Japanese pavilion: thousands of keys hang as part of Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand, at the 56th Biennale of Arts, in Venice. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

International art fairs are like art supermarkets for the wealthy, and they have come to dominate the contemporary-art market. Art biennials, on the o(...)

Cornelia Parker’s installation War Room in the Whitworth Gallery in the University of Manchester

Think of a university gallery of contemporary art in an Irish context and the Douglas Hyde and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery come to mind. With a stu(...)

Foam happy face clouds take to the sky on St Stephen’s Green  for the launch of First Fortnight 2014, which runs today to January 16th. Photograph: David Sleator

You might be familiar with the experience of seeing a face in the clouds, but artist Stuart Semple upped the ante when he set about creating clouds(...)