Thirteen transition year students from Blackwater Community School Lismore recently participated in the annual ‘Artifice’ exhibition at Lismore Castle recently.

This year celebrated the 10th anniversary of the student orientated exhibition at Lismore Castle.

The ‘Artifice’ exhibition opened in March 2009 with the 13 students from Blackwater Community School exhibiting a variety of 2D and 3D works in a range of media.

Thanks to the wonderful and consistent support of Lord and Lady Burlington and all the staff at Lismore Castle Arts, the exhibition has gained huge momentum as an annual event for transition year students to showcase their work in a prestigious art gallery like Lismore Castle Arts Gallery.

Artifice is also kindly supported by Waterford City and County Council’s Arts Office.

Isabelle Sheehan and Molly Veale from Blackwater Community School pictured with their artwork at Artifice 2018. (Photo: Pat Crowley)

In 2008 the Art Department at the Blackwater Community School approached the then director of Lismore Castle Arts with the idea for Artifice, a student driven exhibition showcasing local talent in the wonderful setting of Lismore Castle Arts.

Lord William Burlington’s support and encouragement for the exhibition has seen it grow significantly over the last 10 years with a number of secondary schools from the Waterford region now taking part.

Each year the participating schools are asked to respond to a theme. This year the theme was ‘Outside/Inside’

“To see this exhibition grow, from 13 wonderfully talented students in 2009 to an outstanding 200 students partaking in 2018, all immensely talented and eager to be involved, is breathtaking and will hopefully continue to exhibit the wonderful artistic talents of our local second level students for many years to come,” said Joanne Roche, art teacher at Blackwater Community School.