Frank Dunphy and Damien Hirst. Dunphy revolutionised the London art market and turned Damien Hirst into a multimillionaire. Photograph: Billy Farrell/Getty Images

It had somehow escaped me until he died recently that one of the most influential people in the so-called Britart movement was a Dubliner and the son (...)

Cherry Smyth: ‘I spotted a poster advertising an exhibition about Queen Victoria, and as I looked closer, I saw that someone had scrawled the words ‘IRISH FAMINE’ across her forehead.’

Cherry Smyth was hurrying through a London tube station in 2012 when she suddenly realised she needed to know more about the Famine. For the Antrim-bo(...)