Featured Artists Brief – Creative Call for Submissions: The CHANGE Issue

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In each print issue, aAh! Magazine interrogates one word which runs as a theme throughout our published submissions. The theme of our next issue is CHANGE.

Change is inevitable… so why not explore it? It’s something that is happening constantly around us: whether it be minor like a new haircut – a fringe on someone’s head, or major; like a new law that infringes on someone’s civil rights. It could be individual; a person transitioning to finally become who they want to be, or universal; like climate change that affects everyone. It could be a regular occurrence like a heavy rainstorm after a freezing day in Manchester, or a rare occasion like diamond rain on the frozen surface of Neptune. Change is both beautiful and terrifying, somehow being the worst thing imaginable yet also the thing you dream about.

The concept of change has many different meanings, the potential to interrogate the word is boundless. Someone changed their clothes today to sit on a bus, they paid £2 in exchange for a ticket, picked up a newspaper that had been changed over this morning and read something that “changes everything.” They wait for the lights to change so they can quickly change directions. But as the bus changes gears, they have a change of heart. They dig in their old coat pocket, which needs to be changed anyway as they found it in a changing room years ago, and what do they find… some loose change. Even the idea of change is ever-changing.

Are you sick of the word “change” yet? Well, we need to change that as we are inviting you to explore this theme for our sixth print issue of aAh! Magazine. What does ‘change’ mean to you? Have you ever experienced a significant change? How can you apply this theme to modern life? Is there an underrepresented idea of change yet to be explored? How are race, technology, politics, gender, art, music, fashion, sex, entertainment, Manchester, you, me, the world intertwined with change? We want to know how you would create something, anything, from just one simple word.

Featured Artist Brief

A spotlight on a visual artist – submit up to ten images and we will pick our favourites to be featured throughout the magazine. Fine artists of all practices welcome, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. Send us a brief bio and explanation of how your work relates to the theme CHANGE.


Artists and designers are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textile, installation, any mixed media, digital, performance and film (jpg still image and a link to video) etc. All visual art mediums are welcome. Submit your visual work in a digital format in the highest possible resolution you have availanle – not below 300 dpi.

Visual Guidelines

We will accept work and visual in JPEG, PNG or TIFF formats. Artwork must be at least 300 dpi or more. All artwork must be at least 210 x 297 mm to fit in the magazine, and should fit comfortably on a page of this aspect ratio.

Our Featured Artists work will be published alongside a range of features, interviews, previews, opinion, creative prose, poetry, artwork, and photography that offers a critical, insightful and creative slant on the theme of CHANGE.

We are looking for inventive and thought-provoking perspectives to create a magazine that opens conversation and breaks convention.

Deadline: Submit your work to be considered by Wednesday 9th February, 2021, 16:00. Email

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