Browsing: Creative Corner

The Bangor Art Society held an upcycling workshop last week in celebration of sustainability week at the university. Upcycling is the idea of recycling materials to produce something more valuable than the original components. To this end, members were encouraged to use old cans, clothes, bottles or other unwanted objects. We have gathered a few examples of their work below.

Photo designed by jcomp / Freepik The Bangor University Writers’ Guild is a society dedicated to inspiring Bangor’s writing talent through activities, workshops, and peer feedback. Collected here are several poetic works that members have chosen to share with the world. Royal by Dylan Finnan Royal-rented tone dances to the song of B flat sustained across silk-sewn ridges to rest on the tip of taste, and coat the air with confectioned dust as the crown settles, not on head but texture. The cold-paned petal lifts to reveal the residue of freshly laid sheets left upon your lips as the word…

Photo by Sophie Todd For several years now, the Bangor Art Society (BAS) has organized weekly meetups where their members could socialise while painting and drawing, often producing beautiful and interesting pieces of artwork. However, like many societies, the Corona outbreak and the subsequent lockdown forced the society members to look for other ways to share their passion for art with each other. For most of the second semester and throughout the summer, the society has published weekly art prompts, ranging from landscape to animals and nature, on their Facebook page and asked for submissions that followed those prompts. Not…

Photos by Bangor University Crafts Society Throughout the summer, the Bangor University Crafts Society has tried to help its members keep away the boredom with a 30-day Crafts Challenge – each day was dedicated to a creative challenge, ranging from rock painting and bird feeders to pot hangers and rubbish upcycling. By using material that is usually readily available at home, could be recycled or easily collected from the garden and surrounding areas, the challenges were affordable, environmentally conscious, and easily followed during the lockdown. Headed by the Crafts committee, each prompt was published with a list of material requirements,…

Hannah Grimston is the president of the Film Society and a member of the English Dramatics Society.  She is a 3rd year Creative Studies student in the School of Music and Media, and wants to be a playwright in the future. Why did you choose to be a member of the English Dramatics Society? I was introduced to the society in the 2nd semester of my first year through Byron Dean. I later went on to work on his play for the Conwy One-Act Festival. I made a lots of friends in the society, it was very welcoming and very…

With Rostra’s second show of the semester, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, ticked on the to-watch list, one must wonder how to prepare to review such pleasant and surprising performances. Shifting from cocktail bar comedy to high society humour, Rostra greets audiences with a well-chosen cast, a well-staged play, simple and clean directing, and a lot of energy. There is much to be observed: Oscar’ Wilde’s unique style of comedy and use of language is delivered smartly. The lighting and decor are kept simple and to the point and the acting is vibrant and natural. Although 500…

For many budding artists and photographers, displaying work publicly is a hard and daunting task. But the last week of November’s gallery night in Pontio, hosted by the Art and Photographic societies, had many students display their work to the public for the first time. The space was filled with various artwork, done in pen, pencil, paint and charcoal. Portraits of animals, portraits of people, self-portraits, caricatures, sketches and many more were lined up against walls, with some artists being credited for multiple artworks found in contrast by comparison, proof of diversity. Same could be said for the photographs; from…

There are times when you have to challenge yourself and change the way you do your craft; either by improvising, starting from scratch, or by collaborating. Fergus Elliot, chair of the Photographic Society, and Anna Monnerau, chair of the Arts Society, are having their societies do a joint event: an event through which fine art and photography transcend and draw from each other. We invitied them for a joint interview here in the Seren Offices in order to learn more. What made you choose your societies? Anna: It’s a chill society. Because of university…

Every so often, there are some student projects which find their way on the big stage: one of these is Suddenly Last Summer, a Tennesse Williams play directed by Alma Nordstrand and Peter Jones, two members of the Bangor English Dramatics Society (BEDS), in Pontio on the 13th and the 14th of November. What made you become BEDS members? Alma: I was looking for a drama society in particular. I joined after I saw BEDS at Serendipity. I liked the atmosphere, it was a really communal sort of feeling. The first semester, I was really inactive, and then I did…

Christmas is about many things. The food, the music, the partying, the presents… but let’s all be honest: Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the decorations. Getting all trimmed up is one of my favourite things about Christmas, because it allows me to really unleash my creative side. That comes in handy when thinking about trimming up on a budget as most students have to. Here are some quick and easy decoration ideas! The Book Tree My most favourite part of Christmas decorations has always been the tree. You can pick up a cheap false tree for under £10,…

Anna Selbmann is a second year student at Bangor University studying Marine Vertebrate Zoology, it could therefore be considered quite surprising that in her spare time she enjoys nothing more than crafting, in particular creating paper crafts. All year round Anna is on the lookout for interesting paper and collects it for her crafting projects. Most of the crafting work is completed in a few concentrated weeks when Anna is home from University. Together with her mother Anna is able to create wonderful handmade items which range from handmade and bound books, to decorative stars for the Christmas period. Anna’s…

The student Christmas market has become an annual event at the university. Past markets have seen huge success, with over 1,500 visitors attending last year. The markets aren’t all about buying and selling though, there is also live music and dancing to keep you entertained whilst you browse. The B-Enterprising team are the masterminds behind the Christmas Markets and they describe the markets as ‘an excellent chance to develop your enterprise skills and earn money at the same time!’ If you’re completing the Bangor Employability Award consider that another reason to take part, as you would gain 15xp for running…

Wendy and Peter By Ana Victoria   She sat up high in her room, ‘Twas just her and the warming sun And tiny flowers of cherry bloom And she loved each and every one… She’s been up there for so long, I bet she forgot how to feel Heartbroken but she carried on, Never questioning is it real. The nearby train shook the windows As I screamed over the fence, ‘Darling you’ll be alright, Let’s leave this town in past tense. Let’s leave this town for a while, See everything you want to. It will be just…

Books & Quills ‘Poetry by Prescription’ By Eleanor Hirst I think that it is safe to say poetry is not everyone’s cup of tea. For most people, it naturally just reminds them of copiously analysing Carol Ann Duffy at GCSE level, and wanting to burn these anthologies after a year of your teacher gushing over reading out overtly lesbian-toned stanzas. Nevertheless, poetry is not easy to engage with. When you combine poetry with surrealism; it is not the easiest of poetry genres to identify with for the general public. Books & Quills hosted Poetry by Prescription to precisely address this…

As part of Creative Corner, every week SEREN will look at the life of a famous artist. This week we turn to Roy Lichtenstein. ———— Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York on October 27th 1923. The son of upper class Jewish parents, he first became interested in art at school, where he took drawing up as a hobby. In his youth he would visit the Apollo Theater in Harlem, drawing portraits of the Jazz musicians that performed. Lichtenstein left New York to study art at Ohio State University. His studies became disrupted however by the Second World War, where…

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