Arts / 13/04/2021 Interview with Youtube’s u m a m i

Justin Tomchuk, AKA u m a m i, is one of YouTube’s rising stars. At 252K subscribers and counting, he makes moody, surreal animations that draw on everything from classic advertisements, fine art and sci-fi to Thomas the Tank Engine and Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup. He does the bulk of the art and animation...

Arts / 13/04/2021 Galleries in lockdown: visiting virtual exhibits

Coronavirus has certainly had a devastating impact on the art scenes worldwide, with galleries having to close their doors for months at a time. The world has had to quickly adapt, and one way that art can still be communicated is virtually. Many museums worldwide have online galleries which are free to view. They enable...

Arts / 13/04/2021 This painting reminds me of my childhood: Monet’s Water Lily Pond

“The Water Lily Pond” is an 1899 work by the impressionist painter, Claude Monet. It comprises background trees, a weeping willow, a bridge and a pond that is completely covered in vegetation and lilies. The background behind the bridge is also shielded by vegetation, and I adore the almost ethereal, fairy-like nature setting. The water...

Arts / 13/04/2021 Paris’s Musee d’Orsay undergoes renaming

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris has been renamed the Musée d’Orsay-Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. This name change is in honour of the late Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who served as France’s President from 1974 to 1981 and was integral in the institution’s creation. President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died on the 2nd of December 2020 at the age...

Arts / 13/04/2021 Maria Fragoso: the modern-day Frida Kahlo

There aren’t many artists who have had the honour of being compared to the icon that was Frida Kahlo. There are even fewer artists who have actually lived up to the accolade. Maria Fragoso has been recently coined the modern-day Frida Kahlo, and is highly deserving of such a compliment.  Fragoso studied at the Yale...

Arts / 23/03/2021 Exceptional theatre in exceptional times

We all love positive news and this week’s comes from a magnificent group of talented, ambitious and inspiring university students. The Drama Musical Theatre Society (DMTS) recently unveiled a link to purchase tickets for its upcoming production of the Tony-Award-winning musical, Spring Awakening. But hold your horses: this production will be unlike anything you’ve ever...

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Art in the anthropocene

Plastic floods our oceans, concrete accumulates beneath our feet, and carbon weighs down on us from above. This is the new world of materials that we live in. Welcome to the Anthropocene. Popularised by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in the early 2000s, the Anthropocene represents a new layer in the geological strata and denotes…

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Three must-see plays written by women

One of the things that I feel most personally robbed of by the pandemic is the cosy ritual of going to the theatre. Having always been a theatre kid at heart, I’ve found comfort in reading the plays I so desperately miss seeing live. Here are three iconic plays by female writers to keep your…

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Environmental art: is it worth the effort?

Artists have been creating art connected to nature since the dawn of time. The desire to connect to the world we live in and to return to our roots are instinctive. However, within that category exists art with more of a crucial edge: art that confronts the environment and the climate crisis. In 1982, Agnes…

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International Women’s Day Street Art Collective’s 2021 #ChooseToChallenge Campaign

International Women’s Day Street Art Collective (IWDSAC) is a worldwide awareness-raising initiative supported by the all-female street artist group International Women’s crew (IWC). The collaboration is led by Australia-based street artist Ms Snaps and her IWC, alongside many other female street-artists around the world. The group was formed in 2018, following Mr Snaps worldwide paint…

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This on-stage couple just doesn’t make sense!

I’ll preface this article with the fact that I love Shakespeare’s plays, truly. Twelfth Night, Othello and King Lear are all brilliant. But Romeo and Juliet’s love story is just… bizarre. We all know the story. Romeo and Juliet are from two feuding families. They meet, fall in love, marry the next day, and then…

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Gory love: Francis Bacon and everlasting anguish

Content Warning: drug overdose; grief Francis Bacon has never been one to shy away from the darkness of the human psyche. With his distinctive painting style often depicting people in anguish, darkness, and other such extreme emotions, his work based on sex unsurprisingly follows in the same vein. The central panel in Bacon’s ‘Three Studies…


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