So, we’re back from our hiatus that we didn’t really announce we had…
18 months after creating DIY YOUTH and 6 months after we both (Me and Jack) graduated with our arts degrees, we’re still trying to get a routine sorted whilst working full time trying to rebrand and adapt DIY YOUTH to our new 9-5 working lives and we’re both still finding it incredibly hard trying to do that.
We’re still trying to figure out how to become the perfect arts graduate with a ‘proper job’. We’re wondering if it’s still wishing that you somehow miraculously achieve fame as an artist after graduating, hoping that years of hard work, sacrifices and struggles to create money from your art will eventually be worth it? We’re wondering if it’s managing to continue to practice art, focusing the small amount of free time you have left over from a 40-hour working week in minimum wage job to pay rent and live? We’re wondering if it’s a balance in between the two? and how the hell does once achieve that today? Do you have to sacrifice your independence, move back home to and save money for a few years, hoping you’ll eventually fly the nest again? or do we have to be one of the lucky graduates bumming cash off rich parents, living the beautiful life of a hopelessly privileged yet unemployed artist, having no financial worries but all the free time in the world to create masterpiece after masterpiece? Or shall we just wake up and abandon creativity, accepting it’s easier to give it up?
But more importantly – why are none of these inevitable graduate pathways EVER spoke about at university? and why do these realistic situations still remain taboo to speak about within the walls of universities today?
We apologise to all the young creatives we’ve recently let down, through lack of contact and inactivity on our part. We greatly apologise for not delivering things we said we would, particularly like the exhibition within our last open call due to unforeseen circumstances. But we’re back on our feet. Changes are being made so we can adapt and survive. We’re working on continuing DIY YOUTH, but to do this, we’ve had to adapt and make changes to help sustain DIY YOUTH, such as:
- Much less regular interviews/zine reviews but they will still continue, but more rarely, as we sadly do not have enough time to continue them regularly.
- We’re also closing down the weekly Instagram Takeover account as we sadly don’t have the time to regularly keep this updated, however, more time, therefore, can be concentrated on running the main website and Instagram to promote young creatives work.
- We’re concentrating more on creating and selling publications and zines, doing more open calls, selling young artists work, visiting more zine fairs, creating arts fairs etc… like we’re used to
- We also promise to continually keep active on our social media especially, promoting exhibitions/open calls for young creatives.
DIY YOUTH will forever celebrate young artists, thriving students and surviving graduates that still manage to find time and motivation to create, irregularly or regularly, because DIY YOUTH still continues to exist, survive and adapt today due to a graduates determination and general unacceptance to ever give up being an ‘artist’.
TO CELEBRATE OUR RETURN, WE’RE ANNOUNCING DIY YOUTH’S 003 OPEN CALL + PUBLICATION, UNDER THE THEME ‘HOPES, DREAMS, REALITY’
SUBMIT 3-5 SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK, JPEGS SIZED TO 300DPI, ALONG WITH A SHORT WRITTEN STATEMENT TO DIYYOUTHBLOG@GMAIL.COM. ALL FORMS OF 2D VISUAL ART WILL BE CONSIDERED. THIS OPEN CALL ENDS MARCH 31ST .