Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Announcement: Reimagining the Gothic Creative Competition

Reimagining the Gothic 2018: Aesthetics and Archetypes

Creative Competition

Sheffield Gothic is delighted to announce our 2018 Reimagining the Gothic creative competition!

Each year as part of Reimagining the Gothic we hold a creative showcase: an opportunity to explore the theme through various creative methods. This year, that theme is Gothic Aesthetics & Archetypes - think everything from ruined castles, memento mori and gargoyles to Racliffean heroines, Byronic vampires and The Cure.

The aim of the creative showcase is to offer alternative insights and rethink Gothic conventions through a variety of creative mediums. In the past we've had photography series', music videos, dramatic pieces and short films. Want to get involved? This years competition is now open!

All submissions will have the opportunity to be displayed at the Creative Showcase on Saturday 27th of October, where the winners will be announced after our creative keynote from comics writer Kieron Gillen. Any and all are welcome to submit creative pieces in all shapes and forms that explore, imagine and challenge the theme in anyway. Want to design the costumes for a potential adaptation of your favourite Gothic work? Or adapt it for a Graphic Novel? Great! Want to rewrite a classic Gothic trope from a new angle? Wonderful! Feel like taking atmospheric photos of a haunted ruin at night? I mean, be careful, but sure! Got an idea but not the creative skills to realise it? Group projects are also welcome!

The competition is for submissions of all kinds, and the winning entry will receive a £75 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Wicked + The Divine

Rules and Regulations:

1) The work must be original. You're welcome to riff off, be inspired by and reinterpret any existing works (copyright allowing) but all entries must be original pieces.

2) Submissions must abide to the Sheffield Gothic code of conduct. The Gothic is a language of anxiety, taboo and the other and we encourage submissions to fully interrogate and explore those themes. However we reserve the right to refuse any submissions that are intentionally offensive, contain hate speech or are unnecessarily aggressive.

3) Entrants must have permission to have their pieces displayed. We welcome submissions from all ages, all over the globe (so long as we can in some display them!) from either single creators or teams. However if your work has been previously shown elsewhere or commissioned as part of another project, or you are submitting on behalf of a group or another individual you must have permission to do so

The closing date for entries is Monday 17th September. Submissions should be sent to reimagininggoth15@gmail.com with a short bio - we may also ask for a short written piece explaining the ideas and process behind your piece for the showcase.

If you have any questions, or want any further information then don't hesitate to contact the team at reimagininggoth15@gmail.com. We purposefully keep the themes as open as possible to encourage a variety of interpretations, but we're always happy to answer any questions or queries!

@SheffieldGothic | @TheReimagining 

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