Diana Copperwhite, whose work ‘Fake New World’  was the most expensive piece sold at this year’s RHA exhibition. Photograph: Frank Miller

Interest in Irish art is increasing, according to figures from the annual exhibition of Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy. Sales were up by almost a(...)

Dubai Left Panel 1 by Clare Langan, from her exhibition The Floating World

The Floating World – Clare Langan Visual Centre, Carlow **** If you were asked to sum up Clare Langan’s The Floating World in three wo(...)

Detail from Good Bye To all That by Mick O’Dea

Last year the painter Mick O’Dea approached me to ask if I would contribute a short text to a publication on three of his exhibitions at the Kevin (...)

‘Ladies Chatting’ by Genieve Figgis

For a selection of images from the RHA annual exhibition, click here There are many in the contemporary art world who see the RHA as an anachr(...)

Pride of place: artists Jack Donovan and John Shinnors  in front of Donovan’s Suzannah and the Elders (1975) at the ‘Personal Choice’ exhibition.  Photograph: Alan Place.

The artist Jack Donovan has a special place in the history of Limerick School of Art and Design. A student there from 1951, he was appointed it(...)

A detail from Cartoonist, City, Winter by Una Sealy

The Royal Hibernian Academy was founded in 1823 and it has experienced some tricky moments in its subsequent history. On occasion, its very survival h(...)