Crossing the Dissour: a journal about creative process emerged from the environment of Greywood Arts. As an organisation, we value being articulate and transparent about process, and we try to practice this across all aspects of our operations. In a place where the conversation is always about the how and why, it seemed only natural to share our musings and open that dialogue up to a wider audience.
The inaugural issue of Crossing the Dissour is made up of artists who have been in residence at Greywood Arts. The river Dissour runs beside the Greywood, and this is the view from the writer’s room. Water is a familiar metaphor for creativity and flow. The word Dissour is poetic in itself, coming from the Irish for “twice wetted,” due to the rivers powerful bleaching capabilities – one wetting here was said to be as good as two in other waters. The water flows past on old mill, past Greywood, and then under a bridge. Crossing is a nod to bridging and building connections.
A biannual journal, the second edition went live in August 2019. We anticipate the third issue to launch in January 2020.
Issue one was put together by Greywood’s Artistic Director, Jessica Bonenfant along with writer and musician Ryan Mihaly. They were joined by poet k. abrams for issue two.
SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN – Issue no. 3
Crossing the Dissour is an online journal about the creative process published in January and July. It emerged from the environment of Greywood Arts, an artist residency that welcomes practitioners from the visual, performing, and literary arts. In a place where the conversation is always about the how and why of making art, it seemed only natural to share our musings and open that dialogue up to a wider audience. The inaugural issue of Crossing the Dissour is made up of artists who have been in residence at Greywood Arts, but for issue no. 2 we would like to broaden the participating voices.
We welcome submissions about the creative process: show-and-tell formats, interviews, ruminations, essays, and reviews of other publications on the topic. We are particularly interested in work that in itself makes its creative process transparent. Talks to us about methodology, philosophy, parameters, rituals, spontaneity, happy accidents and your process pet peeves. Surprise us! Due to our online format, we have the flexibility to include many types of media, and are open to written, pictorial, audio, and video contributions. We are looking for creative approaches to exploring process and creativity – what makes us think the way we do? how does an idea come to life? how do we make meaning, and why is that important?
Email your submission, along with a brief biography (max. 500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- We accept finished work as well as work-in-progress, so long as it gives a clear indicator of the final piece.
- We do not accept work that has been published elsewhere, in print or online.
- We do not have an official word limit, but recommend less than 2,000 words.
- We will not publish stand alone artwork/writing without a significant creative process component.
- Our working language is English.
Crossing the Dissour is a passion project. It is put together by volunteers, and our host organisation Greywood Arts assumes the costs of web hosting and promoting the venture. Therefore, at this time we are unable to offer compensation for published submissions. Submissions for the second edition will open in March 2019, so check this space for details or join our mailing list to be notified when the call goes live.
If you have any questions or want to run an idea by us, you can drop us a line: journal [at] greywoodarts.org
We hope you will join the conversation!