Open Call

Show your work at the Carmelite Monastery (Ghent)

Bookstore Carmelitana is organising an exhibition on the theme 'Epiphany' together with the Carmelite Fathers in Ghent. The exhibition will run from 26 November 2024 to 7 January 2025 in the beautiful corridors of the centuries-old Carmelite monastery. We are looking for artists who would like to be part of our exhibition. Any discipline (visual arts, applied arts, poetry...) and everyone's level of experience is welcome.

The exhibition invites the artist's reflection and open-mindedness to shape this theme. One condition is to stay within the dignity of biblical tradition.

'The Epiphany' from Matthew's gospel chapter 2 forms the theme. This story is full of symbolism and metaphors for aspects of human and spiritual life. The Epiphany or the Three Wise Men each represent a continent known at the time and refer to all ages. Their gifts symbolise their recognition of Jesus as the King's child. Jesus is given gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold is for his earthly kingship, frankincense for his heavenly kingship and myrrh for his incarnation.

The star high in the sky refers to the divine. The kings believed that by following the star they would find 'God'. It symbolises man's search for the divine.

15 October 2024

Participation is free, each participant may submit one artwork. The artists will provide their own transport and installation. Basic safety requirements are met but insurance is not provided.

The artist can sell their work if there is interest. If works are sold, 10% of the sale price goes to the organisation. You are responsible for handling the sale yourself.

Please provide the info below to by 15 October 2024 at the latest:
- Your contact details (name, address, e-mail address, phone number)
- A word about yourself (experiences, inspirations, what kind of work)
- Photos of max one work: the title, size, medium and price.
- Any website or instagram.

You will receive an answer no later than 20 October whether you have been selected or not.