Open call for Paradox. Budapest Jewelry Week 2022

Open call  /  11 Apr 2022  -  12 Jun 2022
Published: 25.05.2022

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The team of Budapest Jewelry Week 2022 is announcing an open call with the title of PARADOX, and invites all professional jewelry designers, artists who work in different fields yet their work is related to jewelry design, as well as students who study in a relevant field to submit works of art.
The team of Budapest Jewelry Week 2022 (with the contribution of FISE non-profit organisation, FISE = Studio of Young Designers Association) is announcing an open call with the title of PARADOX, and invites all professional jewelry designers, artists who work in different fields yet their work is related to jewelry design, as well as students who study in a relevant field to submit works of art.

The theme of this year's competition: PARADOX
This year we are looking for answers in form of jewels to the following questions:


Our everyday life is full of contradictory facts, events, perceptions, coexisting at the same time and place. How can we handle these mind blowing and sometimes devastating paradoxes, and how do we reflect on them with the means of art?
Do walls become floors once observed from a different angle? Can a staircase become endless to climb while walking on it?
Will the ship remain the same when each and every part is changed one by one?
Do humans stay the same if the majority of the body’s cells replace themselves every 7 to 10 years?

We expect jewels that are in compliance with the concept of contemporary art jewelry*, and have been made in the past 2 years (2020-2022). One can apply with 1 art piece or series of related jewelry (max. 3 pieces).

* The concept of contemporary art jewelry: A contemporary jewel is a unique or limited edition work which is a means of artistic expression and in which the design and the conceptual background are in harmony. The relationship between a body and a jewel is intimate as well as provocative. Contemporary jewelry expresses conceptual statements, which are often provocative and include social criticism. The jewel mediates between the artist, the wearer of the jewel and the viewer who perceives the artwork. It is part of the non-verbal communication, and as such is interpreted as a message, a symbol of the entire body, since it moves, changes in sync with it, unless it comes to life and functions independently from the body, but in most cases jewels are worn to attract attention.

Submission requirements
1. Fully completed application form that includes the description of the art piece’s concept. The description must include how the concept of the art piece is related to the theme of the open call. The application form must include the copyright declaration as well. Maximum 500 characters!
2. At least 3 photos (not larger than of 2 MB, 300 dpi resolution in RGB) from different angles (front, behind and from the side) that show the art piece in every detail. Please use the following naming convention, which is IMPORTANT as the file names will be used for descriptions on social media platforms: artist_nameoftheartpiece_yearofmaking.jpg.
It helps if 2 or 3 types of photos are taken:
1. object photos in front of a homogeneous background, 2. model photos that present how it is worn, 3. optional: in-context photos for social media use.
By submitting the application (including photos) the applicants give consent to the online and offline uses of the photos for promotional purposes.
3. Receipt of bank transfer or PrintScreen of Paypal transfer that confirms the payment of the application fee.

The application documents are to be uploaded by clicking on the following link:

Deadline for submitting the application
midnight (CET), 31st May 2022.

Important deadlines
12th of June 2022
: Extended deadline
31st of May 2022: Submission deadline
1th of July 2022: Expected date of notification
21st August 2022: Deadline for the delivery of the works
16th of September 2022: Expected date of the award ceremony in Hybridart Space Gallery 12.09-25.09.2022: Expected duration of the exhibition

Application fee
30 EUR

The payment of the application fee is to be made via bank transfer or Paypal, and it must be received by the deadline of the application to the following account:
• The name of the owner/Recipient’s full name or company name: FISE - Fiatal Iparművészek Stúdiója Egyesület
• The address of recipient: Budapest, 16 Kálmán Imre street, 1054 Hungary
• Recipient’s bank address: OTP BANK, H-1052 Budapest, Deák Ferenc utca 7-9. (Postal code: 1052, address: Deák Ferenc
Street 7-9, Budapest, HUNGARY)
• Bank account number:11705008-20436113
• IBAN: HU26117050082043611300000000
• Paypal:

In the comment section please indicate the following:
your name_PARADOX

The winning participants have no further financial obligations. (If there are shipping costs to the gallery via post, they are to be paid by the participant).
Only the selected pieces will be presented at the exhibition.
We do not refund the application fee in any case.

The jury
Gijs Bakker (NL)
The artworks selected by the jury will be presented at the main show of the Budapest Jewelry Week 2022 in the exhibition space of Hybridart Space Gallery.

Evaluation criteria
The followings will be taken into consideration during the selection process:
• The way how the artistic message is conveyed.
• The genuineness of composition and material use.
• Professional and technical innovation.
• The harmony between the design and the idea behind the piece.

Application materials will be inspected by the organisers of Budapest Jewelry Week. They are responsible to ensure that all entries meet the requirements, and in case of any deviation from the requirements the application is invalidated. The final decision will be made by a professional independent jury. Every participant will be informed about the results via email.

All artworks selected by the jury are entitled to be exhibited.
The awarded works will be chosen from the exhibited pieces by individuals/groups/organisations requested to cooperate in the awarding process by the organisers.
The available awards will be announced on the website soon.

Delivery of the selected art piece(s)
After evaluation, the artists are asked to send their art pieces in the appropriate package to the gallery of FISE (address: Kálmán Imre street 16., Budapest, Hungary, postal code: 1054) until the 21st of August, 2022 on their own expense.
The exhibited artworks will be sent back in their original package, one month after the end of the exhibition, until the 31st October, 2022, at the latest.
The cost of the returning package is borne by the artist, including any additional costs that may emerge (e.g. taxes, customs, insurance). Please include a printout of the return postal address, name and a mobile phone number that the courier can call if necessary!

Insurance of the selected art pieces(s)
Insurance will be ensured during the exhibition for the selected artworks.
The organisers are not responsible for any damage or loss that may be caused by the transfer of the art pieces.
By submitting the application, the applicant accepts the terms and conditions set out in this call.
The applications are handled by the organisers of the Budapest Jewelry Week.
Should there be any questions or concerns regarding the call, emails are welcome at