Identity: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2017

Open call  /  22 Jan 2017  -  05 Apr 2017
Published: 22.01.2017

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The 26th Legnica internationl jewellery competition in the framework of Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver 2017 is open for submissions. This years topic is Identity.

References to important phenomena that shape the present are a lasting tradition of Legnica Festival Silver. Proposing topics for future competitions we have been trying to follow current civilisational changes and thus inspire artist-goldsmiths, designers and makers of unique jewellery to overpass the schemes and search for individual interpretations.

As it happens, recently, there has not probably been an issue that would not be politically marked - and usually in a negative context. Social processes and their rapid re-evaluations that we are witnessing are described in a language of extreme emotions and not of facts; and ‘post-truth’ becomes the word of the year. As a result existing criteria for ordering the individual / community relation more and more often force us to make world view declarations. At the same time the very identity of an individual acquires an almost exclusively virtual quality and becomes the subject of self-creation, manipulation and even identity theft.

Designer jewellery, that has always been treated as a personal amulet, a symbol, a determinant of individual identity, today is subject to the same mechanisms of ruthless marketing as any product, service, emotion or experience. Therefore new questions arise with respect to the item / user relation both in the real and virtual context so ruthlessly shaped by the economy of profit.

Are material amulets still needed to manifest our identity?
Have former functions of jewellery been indivertibly taken over by electronic accessories?
Will the personal item made of precious materials get indivertibly replaced by the Big Data algorithm, which is able to make our personality profile on the basis of just 50 traces that we unwittingly leave on the Internet?

/ Sławomir Fijałkowski

We invite you sincerely to Legnica, especially on the 19th - 20st May 2017, when the culmination of the Legnica Jewellery Festival takes place.


The competition is open to all artists from Poland and abroad.
There are no restrictions as to the number of works submitted by a participant, provided that: -  the copyright is with the artist,  -  the works are submitted under the artist’s name, all the works submitted by the artist can be contained within a case measuring 35 x 35 x 25 cm; by the Organizer’s earlier permission, the arrangements can be made to accept objects of dimensions exceeding those specified above.
The artist declaring his or her participation in the competition is obliged to: send the submitted works in an appropriate and secure packaging that will protect the objects from damage and can be reused for returning them to the artist, accompanied by a properly filled-in invoice and application form by the deadline of 25th March 2016 (the deadline concerns the actual arrival of the work, not the postmark). Note: Participants from outside UE are asked to take into consideration additional time (ca. 5 days) on the custom formalities for receiving works.
The packages will be opened by a commission.
The works not qualified for the exhibition will be returned by the end of September 2016 according to the author`s instructions provided by the artist on the application form.
Since the aim of the exhibition is to be exposed in other cities, the selected works will remain under the Organizers disposal till July 2017, and then they will be send back to the participants till the end of August 201 together with documentation of the work`s presentation.
The aim of the exhibition is to present the most interesting accomplishments of contemporary jewellery art. The submitted works should be jewellery in the broad sense of the term, display creativity as well as high standards of design and execution. The Organizers set no restrictions as to the materials and techniques employed but to honour the competition’s over 30-yearlong tradition, the inclusion of silver in the work is expected.

Awards and Prizes:
Grand Prix: 10.000 PLN (c.a  2300 euro)* + 1 kg of silver II
2nd Award: 5.000 PLN (c.a 1150 euro)* + 1 kg of silver III.
Award of the Mayor of the City of Legnica: 3.000 PLN (c.a 690 euro)*  + 1 kg of silver IV.
Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica: solo exhibition with catalogue worth 1000 euro V.
The Organizers’ Special Award for creative courage, uncompromising attitude, innovation or sense of humour: statuette “Silver Spur” + 1 kg of silver 

The Jury:
1.The works will be assessed by the international jury.
2.The Jury will meet on the 11th - 12th April 2017.
3.The artist’s interpretation of the theme of the competition will be the basic criterion for the Jury to qualify works for the exhibition and award prizes. The submitted works may be accompanied by a short commentary (one sentence) which will be included in the catalogue.
4.The Jury’s decisions are final and cannot be challenged in the court of law.
5.The list of the classified persons will be publish at Festival’s site till 28th April 2017  .

Rules of the competition will be available at the Website.