Schools & Colleges

Artifice is an innovative art project for second level schools. Lismore Castle Arts works closely with schools to create an inspiring learning environment for transition year students. This year’s theme is “Land Art”, based on Lismore Castle Arts’ main exhibition for 2021 “Light and Language” centred around the work of Nancy Holt, a significant figure in the Land Art movement. Students were invited to explore their relationship with the environment and to express their experience of the lockdown, environmentalism and personal identity.


Artifice is usually presented as an exhibition in Lismore Castle Arts main gallery space. Due to the current Covid19 restrictions, Artifice 2021 is an online exhibition.

Over 130 students from 5 schools are taking part in Artifice 2021, creating new artworks using a variety of media including photography, film, sculpture and painting. We would like to congratulate all the students and thank them and their teachers for all their hard work.

The five schools participating in Artifice 2021 are Meánscoil San Nioclás (An Rinn), Ard Scoil na nDéise (Dungarvan), Ardscoil na Mara (Tramore), St. Augustine’s College (Dungarvan) and Blackwater Community School (Lismore).

Artifice 2021 is kindly supported by the Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the Artifice annual purchase prizes.The Lismore Castle Arts Artifice 2021 Purchase Prize is awarded to Maria Rusu, Ard Scoil na nDéise, Dungarvan. Maria’s artwork "Sunset over the Cliffs" will become part of the Lismore Castle Arts art collection.

The Waterford City & County Council Artifice 2021 Purchase Prize is awarded to Conor McGoldrick, Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore. Conor’s artwork will become part of Waterford City & County Council art collection. Congratulations to Maria, Conor and all participating students.

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