Ulysses Oxen of the Sun

Fáilte / Welcome

This website showcases my work as a visual artist. My work is centred around the themes of science, spirituality, the Irish landscape that I grew up with, personal narrative, family life, the human body, the deep feminine, and James Joyce’s Ulysses.

The works are presented in themed galleries, by date in reverse order, starting with new work and going back to the early 1990s. The galleries are named as follows:

Ulysses and the deep feminine, Embodiment, Landscapes from the History House, Further Down the Line, Down the Line, The Sewing Room, Veils and Scientific Prayer.

Ulysses Bronze by Gold


Current projects and previous exhibitions

Return to the Goddess - a video trailer
A short trailer introducing Return to the Goddess - a R&D project exploring 4 elements ...

Return to the Goddess - work in progress
I received an artist bursary from Roscommon County Council in Ireland, to support the making a virtual reality piece ... other short films are now on Utube

Necessary Animals - new album - Playboy of the Western Word
I released a new album made with Hastings band Necessary Animals in 2022 now available on Bandcamp.necessaryanimals.com.- experimental interpretations of sections of James Joyce’s UIysses ... to commemorate Ulysses 100 years published

Read more on my News page
Return to the Goddess

Events / workshops

Ulysses reading workshops

I have been exploring James Joyce’s Ulysses as part of my creative practice for a number of years and I am inspired by its experimentation, universality, immense positivity and generosity.

I believe that it is best explored and enjoyed by reading it aloud in a friendly gathering. I have been running a Ulysses reading group and introductory Ulysses workshops, but due to Covid-19 these have had to be paused. I am currently offering some workshops online. Please see my events page for details.

Go to my events page
James Joyce and Ulysses


Lucy Brennan-Shiel is an Irish artist living in Hastings on the south coast of England. She studied for her BA in Fine Art at Wolverhampton University where she received funding to visit Moscow. She was awarded a bursary from the London Institute for her MA studies at Camberwell College of Art and completed her MA in 1995, with a Distinction in Printmaking.

Lucy has been a studio based artist since 1995. She was artist-in-residence in East London, at St John on Bethnal Green from 2000 until 2005 and at St Paul's Bow Common Lane in 2008 and 2009. She is currently based in her studio in Hastings.

Her work is centred around the themes of science, spirituality, the Irish landscape that she grew up with, personal narrative, family life, the human body, the deep feminine and recently, James Joyce’s Ulysses. She uses drawing, paint, printmaking, paper, fabric and sewn elements in creating her art.

Lucy continues to develop her artistic practice exploring the creative space between Ireland and England from both personal and more universal perspectives.

Lucy is also engaged in various art projects and educational activities working with both adults and children.

Click/right-click to open/download Lucy's current CV as a PDF

Lucy Brennan-Shiel CV

Contact me




07779 129 924

29 St Helen's Crescent, Hastings TN34 2EN


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