Grafton Architects


To mark the century of the publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, three of Ireland’s most innovative arts organisations ANU, Landmark Productions and Museum of Literature Ireland commissioned, curated and presented Ulysses 2.2, a year-long odyssey of creative responses to the 18 episodes of Ulysses.

This final site-specific instalment Wordspace, a seaside installation with audio, features recorded excerpts from the Proteus episode, read by Olwen Fouéré directed by Louise Lowe.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are co-founders of the multi award-winning Grafton Architects. In 2018, they were the Curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and were selected as the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honour.

Co-commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival. Ulysses 2.2 was funded through an Open Call award from The Arts Council.

Watch it Flow Past from Here

We read and re-read our given section searching for ‘clues’.
We were struck by the beauty of the ordinary contained in Joyce’s words.
Shells crushing, ash sword, Leahy Terrace steps, midwife bag, Kish Lighthouse,
Poolbeg, a dog, Sandymount Strand …

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara [Grafton Architects]

In collaboration with Hatchett Sound Furniture