Dublin Sketcher’s Ulysses sketchbook project 2018

Dublin Sketcher’s Ulysses sketchbook project 2018

Between February and June, Dublin Sketchers will get down and dirty with James Joyce. We’ll sketch in some of the places that appear in his big book Ulysses – a 700 page crazy epic that takes place on one day in Dublin in 1904. That day is celebrated every year as Bloomsday, 16th June.

The Drawing on Joyce sketchbook project will take inspiration from Ulysses – the stories, the characters, the rumour and humour. We’ll sketch pubs, chemists and cafés. Parks, martello towers and cemeteries. The sketchbooks will be a record of time and place, now and then. They will reveal Ulysses, one drawing at a time.

If you want to join the Drawing on Joyce sketchbook project, the dates for the main Ulysses sketch crawls are below. Extra dates over the 5 months will be added if other locations can be sorted out.

The sketch books will be exhibited 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.

Drawing on Joyce Sketchbook Project Dates

Sunday 11th February 2pm – 4pm: Joyce Tower and Forty Foot in Sandycove to dive into the opening chapter of Ulysses. Bring your swimsuit if you are feeling brave!

Sunday 11th March noon – 4pm: Sketch crawl from O'Connell Street down Grafton Street, past Davy Byrne’s pub and onto the National Museum. This route follows the course of the hungry Lestrygonians chapter of Ulysses and ends up in the National Library for a heated debate about Shakespeare in the Scylla and Charybdis episode.

Sunday 8th April noon – 4pm: Sketch crawl from Little Britain Street down to Ormond Quay and across to Merchant's Arch in Temple Bar, avoiding singing saucies and rampant nationalists. We'll be taking in chapters Wandering Rocks, Sirens and Cyclops. 

Sunday 13th May 2pm – 4pm: Swenys Chemist, St Andrew's Church and Westland Row for the drug-fuelled Lotus Eaters chapter.

Sunday 10th June 2pm – 4pm: Eccles Street and North Great George's Street for a marathon of chapters (Calypso, Ithaca and Penelope). 

Full details of each Drawing on Joyce sketch crawl will be on www.dublinsketchers.com in the week leading up to the event. You can follow the development of the project on the website, and Twitter @DublinSketchers and @DrawingonJoyce. If you can’t join the sketch crawls in Dublin, then tweet your related sketch during the week of the sketch out.

As you are now so once were we Ulysses, James Joyce.