Troye Sivan: ‘Bloom’ Review

Our Editor Laurie Shelly reviews the young Australian pop-star’s latest album ‘Bloom’ “I’m taking in the sights and measuring the sounds.” On “Seventeen,” the opening track of Troye Sivan’s sophomore album, twenty-three-year-old Sivan recalls a younger version of himself making a conscious decision to record and commit to memory his own coming-of-age. With a strange mixture of discomfort and excitement swirling around amidst warm synths, … Continue reading Troye Sivan: ‘Bloom’ Review

What Makes a Magritte?

Kieran Enright discusses the French surrealist’s most famous works. I took a class in my second year of college entitled “Cultural Studies: Modern French Culture”, unbeknownst to its content. I expected a regimen of study centered around everyday French life: such things as political influence or social behavior came to mind. However, to my surprise, the module followed the lives of several influential artists throughout … Continue reading What Makes a Magritte?


Ellen Desmond reviews Amsterdam’s innovative and powerful ‘Munch | Van Gogh’ exhibition. Masquerading as an art snob on a student budget is no easy task, but where there’s a will there’s always a way. Ryanair’s €14.99 flights to Amsterdam couldn’t have landed at a better time. The famous Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands’ capital city hosts the largest permanent collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s … Continue reading FIRE AND EMBERS

Inkspirations: At UCC’s Jennings Gallery

Words: Ellen Desmond Kaumal Baig is a 4th year Dental Student at UCC, who grew up in Cork with Asian roots. Holding the title of Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar (2015/16), it’s not too difficult to see why Kaumal has managed to achieve this accolade. With no formal training in art, she claims she doesn’t know the “fancy terminology,” and can’t recite the names … Continue reading Inkspirations: At UCC’s Jennings Gallery

Prehistoric Rock Art Exhibition

Review: Tara O’Malley Brown Prehistoric rock art is one of the earliest examples of art and was created 5000 years ago in the Neolithic period. There is currently an exhibition about Irish Prehistoric rock art running in Cork Public Museum in Fitzgerald’s Park. ‘Prehistoric Rock Art’ the exhibition opened on the 31st of October 2015. The idea for the exhibition was proposed by Claire Busher … Continue reading Prehistoric Rock Art Exhibition

The Language of Dreams: Symbolism and Surrealism in 20th Century Art

CRAWFORD EXHIBITION ART REVIEW by Tara O’Malley-Brown The Language of Dreams opened in Cork’s Crawford Art Gallery on the 2nd of October 2015. It explores Surrealism, an artistic movement started in the 1920s, which investigated the subconscious of the mind and the dream world. It’s well known that the famous movement was mainly based in France, but did this movement affect Ireland? Were Irish artists … Continue reading The Language of Dreams: Symbolism and Surrealism in 20th Century Art