All Upcoming Events

FRIENDS DAY

FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020, 10AM

Specially for the Members of the Friends Scheme, join Lady Burlington and Head Gardener Darren Topps for tea in the castle, followed by a tour of the gardens, and see the many changes which have taken place over the winter.

Advance booking essential.
info@lismorecastlearts.ie, +353 (0)58 54061.

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ARTIST DISCUSSION

SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2020, 2.30-3.30PM

2.30pm
Artist discussion chaired by Lisa Le Feuvre.
Venue: The Heritage Centre, Lismore. Free event. Booking essential.

3.30 - 6pm
Exhibition previews, at St Carthage Hall and Lismore Castle Arts. No booking required.

Image: Portrait of Nancy Holt at Sun Tunnels. Photograph: Matthew Coolidge © Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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EASTER EGG HUNT

SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2020, 10AM - 12PM

Children of all ages are invited to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Participants will be provided with a map to guide them around the gardens in search of sculptures and other landmarks.

Booking info: €5 + booking fee
Accompanying parents or guardians free of charge.
Advance booking recommended to avoid disappointment.

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TOWERS AND TALES

LISMORE STORY FESTIVAL

SATURDAY 2 MAY 2020

Join us on Saturday 2 May as once again, the castle & historic town of Lismore in Co. Waterford provide the enchanting and inspirational setting for a celebration of books, stories and illustration. The festival is designed to give young audiences unforgettable, creative and transformational experiences with books. The festival features a line-up of best-selling Irish & international writers and illustrators. There will be an array of free and ticketed events. Visit www.towersandtales.ie to sign up for the Towers and Tales mailing list and to keep up to date with line-up announcements and ticket sales.

For more information on the full programme and for details of our special schools’ programme contact towersandtales@gmail.com

www.towersandtales.ie

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EARLY MORNING WALK

A WALK IN THE GARDENS AFTER DAWN TO HEAR THE EARLY BIRDSONG

SATURDAY 9 MAY 2020, 6.30AM

Join Andrew Malcolm, the West Waterford Eco Group and the Lismore Castle Gardens Team for an early morning walk to see the sunrise and hear the morning birdsong.

Tea, coffee and breakfast rolls provided at the end. Warm clothing may be required and waterproof footwear!

€12 + booking fee, includes refreshments.
Friends Scheme Members €8 + booking fee.
Advance booking essential.

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GIANNI SCHICCHI / PAGLIACCI

OPERA AT LISMORE CASTLE

28 - 31 MAY 2020

This summer, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival brings an unforgettable opera double
bill Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci to Lismore Castle, and beautiful music to the Great
Houses of The Blackwater Valley through a series of recitals and concerts.
The Festival is also a great social occasion, as visitors dine in the Castle gardens, and
enjoy the hospitality of the Blackwater Valley’s many wonderful restaurants and houses.
Priority ticket booking for Friends of the Festival opens on 25 January 2020, with general
booking from 8 February.

For more information visit
www.blackwatervalleyoperafestival.com

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SUNSET TOUR & BBQ

A WALK IN THE GARDENS AT DUSK & BBQ AT THE FIRE PIT

SATURDAY 4 JULY 2020, 6 - 10PM

Join the Garden Team for a walk at sunset to watch the sun descend on the gardens and join us for BBQ food, including a lamb spit in the Upper Gardens.

€45 + booking fee, includes food & drinks.
Friends Scheme Members €35 + booking fee.
Advance booking essential.

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Nancy Holt Film Screenings

SUN TUNNELS AND SWAMP

SATURDAY 18 JULY 2020, 2 - 5PM

Running all day from 2pm, join us for special screenings of Sun Tunnels and Swamp.

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson collaborated on Swamp in 1971, a 6 minute film which viscerally confronts issues of perception and process. The action of the film is direct: Holt walks through the tall grasses of a swamp while filming with her Bolex camera, guided only by what she can see through the camera lens and by Smithson’s verbal instructions. The viewer experiences the walk from Holt’s point of view, seeing through her camera lens and hearing Smithson’s spoken directions.
The 26 minute Sun Tunnels film documents the making of Holt’s major site-specific sculptural work in the northwest Utah desert. Completed in 1976, the sculpture features a configuration of four concrete tubes or “tunnels” that are eight feet long and nine feet in diameter. The tubes are positioned to align with the sunrise and sunset of the summer and winter solstices, and are also pierced by holes that allow light to be cast in patterns of constellations. A kind of American Stonehenge, Sun Tunnels charts the yearly and daily cycles of the sun, and calls attention to human scale and perception within the vast desert landscape.

Free Event, no booking necessary.

Image: Nancy Holt shooting the film Sun Tunnels (1978), photograph by Lee Deffebach
© Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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AN EVENING OF TALKS AT LISMORE CASTLE GARDENS

SATURDAY 8 AUGUST 2020, 7pm

Join the Garden Team for an evening of talks to hear about the pioneering work the Lismore Castle Gardens team undertake in the maintenance of these prized gardens.

7pm:
Vick Ind, Gardener at Lismore Castle, on her research trip to South Africa.
7.30pm:
Lee Behegan, former Gardener at Lismore Castle, and horticulture student at Wisley, on his ongoing research into gardening.
8.15pm:
Darren Topps, Head Gardener at Lismore Castle, on maintaining the past and the vision for the future in Lismore.

€15 + booking fee, includes complimentary drinks.
Friends Scheme Members €10 + booking fee.
Advance booking essential.

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CATALOGUE LAUNCH & EXHIBITION TOUR

SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2020, 2PM

Join Lismore Castle Arts curator Paul McAree for an informal tour of the Light and Language exhibition across the gardens and gallery, followed by the catalogue launch.

Free event, no booking necessary.
Meet in gallery reception area.

Image: Nancy Holt, Concrete Poem (1968). Ink jet print on rag paper taken from original 126 format transparency
23 x 23 in. (58.4 x 58.4 cm.). 1 of 5 plus AP. © Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights
Society (ARS), New York.

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CULTURE NIGHT

FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2020, 7PM

Join us for Culture Night and a tour from St Carthage Hall to take in Alicia Reyes McNamara’s exhibition to the main gallery at Lismore Castle to take in Light and Language.

Free admission - please join the Lismore Castle Arts team at St Carthage Hall at 7pm.
No booking necessary.

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LISA LE FEUVRE TALK ON NANCY HOLT AT THE CRAWFORD COLLEGE OF ART, CORK

FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, 2.30pm

Join Lisa Le Feuvre, inaugural director of Holt/Smithson Foundation, for a talk to hear about the ground breaking and pioneering work of Nancy Holt, and how her work continues to be a touchstone for many contemporary artists today.

Venue: Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Free event. Booking essential.

Image: Nancy Holt, Sunlight in Sun Tunnels (1976). Composite of thirty photographs of sunlight and shadow in one tunnel photographed every half hour from 6.30 AM to 9.00 PM in 14 July 1976. Composite inkjet print taken from original 35mm colour transparencies; printed on archival rag paper 2012. 127.3 x 156.2 cm, 50 1/8 x 61 ½ inches. Edition of 5. © Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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LECTURE - ROY FOSTER ON SEAMUS HEANEY

FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 2020, 7.30PM

Roy Foster is Emeritus Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He has published widely on Irish political, social and literary history and is notably the author of the influential work Modern Ireland 1600-1972 as well as an acclaimed biography of W.B. Yeats in two volumes. He is currently preparing a publication on Seamus Heaney and will speak tonight about the poet’s commanding position in contemporary Irish literature as well as the unique relationship Heaney built up with his reading public - based in part upon his readiness to explore the darker sides of history, antagonism and identity in Ireland.

€15 + booking fee, includes complimentary drinks.
Friends Scheme Members €12 + booking fee.
Advance booking essential.

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END OF SEASON PARTY

CLOSING EVENT, SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2020, 3 - 6PM

With music, food, and drinks, join us to celebrate the last open day of the gardens and the Light and Language exhibition.

Normal admission applies - complimentary drinks!
No booking necessary.

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HALLOWEEN FILM SCREENING - UNDER THE SKIN

FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2020, 7.30PM

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer comes a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial--or something in between. A woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. Under The Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.

Enjoy popcorn and a beer to make a night of it in the atmospheric Pugin Hall.

€15 + booking fee, snacks & complimentary soft drinks included.
Friends Scheme Members €12 + booking fee.
Pay bar available for wine and beer. Over 18s event!
Advance booking essential.

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WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER 2020, 10.30AM - 1PM
&
2ND WORKSHOP 2.30 - 5PM

Join the Lismore Castle Gardens team for a hands-on festive workshop - choose either a morning or afternoon session. Construct and decorate your own Christmas Wreath using foliage from the Castle Gardens. Materials will be provided. Mulled wine and seasonal treats included.

€50 + booking fee.
Friends Scheme Members €45 + booking fee.
Suitable for adults.
Advance booking essential.