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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