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Stand-In Journal

Submissions Deadline: 31 July 2020

Submissions open for the new Morphē Arts online journal

Submissions Document available here.

We will be launching the Morphe Arts Stand-In Journal in October this year and are now open to submissions of texts for publication. As a peer-reviewed journal there will be a process of collective editing and curation between August and September. As part of this process not all texts will necessarily be included in the first issue but will be kept (with permission of the author)as possible pieces for future publications. We are intentionally not defining a theme for you to write around, but want to keep this open for you to explore areas you are interested in. We will then curate an issue in response to what people write and bring together ideas through the editorial.

The text below outlines the focus and vision for the journal. We want to encourage experimentation and collaboration within the writing process and are seeking a high standard of rigorous and well-thought through pieces, but please don’t feel intimated by this. We want this to be a helpful and stimulating process which contributes to your own practice and research.


Stand-In is a peer-reviewed journal which comes from the friendship, practice, faith, discussion and disagreement of artists associated with Morphe Arts. The journal is an engagement with contemporary art theory and practice, and the philosophical and sociological foundations upon which it is built: but with a particular attention to unmasking the latent theology within this arena.

This journal is particularly concerned with the theological, as it refers to the Christian tradition and experience of faith, and seeks to engage with current art practice and criticism. Without disregarding their intellectual significance, our focus is intentionally not on art history or art made within the church. We are intent on expanding the vocabularies (and methodologies) that underpin the interdisciplinary conceptual project we are undertaking.

Without defining the parameters of the writing too much, the journal will primarily publish critical writing about the specific practices of contemporary artists, alongside research-based experimental writing which seeks to unveil the theological within contemporary art theory and practice.

The journal is published within the context of Morphē Arts, but the writing does not necessarily reflect the position of this organisation. Rather, it exists as a platform for the research, thinking and exploration of the writers and artists involved, and for the conversations which arise between them.

We are conscious of our existence within a context which is lacking in voices of those who come from different backgrounds to us, and as such will continually seek to give voice to those who are unheard, as they speak into the specific framework described above.


Publication of Issue One: October 2020

Submission Date: 31st July 2020

Peer-Review and Editing Period: August to September 2020

Submissions: Please email to sarah@morphearts.org, with the subject line: ‘Stand-In Journal, Title of Piece, Your Name’

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