Thursday, June 13, 2024

Who are Your Demons?

Fighting our demons is important work. They come in many forms from vices to full blown addictions to the little voices that tell whisper you can’t or don’t bother. It is important to confront these demons head on, to set them straight and remind them who is in charge. For some, this may mean seeking help outside oneself, while for others it may be as simple as scaling whatever self-imposed barrier is standing in you way and getting the job done. Whatever your demons, do not allow them to make you ashamed. There is no one who has ever lived who has not struggled their fair share and you are no different from any one of them. Confront these menaces head on, do not allow them to knock you from your path. Read on for some armor to help you combat those demons who might quietly say you can’t.

NordArt is one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in Europe. Right now Kunstwerk Carlshutte invites artists to submit their work to an open call for the upcoming exhibition. More than 200 artists of all levels from around the world will be selected to participate. Artists will be selected by the end of February 2020. To learn more about this open call and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is November 30.

Artists who have found their sealegs are invited to apply for Sail Britain Residency on the Ocean. This is an opportunity to sail aboard a boat off the west coast of Scotland, to explore the ocean, coastline, ecology and communities. The next ship sets sail in April 2020. To learn more, visit the website. Deadline is Decemeber 4.

The Belluard Festival “favors the rage of creation, the need for reflection, the demand for research and the breadth of poetry.” Right now they are Looking for Monsters. Who are the monsters in your life? What role do they play? These are the themes to be examined in their current call. For more spine tingling details, visit the website. Deadline is December 9.

Praxis Center is comprised of humans. Imperfect humans who understand that each and every one of you is imperfect, too. What sort of world would this be if everyone was perfect and homogeneous? Art is messy and artists, in turn, can sometimes be messy, too. Indeed humanity itself is messy and that is part of what makes it so beautiful. We embrace this disheveled nature and aim to nurture those parts of you that both rebel and complement the chaos within.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.


Photo credit: The Belluard Festival

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