Detail from Head of a Woman (1906) by Walter Sickert

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda ****   As a writer and editor and not a curator p(...)

Brian Ballard at his retrospective at Rathfarnham Castle

Brian Ballard Retrospective: Paintings 1964-2015 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin ****   Brian Ballard was born in Belfast in 1943 (...)

‘Would Ireland be the same place without the traditional music of counties such as Clare, the many local cultural festivals, the visual art of people such as Jack Yeats, and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats?’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

As the Budget and an election approach one hears concern being expressed about the demand for increases in expenditure in many areas. The much bigger(...)

Talisman by Conor Mary Foy, from the exhibition Approaching the Landscape

Approaching the Landscape Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin ****   This exhibition is the end result of the second instalment of Rua R(...)

The ‘haphazard autopsy’ of Four Fold by Sam Keogh

Four Fold – Sam Keogh Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity, Dublin ***** Imprinted on the floor of the Douglas Hyde Gallery is a vast photogr(...)

Clew Bay by Letitia Hamilton

In a real sense, the AIB Art Collection fell victim to the implosion of the Irish banking system. In a rush to judgment in the heated atmosphere of(...)

Inglourious Basterds (film notes) 2010 by Rose Wylie. Courtesy of the artist and Union, London

Rose Wylie Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin **** Having studied painting in the 1950s, Rose Wylie put her work on the back burner so that (...)

A still from Niamh O’Malley’s film Nephin at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

Niamh O’Malley; Mairéad O’hEocha: Paintings Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin ****   The Douglas Hyde isn’t your average Whit(...)

Je Me Souviens (2007) by Peter Gallo

Peter Gallo Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College ****   It makes sense to look at the work of Peter Gallo with an eye to his(...)

Corita Kent: a nun for 32 years in a Hollywood convent before she left to become a full-time artist

The campus buildings oat LA’s Immaculate Heart College are decorated with huge, colourful posters of food – rows of shiny, stylised apples and pear(...)