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Call for Submissions: Trees: An Enjoy Occasional Journal

Call for Submissions: Trees: An Enjoy Occasional Journal

Closes: Monday 16 June, 2014

Trees are the subjects of our wonder and awe. They create the air that we breathe, provided our earliest form of fuel and on many occasions outlive us spectacularly. When we’re amongst them, they can provide aesthetic and physical respite. We inhabit trees as places of leisure and astounding architectural structures; they’re fodder for our art and canvases for our love notes. We torture some into bizarre small shapes, and yet marvel at how huge others can grow. They make up the structure of our homes and furniture, are sources of food and ancient medicine, and vehicles for learning. They populate our myths and enrich spiritual and religious practices; set scenes for fairy tales and in some cultures form the basis of our universe. Closer to home, dendroglyphs found throughout Aotearoa and Rekohu/Wharekauri (Chatham Islands) reflect the histories of Māori and Moriori peoples.

Trees are signifiers of regimes, markers of war and tyranny. The dark depths of humanity have co-opted them through colonialisation, ultra nationalism, racism and globalisation. They’re an all-important factor in combating climate change, but in Latin America and South East Asia, they’re the subject of corporate greed, rampant deforestation and colonisation. Trees are critical to humanity, to our basic living, our political and economic wellbeing and to our vision, desire and identity: our lives depend on them.

In 2014, Enjoy is compiling a third, online edition of our occasional journal. It focuses on the theme of trees, but is broad and far-reaching in its interest and investigation of this subject. The journal will present a cache of eclectic, intriguing and informed material across the field of contemporary art in all its forms and with regard to all its concerns. While it will feature New Zealand practice and content, it will also showcase New Zealand work alongside international content, and international submissions are sought.

We invite writers and artists to engage with this subject matter by submitting an abstract or a proposal for an artist portfolio, page work or a piece of writing.

Submitting an Abstract
Your abstract should include:
• A description of your idea and the reasoning behind this (maximum 300 words);
• 2-5 images to illustrate your idea if it’s relevant to a written piece, or 5-10 if it’s a proposal for a visual portfolio;
• A short biography (maximum 150 words).

Written Articles
We expect that final written articles will average 1500 words in length, but are open to experimentation, more in-depth pieces and alternative formats. A style guide will be supplied if your abstract is accepted. If you would like to illustrate your article, you as the author will be responsible for obtaining high-quality digital files and associated copyright clearances.

If you are proposing an artwork, please also submit between 5-10 examples of previous, similar work, or illustrations of the proposed work. Final artworks should be suitable for display in an online format. Works that are traditionally not suited to print journals, such as web-based or video art will also be considered.

Please send your proposals and any questions to:
The final date for accepting proposals will be Monday 16 June 2014.

Following Your Submission
Please expect a response to your abstract 3-4 weeks after the deadline.

If your proposal is accepted, you will have two months to complete your proposed project, which will be content and copy-edited before publication.

Enjoy reserves the right to edit written submissions in consultation with authors, and to decline to publish writing and artworks that are incomplete or inappropriate, as determined by the Editors. The editors’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

We can’t wait to receive your submissions.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1 / 147 Cuba Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Gallery opening hours
Wednesday to Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm


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