you have questions, there'll be a few of us there who can help! 
Also, the James Joyce Tower haven't got back to us yet about sketching inside the tower, but they were happy to have us there last year, so let's hope for the best!!


From 4pm, we'll gather for a drink at Fitzgerald's in Sandycove. A bunch of sketchers will magically appear.


Hope to see you there!




Olives, Oysters and Oranges sketchbook project 2019

Between April and June, Dublin Sketchers will sketch in some of the places that appear in James Joyce’s Ulysses, which takes place on one day in Dublin in 1904. That day is celebrated every year as Bloomsday, 16th June.

The Olives, Oysters and Oranges sketchbook project will take inspiration from Ulysses,and in particular the references of food in Ulysses. Our work will parallel the exhibition of the same name at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The title for this project is taken from Flicka Small’s current research into the semiotics of food in Ulysses.

The sketchbooks will be exhibited upstairs at the Olivier Cornet Gallery on 15th and 16th of June, during the Bloomsday Festival. If you don’t want to exhibit your sketches, that is totally fine. Just come out with Dublin Sketchers as usual.



The sketchbooks will be a record of time and place, now and then. They will reveal Ulysses, one drawing at a time.

How do I integrate food into my sketching? How do I link the locations we sketch at and the text from Ulysses? These are a few questions you may have. The answer, of course is entirely up to you. A few extracts from Ulysses will be read at key locations. You may be inspired by the text itself of course. The whole universe as we know it exists in Ulysses. You can search through Ulysses online. Or you may be inspired by the locations themselves.  Or let your imagination run wild. Whatever your approach, have fun. Just like Joyce had fun when writing Ulysses.

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