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Theme: RAIN

As far as we can see, we are surrounded by water. Water is the endless horizon bounding each of our islands and cays. But the kind of water we wait for, long for and need to sustain life comes in the form of RAIN.

RAIN WATER is necessary to create PLANT LIFE. As groundwater it is essential for NOURISHMENT, HYDRATION and also for HYGIENE. It is used by amphibians and insects for REPRODUCTION but at the same time it can be the source for waterborne ILLNESSES. It is indispensable for human and animal SURVIVAL and yet it can come in FLOODS and NATURAL DISASTERS, bringing not life but DEATH.

Throughout time, the list of RAIN deities is long and they touch us through the manifold religions and mythologies known to us.

Without RAIN there is no life.

For the 40th Anniversary Open Call we would like to dedicate the competition to this essential part of our world.

Like in the past competitions, we invite visual artists, musicians, poets, sculptors, film makers, designers, animators, digital media artists and other inventive souls to present and surprise with their ideas and creations regarding the 2023 theme: RAIN.

As usual, the 2023 Open Call goes out to Bahamians and Residents age 18 years or older.

There are no restrictions regarding size or media, besides that the work has to be created in the past year.

The meaning and background of the work must be elaborated in a short video (max. 90 sec.) accompanying the main submission. This can be done on your smartphone but please make sure, the audio quality is sufficient.

The deadline for (your digital) submissions is Thursday November 30, 2023 until 11:59pm.

By then, the fully completed online application must have been uploaded together with your digital files (JPG, MP3, MP4) only through this online platform Submittable. 

If you have any further questions, please contact us via email.


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