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...


Arts, Venue

Government grants £3million from culture recovery fund to Norwich Theatre

After fears that it would not survive the devastating financial impacts of coronavirus, Norwich Theatre has been granted £3million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund. The theatre had taken drastic action in a desperate attempt to survive the pandemic after closing in March, including major restructuring and a…


Emily Ratajkowski and image rights

Emily Ratajkowski is no stranger to posting provocative images on social media, but what becomes alarmingly apparent in her essay ‘Buying Myself Back’ for New York Magazine is that her image has not always belonged to her. The essay details Emily’s painful fight to secure the rights to her own self-image, while having her privacy…

#BLM, Arts

First ever Indigenous winner of Australia’s Archibald Prize receives $100,000

Vincent Namatjira, an Indigenous artist, has won Australia’s 2020 Archibald Prize, an annual award for portraiture painted by a resident of Australasia. It comes with a cash prize of $100,000. Namatjira’s winning painting, entitled ‘Stand Strong for Who You Are’, features retired Australian footballer, Adam Goodes, as “a proud Aboriginal man who stands strong for…



With not much for students to do after the ‘rule of six’ took much-anticipated events away, UEA’s Wonderglow festival gave a thought-provoking and other-worldly alternative to staying indoors with housemates. Walking through the campus, a place I have walked through countless times, the lights and neon glows distorted this familiarity into an ethereal place I…

Arts, Venue

Interlude: Hair the musical

Following a successful two week run of shows on campus, INTERLUDE@UEA is ready to draw to a close, with its final performance, Hair: The Musical. The star-studded cast of major West End names include the Olivier-nominated Frances McCann,  Cleve September and Layton Williams. Directed by former BBC Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, this Paul Taylor-Mills production…

Arts, Venue

Russell Kane at Interlude

The Interlude tent is on the green outside the Ziggurats. It’s the most picturesque part of UEA and the tent added to the vibe of excitement amongst the audience. I think for most of us, it’s the first time we’ve gone to an ‘event’ in 7 months, so despite the rustic setting, everyone was still…

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