Pencilled In aims to promote the work of young Asian Australian artists, both new and established.
Asian Australian artists are overwhelmingly underrepresented in the arts industry. Pencilled In seeks to remedy this by providing a platform from which young Asian Australian artists can submit and see their work published, but also promotes work by existing Asian Australian artists.
At the moment, we are focusing more on writing and visual art, but we are open to collaborate with artists of all disciplines. We also hope to launch the #readasianoz initiative, which will introduce more Asian Australian writing to the wider Australian public by dropping off such work in public areas in capital cities all around Australia.
The magazine will be distributed in both print and online formats. Pencilled In hopes to foster a community of young Asian Australian artists throughout the nation, where artists can encourage and support each other, and possibly also collaborate on projects together. We hope to inspire more young Asian Australian artists to submit to not only our publication, but also to others such as The Lifted Brow, Overland, and Peril Magazine. The production of a print magazine is a way in which to boost the confidence of artists who may be intimidated by the prospect of pitching to larger magazines or organisations.
For more established artists, our blog seeks to provide space to promote their work. This is another place where young people (Asian Australian or otherwise) can also hone their writing and reviewing skills.
Donations will be used to pay contributors, including those in the magazine, and those who produce online content. They will also contribute to the printing and distribution of the magazine. Any leftover funds will be used to buy books and promotional material (stickers, bookmarks) for the #readasianoz initiative.