Damien Hirst plans to build 750 homes in Devon

He’s made millions from stuffed sharks, formaldehyde animals, spot and splatter paintings and a diamond encrusted skull, but now Damien Hirst has turn(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

Andy Scott with Clydesdale horses in front of his ‘The Kelpies’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

One perhaps positive effect of the recession was that we didn’t get the massive Antony Gormley sculpture promised for Dublin’s Docklands. At the ti(...)

President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

At least eight key Government advisors and senior civil servants attended last week’s royal banquet at Windsor Castle for the (...)

 President Michael D  Higgins and his wife Sabina with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip before the banquet  at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Britain and Ireland shall “no longer allow our past to ensnare our future”, Queen Elizabeth said last night. In an addr(...)

One of the world’s greatest creative hubs, the old Central St Martins College building at London’s 107-109 Charing Cross Road, is about to be reinvent(...)

Interactive installation: Rhona Byrne’s Bolthole

When the Irish Museum of Modern Art closed its doors in November 2011 for essential work on its base, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the fact that the(...)

Endgame by Wits’ End, one of two productions of the play at the festival

Seán Doran is a man who’s known for his big ideas, and – more importantly – for making them happen. The Derry-born artistic director has carpeted Traf(...)

Rosemary Collier, director of The Kilkenny Arts Festival, with members of Macnas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rosemary CollierDirector of Kilkenny Arts Festival What is your favourite festival? West Cork Chamber Music Festival, not just because Francis Humphry(...)

Consumer Landscape by  Patrick O’Reilly

How often is it that you smell a work of art before you see it? Patrick O’Reilly’s Haystack (The Consideration of (...)