Wordspace as part of Ulysses 2.2

Wordspace as part of Ulysses 2.2

Past Performances

Salthill Promenade
Galway International Arts Festival

17-30 July [Free event]

Wordspace as part of Ulysses 2.2

read by Olwen Fouéré
directed by Louise Lowe

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architect, in collaboration with Hatchett Sound Furniture
Landmark Productions, ANU and MoLI present
Grafton Architects in collaboration with Hatchett Sound Furniture

To mark the century of the publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, in 2022 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 and directed by Louise Lowe. This free installation took place on Salthill promenade in Galway as part of Galway International Arts Festival in July 2023.


Date and Time: 17 – 30 July, 8am – 10pm daily
Venue: Blackrock, Salthill promenade, Galway (outdoors)

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.

Wordspace is 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


Olwen Fouéré


Director Louise Lowe