English artist Nathalie Beauvillain Scott has created a portrait of Bob Geldof entitled ‘F*** Mondays’ which is among the pieces on display at the BP Portrait Award exhibition which opens at the Ulster Museum in Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Paintings by five Irish artists feature in a new international portrait exhibition opening at the Ulster Museum in Belfast on Friday. It is the firs(...)

A new graphic novel ‘Bobby Sands Freedom Fighter’ has been accused of ‘sending out a message that somehow terrorism is appropriate’.

Book publisher Michael O’Brien has rejected unionist criticism of a new graphic novel, Bobby Sands Freedom Fighter, which was launched on Monday and i(...)

People power North and South: Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Whatever Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and some of the southern commentariat might say, there is a fairly broad consensus in Northern Ireland, based (...)

In a fractious political environment, where audiences can fatigue of Troubles-related theatre and Stormont is once again in stasis, keeping schtum can sometimes seem like a deliberate move. Photograph:  Chris Carmichael/The New York Times

It all seemed harmless enough. A sparse stage with a cartoon desert backdrop was steadily becoming populated with handmade wooden contraptions: a fore(...)

Stormont culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness and Minister for Heritage  Heather Humphreys  in Newry, Co Down at the  National Famine Commemoration ceremony. Photograph: Paul Faith.

The tragedy of a coffin ship which hit an iceberg and sank was recalled at the first National Famine Commemoration event to be held in Northern Irelan(...)

Richard Clements, Maria Connolly, Frank McCusker and Róisín Gallagher in Tinderbox’s Lally the Scut. Photograph: Brian Morrison

These are difficult days for the arts in the North, with news of the feared cuts in funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland descending wi(...)

Former DUP minister for social development Nelson McCausland has described a decision by Newry, Mourne and Down district council to put Irish first on its logo and literature as an exercise in “cultural sectarianism”. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Former DUP minister Nelson McCausland has described a decision by one of the North’s new super councils to put Irish first on its logo as an exercise (...)

Benjamin Grosvenor: redrew balances at will and shifted material into different octaves as he saw fit, not to emulate effects that are possible on a harpsichord but rather to make absolutely the best pianistic effect

A recital by the 22-year-old English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is anything but an everyday experience. Just look at the programme he offered at th(...)

The High Court in Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Belfast High Court judge who quashed the granting of planning permission for a new 38,000-seat GAA stadium in the west of the city has demanded “com(...)

Casement Park in west Belfast. Photograph: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister acted unlawfully in approving a new 38,000-seat GAA stadium in the heart of west Belfast, a High Court judge h(...)