Sketches from Sun.28th, Ullysses inspired Sketch Crawl.

And many thanks to James who informed and entertained, making Ulysses accessible to us all!

PS. Sorry for some errors in Sketcher's names.  Possibly better if initials were added to the page , next time!  M

                                                                 3 Sketches from Chris

                                                                       Tony K.



                                                                     Three by Pat McA

                                                                          By Caroline

                                                                            By Mary O'C

                                                                    Two by Michelle B

                                                                              By Mandy

                                                                       By Kate?
                                                                                By Kate

                                                                          By Neasa

By  Vourneen

       By  Marie K.

                                                                         By Mae


                                                                            By Caithriona S.

 4 by Marie-Hélène

Dublin Sketchers at Harold's Cross - an exhibition

As you all know, we have been sketching in Harold's Cross over the last couple of months.

Our Sketchbooks are going to be exhibited at the Rosary Pastoral Centre at the back of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary on Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th May from 12 noon to 5pm. The exhibition opening will be on Friday 17th May at 6pm. So why don't you join us, and bring family and friends.

Click on this link if you're not sure where the pastoral centre is.

There will be a lot happening in Harold's Cross that week, so check out the festival programme if you want to join in the fun.

Information for participants

I have checked your surname details, either by contacting you or through your email address. If you haven't heard from me, WhatsApp me (Marie-Hélène) with your full name as you would like it to appear on the programme

Put your name and contact details inside the cover of your sketchbook in case someone wants to contact you - a potential buyer, or someone who has a question.

We need all the sketchbooks on Sunday 12th May so there is not last minute panic - I will collect your sketchbook after we've sketched on the 12th of May. If you can't be there that day, contact me via WhatsApp and we'll work something out.

Sketchers delivering a framed or unframed piece should bring it themselves to the Rosary Pastoral Centre in Harold's Cross on Friday 17th May at 4pm

If you can at all, please be there for the exhibition opening on Friday 17th May at 6pm. Bring your friends and family!

A few of us will be manning the exhibition over the weekend to answer questions from the public and to look after your sketchbooks. I will send you a reminder of your roster time via WhatsApp or text. You know who you are. Please be there 15 minutes before your roster time so the person who was there before you can leave on time.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Sunday 28th April - Sketch Crawl inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses - Starting at 12 noon

Note about the weather: If the weather is too miserable, we'll take shelter in pubs and cafés and eat and drink our way through Ulysses! Updates will be on our WhatsApp and Instagram feeds

On Sunday 28 April, Dublin Sketchers are going on a sketch crawl inspired by James Joyce's epic book about Dublin - Ulysses. 

Midday - meet and quick sketch at Foot Locker on O'Connell Street. 

Walk down to .....
12.30pm - meet and quick sketch on the board walk by O'Connell Bridge on the north side of the River Liffey.

Walk down to ...
1.15pm - meet and quick sketch under the columns of the Bank of Ireland on College Green.

Walk down to ...
2.15pm meet and quick sketch around Davy Byrne's pub on Duke Street.

Walk down to ...
3.15pm meet and sketch outside Masonic Lodge on Molesworth Street. Or continue on to sketch outside the National Library on Kildare Street. 

If you want, you can draw on the theme of the Lestrygonians chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses. This short video gives some low down on the chapter. You can also take inspiration from the Scylla and Charybdis chapter that takes place in the National Library. Here's a short video about it. Both are presented by John Singleton.

If you're joining in the Olives, Oysters and Oranges sketchbook project, you might want to get a dedicated sketch book for it, or not, the choice is yours. 

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 Duke Pub on Duke Street.  

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.

Sunday 14 April at Harold's Cross

On Sunday 14th April Dublin Sketchers will sketch in the Harold's Cross area from 2PM.
Meet for drinks at McGowan's of Harold's Cross beside Harold's Cross park (North end) around 4pm

Dublin Sketchers have been invited to participate in the Harold's Cross Festival this year, 13th to the 19th May, where we will publicly display our work. It's not too late to join in the fun. We might even sketch in Harold's Cross mid-week some time between now and the festival. Remember you don't need to have a sketchbook full - even just a couple of sketches from Harold's Cross is enough to take part!

We are participating in this because it’s fun and it’s a celebration of the art of urban sketching. The pieces we exhibit will not be advertised for sale. But if you are happy to part with your artwork, make sure that your contact details are available (name and phone number on a label inside the sketchbook cover or the back of the frame) so any prospective buyer can contact you.

The Harold’s Cross Festival is a community event celebrating everything that is good about Harold’s Cross.  It’s a place steeped in history.
There is much to sketch in the Harold's Cross area including
1. The Park
2. Mount Jerome Cemetery
3. Mount Argus church, grotto, river and park
4. Harold's Cross Road, shops/business's etc
5. Leinster Road area, houses and small parks

Harold's Cross is well served by public transport; Dublin Bus routes 9, 16, 18, 49, 54a and 83 (83A) pass through it, according to Wikipedia

If it’s your first time out and you can’t spot anyone at 2PM just chose 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.

Sketches from today April 7th 2019, at the Hugh Lane Gallery and nearby.

There was a great turnout today in the Hugh Lane and surrounds.  Also we welcomed
a few new Sketchers and visitors when we all met up in the Music Room,  around the corner from the Gallery.                                        Note:  Click on an image to view large
                                                                          By Christine 

                                                                          By Alice

By Vourneen                               By Sue                                                 


 2 By Paddy




                                                                                Mary S


2 by Deniz

2  By MH



By Laura                               By  Pat McA



                                                                       Mary Mc D.
Mary O'C.