BLING RING – Contemporary Jewellery exhibition 2 – 12 JUNE 2022
The Bling Ring association’s aim is to gather and federate the contemporary jewellery scene of Lyon with national and international actors. Contemporary jewellery is an artistic, experimental and expressive field that revolves around the jewellery topic. It is situated at the crossroad between art, design and crafts. Contemporary jewelers tear apart the traditional codes of classical, precious and aesthetical jewellery.
Bling ring association is organizing its first eponymous contemporary jewellery exhibition, where 24 Lyon based jewelers will be presenting their “bling” version of one or several rings.
The exhibition will take place in Lyon from June the 2d to the 12th of 2022, in the exhibition room of the “Friche Lamartine” arts center, called Villa Pionchon, situated in the 3d district of the city. Lecture series, guided tours and technical demos are planned during the event and an exhibition catalog will be published. A live performance is scheduled on the opening evening.
The whole program is available on
Munich Jewellery Week, 04-10 JULY 2022
Following last year’s success — our beautiful printed publication featuring 500+ artists sold out in days and was sent to doorsteps all over the world, — we are thrilled to offer more ways to be a part of Munich Jewellery Week 2022!
The Paper will be released in July 2022, keep an eye on our
The annual Munich Jewellery Week showcases innovative contemporary jewellery by both established and up-and-coming designers from around the world. It is the most significant event for the contemporary jewellery community, and it sets the pace for the entire field. We are excited to meet you again in person from the 4th of July to 10th of July in Munich.
See the programme here
In Fieri – at MAD Brussels during the Brussels Jewellery Week
From April 29th to May 8th 2022, Brussels will be all about contemporary jewellery! The European capital brings together established and emerging artists, collectors and an international public for the very first edition of the Brussels Jewellery Week.
The Brussels Jewellery Week aims to showcase contemporary jewellery as a creative and innovative craft. In addition to the main exhibition at MAD Brussels, you can also participate in a city tour, talks and workshops.
EXHIBITION ‘IN FIERI’ AT MAD BRUSSELS
In the heart of the Dansaert district, more than 100 contemporary jewels will be shown during the main exhibition In Fieri. A brooch made of sugar, a necklace made of rubbish or a torn shirt transformed into a piece of jewellery. You can discover it all at MAD Brussels during The Brussels Jewellery Week.
In Fieri, which means “in the making” refers to the transformation of materials but also of the artist. It is the stage where “being made” and “becoming” overlap in a significant way.
Discover the creations of 51 designers from 20 different countries during the In Fieri exhibition at MAD.
WITH: Wieke Aerts, Nicole Beck, Anneleen Bertels en Lindsey Fontijn, Jess Bischoff, Alexander Blank, Burcu Büyükünal, Suyu Chen, Andreea Cojocaaru, Pia David, Carole De Vleeschouwer, Martine De Vos, Adeline Delcourt, Marta Dobrynina, Daria Edström, Anja Eichler, Silke Fleischer, Frederic Frenay, Kathleen Frisson, arata Fuchi, Els Gadeyne, Fumiko Gotô, Francesca Guarnieri, Cheng Shun Hsieh, Lorena Jarpa, Annelieke Landré, Namkyung Lee, Ria Lins, Peleg Matityahu, Yael, Olave, Janne Peltokangas, Delphine Perrache, Alessia Prati, Alain Roggeman, Luca Sàgi, Teodor Siminic, Elke Stegen, Hansel Tai, Taai Teevet, Kelly Temple, Birgit Thalau, Youjin Um, Olivia Van Damme, Charlotte Van de Velde, Diederick Van Hovell, Véronique Van Lierde, Nelly Van Oost, Valentijn Vanmeirhaeghe, Marley White, Marie-Thérèse Wolf, Shuoran Zhou.
29.04.2022 — 08.05.2022
Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00
Free entrance, no reservation needed
OPEN CALL: 30th International Jewellery Competition
The Gallery of Art in Legnica has announced the topic of the 30th International Jewellery Competition. This time the organisers have decided to encourage artists to reflect on what touch is – a sense particularly close to jewellery, carrying with it a load of intimacy and safety, but also – in recent times – of fear and danger. How – as the humankind – do we find ourselves in the era of digital media, touch screens, disappearance of direct interpersonal relations and pandemic reality?
The aim of the Competition is a wide presentation of the latest achievements of contemporary jewellery art. The works should be jewellery in a broad sense of the word, represent a high artistic and executive level, include an original creative concept and a clear reference to the theme of the Competition. The Organizers do not set any limits as to the materials and techniques used. However, emphasizing the 40-year tradition of the Festival, we suggest the use of silver.
The deadline for submissions closes on 27 March 2022.
The winners of the Competition will be announced during the culmination of the Legnica SILVER Festival, which will take place on 13-14 May 2022.
See more information on the competition
The Vessel – an online magazine about crafts and material culture
In November Norwegian Crafts launched The Vessel, a new online magazine showcasing making practices, visual expression, and material knowledges from a multitude of perspectives.
Norwegian Crafts was originally set up as an online magazine designed to promote Norwegian craft artists internationally nearly ten years ago. Since then, the organisation’s programming portfolio has grown to include exhibitions, grant schemes, seminars, residencies, and much more. With The Vessel, we hope to entice more people to immerse themselves in craft, making practices and material culture.
Craft-specific mediation and theory is important because it provides precise tools for artists, researchers, curators, and writers to discuss matters pertinent to a making practice, without borrowing too heavily from a fine art vernacular, which is often the risk.
Hege Henriksen, Director at Norwegian Crafts
The Vessel collaborates with external editors, artists, and writers to make the content of each issue relevant to people from different geographies and backgrounds. Norwegian Crafts opts to recruit new editors for each issue and leave the commissioning of articles and other content up to them.
Read the magazine online at www.vessel-magazine.no
Issue 1: Living Archives
The first issue, titled Living Archives, focuses on how artists use archives, museum collections, and knowledge-holders to resurrect endangered making practices, and how these making practices relate to identity, community, and land. The Vessel: Living Archives features interviews with artist and weaver Matthew McIntyre Wilson, artist and crafts practitioner Åsne Kummeneje Mellem, and textile artist Hilde Hauan Johnsen. The issue also includes essays by instrument maker Tāmihana Kātene and writer and photographer Susanne Hætta.
The inaugural issue of The Vessel was edited by curator of the Sámi collection at Norsk Folkemuseum Káren Elle Gaup, collection manager Kaitiaki Taonga at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Cameron Woolford and ceramic artist and associate professor at Oslo Academy of the Arts Marte Johnslien.
Archives and museums are perhaps the first words that come to mind when thinking of the preservation of knowledge. But for us, it was important to extend the concept and to approach the topic of the archive with a holistic perspective, and to look at the role of contemporary crafts in the preservation of knowledge and continuation of traditions.
Káren Elle Gaup, Cameron Woolford and Marte Johnslien, editors of The Vessel 1
OBSESSED! Jewellery Festival ’21
OBSESSED! Jewellery Festival
‘Local and In-Depth’ Edition
30 October — 30 November 2021
This edition’s overarching theme, ‘Local and In-Depth’, highlights regional gems by opening museum archives and atelier doors of local artists to our global audience. Through a series of online interviews, OBSESSED! 2021 focuses on big ideas by a diverse range of experts based in the Netherlands and Belgium: curators, artists, designers, craftspeople, collectors and more.
Established in 2017 by Current Obsession, OBSESSED! is a Jewellery Festival that focuses on amplifying and celebrating jewellery and its makers. The festival brings together a range of jewellery-related events that speak to different audiences — antique, fine, fashion, modern and contemporary.
Designers in Residence 2022 – Apply before 15 November
The town of Pforzheim invites young international designers to Pforzheim for three months as part of its scholarship program >Designers in Residence<.
The scholarship program is directed towards young international designers in the areas of jewellery, fashion, accessories, industrial and communication design as well as other design disciplines. Applicants must have completed studies at an university of applied sciences or university, must not be older than 35 years or must have completed their studies not longer than two years ago. To apply, a proposal for a project that can be implemented during the scholarship must be submitted. Interdisciplinary project proposals are welcome. Language skills in German or English are required.
In total there will be three scholarships. Of all applications, the three best will be considered. The scholarship includes use of fully equipped workshop and coworking workplaces in the EMMA Creative Center in Pforzheim and free accommodation for the period of three months. As required, it will also be possible to use the workshop facilities of the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences. In addition, each scholarship holder will receive a monthly support of 1,000 euros together with travel costs for the journey from and back to home. A special allowance will be made available for material costs. During the scholarship, there is the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with the jury and professors at Pforzheim University. The results of the scholarship will be presented in an exhibition at the EMMA Creative Center in Pforzheim and in cooperation with the Design Center Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart. Those accepting the scholarship are required to be in residence. The scholarship holder may only be absent for a maximum of 10 days. The period of residence in Pforzheim is from April 1 to June 30, 2022.
The application must be made in German or in English.
After a scholarship has been granted a further application is not permitted.
There are no registration fees.
The deadline for applications is Monday, November 15, 2021.
Confirmation of a scholarship will be made mid-December 2021.
Open Call for exhibitions at the A-Gallery VAULT and WINDOWS
The most notable exhibition space for jewellery and blacksmithing in Estonia announces an open call for the exhibition programme of 2022 at the A-Gallery VAULT and WINDOWS. Submission deadline: 17th October 2021.
The VAULT is A-Gallery’s exhibition space, focusing on showcasing new work by professional jewellery artists and blacksmiths. The VAULT acts as a historic touching point between the original and the contemporary functions of the building – that of a former goldsmith’s shop and of the most notable exhibition space for contemporary jewellery and blacksmithing in Tallinn. VAULT welcomes artists, writers and researchers whose work stems from contemporary jewellery and craft practices and their context in broader visual culture.
The height of the vault is 315 cm and size 5.2 m². It is possible to exhibit works by using cables and magnets. Painting and drilling within the space is not possible. The exhibition space of the VAULT extends to one of the windows facing Hobusepea street.
The approximate duration of an exhibition at the VAULT is 4 weeks.
WINDOWS is A-Gallery’s platform of micro exhibitions, established in 2019 with the aim of showcasing both new and previously exhibited work of practitioners in the field of contemporary jewellery in a compact format. WINDOWS has found a home in the display windows of a former goldsmith’s shop established in 1891 and extends the gallery’s exhibition space into public space.
WINDOWS welcomes both solo projects and collectively created expositions engaging with contemporary jewellery and craft practices within the field of visual culture. WINDOWS also welcomes conceptual projects that can be combined with other artists’ input to form exhibitions with the help of our curator, therefore when submitting an application, one does not need to fill all the windows. WINDOWS invites a two-directional gaze, to look both in and out. As such, the space can also accommodate works stemming from the field of jewellery but developed in collaboration with fields concerned with body and space, such as design, fashion, visual and performance art and architecture.
There are five WINDOWS located in the Tallinn Old Town, on the corner of Hobusepea Street and Pikk Street. One large window (220x300x85 cm) and four smaller windows (220x140x48 cm). The window spaces include ceiling hooks for hanging, lighting fixtures and electrical sockets.
The approximate duration of an exhibition at WINDOWS is 6 weeks.
Costs of installing, production and opening event are covered by the artist(s). A-Gallery provides a letter of confirmation for funding applications, if necessary.
To apply, please submit the following information:
– contact information
– names of all participants
– description of the project (2000-2500 characters)
– description of artworks
– visual material relevant to the project (up to 5 images)
– list of equipment and/ or special requirements for exhibiting works
– CV(s) and portfolio(s) of participant(s)
– preferred exhibition period (month / quarter)
Please clarify in your application, if you are applying for the VAULT or WINDOWS exhibition space.
Submission deadline is 17th October 2021.
Please send your application to email@example.com with all relevant materials attached in one zip-file or via mail to A-Galerii, Hobusepea 2, 10133, Tallinn.
Application is accepted only if it is submitted on time and includes required information and materials.
Submissions to the VAULT and WINDOWS open call are evaluated by a jury. Exhibition programme is approved by the board of A-Gallery and curator Helle Ly Tomberg.
Artists chosen for the programme will be notified from 1st of November 2021.
Helle Ly Tomberg
+372 51 05 036
1st Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial
16.09 – 20.11.2021
COLD SWEAT, the title of the 1st Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, invites us to reflect on BODY, FEAR and PROTECTION in a programme that includes exhibitions projects, talks, meetings and masterclasses. The current pandemic forces us rethink our modus operandi, and the fear and uncertainty it has caused led us to choose a remarkable aspect in the history of jewellery – physical and spiritual protection – as the Biennial’s theme, and what it means in the 21st century as a subject to discuss.
The theme emerged with a planned exhibition that PIN launched in March 2020 at the start of lockdown: protective jewellery pieces/objects. They have been displayed in an online exhibition since July 2020 organised by MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda.
Delicate Like Iron at Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
image credits: Jewellery set created during WW I in original case by Koch, Frankfurt a.m./Baden-Baden 1914/1916 The Klaus-Peter and Judith Thom. Collection Photo Winfried Reinhardt
Jewellery from a private collection / 16.07 — 06.02.2022
In the period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century, what is called iron jewellery was very popular: elaborate necklaces, bracelets, pendant earrings, brooches and even rings, filigreed like lace – yet cast from iron. The pieces’ unobtrusive material, clear-cut formal idiom and somewhat inaccessible character reflect the values embraced by society back then: constancy, modesty and reticence. In line with the taste of the time, they feature elements from Gothic architecture or floral ornamental motifs from classical antiquity, such as palmettes, acanthus and wine leaves. In addition to Berlin – from which the French term »fer de Berlin« derives – the city of Gleiwitz (now Gliwice in Poland) was also home to an important foundry.
Tu-Su and holidays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
An Imaginary Vacation
We are moving. Travelling the world, through different hands, different minds, and places. Weaving stories. Embodying connections and creativity around the globe…
Almost one year since IO&U formed their group, it is time to add a new chapter to their story. And so, they get together – online of course – to share their thoughts and ideas on new projects. Being in the midst of the pandemic and the members’ distance from each other, they hope to merge their creativity in a new joint venture.
What better way to escape the current situation than with a creative vacation…
An Imaginary Vacation – Jewellery World Tour
IO&U created this new project in reaction to the past year. Their aim is to connect each other in a time of separation, to continue working when everything seems to have stopped and to cross borders when borders are closed. They want to share their love for art and creating – with each other and everyone who is following the project.
“Since the beginning for me, it was a defined artistic reaction to the pandemic. […] but at the same time, it’s our artistic expression as an international group! As an artistic project, it can represent a universal necessity to react and be together, transforming any difficulties and struggles into beauty.” – Margherita Berselli, IO&U
Firstly each artist selects an object from her drawer and a randomly assigned word connected to 2020 is given. They each send their object and word to another group member who gets to work on it for a few days. Soon it goes off again to the next person. Some pieces travel for just a day, others maybe a few weeks, but once they arrive in workshops, studios and apartments all around the globe, that is where IO&U’s Imaginary Vacation begins.
Simply brilliant at Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
image credits: Veracruz Necklace Gold, platinum, amethyst, diamonds Jean Vendome (1930-2017) France, 1972 Courtesy of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Kimberly Klosterman Collection, Photo Tony Walsh
Artist-Jewellers of the 1960s and 1970s / 27.03 — 27.06.2021
In Cooperation with the Cincinnati Art Museum
Simply put, jewellery of the 1960s and ’70s was revolutionary. If the 1950s were demure and controlled, the 1960s became an era of youthful rebellion and radical cultural change -and a new style of jewellery was part of that zeitgeist. Rock ‘n’ roll, the Vietnam War, the Kennedy assassinations, the civil rights and women’s movements, the widespread use of hallucinogenic drugs, and the concept of free love are all associated with these tumultuous decades. From space-age plastic hoop earrings to the hippie’s beaded necklaces, jewellery expressed individuality, nonconformity and the aesthetic, political, and intellectual values of the person who wore it.
Tu-Su and holidays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Judith Bloedjes • POETIC CERAMICS
Jewellery Exhibition at CODA Museum Apeldoorn / 28.02—20.06.2021
Monumental, round shapes of creamy white Limoges porcelain, framed by flattened silver. Judith Bloedjes’ jewellery and objects strike the spectator with their stilled, sober visual language and colours, and high artistic quality. Each piece of jewellery reflects her love of beauty, form, detail, craft and material. From 28 February to 20 June 2021, CODA Museum presents Judith Bloedjes’ jewellery in the exhibition Poetic Ceramics. A book of the same title accompanies the exhibition.
7311 CL Apeldoorn