At the launch of the Hennessy/National Gallery of Ireland inaugural  portrait prize, from left: judges Donald Teskey, Janet McLean, Cristín Leach Hugh and Dr Declan Long. The portraits shown   are Evie Hone by Hilda van Stockum  and Seamus Heaney by Jackie Nickerson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Hennessy Portrait Prize, aimed at raising the public profile of contemporary portraiture, has been launched b(...)

Dazzling: a visitor with Kyung A Ham’s silk embroidery Greedy Is Good, at this autumn’s Frieze Art Fair in London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Sometimes these days, when I’m going around art exhibitions, I find myself feeling grumpy, miserable and hopeless. This is bit like the feeling you ge(...)

Turner contender: a visitor looks at a painting by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

It might be the UK City of Culture, but Derry is a bold choice for this year’s Turner Prize exhibition, the award’s first venture outside England. As (...)

Turner Prize nominees Laure Prouvost, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Photograph: Trevor McBride

The most surprising thing about this year’s Turner Prize exhibition, which opened last night, is that it’s taking place in Derry. It’s a far-flung ven(...)