Bloomsday 2019 – Olives, Oysters and Oranges, Dublin Sketchers’ Ulysses sketchbook project 2019

Between April and June, Dublin Sketchers will sketch in some of the locations 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 to 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 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. 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.

If you want to join the Olives, Oysters and Oranges sketchbook project, the dates for the sketch crawls are below. Extra dates will be added when other locations can be sorted out.

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.

Olives, Oysters and Oranges Sketchbook Project Dates

Sunday 28th April noon – 4pm: Sketch crawl from O'Connell Street down Grafton Street, past Davy Byrne’s pub and onto the National Library. 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 5th May 2pm – 4pm: location to be advised.

Full details of each sketch crawl will be available on in the week leading up to the event.

Further resources available for inspiration:

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.

Another good resource is the Joyce Project

Here's an 18 minute intro to the whole book.

And of course don't forget the classic movie: