Arts / 19/01/2021 My 2021 Arts Resolution: Learning to use Adobe Illustrator

Through working for Concrete over the past two years, I have grown to love and enjoy graphic design, working with Adobe and spending hours fighting over the placement of an author’s name on the Travel section spread. I am keen to use my rather expensive subscription for more personal uses over the coming year (which...

Arts / 19/01/2021 UK 2021 New Year’s Honours list: The Artists being Recognised

The UK New Year’s Honours list for 2021 is composed of 1,329 recipients who have been recognised for outstanding service in their respective fields. With 2020 being a year like no other, the 2021 list is notable on several accounts.   It marks the most ethnically diverse honours list ever, with 14.2% of recipients being from...

Arts / 19/01/2021 This artwork gives me hope: ‘Norham Castle, Sunrise’ (1845)

A pioneer of Romanticism, J. M. W. Turner is well known for his oil paintings of dramatic sea storms, boasting fiery colours that explored the sublime in nature like no one had before. Although Turner’s dramatic responses to nature are incredibly captivating, it is the serenity and bliss of Norham Castle, Sunrise (1845) that particularly...

Arts / 19/01/2021 2021 Arts Events to Anticipate

While the art world reels from the effects of the pandemic, it might seem strange to anticipate exhibitions and gallery openings, especially with how uncertain the future feels. Despite this, there is a whole host of upcoming events to look forward to in 2021, and so we move onwards with optimism. Marina Abramović, a Serbian...

Arts / 19/01/2021 Interviewing Illustrator Charli Vince: Making art through 2020 and plans for 2021

Charli Vince, an illustrator based in Norwich and the founder of Norwich Association of Illustrators, speaks to Concrete about her ever-changing artistic style, working through a pandemic and plans for 2021. In which mediums do you typically work?  “At the moment it’s a mixture of digital media (Procreate on my iPad, primarily), watercolour, graphite and...

Arts / 15/12/2020 The Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art was established in 1994 in Massachusetts as a dedication to terrible art, and features an ever-changing display of pieces. With a collection of around 800 works, it boasts an impressive range. Each collection is categorised by a witty label, such as ‘Oozing My Religion’, ‘Look Ma, No Hands!’, and ‘In...



I hate this artwork

When you consider the ‘most famous’ piece of art, what do you think of? I think of the Mona Lisa. And then I think of how much I dislike the Mona Lisa.  Yes, it is brilliantly painted, insanely detailed, and very widely loved, but is it not a bit dull? Or worse, smug?  Dreary browns…

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Spotlight on Tiffany Alfonseca

Bold, impassioned and honest; these are just a few of the words you could use to describe Tiffany Alfonseca’s artwork. A recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Alfonseca’s explosion into the art world hasn’t gone unnoticed, with recent works being displayed in Alicia Key’s Dean Art Collection and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. …

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The polarising, political art of ‘Enough of Trump’

More than a dozen highly respected artists across America joined forces in an urgent attempt to sway the public vote before the US election day. The Enough of Trump campaign, organised by advocacy group People for the American Way, is displaying works across billboards, at protests and as projections in their attempt to keep Trump…

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