Annual Schools Programme


Sophie Mills and Blake Blakely Colaiste Chathail Naofa                                                     Photo Pat Crowley

Sophie Mills and Blake Blakely Colaiste Chathail Naofa
Photo Pat Crowley


Artifice is an innovative education project devised by Lismore Castle Arts in collaboration with schools throughout Co. Waterford.

As part of Artifice 2016 we worked closely with eight specially selected schools to produce a wealth of vibrant and imaginative works that were exhibited at Lismore Castle Arts. Participants in this year's exhibition produced a series of works inspired by the theme of Nature.

The final works were exhibited at Lismore Castle Arts from March 19th-28th 2016.

Artifice 2016 has been realised with the kind support of Waterford County Council's Art Office.


Primary Postcards


Primary Post Cards is Lismore Castle Arts main primary schools initiative and runs across the school year. The project has been developed to expand our younger audiences and encourage more active and hands on participation. We also hope to familiarise young audiences with the gallery environment and instill positive associations going forward into adulthood.

The project includes a number of stages:

(1) Tours and responsive workshops aiding in the creation of hundreds of postcards inspired by the show

(2) Follow up school visits with curatorial workshops and pop up schools exhibition on postcards created by the participants in response to their tour of the gallery space

(3) Judging and selection of over 90 postcards to be exhibited in Lismore Castle Arts

(4) Preview night and award ceremony.


Annual College Event


The annual college conference brings together students from Art Colleges across Ireland for an open discussion forum on art and art practice. This day long gathering seeks to disestablish the rigid formality of traditional lecture and discussion group formats. The aim of the group is non specific, with the emphasis being more on the process of discussion, creativity and fun.
The conference often manifests in; A half day of student presentations and artists talks; Collaborative group projects resulting in art works to be exhibited in the gallery; An evening of music and refreshments in Pugin Hall organised and catered by the students. All activities on the day hope to encourage networking opportunities between young artists across the country.


The Culture Club


The Culture Club is a social platform for creative young adults (15-17yrs) to meet twice a month over a 4 month period from June-September 2016. Under the guidance of Lismore Castle Arts education team participants will play a pivotal role in compiling the full programme of events and outcomes. All will be given the opportunity to meet artists, writers and musicians at LCA and attend cultural events including music, art and film across the county. LCA will only be selecting 10 exceptional young adults to take part from schools we have worked with throughout the year and external applicants. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part please contact LCA for an application form. The Culture Club is kindly supported by the Arts Council.