Artifice 2019 is an innovative Secondary Schools art project. Lismore Castle Arts will be working closely with Blackwater Community School, Meánscoil san Nioclás, Dungarvan CBS, Árd Scoil na nDéise, Newtown School, St. Paul's Community College and Ardscoil na Mara to create an inspirational learning environment for transition year students. Student’s work is being created around the theme “oral histories”. Artifice 2019 will conclude in a final exhibition of works at Lismore Castle Arts which will be officially launched by Michelle Heffernan, journalist between 6-7pm on Thursday March 14th.

Image: Artifice 2018 launch. Photo Pat Crowley.



Running in association with National Drawing Day we will be hosting a drop- in workshop for visitors of all ages. Come join in the fun and add your own creative air to a collaborative group project. A number of professional easels will also be made available throughout the gardens for anyone who wishes to take part.



Our sensory sessions for under 5’s are always popular for families. Join our gallery team for a fun morning of sensory play and art making - expect a bit of paint splatter!



Secondary school pupils have been invited to take part in workshops with master stone mason Philip Quinn. Drawing inspiration from Lismore Castle Arts’ current exhibition by Rashid Johnson, participants will create a series of sculptures inspired by the exhibition.

The Garden Gallery project will see 2 schools - Blackwater Community School, Lismore, and Meánscoil San Nioclás, An Rinn - participate in an intensive project, comprising of school visits, gallery research session and hands on workshops. These artworks will be presented in Lismore Castle Gardens through the open season alongside the works of renowned artists Rashid Johnson, Antony Gormley and Richard Wright. Student’s works will be gifted back to the schools and installed in a location of their choosing.

This project is kindly supported by Waterford City and County Council.



Artifice 2018 is an innovative Secondary Schools art project, staged in association with Waterford City and County Arts Office. Lismore Castle Arts worked closely with seven selected schools to create an inspirational learning environment. Student’s work was created around the theme “outside / inside”. Artifice 2018 concluded in a final exhibition of works at Lismore Castle Arts.


Primary Postcards 2017

Primary Schools are invited to take part in workshops designed to create a memorable response to Lismore Castle Arts exhibition (this year by Anthony McCall). Guided by our gallery team pupils create a series of personalized postcards. The 2017 Primary Postcards exhibition takes place during November and features postcards from schools across the area. 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 Culture Club, June to September 2017

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.


Sensory Studio mornings, May to August 2017

Lismore Castle Arts hosts a series of sensory play and process sessions for toddlers along with a parent or guardian. Over 5 weeks the little ones make, play and learn using an array of safe and stimulating materials. Each workshop is followed by snacks and chats.


Summer Camps, July 2017

Our art camp provides young artists with a week of fun and creativity under the guidance of our experienced facilitators. Participants get an opportunity to experiment using a wide variety of materials and techniques.


DIG & DRAW, 18 June to 9 July 2017

dig and draw
This four-week series of classes provides participants the opportunity to pluck selected plants from the castle garden to draw, paint and inspire their artworks. All skill levels welcome.


Artifice 2017

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 2017 we work closely with selected secondary schools to produce a wealth of vibrant and imaginative works that are exhibited at Lismore Castle Arts. Works in this year's exhibition are inspired by the theme of Light & Dark.
The final works are exhibited at Lismore Castle Arts from March 15th-20th 2017.
Artifice 2017 has been realised with the kind support of Waterford County Council's Art Office.


ARTiculation Ireland 2017

In 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 in January 2018. The overall winner of the National Final will be presented with a cash prize of €300 with an additional €300 for their school.

ARTiculation Ireland finalists, 27 January 2017

Caoimhín Ó Miacháin,  Gaelcholáiste_Phort_Láirge, Waterford; Carla Barry,  Ursuline Secondary School Blackrock, Cork;  Emma Wroblewski, Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel; Claire O’Sullivan, Blakestown Community Schools, Dublin; Emily Bourke Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Sarah Mullaney,  St. Augustine's College, Waterford; Monika Kosmowska, Bishopstown Community School, Cork