Sun 11th Feb Martello Tower in Sandy Cove and Forty Foot bathing place

On Sunday 11th February Dublin Sketchers will head to the Martello Tower in Sandycove, also known as the James Joyce Tower, and the nearby Forty Foot bathing place. 

Get sketching from 2pm and we'll meet in Fitzgerald's of Sandcove at 4pm to check out each other's work. 

Be sure to dress for the cold - the tower doesn't have much (if any) heating and the bathing place is, well, on the Irish Sea!

The website for the tower is
The website for the pub is

If you want, you can draw on the theme of the opening chapter of James Joyce's crazy adventure Ulysses. 

Here's an 18 minute intro to the whole book 

This short video, presented by Senator David Norris, gives some low down on the first chapter.

If you're joining in the Ulysses sketch book project, you might want to get a dedicated sketch book for it. Or work on A4 or A3 loose leaf pages. 

Bring your swimsuit if you are feeling brave!

If it's your first time out .... bring your own paper and pens/pencils, turn up, say hello to anyone who looks like a sketcher and get stuck in! You'll meet everyone at 4pm over a drink in the pub. 

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 caf├ęs. 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.

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.
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. Future project dates - Sunday 11th March, Sunday 8th April, Sunday 13th May and Sunday 10th June.