Call for Artists – ALCHEMY

Entry Deadline: Jun. 11

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Edition #11 of Wake up screaming will present the opportunity for us to explore alchemy in its various forms, particularly from a creative perspective. We are interested in hearing from artists using Alchemical themes as a reference point in their work. Find the full brief and submission guidelines here:

Some say it was a failed precursor to chemistry, an extinct and disproved theory and practice that has perhaps become somewhat diluted, dispersed and misinterpreted in modern times, it has certainly travelled far from its initial task of turning lead to gold and creating the philosophers stone.

Whatever the case, the study of alchemy still intrigues many people today. Surrounded by mystery and magic, possibilities, tales of transformation, sparks that present new metaphors that can help us to better grasp our own transformational processes, physical and mental. The changing of the elements of the self, the furthering of self-knowledge that opens us up to new possibilities and understandings of the self.

Personally, the subject provides points of reference, creative inspirations, and opportunities for learning that have opened up new doorways and presented new metaphors for understanding myself, my art, mind, and creating change within my own being. As an artist, I am interested in the processes that occur within inspiration, within the creation of a piece of art and then between the piece and its viewers and how these can be explained by, and weave into, alchemical themes.

This edition will coincide with the International Alchemy Conference held in Glastonbury, UK 19th-24th. I will be attending some lectures and workshops, learning about herbal alchemy, making tinctures and generally filling my vessel with all things Alchemical.

We are looking for:
The pages of edition #11 will be open to submissions from artists in all forms. We are looking primarily for work and research relating to or inspired by alchemy and artists who use alchemical themes in their work. Perhaps you would like to put together some images and write some accompanying text <600 words telling us how alchemy inspires you creatively. We are accepting art in all its forms: visual pieces, writing, illustration, painting, drawing, animation, music, sound, photography, video, multimedia, films, installations, movement, dance, noise, soundscapes, songs, collaborations, creative writing, poetry and short articles < 600 words. Or any combination of the above - we particularly like amalgamation and cross-pollination between mediums. New work, old work, published or not we are an open space designed for artists to respond honestly to interesting themes that we hope teach us something about ourselves and how to be. Please read our detailed brief and submission guidelines: Deadline: midday (GMT) Mon 11th June Launch: New Moon, Wed 13th June

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