Open Call for the Exhibition (Un)Avowable Secrets by Alliages

Open call  /  23 Oct 2023  -  10 Dec 2023
Published: 23.10.2023
Open Call for the Exhibition (Un)Avowable Secrets by Alliages.
Juan Riusech
DEADLINE: 10/12/2023

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Alliages (Contemporary Art Jewelry, non-profit organization) organizes an exhibition to be held during Schmuck 2024 event in Munich (February 28th to March 2nd, 2024) and in Lille (March to September 2024) at ALLIAGES gallery in Lille (France). More destinations will follow after Munich (April to November 2024).
The exhibition theme is (Un)Avowable Secrets, and each artist may submit their own vision of the subject.  A paper publication may be produced at the end of the exhibition and each artist selected, having participated in all dates proposed, will have a free copy.
Secrets are the hidden treasures in the human soul because secrets have something to do with truth. The truths that we keep from others -and very often from ourselves- are the secrets we guard with our life and only reveal to those we fully trust. At the same time, secrets are the source of our creative powers, of our weaknesses, our joys and our sorrows, our pride and our shame.

Art is the expression of the human spirit: the way we transform our thoughts, feelings, dreams, and fears. Art is how we make sense of our inner and outer reality- it is the way we create beauty and meaning, the way we share our secrets with others, the way we expose our vulnerabilities and inner strengths.
Art is the bridge between the avowable and unavowable secrets – it is the way we reconcile our inner conflicts, the way we heal our wounds, the way we transform our pain into beauty.
Art is the way we reveal more of our true selves, the way we accept ourselves and others, the way we give something true from ourselves to humanity.

Artists working in Contemporary Art Jewelry can apply for this exhibition with only one finished piece. Artists at any level can apply (students, newly graduated & established). The proposition must be a one-of-a-kind artwork done in the last years or especially for this exhibition.
Applications must imperatively be sent via the dedicated form, section 3 on the Alliages website, and must contain all requested data in the exact way requested, especially the pictures. Any other form of application will not be accepted or taken into consideration. If the data sent are wrong or the form is incomplete, the application will automatically be cancelled.

How to Apply?
Go to the Alliages website and apply via the online form.
To be eligible for selection, you must first pay the application fee and use the confirmation payment code emailed to you by PayPal once paid. Your submission will NOT be accepted until your payment has been received
The deadline to apply is Sunday Dec. 10th, 2023 at midnight. Only one application per artist will be accepted (the first application sent).

Application Fee
A fee of 15 € will be requested for the application (1 to 3 pieces) when the application is sent before Nov. 30th, 2023.
A fee of 20 € will be requested if the application is sent as from Dec. 1st, 2023.

All applicants will be notified by December 30th, 2023 of the curator’s choice via email as to whether their application has been successful or not. The list of selected artists will be published on Alliages's social media accounts. The exhibition is curated by Juan Riusech, contemporary art jeweller, curator and founder of Alliages.

Entry Criteria
Each artist may freely present their vision of the theme with a free choice of media, materials and size.
Works presented must be original and one-of-a-kind. You may submit up to 3 completed  pieces.
The pieces submitted can be for sell or just for exhibition (not for sale).

Image Guidelines
  • We require 3 different views of each piece that you are submitting: 1 main view of the entire piece, 1 back view of the entire piece and 1 of the piece being worn to get an idea of the scale of said piece;
  • You can send images in the following formats: either 1:1 (squared) or 4/3. However, if the work allows, we prefer a 1:1 format;
  • Each image must be 1500-2000px/side, 72dpi, 85% compression;
  • The maximum size for each image is 800kb;
  • Your work must be photographed against a white background with good lighting; please avoid using flash;
  • Ensure that your piece well centred in your image and is completely in focus, not blurry;
  • Rename your image files in the following way: your-name_title_number-of-view (either 1, 2 or 3). Do not use any spaces in the filename; you may use dash (-) or underscore (_) instead;
  • We only accept .jpg/ .jpeg files.

Text Guidelines
We ask for a statement of the work proposed no more than 500 characters (including spaces and punctuation) and written in English.

Exhibition Fee
The selected artists will pay a participation fee of 55 €uros (fifty-five) for the Munich Event & 35 €uros (thirty-five) to participate in Lille. The fees for exhibiting at Alliages and in Munich will cover the costs of the venue hire, shipping of work between venues, promotional material (such as flyers, online advertising, etc) and any other costs incurred in order to exhibit the show in both venues. This amount will include the membership to the organization during the time of the exhibition.

Any delay in the payment implies the exclusion of the artist from the exhibition and all further destinations. All taxes or payment charges for this payment fee will be at the artist’s charge.
If new destinations are added after Munich, each destination will have a small fee (35-45 €/each). We aim to keep these fees to a minimum to ensure that everyone who has been selected has a chance to be involved.

Works Presented / Transport
Each artist has total freedom to make their artwork, however organizers may refuse said work if it proves in any way to have a detrimental or discriminatory message (e.g. racism, hate, etc …) or if the quality of execution is deemed insufficient.
The selected artworks must be delivered at least 20 days before the opening date in Munich. Any work received after this deadline may not be presented.
The pieces sent to Alliages must be the same as those sent in the application and selected by the curator.

Each artist will send or deliver their work to Alliages at their own expense; this includes any additional taxes or fees that may incur (e.g. custom taxes). The parcel weight cannot exceed 5 kg of total weight.

All the return will be made using the original packaging sent by the artist and via “La Poste”, the French mail-post service. Please note that they will have a tracking service but they will not be insured or have any declared value.
The full cost of return is at artist’s expense, including mandatory incurring taxes (e.g. custom taxes) or expenses. Should the artist wish to collect their work in person or make their own arrangements for a courier, the artist will be the responsible for this cost.
The organisers assume no liability or responsibility for the artist’s work(s) during any of the transportation to any destination and this during all the exhibition period (transportations to any destination are insured by Alliages at any moment).

Application : December 10th, 2023 midnight
Short list : December 30th, 2023

Feb 28th – March 2nd, 2024: Munich
March-Sept 2024: Lille
October-November 2024: Contemporania Barcelona & Lalabeyou Madrid*
More destinations might be added between April & September 2024*
*: Optional destinations with fee

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