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The FRESHERS Issue: Call for Featured Artist Submissions – Welcome Home to Manchester

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In each print issue, aAh! Magazine interrogates one word which runs as a theme throughout our creative submissions. This time, we’re changing things up as we introduce our aAh! The FRESHERS Issue 23/24 and launch our ‘Welcome Home to Manchester’ Featured Artist brief.

This special mini issue of aAh! will feature a guide to all Manchester has to offer. We will shine a spotlight on the freshest spots in our city and serve up budget-friendly recipes, share advice, opportunities and experiences. Packed with tips and tricks to help new and returning students navigate university life, The FRESHERS Issue will be essential reading for all looking to get the most of their time studying in the best city in the world.

To celebrate thousands of new students preparing to make Manchester their home this September, we invite all creatives to response to the theme: Welcome Home to Manchester.

Featured Artist Brief – Welcome Home to Manchester

We invite student artists to submit up to ten images to be considered for publication in our latest print 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.


All Manchester Met students and alumni are invited to contribute to aAh! Magazine. 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 available – not below 300 dpi.

Visual Guidelines

We will accept work and visuals in JPEG, PNG or TIFF formats. Artwork must be at least 300 dpi or more. All artwork must be at least 148 x 210 mm to fit in the A5 size magazine, and should fit comfortably on a page of this aspect ratio.

Our Featured Artists work will be published in The FRESHERS Issue 23/24 alongside a range of features, interviews, profiles, previews, opinion and more.

Deadline: Submit your work to be considered for publication by Monday 4th September, 2023. Email

Register your interest to join The FRESHERS Issue Print Editorial and Design team

We’re looking for volunteer writers, editors, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers and social media creators to join the aAh! Magazine team this summer. Register your interest to receive briefs and be part of this issue.

aAh! is a well established arts and culture magazine and online platform run by student volunteers with a passion for journalism and a love for Manchester. It is honest, engaging and curious; a trusted source for relevant news, views, creative work and current news and trends.

aAh! is looking for journalists, editors, graphic designers, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers, social media marketers on an ongoing basis to help make aAh! online and print platforms an informed, inspiring, witty and opinionated collection of student voices and talents that make our city brilliant.

Join the aAh! Magazine MS Teams Group “General Channel” and follow @aAh_mag to stay in the loop with opportunities.

About the author / 

Finn O'Leary-Thompson

Working-class creative writer, editor, and undergraduate student at MMU. Avid enjoyer of the horror genre and films as a whole. Instagram: @penthalus.

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