Art handlers prepare Aran 2005, a selection of black and white photographs which were part of an exhibition by artist Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Museums Survey 2016, which was published in December, aims to provide an overview of the state of museums in Ireland north and south of the (...)

Biased: national collections give context only to a certain type of work by a certain group of artists. Photograph: EPA

Museums can be comforting places – if you happen to be middle class, male and white. The traditional model of the museum offers a sense of standing at(...)