Current Exhibitions

The Ulysses Haiku Project at the James Joyce Centre
The Ulysses Haiku Project

Ulysses Haiku Project – Curated by Nickie Hayden

While wandering through the heart of the Hibernian metropolis, Leopold Bloom muses: 


The hungry famished gull 
Flaps o’er the waters dull.  
That is how poets write, the similar sounds. But then Shakespeare has no rhymes: blank verse. The flow of the language it is. The thoughts. Solemn. 

Ulysses, James Joyce

The Ulysses Haiku Project sees poets and people expressing their experience of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Bloomsday through Haiku. In the words of the artist, Nickie Hayden: 

Ulysses was written in such a way that the classically educated person could relish every coded morsel. However, Joyce gave equal weight to the Dublin vernacular. The book delivers a multitude of voices to be interpreted on many levels. I created the Ulysses Haiku Project to collect poems from people from every walk of life. I chose Haiku because every line in Ulysses has the same kind of richness that is carried in each line of a Haiku.” 

The Ulysses Haiku Project bronze plaques

Nickie Hayden has been a practising artist for 30 years and works in oil painting, sculpture and installation. Nickie has been a director of two Dublin print studios and was on the steering committee of two major exhibitions; Revelations at the National Gallery, and Artist Proof at the Chester Beatty Library.  In recent exhibitions she has worked with groups such as with SAOL Project, Fighting Words and The Dyslexia Association of Ireland.

Print maker Robert Russell was struck by Joyce’s portrayal of Dublin City in Ulysses, with all the diversity and colour of everyday living. Working with Stephen Fry, Paula Meehan, Rachael Hegarty, Theo Dorgan and Patricia Ross, Russell has combined his personal response with theirs by imprinting their Haiku on five etched images on copper plates. Robert Russell is Studio Director and Master Printer at Graphic Studio Dublin.

If you would like to submit a Haiku please email it to info@jamesjoyce.ie with “Haiku” in the subject heading.  Or tweet it to @jamesjoycentr

With thanks to Stephen Fry, Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan, Patricia Ross and Rachel Hegarty and all those who created Haiku for this project. With special thanks to the Olivier Cornet Gallery, where this exhibition was first shown. 

The Exhibition launches at The James Joyce Centre on Monday 10th June as part of the Bloomsday Festival. The launch is sold out, but the exhibition can be visited during opening hours until December 2019.

A Vision of Joyce by Ballyfermot College of Further Education

An exhibition of work by students at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Students studying both Classical & Computer Animation and Illustration took James Joyce and his modernist masterpiece Ulysses as a starting point.

The Animation students retraced the steps of Leopold Bloom, producing visual research at locations associated with Joyce and Ulysses. Working with both traditional and digital illustration techniques, the students then developed background art for a proposed animated film based on the life and works of James Joyce. They attempted to capture the special atmosphere of iconic Joycean locations like The National Library, the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Sweny’s Chemist, Davy Byrne’s Pub, Bewley’s Café, and The James Joyce Centre.

Parallel to this, the Illustration students engaged with the text of Ulysses, and were tasked with producing work for a proposed new illustrated edition of the book. Ulysses was divided into forty-seven sections, each student producing four illustrations, experimenting with both media and style. The students’ own critical interpretation of the text influenced their approaches to both concept and form.

The exhibitions run at the James Joyce Centre from June 2019 until December 2019 during opening hours. Admission €5 adults €4 senior/students/concessions.