Creative Cluster

Schools & Colleges

Lismore Castle Arts was delighted to take part in a Creative Cluster project with five local primary schools. Our project was called Mé Féin agus na Crainn (Myself and the Trees) and brought children on a journey of sensory exploration and art activities about trees, creating a strong connection with art and nature.

The Creative Cluster project took place across two school years, 2022-2023, involving over 175 children and 8 teachers. Lismore Castle Arts team provided children with art and nature workshops and access to Lismore Castle art gallery and gardens.

Schools participating in the Creative Cluster were Liosmór Mochuda National School, Lismore, Bunscoil Bhothar na Naomh, Lismore, Villierstown National School, Knockanore National School and St. Michael's National School, Ballyduff.

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters Initiative.

Mé Féin agus na Crainn (Myself and the Trees) art workshops

The spectacular Towers and Tales Lantern Parade at Lismore Castle in May 2023 used artwork based on leaves and trees made by children during our Creative Cluster workshops. The children's patterns were applied to willow lanterns made by artist Caoimhe Dunne with Lismore Men's Shed. An animation of the children's artwork was projected onto the castle walls, viewed by the young artists.

Celebratory Event for Creative Cluster schools June 2023

Pupils and teachers gathered at Lismore Castle to celebrate two years of art and nature activities provided by Lismore Castle Arts. An exhibition of pupils artworks was the centre point of the celebrations which also included a nature hunt, certificates awarded to all young artists and lots of fun and refreshments.

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Lismore Castle Arts
Open Daily
Monday to Sunday
10:30am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)
15 March – 27 October

St Carthage Hall
Saturdays and Sundays
12pm – 5pm during exhibitions
Other times by appointment

The Mill
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