Arts / 14/09/2021 Banksy in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth: home of golden sands, the famous Pleasure Beach, the Time and Tide Museum. Oh, and now multiple works of art by the world-famous artist Banksy. That’s right, Banksy has been hard at work just down the road, and it’s not just Great Yarmouth – Cromer, Lowestoft, Gorleston and Oulton Broad were also places...

Arts / 14/09/2021 Age-Blind Hamlet: Ian McKellen’s 82-year-old Dane

At the beginning of 2021, rumours were being published that Sir Ian McKellen would be returning to the stage as the titular character in Hamlet. The performance was to be an age-blind, gender-blind production where McKellen (82) would be returning to the role of the youthful Dane. The cast would be split between periods of...

Arts, Climate Change / 14/09/2021 “It’s moved from a problem for the next generation to a problem for right now and we’re not ready for it”: UEA Professor and playwright Steve Waters reflects on his work on climate change

Steve Waters’ ‘The Secret Life of Plays’ became a staple of my bedside table reading stack before coming to university. Renowned as “the place where literature lives”, UEA has seen the birth of countless award-winning works of fiction, poetry, and drama, with a collection of critically acclaimed professors to match. Described as “one of the...

Arts / 17/08/2021 Amie Maria Marie’s ‘The play about Theresa May’: “She showed no remorse”

Playwright, Amie Maria Marie speaks her mind with extraordinary openness. “The long and short of it was, I was really frustrated with Theresa May. I didn’t like her as home secretary. I didn’t like her Go Home vans, which cost a lot of money and got barely anyone to self deport.”  The driving force behind...

Arts / 17/08/2021 Visions of Paradise: Michael Armitage at the Royal Academy

The historic square is lined with a Victorian dream of modernity where chemistry, physics, medicine, history, and art neatly coexist. Entering, you duck past the sciences, avoid the history, as much as possible, and head straight for art. Guarded not only by large wooden doors, hidden amongst 17th century archways, the entrance to the gallery...

Arts / 17/08/2021 Digital artwork and NFTs

You may have heard a lot of talk about non-fungible tokens, or ‘NFTs’, if you’ve been paying attention to any talk in the art world lately. It feels to many as if this term has sprung out of nowhere and is quickly taking over. However, if you have so far managed to avoid the hype...

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Banksy in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth: home of golden sands, the famous Pleasure Beach, the Time and Tide Museum. Oh, and now multiple works of art by the world-famous artist Banksy. That’s right, Banksy has been hard at work just down the road, and it’s not just Great Yarmouth – Cromer, Lowestoft, Gorleston and Oulton Broad were also places…

Arts, Climate Change

“It’s moved from a problem for the next generation to a problem for right now and we’re not ready for it”: UEA Professor and playwright Steve Waters reflects on his work on climate change

Steve Waters’ ‘The Secret Life of Plays’ became a staple of my bedside table reading stack before coming to university. Renowned as “the place where literature lives”, UEA has seen the birth of countless award-winning works of fiction, poetry, and drama, with a collection of critically acclaimed professors to match. Described as “one of the…

Arts

Digital artwork and NFTs

You may have heard a lot of talk about non-fungible tokens, or ‘NFTs’, if you’ve been paying attention to any talk in the art world lately. It feels to many as if this term has sprung out of nowhere and is quickly taking over. However, if you have so far managed to avoid the hype…

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The art of observation for a hyper-digital generation

Attention is a commodity for all providers of service. Where restaurants rely on customers buying their food, and where musicians rely on listeners buying albums, tickets to gigs, and subscriptions to music streaming sites, social media providers rely on consumers giving their attention to their platforms to generate custom. Unlike other services, immediate attention is…


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