A production still from Gareth Kennedy’s The Last Wooden House of Kupchino. Photograph: Ekaterina Sytnik

Invented Tradition – Gareth Kennedy Galway Arts Centre **** The editors of the book The Invention of Tradition, historians Eric Hobsbawm and Te(...)

A still from Niamh O’Malley’s film Nephin at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

Niamh O’Malley; Mairéad O’hEocha: Paintings Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin ****   The Douglas Hyde isn’t your average Whit(...)

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Sean Lynch is one of a handful of Irish artists to have studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. They don’t give you a degree or a(...)

Fossil shark tooth Carcharodon megalodon, USA Natural History Collection/National Museum of Ireland and John Comerford Robert Emmet (1778-1803), c.1803. Watercolour on ivory in a silver-gilt pendant. National Gallery of Ireland Collection

Trove – Dorothy Cross selects work from national collections Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin **** There’s a quote, attributed to Man(...)

The Great Gallery. Photograph courtesy of the trustees of the Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a hidden gem, situated north of Oxford Street on Manchester Square in London. This national museum is lavishly stocked wi(...)

Patrick Scott and some of his work in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin: ‘At its best, that work possesses a timeless purity and elegance.’ Photography: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When the artist Patrick Scott died last February, just after his 93rd birthday and a day before the opening of retrospective exhibitions of his work a(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Eva International, in Limerick, curated by Bassam El Baroni, was easily on a par with other art bi(...)

Lovely Water No 747 by Gary Coyle

Soundings: Collective Memories of the Sea  Gary Coyle, Anthony Haughey, Emma Johnston, Sabina MacMahon, Julie Merriman, Lisa Reburn Mu(...)

Commotion, a tapestry by Vera Klute

The Grand Scheme – Vera Klute The Lab, Dublin ****   German-born, Dublin-based Vera Klute impressed with her graduation show (...)

The Ground Itself Is Kind, Black Butter, by Eoin Mc Hugh

The Skies Will Be Friendlier Then – Eoin Mc Hugh Kerlin Gallery, Dublin ****   It may be something of a back-handed complimen(...)