Drawing on Joyce is an exhibition of sketchbooks and artworks created live on the streets of Dublin. Led by Dublin Sketchers, participants have drawn on location in the places that appear in Ulysses. They’ve sketched in pubs, chemists and cafés. They’ve perched in parks, Martello towers and cemeteries. Taking inspiration from Ulysses – the stories, the characters, the rumour and humour – their sketches tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and people we meet.
The sketchbooks are a record of time and place, now and then. They reveal Ulysses, one drawing at a time. The Joyce trail sketch crawl explored James Joyce’s city, real or imagined, through any kind of media and with an exciting range of results. You can see the sketchbooks at the James Joyce Cultural Centre throughout the festival.
An exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery will take place during the Bloomsday Festival. It includes artworks by 5 professional artists whom the gallery invited to participate in the Joyce trail sketch crawl events alongside the Dublin Sketchers. The artists are drawn from various contemporary practices including abstract and non-figurative art. They have charted Dublin, mapping the fabric of the city, to seek traces of Joyce’s multi-layered novel.
The 5 artists are
- Eoin Mac Lochlainn (represented by the Olivier Cornet Gallery)
Both exhibitions open on Sunday 10th June at 3pm with further evening events at the Olivier Cornet Gallery throughout the festival.