Damien Hirst

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George Michael at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images

The art collection of George Michael – the late singer, songwriter and music producer, is on an extensive world tour, including an exhibition in China(...)

Life cast Masks of David Bowie by Joe Murray (€500-€700), Morgan O’Driscoll.

Although the Irish art market appears to be heading towards recovery since the economic crash, it still remains a fickle world. Take, for example, Flo(...)

 A mock world cup trophy  in a   shop in Souk Waqif in Doha. Photograph:  Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

On New Year’s Day, the people of the oil- and gas-rich gulf state of Qatar woke to find a “health” tax had been implemented overnight, doubling the pr(...)

Turner prize winner Charlotte Prodger: ‘I wouldn’t be in this room without public funding.’ Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Charlotte Prodger, a Glasgow-based artist who makes films using her iPhone, has won this year’s Turner Prize, British art’s biggest accolade. Prodger (...)

Controversial: Damien Hirst’s Miraculous Journey sculptures in Qatar. Photograph: AFP/Getty

As a child, I remember asking my mum where babies came from. Whatever she said left me with the distinct impression that it involved her eating some s(...)

Shark tank: Damien Hirst with his piece Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living in 2013.  Photograph: Natalie Naccache/New York Times

Are artists different? Some lines from Thomas Kinsella are stuck in my mind: “I wonder whether one expects/ Flowing tie or expert sex …/ Of poets any (...)

Richard Corrigan at Virginia Park Lodge in Co Cavan, the venture that threatened his restaurant empire. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill

Richard Corrigan is the kind of guy you want to end up sitting beside at a wedding where you don’t know anyone, or a dinner you didn’t want to attend.(...)

Lauren Child: Hubert Horatio, from How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

When Lauren Child was invited to be the UK Children’s Laureate in 2017, she spent a long time thinking about how she would define the position during (...)

Lily Allen: the singer has written an unflinching, unputdownable book

The old house in the countryside that Lily Allen bought, after several years of fame, was at the end of a long, private track. Hugged by the land, in (...)

Conor Harrington: “Red and blue are the English teams and French teams, but they also represent Russia and America . . . All the dominant flags in the world seem to be red and blue.” Photograph: Owen Richards

In Brick Lane in London, away from prying eyes, is a nondescript building. It’s paint-splattered from floor to ceiling on the inside, and filled with (...)

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