What is ARTiculation Ireland?


More about Articulation Ireland

pv 070515 artic 2-2In autumn 2014 Lismore Castle Arts expanded its education portfolio with an exciting new initiative ARTiculation Ireland following an invitation from The Roche Court Educational Trust, an innovative arts education charity based at the New Art Centre sculpture park and gallery in England.

ARTiculation Ireland has been designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art, Architecture and Artefact. The competition seeks to engage students from 4th to 6th year, regardless of background or experience, with art and to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions.

Participating students are offered the chance to deliver a ten minute presentation before their peers and a wider audience about a work of art, an artefact or piece of architecture of their choice, through a series of internal school heats and regional heats across Ireland. Adjudicators selected by Lismore Castle Arts will assess presentations at the regional heats and select eight finalists to go forward to represent their schools at the National Final in Lismore Castle on January 27th . The overall winner of the National Final will be presented with a cash prize of €300 with an additional €300 for their school.


Discovery Days

17th-21st October, 2016

20150224_100458Students involved in ARTiculation Ireland 2017 will be invited to explore selected local galleries through a series of Discovery Days which will be held at our partner galleries from the 17th-21st October. The 2017 partner galleries are,  The days are designed to introduce students and teachers to ARTiculation Ireland, improve personal observation and help participants become more comfortable with the act of public speaking. Discovery Days are supported by the Arts Council.


ARTiculation Ireland 2017 Partner Galleries

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

Tipperary Museum, Tipperary

Discovery Days are not the only way to begin the ARTiculation Ireland journey. Schools unable to attend Discovery Days can still take part in the programme by availing of ARTiculation Ireland support packs which will guide the teachers and students through the process of approaching an art work and creating their 10 minute presentation.


Regional Heats

5th-9th December, 2016

20151209_124229In 2017 ARTiculation Ireland will be introduced to secondary schools in selected areas across Ireland. From these schools participants will take part in internal school heats and regional heats in an attempt to secure their place in the National final. Regional heats will be taking place in partner galleries across Irelands.



Dates for your regional heats 

Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford; Dec 5th

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Dec 7th

Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; TBC

Tipperary Museum, Tipperary; Dec 12th


ARTiculation Ireland Final

27th January, 2017

FinalThe ARTiculation Ireland Final will be inviting 8 regional heat winners from across the country to come and share their 10 minute presentation with an audience of their peers and invited guests.

The final will be held each year in Lismore Castle Arts and has been designed to celebrate the discussion of art and to build the confidence and self-esteem of all our finalists. A finalist’s reception will also be hosted on the day in Pugin Hall to further mark the significance of the day. This is a public event and all are welcome to attend, please note however that places will be limited and booking will be essential.


ARTiculation Ireland finalists 2016

Savana Bartual Smyth, Bandon Grammar School, Bandon; Kyle Kenny Cody, Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy; Ava Hayes , St. Aidans, Cork City; Laina O'Hara, St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan; Tadhg Brennan, De La Salle College, Waterford City; Tierna Lyons, Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel; Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel; Colaiste Pobail Osrai, Kilkenny

ARTiculation Ireland finalists 2015

Samantha Calthrop, Carrigaline Community School; Eoin Michael Allen, St Fanahans College; Claire Cronin, Colaiste Choilm; Stephen O Connell, St. Aidan’s Community College; Jack Flynn, Coláiste an Chraoibhín; David Macilwraith, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh; Orrin Farrar, Blackwater Community School