Open Call: Charmed

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Unicorn by Amy aged 6 & 3/4


“The most fell and furious beast of all other is the Licorne or Monoceros, his body resembles a horse, his head a stag, his feet an Elephant, his taile a bore; he loweth after an hideous manner, one black horne he hath in the mids of his forehead, bearing out two cubits in length: by report, this wild beast cannot possibly be caught alive.” – Ctesias (circa 400BC)

Charmed’ will be a collection of work from illustrators, artists and designers from around the world in response to the theme of ‘The Unicorn’

All submissions will be showcased in an online gallery and a short-listed selection, curated by Spike Dennis, artist, imaginator and established connoisseur and creator of Unicorn-Porn, will be exhibited at The Print Market Project Space, 41 Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE from Wednesday 26 September through to Sunday 14 October as a part of the 2012 Cardiff Design Festival.

Please feel free to respond to the theme of ‘The Unicorn’ in as literal or metaphorical manner as you wish.

“The Unicorn itself is a lunar creature, and as such it constantly fights with the solar lion.” – J Williamson (1986)

The Unicorn is an imaginary creature and so let your imagination loose in responding to this brief. But don’t forget: ‘Unicorn‘ translates as ‘one-horn’.

If you’re in need of further information and inspiration visit

How to get involved:

  • Create a piece based on ‘The Unicorn’
  • It is FREE to submit work to ‘Charmed’
  • The deadline for the exhibition selection will be midnight (GMT) on Monday the 10 September 2012
  • Your work will need to be of sufficient resolution that you will be able to produce a printed edition for the exhibition should your work be selected
  • All submissions will be included in the online gallery at
  • The exhibition will take place during the Cardiff Design Festival in October 2012.
  • Images for exhibition should not exceed 420 x 297mm ( landscape or portrait)
  • To enter email a low resolution jpg or pdf to charmed[at] (Maximum file size 4Mb)
  • Please supply your name, website address (optional), contact phone number and email address along with a brief description of your work.
  • About The Print Market Project:

    The Print Market Project is a print studio aiming to provide both the facilities and expertise to allow for progressive, diverse and exciting print related projects to be undertaken. The studio works with individuals and small groups in the creation and production of prints, across a range of process. We are able to work with artists who are experienced printmakers and need a place to create new prints, either one-offs or editions; but more fundamental is our ability to work with artists from a variety of disciplines in the development of their work using print as a vehicle for their practice.

    The PMP has the expertise and facilities to support your print needs and is keen to support artists in a Master Printer or technician capacity.

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