Dubliners – The Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood & Public Life Stories
An exhibition by Frank Kiely
6 June – 31 December 2022
Frank Kiely’s Dubliners series of 15 paintings is a correspondence with James Joyce’s original text. Struck by how the themes posed by Joyce are still relevant today, he has reconstituted his stories with an imagined visual narrative presented within a 21st century Dublin context.
The images are often infused with autobiographical references deviating from the original stories at will and address the core universal questions and themes posed in Joyce’s work.
Sirens in Bloom – James Joyce’s Ulysses Women
by Tom Lawlor
6 June – 30 June 2022
To mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Súileir and The James Joyce Centre invited Dublin photographer, Tom Lawlor, to re-visit the novel and see if he could find parallels with contemporary Dublin. We were very pleased and surprised when the assignment yielded a bouquet of exceptional pictures portraying the women in Ulysses with an original and distinctive interpretation.
In Ulysses, Joyce presents us with a city full of extraordinary women. These are working women, creative women, passionate, sexual, witty and clever women. They are singers and shop assistants, barmaids and brothel keepers. They are grieving widows, defiant daughters, frustrated wives and midwives minding mothers through the throes of childbirth. The Siren women of Ulysses guide us to participate fully in this seemingly meandering and unimportant day. They give us the agency to find a light and belief within us all.
An accompanying photographic book – which Súileir is proud to exhibit and publish – is available to order here