”A holographic Whitney Houston is just setting off on a European tour, and she is not the first pop idol resurrected to perform “live” again…  You can plan a holiday in space because in two years’ time a hotel on orbit will be available for an exorbitant price of nearly $ 800,000 per day!
A brave new world? Is it really for us?”

We invite you to take up the challenge presented by this topic and we look forward to see your ideas. We are counting on your inspiring and creative voice in the discussion and we are waiting for your entries until 15 March 2020. Soon the Terms & Regulations with the development of the competition theme will be published on our website.  At the same time we would like to inform you that the culmination of next year’s Festival, to which we are already inviting you, will take place on 8-9 May 2020.

Deadline: 15.3.2020

All information and application:

The Japan Jewellery Design Competition is a biennial event, that has been held since 1965. It is the biggest and the most historic Jewellery Design Competition in Japan. It has been seeking epoch-making jewellery and asking what is the value of jewellery that will lead to nextgeneration. We have held this event internationally several times in the past, and those were good opportunities to discover and assess Japanese jewellery in the global stage. Through out these activities, this competition has been highly acclaimed by both the cultural and the design fields domestically and internationally. We are pleased to announce that it is again open for applicants from all over the world this year. We are aiming at bringing the jewellery to even higher level by searching for innovative jewellery design together, and introduce them to the world.

Japan Jewellery Designers Designers Association (JJDA) is always furthering the development of the biennial jewellery design competitions that have been held since their establishment in 1964 to promote even higher standards of jewellery design. JJDA views jewellery as a form of art design, and value much more than its material value. Based on this concept, JJDA widely calls for entries for finished work and also design drawings. JJDA’s final goal is to establish a firm position within the jewellery world and to cultivate human resources for the next generation by improving standards of Japanese jewellery design by awarding prizewinners.

Deadline: 6.3.2020

All information and application:

Open call for established and emerging artists and designers, to present a work of experimental jewellery, still unreleased.

Theme of the competition:
Affinamento ed evoluzione

For 10 years, the main focus of the competition has been inspired by the chemical phenomenon of fermentation as the metaphor underlining the evolutionary aspect of contemporary experimental jewellery, which represents a crossroads between individual research paths and international collective atmospheres. A piece of jewellery is the result of a pure fermenting process.

The general context of the project Gioielli in Fermento, as it to say about the term fermentation, ideally refers to a suitably “transformed” result, an art jewellery piece, which constitutes the outcome of the research itself, linked to phases of preparation, experimentation, quality determination.
Apart from the chemical phenomenon, which has a precise role in the world of wine, over the years we have tried to investigate this concept more and more by putting it in relation with the world of contemporary body ornaments.

At the turn of the X Edition, the theme, from fermentation, leads to Aging and Evolution with the purpose of communicating something even more accomplished and beyond the inherent state of maturation.

The winning work will express a singular creative energy, that original individuality of research studio jewellery that represents the idea of contemporary fermento (restlessness, excitement, trepidation, upheaval …) through the maturity of the path, experienced by its author.

Deadline: 23.2.2020

All information and application:


An art project for jewelry artists living in countries surrounding the Baltic Sea

With project Land Jewelry we invite jewelry artists living by the Baltic Sea to create landart. The project consists of several phases, the main event of which will be a week creating landart on Öland, Sweden, in the summer of 2020. We are hereby calling for participants.
Altogether ten artists (including the two of us organizing the event) will interact with the Baltic Sea environment on the eastern shore of the Swedish island Öland and create ‘jewelry for the land’ using only found materials of the area around them – natural or human-made. Therefore an important point is to challenge yourself and your practice as a jewelry artist in creating something possibly very different from what you usually do.

Deadline: 15.3.2020

All information and application:


Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Conference 2020, 11.-13.9.2020
The conference committee invite expressions of interest to chair sessions of the conference that address one or more of the following themes:

  • Cultural value
  • Economic value
  • Aesthetic value/s
  • Political/social value
  • Devaluation, revalue, undervalued, new values
  • Speculative value

All formats are invited including but not limited to opinion, critique, discussion, report, performance and video. The duration of sessions is also flexible from 20 minutes to 60 minutes. You may draft a provocation and call for abstracts in response to your provocation. Those could be presented as a series of short format talks within the conference and you may consider assembling the resources to publish those after proceedings. Alternatively, you might facilitate a panel discussion or deliver a short lecture or artist talk.

The following list provides general suggestions and we encourage alternate ideas:

  • Papers
  • PechaKucha style talks
  • Moderated panel discussions
  • Lecture – historical – theory – criticism – opinion
  • Artist talks
  • Debates
  • Q&A style panel with audience questions
  • Fireside chats
  • Fieldtrips
  • Readings

Deadline: 7.2.2020

More information and submission of content: 

Ultimate Beauty

Beauty is also for the eyes, but first of all it creates and stabilises our identity. We perceive others as beautiful if they are charismatic, just as we welcome things as beautiful if they carry a story. Our striving for beauty is actually a striving for life. Therefore, we appreciate a kind of beauty that lasts longer than a moment and which seduces us to live. Amber radiates this special kind of beauty. With its wide spectrum of natural colours, it highlights the wearer’s beauty and identity. Its natural inclusions and small cracks speak of life beyond perfection. In Amberif Design Award, we seek jewellery with amber as a commentary on ultimate beauty.

Barbara Schmidt – curator of the contest

Deadline: 12.2.

Terms and conditions, more information and registration: https://amberif20.exposupport.pl/en-us/amberif/award

Kotkan Meripäivät ja Merikeskus Vellamo järjestävät yhteistyössä Suomen Kultaseppien liiton, Taiteen edistämiskeskuksen ja Suomen Kellomuseon kanssa meripihka-aiheisen korukilpailun.

Tarkoituksena on syventyä perinteiseen koruraaka-aineeseen meripihkaan ja löytää sille uudenlaista, nykyaikaan soveltuvaa käyttöä korumuotoilun ja korutaiteen keinoin.
Kilpailu on kaksiosainen.
Ensimmäisessä vaiheessa eli suunnitteluvaiheessa osallistujat esittelevät suunnitelmansa kuvina.
Toiseen vaiheeseen eli finaalivaiheeseen valitut 10 finalistia toteuttavat omakustanteisesti suunnitelmansa valmiiksi koruiksi.
Kilpailutöistä järjestetään näyttely Merikeskus Vellamon galleriassa Kotkan Meripäivien aikana 23.-26.7.2020, jatkuen 13.8.2020 asti. Näyttelyssä on esillä sekä finalistien valmistamat korut että muut kilpailuehdotukset, jotka esitellään audiovisuaalisin keinoin. Tavoite on, että kilpailutyöt ovat esillä myös muissa näyttelyissä Suomessa ja Baltian maissa vuosien 2020-21 aikana.
Arvostelussa kiinnitetään huomiota ehdotusten uniikkiuteen, taiteellisuuteen, toteutustapaan sekä siihen kuinka meripihka on nähty korukontekstissa uudenlaisesti.
Kilpailu on yleinen, kaikille avoin korusuunnittelukilpailu. Kilpailua markkinoidaan Suomen lisäksi erityisesti Kotkan ystävyyskaupungeissa Liettuassa, Puolassa sekä Virossa. Kilpailun kielinä ovat suomi ja englanti.

Kilpailun säännöt ja osallistuminen:

The first edition of an international annual event dedicated to the innovative and effervescent field of contemporary jewelry in Romania and worldwide. The first edition of ROJW is dedicated to the 10 years anniversary of Assamblage.

ROJW 2020 has opened the applications for the official map of the event. The project will bring together established and emerging designers alike, wishing to strengthen the creative community in Romania and worldwide by engaging, in addition to artists from related fields, art galleries, museums, workshops and alternative spaces. ROJW will also propose a wide range of capsule events, conferences and projects of international partners.

Deadline: 10.01.2020

More information and registration: https://www.romanianjewelryweek.com/registration-designers

Social Art is the artistic expression that aims at creating social impact and change. This definition delineates the intention of the artist as crucial. Art engages in questioning and rethinking existing systems and paradigms. Artists are visionaries, utopists, agents for change, with the ability to affect society by creating emotionally captivating experiences. It is aesthetic revolution that preludes societal revolution.

The leading judgment criteria for the Social Art Award is the strength of the artwork to create impact in regard of the topic “We are the people – Catalyzing peaceful revolutions through the power of the many”. Thus, we look for engaging artworks that reach people, unfolding their potential to stand up for their rights, their freedom and their future – Artworks that trigger peaceful solidarity and the unity of people.

You can apply with any type of artwork (painting, installation, video, music, artistic intervention, etc.). Yet you require a captivating image that visualizes your artwork. This image you will upload to the contest, explanations and details you can add in the description field.

Deadline: 15.12.

More information and application: http://social-art-award.org/

XVII INTERNATIONAL BALTIC JEWELLERY SHOW AMBER TRIP  from March 11-14 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania, announces an art jewellery contest.

We want to invite you  to participate! 

Polluted oceans, burning Amazon forests, unable to breathe Delhi,  Earth’s warming. And how many side-by-side processes that are disrupting the coexistence of nature and mankind! Ecological disharmony – like a threatening dragon, who is constantly coming to our castle to take his victims …

What vision do we have in this confrontation? Are we surrender ourselves to fear and anxiety or are we taking a more conscious and active position? Global and everyday view, thoughts, words, and actions that turn into CREATION that can influence the future.

We are announcing an art jewellery contest on the theme of ECOSIGHT.

Deadline: 17.2.2020

Please find an invitation and application form links here:
Application form