Open Call for Athens Jewelry Week 2020

Open call  /  27 Nov 2019  -  06 Jan 2020
Published: 27.11.2019

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Athens Jewelry Week, 26-31 May 2020, aims through collective action, to promote Contemporary Jewelry both in Greece and abroad, enhancing awareness and exchange of views, while establishing a dialogue between national and international designer/makers or entities active in the Contemporary Jewelry field.
In particular, it aims to:
– Inform and educate the public on issues related to Contemporary Jewelry as an art form and a means of creative expression
– Support individual artists and creative groups that are active in this particular field
– Bring together all interested and collaborative parties/members (artists, galleries, collectors, museums and other institutions promoting the arts and culture etc.) through communication and networking.

In the framework of the 5th edition of Athens Jewelry Week, the organization shifts its focus to an issue that considers to be of outmost importance: Minorities and vulnerable groups, regardless of religion, nationality, gender or age, who need support, not only to deal with discrimination, racism and all forms of violence directed at them, but also to heal their wounds, claim their inalienable rights, and move forward with a creative remodeling of their lives.
Please Note: It is not a prerequisite to deal with the above issue to apply to AJW. Nevertheless, the event will welcome participants who decide to respond to the call. Because we believe that having the guts to raise a voice and take action, is essential if one wants to contribute in the shaping of the humanitarian identity that our times demand us to acquire in order to evolve as a species and help the global community and the planet.

The organization Athens Jewelry Week 2020 is addressed to jewelry schools, independent designers/makers, groups and galleries from all countries around the world that consider jewelry as an art form and that through their action are trying to push the boundaries, expand and enrich the field of Contemporary Jewelry. Thus, it is open to proposals for solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, actions, performances, mini workshops, lectures etc. There are no restrictions regarding the material, size and concept of the work presented, however, no brand names will be admitted to participate.

As the aim of the event is to present to the wider public the specifics, diversity and artistic dimension of Contemporary Jewelry, special attention will be given to proposals that emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary artistic creativity in this field, while focusing on the ideology and aesthetics that the field is currently carrying.

Artists, groups, galleries and schools that decide to apply should be ready to bring their work in person and join us at the opening/s.
Please Note: To be eligible to participate, the artist should be properly registered as a self-employed worker in the Social Security system or be part of a company for taxation purposes.

The event is organized by the Anticlastics GroupErato Kouloubi and Niki Stylianou. Both are active in the Contemporary Jewelry scene and follow parallel paths. Their work covers a wide range of areas in the field of creative expression: from research and design to making and teaching.

Key dates:
6th of January, 2020: deadline for all the applications
20th of January, 2020: official announcement of final participants by email
14th of February, 2020: the last payment day for selected participants
1st of April, 2020: the last payment day for school applications.
25th, 26th of May, 2020: submit the work in person between 11 am - 2 pm.
31st of May, 2020: collect the work in person

Athens Jewelry Week (a walk in the City Centre).
Central Exhibition will be hosted by Benaki Museum.

  • Apply for AJW 2020 Individual Artists section.
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Please click here for the application form.
  • Apply for AJW 2020 Solo Exhibitions section.
  • Apply for AJW 2020 Group Exhibitions section
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  • Apply for AJW 2020 Galleries section.
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  • Apply for AJW2020 School section.
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AJW Award - Anticlastics will reward one of the individual artists/participants with the AJW Award. His/her work should show originality, technical quality and conceptual richness. The winner will be invited to participate for free, in the following AJW edition.

PLATINA Award - Gallery Platina rewards one of the AJW participants (artist or group) with the PLATINA Exhibition Award. Their work should be multi-layered, with an intention to extend the concept of jewellery, what it is and can do. The winner is  invited to an exhibition at PLATINA Gallery in Stockholm.

Material Quests Award - Benaki Museum Shop - Material Quests is a series of exhibitions aiming to highlight unique works in the fields of the applied arts and design that are of exceptional aesthetics, superb craftsmanship, and particular artistic inspiration. The prize will be given to the artist, whose work we believe, better represents these qualities. He/She will be given the opportunity to exhibit his/her work at the Benaki Museum’s Shop.

AJW Public Award – the Anticlastics team will invite the public to vote for their favorite artist/participant of Art + Jewelry: Intersecting Spaces 2020. The winner will be invited to participate for free, in the following AJW edition.

Alchimia Award - Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery celebrates during AJW the Alchimia Award, a tribute to the new faces in the world of contemporary jewelry. This award, consisting of a two-week Intensive Course at Alchimia School in Florence, will be given to one of the promising artists that participate in Art + Jewelry: Intersecting Spaces exhibition.

Autor Award – Autor International Contemporary Jewelry Fair will reward one of the artists participating in the central exhibition of AJW, Art + Jewelry: Intersecting Spaces 2020 with free participation at AUTOR fair 2021 and with media support for one year on the AUTOR digital media platform.

JOYA Award – JOYA Barcelona will give an award to an artist that represents politics in art jewelry, following the theme of the following edition of the event

Krama Award –  Krama will reward one of the artists/participants of AJW. The award consists of a four days conceptual workshop, customized for the winner

>> Check here detailed information about the awards

Anticlastics [Erato KouloubiNiki Stylianou] and Anastasia Kandaraki – Co-founders of Athens Jewelry Week.
Christoph Zellweger – Artist/Designer / Head of XS Jewellery HLSU / Prof of Art & Design SHU
Charon Kransen – Charon Kransen Arts, NY.
Despina Geroulanou – Member of the Benaki Museum Board of Trustees and Director of the Museum’s Shops.
Jorge Manilla – Artist / Professor / Head of Metal and Art Jewelry Department, Oslo National Academy of Arts.
Lucia Massei – Jewelry Artist / Director of Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence.
Sofia Bjorkman – Jewelry Artist / Gallery Platina, Stockholm.

Selection / Criteria:
Participants will be selected by a Jury according to the following criteria:
1) Conceptual approach, research line, coherence of work.
2) The originality of design, composition and/or materials used.
3) Craftsmanship and/or technical Innovation.

FaceArt. The Anticlastics team is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaboration with FaceArt (, an online platform aimed at promoting artwork, focusing specifically on the visual arts.
“FaceArt considers all art forms unique in their own way and so decided to put them all together on one platform. Contemporary Art Jewelry deserves more attention and a place in the art market, alongside visual arts such as painting or sculpture.”

Because of this collaboration, artists participating in ATHENS JEWELRY WEEK 2020 will have the opportunity to become members of the platform by enjoying the following offer:

- Individual Artists participating in the central exhibition Art + Jewelry: Intersecting Spaces (3 months free + 30% off annual subscription).
- All others (2 months Free + 20% off on annual subscription).

Lucie Houdkova. Brooch: Deep, 2019. Paper, silver, stainless steel.. 8 x 5 x 3 cm. Lucie Houdkova
Brooch: Deep, 2019
Paper, silver, stainless steel.
8 x 5 x 3 cm
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