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Have you seen this painting? Girl in the Sand (1950) is one of the ‘lost’ works by Una Watters

It was a wet windy Monday morning in December when we arrived at the Emerald Ballroom in Ballinasloe. We weren’t there for the dancing. We were on a q(...)

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London

There are Sackler galleries at some of the world’s leading arts institutions: the Serpentine, Tate, and the National Gallery in London have them, as d(...)

These city films could equally be romcoms (When Brendan Met Trudy, 2000), musicals (Once, 2007) or horrors (The Canal, 2014)

Had they stopped to consider it, the audiences queueing for this year’s unexpected box office hit and awards darling, The Favourite, might have been f(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Josepha Madigan, Paschal Donohoe and Richard Bruton at St Laurence O’Toole school in Dublin city for the launch of Creative Youth. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In December 2017, I found myself in a crowded classroom in St Laurence O’Toole Girls National School on Seville Place, Dublin, where the first- and se(...)

As recently as 2016, an Arts Council/ESRI study found that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to engage with artistic expression. File photograph: Getty

Picasso once made the point that “every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”. Last year, as part of its Creative Ire(...)

What are we like back there in The Stalls? Picture: Miki Barlok

THE STALLS Cork Opera House ★★★★★ The Cork Midsummer Festival promise of The Stalls is to present what theatre-goers never see: our watching selves.(...)

 Nancy Dempsey (93) on Portrane beach, north Dublin,  with the four artists chosen for a  public art project: from left, Joanna Hopkins, Fiona McDonald, Mary Conroy and  Mark Clare. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

At 93-years-of age, Nancy Dempsey can remember Portrane beach in north Dublin when it was straddled by a long wooden boardwalk and when children playe(...)

Carlow Arts Festival: Jo Mangan, the event’s director

Programming a festival is like putting a selection box together. You’re trying to find the right mix. Everyone loves the salted caramels, but what abo(...)

“Work in the Visual Arts is so badly paid in Ireland – the average annual income is between €10,000 and €15,000 a year – that it is especially tricky to sustain a career, because you can’t afford childcare.”

When Amanda Coogan was beginning to think about becoming a parent, the voice of her mentor, Marina Abramovic, kept coming to mind. “If you want to be (...)

Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Raphaela Mangan and Sarah Power, rehearsing before the launch of Irish National Opera’s new season. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new Irish opera about Rosemary Kennedy, sister of US president John F Kennedy is one of two world premieres to feature in Irish National Opera’s (IN(...)

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