Open Call for Contemporary Devotional Jewels

Open call  /  02 Feb 2021  -  30 Nov 2021
Published: 02.02.2021
Open Call for Contemporary Devotional Jewels.
Mirella Cisotto, Elena Alfonsi
Elena Alfonsi
DEADLINE: 30/11/2021
Each author can create a maximum of 2 works. The aim will be that of exhibiting a wide variety of styles, techniques, and materials, including gold and silver.
Please fill-in the following Registration Form by no later than 30th March 2021.

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AGC - Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, in collaboration with Dr. Elena Alfonsi, a scholar of History of Art Criticism and an expert in Thanatology, propose to designer-makers working in the jewelry field, to create a contemporary piece inspired by Devotional Jewellery, entailing a connection to the spiritual aspects of freedom of worship through one's creativity.
Each artist should consider the theme of Loss intended as sudden, total, and permanent absence (as embodied, for example, in the mourning jewelry of Victorian times) to create and present the pieces. The works should take inspiration from the past while also embracing innovation and observing the spirit of research embodied in contemporary jewelry.

This will be the first exhibition in Italy to focus on contemporary devotional jewelry and it will be traveling during 2022, with dates to be confirmed in venues such as Padova Oratorio di San Rocco; in Firenze, collaboration with LAO Le Arti Orafe; in Livorno at the Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo; and in Mantova at the Complesso Museale di Palazzo Ducale.

Open call for devotional jewelry works that should take inspiration from the past to create contemporary work. To complement the exhibition, meetings dedicated to the theme of Devotional Jewellery in its broadest sense would be organized and held in different institutional spaces, on dates to be agreed.

There will be no fee to take part in this event. 

30 Mar 2021, the deadline for registration on this form.
30 Nov 2021, deadline for submitting works.
31 Jan 2022, selection of artists.

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About the jury
Mirella Cisotto graduated in Literature from the University of Padua with full marks and honors, she obtained a Masters in Archeology at the Cà Foscari University of Venice and post-graduate specialization in General and Museum Didactics at the University of Roma Tre. Cisotto organizes cultural events, curates art exhibitions, deals with the enhancement of the historical-artistic-environmental heritage, collaborates with various institutional realities in the city. She is a specialist in contemporary research jewelry and author of numerous publications on historical and artistic themes. Speaker at conferences and training courses, she has lectured and has been a member of the jury of international competitions. She is part of the Scientific Committee for the museum design of the Carrarese Castle of Padua and currently Head of Delegation of the Italian Environment Fund (FAI) of Padua and General Councilor of the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation of Padua and Rovigo.

Elena Alfonsi graduated in History of Art Criticism at the University of Padua and has been writing since 1992 as an Art Critic. Since 2018, she is President of the Areté Cultural Association. She lives in Mantua and is an independent art critic with a degree in Cultural Thanatology at the Master of Death Studies & the End of Life - FISPPA Department - University of Padua. She deals with art, culture, and Death Education through painting, sculpture, photography, literature, poetry. Since 2017, she has been organizing a Cultural Review entitled Alla fine dei conti in Mantua. Since 2018, she has been promoting the Death in Art. Culture as a vehicle for development. Since 2019 is an External Lecturer of History of Art and History of Art Criticism at the International Academy of Carving in Bulino and Fine Arts of B. Cerboni Bajardi in Urbino.