Bloomsday in Szombathely has an ongoing, annual mural project and will present its new iteration in June 2024. In 2023, artist Garreth Joyce presented his mural work in the city of Szombathely to great acclaim. We are delighted to announce that the third iteration of this project will take place in 2024 and the partners wish to invite applications from artists based in Ireland to take part.
The Bloomsday project attempts to map the various references to Leopold Bloom (the protagonist of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses) in the city of Szombathely, Hungary. According to the book, Bloom’s father, Rudolf Virág, is from the city. This reference has given rise to a number of cultural projects that draw on this fictional history and try to enact real-world connections: to Ireland and to the artistic legacies of the 20th century avant garde.
For more details on the 2023 edition of the project please visit:
For more details on the 2022 edition of the project please visit:
We would ask artists to submit:
- A 300 word proposal
- A CV/bio and 5 images (at least 1 of previous work and at least 1 which relates to the proposal)
- Links to video or audio submissions are welcome (2 mins max.)
All materials should be gathered into a single PDF document. Please submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (we accept Dropbox or WeTransfer links).
The artwork should be inspired by either episode 7 or 8 of Ulysses. Images of the site for the 2024 mural artwork will be available shortly and will be published on Project Arts Centre’s website. The fee for the project is €2500, along with materials, travel, accommodation and per diem. Artists should be available to travel to Szombathely, Hungary, between 1 – 17 June for the installation and opening of the artwork.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 21 December 2023, noon.
Final decisions will be communicated by the second week of January 2024. The applications will be shortlisted by Project Arts Centre’s Artistic Director and Curator of Visual Arts. Final selection will be made by representatives from each of the project partners.
You can also send any questions and queries to this email address. The partners welcome applications from all artists working in visual forms but would like to encourage applications by artists from a diversity of national, ethnic or cultural groups (including, but not limited to Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+ artists). We are committed to accessibility and want to make sure that our opportunities are accessible to all artists. If any additional supports are required to enable you to take up this opportunity, please include the details in your application. We will work with you to see how we can help remove any barriers, within a limited budget.
Partners include the Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland Hungary, City Of Szombathely and Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
OPEN CALL: Szombathely Mural Commission 2023
Public Art Commission by Garreth Joyce
Site for Szombathely Mural Commission 2024