Small Truck Burning, 2020. Photograph: Samuel Laurence Cunnane

Samuel Laurence Cunnane's photographs explore the banal modern buildings of his home county

Maria Kapajeva, Dream is Wonderful… installation view

Aidan Dunne: The Doorway Gallery goes digital and Maria Kapajeva’s new book

Detail from Infinite Yellow by Laurence Riddell

Visual arts: New exhibition takes inspiration from a poem by Hugo Williams

 Cosmic Granny being installed by Micheál Fitzgerald in Kerry. Photograph: Laura Fitzgerald

Installation by Laura Fitzgerald touches on many themes, including the fragility and alienation of rural Ireland, but has been thr(...)

A glimpse of O’Connell’s exhibiton in England which can now be viewed virtually. Photograh: Steve Russell Studios

Irish sculptor’s work shows ‘feeling of great antiquity and novel modernity’

Kari Kola’s Savage Beauty project for Galway 2020 turned Connemara mountains emerald and blue. Photograph: Christopher Lund

Visual art: Gallery closures highlight virtues and shortcomings of virtual viewing

McGrath visited Salisbury, the site of the attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018

Aidan Dunne: Dara McGrath photographs 92 locations used in research and storage of chemical weapons

Gary Coyle, The Black Dog, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Aidan Dunne: Gary Coyle’s work presents dystopian visions from a resolutely Gothic imagination

 Fanlight, Westland Row, Pearson Collection

Aidan Dunne: Peter Pearson’s extraordinary collection captures the living city

Quebec, by Richard Gorman. Photograph: Richard Gorman/Kerlin Gallery

The Dublin-born painter is well known for his abstract arrangements of flat colour and forms

Paula Pohli, Exhibition for a Good Man

Shows by Moss Gaynor, Paula Pohli, Orla de Brí, Anna Maye, Eva Mulchrone, Rosa Mäkelä

Neil Carroll, Rupture. Courtesy of the artist

Aidan Dunne: Two RHA shows – Neil Carroll and Laura Fitzgerald

Laura Fitzgerald, Headcase, RHA Ashford Gallery

Check out Laura Fitzgerald’s Headcase, Darragh Shanahan’s Everybody knows dead people

The Departure of the Prodigal Son. Courtesy National Gallery of Ireland

The Spanish painter’s six works from the 1660s chart pivotal moments in the parable

Fionnuala Croke, director of the Chester Beatty library and Dr Irving Finkel at the Chester Beatty Annual Lecture at Dublin Castle.

The 2020 Chester Beatty lecture highlighted the overlooked work of Edward Hincks

Neil Carroll, Digging, 2016

Also, Dún Laoghaire show, Wilma Vissers and Patrick Michael Fitzgerald, Susan Montgomery

Multipolar, No 1901 (detail) by John Noel Smith

Smith’s lively, mischievous intelligence is allied to consummate technical ability

Visual Art: Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh uses spatial limits to suggest wider potential

Moorhen Call from the Smell of the Pond, It Seems to Furrow the Smooth Surface of Silence by Eamon Colman, 2019-2020 (Solomon Fine Art)

Moorhen Call from the Smell of the Pond, it Seems to Furrow the Smooth Surface of Silence

Oscar Fouz Lopez, Lost Plains (detail), Molesworth Gallery

Oscar Fouz Lopez, Gabriel Kuri and Ima-Abasi Okon are among the highlights

Yasuyoshi Tokida, ‘l.b.’, Woodcut

Visual Art: Two exhibitions in Dublin celebrate a strong Irish-Japanese connection

Una Sealy, The cabbages in my small garden patch were rooted in the earth’s heart, for Eva Gore-Booth, at MoLi

Two shows in Dublin with artists from Tokyo’s Yanagisawa Gallery

Magic Words, oil on canvas, 2019, by Kathy Tynan (detail)

New work from a rarity in contemporary art world – a representational painter

John Baldessari at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare in 2006. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Courtesy Burren College of Art

The late conceptual artist had a role in the development of Burren College of Art

Detail:  Cybil McCaddy with Daughter Lulu, 2018 by Enda Bowe. C-Type print, 127x101.6cm

Part of photographer’s Clapton Blossoms project it won the Zurich Portrait Prize

Louise Butler, Deception Island, Signal Arts Centre

Work by Louise Butler, Padraic Barrett, Orla O’Byrne, Sheila Naughton, Miriam O’Connor

Ronan Smyth, Westwood Jazz No 27, Pastures

Aidan Dunne: Pastures is a compact show of several quite outstanding exhibits

Michael J O’Connor, Faces in the Clouds, Solstice

Other upcoming exhibits explore why it’s okay to be lazy and homogenization of rural Ireland

Ack Ro’, neon, Jaki Irvine, Kerlin Gallery

Neon installation – one of 28 – based on Neil Diamond’s song Cracklin’ Rosie

Sean Lynch, A Murmur, Repeated, 2018–19. Video still courtesy of Ronchini, London

Irish bardic protagonist finds himself occupying ultra commodified landscape of late capitalist England

Two Travellers, Jack B Yeats (1942). Courtesy of the Tate

The painting of two figures in a dramatic landscape shows the artist pushing boundaries

Sharon Kelly, The Salt House, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

Works by Clifford Collie, Cara Farnan, Bernadette Burns and Sharon Kelly

Installation view of Tragodía, an exhibition of work by  Tai Shani ar Temple Bar Gallery. Photograph: Kasia Kaminska

Turner Prize-winner mixes virtual reality, sculptural installation and the spoken word

An image from Is everyone ok? by Daphne Wright

A video centred on a single character gives an insight into people and the codes we live within

Susan MacWilliam, Kathleen, The Yalta Game, Letterkenny

Group shows including Donegal exhibition marking life of Derry writer Kathleen Coyle

Beech Trees at Norbury Park, JMW Turner (1797) ©National Gallery of Ireland.

This beautifully observed watercolour is typical of the artist’s early work

Ireland Glass Biennale, Dublin Castle

Plus: Contemporary American art in Belfast and the Dún Laoghaire Open Exhibition

Harry Clarke, I saw them fashion the syllables of my name, The Pit and the Pendulum (detail), c 1919 (Edited version). Crawford Art Gallery

‘Admirable and terrible’ illustration typical of work done by famed stained glass designer

Farmers saving the hay, near Burrishoole, Co Mayo, 1943. Photograph: Helen Hooker O’Malley

Helen Hooker O’Malley in Limerick, Taoiseach’s Residence Architecture Competition in Dublin

John Conway, The Making of a Place

Visual Arts: Going inside the exhibition space, it’s a Tardis-like experience

The  heads laid out in a grid are variations on a theme, and one is prompted to think “the same but different” of the varied individuals depicted

Harper has no problem coaxing subtle nuances of tone and colour from acrylic, and its crispness suits his brisk, darting technique

From Lewis Wickes Hine’s Newsboys in Cinncinati, 1908. Gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection

The National Gallery of Ireland is showcasing Bank of America’s pioneering collection

 Ed Miliano, Tateshina Window, oil on canvas diptych

Also: Ed Miliano and Michael Hanna

Michael Robinson, Onward Lossless Follows, 2017, HD, 17 min. Image courtesy of the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago

Aidan Dunne: Artist stitches together pieces of narrative fabric from vast mass of film

Elaine Grainger: Detail from Barely There

Elaine Grainger in Dublin, Dorje de Burgh in Bray, and Greenlane’s Christmas Show

House Number 8, mixed media on panel, 36x41cm, 2019, by Hughie O’Donoghue

The mixed media work is part of a collaborative project with poet Simon Armitage

At 60, the artist is keen to follow up on everything. He rues not always having done so

Mary Sullivan, At Home, At War, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist

There isn’t a weak note in this showcase of young Irish-based artists’ work

Hearing Heavenly Music by Polish artist Maria Loboda

A combination of the prosaic and decorative with a more sinister undercurrent is typical of the artist’s work

Coast, Julie Ann Haines

Plus: Elizabeth O’Kane and Julie Ann Haines in Dublin; and printmaking in Kilcock

Kurt Oppermann, Index, 2019, 150 x 120cm, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist

Kurt Oppermann’s flat colour arrangements evoke charts, graphs and maps

Detail from Hiberno God by Dermot Seymour (oil on canvas, 2008)

Animals have played a central role in the artist’s work

Sarah Edmondson (video still). On changing your mind. Homeland, Cervantes Institute.

There’s exhibitions a plenty across the country from Mayo to Dublin

The Grocott Family by Pete Smyth

Smyth never romanticises or sentimentalises Tallaght. Nor does he judge or deride it

Dansoy, oil on wood, Angela Gilmour

View from the Arctic, an otherworldly landscape of amazing beauty

John Boyd, Ambivalent position, oil on canvas. The Molesworth Gallery

John Boyd’s paintings evoke Magritte; also, the diverse creative life of Derek Jarman

National Gallery of Ireland: Spencer Murphy’s photograph of Ruby Walsh features in the gallery’s exhibition celebrating the role of the horse in Irish life, history and culture

NGI also announces special exhibition on the Spanish Golden Age painter Murillo

Kennedy Browne, The Wonder Years

Aidan Dunne: Kennedy Browne’s guide to a digital, neoliberal world

Paul Hughes, The Infinite Possibilities of the Space Between

Paul Hughes explores ‘massive untethered galaxies of light’ at the Stone Step Gallery

Vicky Langan in Personal Growth by Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain

Challenging and intriguing: new experimental Super 8 film from longtime collaborators

Detail from Gwen O’Dowd, Limen Series, 2019, oil on canvas at Hillsboro Fine Art.

Aidan Dunne: Gwen O’Dowd’s powerful, inky expanses and Yanny Petters's exemplary botanical watercolours

Detail from DI_02.jpg by Aches, which  will be shown by Atelier Maser at Vue, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair,  at the Royal Hibernian Academy November 7-10.

The visual information in these pixilated images are compressed to the point of abstraction

Scintilla, 2014, Helen MacMahon, cut glass crystals, motor, tripod, LED pinspot lights, immersive light installation

Shows from Kennedy Browne, Vanya Lambrecht Ward and Anthony Scott

Xavier Theunis, Bone in Skin on, installation view, Green on Red Gallery

The environment Xavier Theunis has created is just as much a part of the work

Nevill Johnson, Masterson’s Lane (Children and Washing), 1952-1953. Photograph: RTÉ Archive, Selenium-toned print purchased 2019

Johnson’s Dublin work included in the first photography exhibition at National Gallery

Maud Cotter’s exhibition, a consequence of – a breather of air, takes place at  The Dock, St George’s Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, until November 2nd

Shows from Maud Cotter, Gwen O’Dowd, Ronnie Hughes and Norman Ackroyd

Jason Ellis, Athenian, Carrara marble. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Jason Ellis finds timeless resonances in classical sculptures in his new exhibition

Eoin McHugh, Therapy Notebook 1, pp. 1-6, pigment ink on paper six pages, 15 x 20cm each, six pages 5.9 x 7.9in each

Sketchbook drawings take spirit of simplified Toki Pona language and apply it to images

Amelia Stein, Portrait of Rosemarie and Seán Mulcahy at the  Butler Gallery

Xavier Theunis, Camille Souter, Jason Ellis and more

 Lucian Freud with Brendan Behan in a Dublin street: Youth explores Freud’s life up to the late 1960s. Photograph: Daniel Farson/Getty

William Feaver draws on hours of interviews to chart details of painter’s life before fame

13BC, Corpse Cleaner, 2016/2019, digital projection, colour, sound, 18 minutes

Research collective 13BC delve into the intricacies of the human fallout from nuclear warfare

 Sleep of Reason, Diana Copperwhite (2019, oil on canvas, 170X229cm). Courtesy of the artist and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

The oil painting is a typical work of artist, if relatively dark in tone

Winter which was not there, Vajiko Chackiani

Helen Robbins, Yanny Petters, Frieda Meaney and this year’s art graduates

Detail of winning photograph photograph by Enda Bowe (b.1975), Cybil McCaddy with Daughter Lulu, 2018, C-Type print, 127 x 101.6 cm. Photograph: Enda Bowe

Enda Bowe wins €20,000 award as first young portrait prize also goes to a photograph

Sheila Rennick, Worst Pub, 2019, Hillsboro Fine Art

Amanda Doran, Sheila Rennick’s works at Hillsboro, Aileen Murphy in Temple Bar

Clodagh Emoe, Eternity by the Stars, Maynooth

Clodagh Emoe looks the nature of existence; Paul Hallahan muses on perception and time

Madame Woof (2019)

Rennick uses caricaturish levels of distortion in the service of bitingly satirical humour

Back o’Leap (2007) by Graham Crowley

In A Love of Many Things, Crowley electrifies rural Ireland

And Then the World Changed Colour, Breathing Yellow by Mariele Neudecker. Commissioned by Dulwich Picture Gallery. Photograph: Ben Jones.

Beautiful vitrine sculptures explore how we try to represent and make sense of nature

Display, Link and Cure  by Sibyl Montague and Glenn Fitzgerald.

Aidan Dunne: Launch exhibition references the history of the Arran St building

Cillín, Lacken, Mayo (2019) by Tommy Weir. Image courtesy of the artist

Weir’s melancholy, dark-lit photographs excavate the hidden history of landscape

Mourners attend the funeral of victims killed in the US drone strike in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Photograph: EPA

Further 40 injured after attack in which labourers and farmers accidentally targeted

Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali arrives in Rades stadium where he delivered his speech on the 50th anniversary of independence of Tunisia from France on March 20th, 2006. File photograph: Getty

Strongman fled in 2011 as people rose in revolt that inspired uprisings across Middle East

Niamh O’Malley, Untitled (barrier), detail. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh. Image courtesy of the artist.

Aidan Dunne: Finding a handle on Niamh O’Malley’s new sculptures at the RHA

The preserved heart from the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, that will be used as part of the Heartship art project by Dorothy Cross

Live installation will be presented at the Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival in Cork

Damnatio Memoriae, Conor O'Grady

Shows by Conor O'Grady, Yuko Mohri, Patrick Horan, Robert Ryan and the Irish Architectural Archive's artists in residence

Winter Cherry Tree, Makiko Nakamura, 2019, oil and metal leaf on linen, 41X41cms

Nakamura’s visual meditations on memory and living

Francis Matthews, Dame Study, Molesworth Gallery

The two styles are suspicious of each other, but this exhibition gets them talking

Works from Strata by Kathy Prendergast. Photograph: Tony Bartholomew

In upcoming exhibition in Scarborough, artist echoes one of her earliest, most celebrated works

Dame study, by Francis Matthews

Dorothy Cross at the Kerlin and nighttime cityscapes are among the other highlights

Leah Hewson, Valley, 2016

The revamped €20,000 Hennessy Craig Award shortlist show is now a biennial affair

Short back and sides

Marie Wood, Nephin Beg Sundown, mixed media collage/painting, Custom House

Aidan Dunne: Work by Paul Hallahan and Lee Welch, Michael Flaherty, Anita Groener

Untitled (Plate, Grapes, Pear & Jug), William Scott, 1975, charcoal on paper, 50 x 65cm

The elegant simplicity of Scott’s celebrated work emerged from a long apprenticeship

Mandy O’Neill, Diane, 2018, Gallery of Photography

Aidan Dunne: Compact survey exhibition of work by the Zurich Portrait Prize winner

Sybil le Brocquy (1973) by Melanie le Brocquy (1919-2018)

Melanie le Brocquy’s sculptures are small in scale but quietly compelling

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