Category : Arts

Brining Brings the Rays Once Again – the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Sunshine on Leith

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Having also directed the original production of Sunshine on Leith whilst at Dundee Rep, I suppose West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director James Brining had a slight head start as he began work on this new staging of the much-loved jukebox musical. It thus seemed a relatively safe choice to maintain … Read More

A forward thinking team to match a forward-thinking collection: are museums developing their internal power structures fast enough?

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Looking at many museums in the world today, it is easy to see how the structure of their collections has become far more diversified. Over time, exhibitions of gallery collections in larger art institutions have started to become more inclusive. They have started to erase older presentations of history by … Read More

Giant blue penis erected as a mural: should art be censored?

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The question of whether or not it is ethical to censor art is one that has been asked for centuries and one that will continue to be asked into the unknown future. Changing social expectations mean that what we find offensive is an ever-changing concept. That people push the limits … Read More

Sonia Boyce’s Explorations of Identity, Britishness and Race

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Until July 22nd 2018, Manchester Art Gallery presents the long overdue and first retrospective exhibition of the Black British artist Sonia Boyce and indeed through its thoughtful curation, it is worth the much-anticipated wait. From the early art of Boyce, to work commissioned solely for the exhibition, the curation of … Read More

Out of This World Performance: One Giant Leap

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Student-produced shows can be a mixed bag of low production value, amateur performances, and poor storytelling, but every once in a while, there is a hidden gem. A show that completely exceeds expectations and reminds you of the extreme talent possessed by young creatives. One Giant Leap definitely falls into … Read More

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a Masterclass in Blockbuster Cinema

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I was raised on superheroes; on the top shelf of the wardrobe in my bedroom there sits thousands of issues of classic comics, collected by my dad during his youth and devoured by me and my siblings during ours. This, of course, means that the films of the MCU have … Read More

Does Talent Trump Abuse In Hollywood?

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Following her 2016 Best Actress Oscar win for her portrayal of a sexual abuse victim in Room, Brie Larson had to present the award of Best Actor at the 2017 Oscars to alleged sexual predator, Casey Affleck. It was thought that to prevent another uncomfortable encounter, the Academy would take … Read More

‘Isle of Dogs’ Toes the Line Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation

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Wes Anderson’s newest stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs, opened at cinemas last month amid both praise and controversy, as it has been criticised by many for its presentation of Japanese society. Cultural insensitivity is an issue that continues to plague Hollywood, but is Isle of Dogs really a case of … Read More

Is It Time We Forget About ‘The Breakfast Club’?

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“How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose?” This is the question put forward by actress and author Molly Ringwald in her recently published essay, and, at a time when films of the past are constantly being brought to new audiences through the popularity … Read More

Selfies: Art or Millennial Narcissism?

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The newly-opened California Museum of Selfies places an ostentatious pinpoint on the timeline of the digital age, marking the moment where the selfie is treated with artistic respect. This exhibit allows visitors to explore the selfie right back to its 40,000 year-old roots and contains primarily interactive instalments that reinforce … Read More