Each year, A CLEARING invites Maine-based artists to create work in conversation with a chosen theme. We call this recurring cycle A POSSIBLE PRACTICE.
OUR 2019 THEME IS A POEM:
Kristin Chang’s “Etymology of Butch”
Applications for our 2019 theme are now closed, but you can follow and participate in the conversation here and here. Check back in December 2019 for our 2020 theme and details about our open call for artists.
How it works for featured artists (the fine print):
Theme announcement and open call for artists goes live in December of each year. Artists are selected based on the quality of their work samples and its connection to the theme. Work in any medium by Maine-based creatives is welcome. To us, “work” means any thoughtful interaction with the theme through your original creation in any medium including visual, audio, text, performance, interactive workshop, [etc.]; collaborations and returning artists welcome. A CLEARING shares and promotes the selected work through community happenings, social media, and sales. All selected featured artists are paid an equal $50 stipend for participating. Accepted artists have the option selling pieces created (both inside and outside of the theme) in our online shop. (Shop is currently under construction and will go live December 2019.) To make this practice sustainable for all, A CLEARING receives a 30% portion of profit of all art sold. Artists price their own work. Participation with the theme is not limited to featured artists and the application process. At any time throughout the season, you can choose to create work in response to our theme, tagging us on Instagram and using the hashtag #apossiblepractice. We may select your work to share on our social media, deepening the collective conversation. We may also contact you for further collaboration (artist interviews, blog features, permission to reprint, etc.). This practice is open to makers of all kinds.