26th Legnica International Jewellery Competition IDENTITY







Exposition time and venue:

April 27 – June 11, 2017

The Gallery of Art in Legnica

Exhibition opening: May 20, 2017


Works must be submitted by April 5, 2017


References to important phenomena that shape the present are a lasting  tradition of Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER. Proposing topics for future competitions we have been trying to follow current civilisational changes and thus inspire artist-goldsmiths, designers and makers of unique jewellery to overpass the schemes and search for individual interpretations.

As it happens, recently, there has not probably been an issue that would not be politically marked – and usually in a negative context. Social processes and their rapid re-evaluations that we are witnessing are described in a language of extreme emotions and not of facts; and ‘post-truth’ becomes the word of the year.  As a result existing criteria for ordering the individual / community relation more and more often force us to make world view declarations. At the same time the very identity of an individual acquires an almost exclusively virtual quality and becomes the subject of self-creation, manipulation and even identity theft.

Designer jewellery, that has always been treated as a  personal amulet, a symbol, a determinant of individual identity, today is subject to the same mechanisms of ruthless marketing as any product, service, emotion or experience. Therefore new questions  arise  with respect to the item / user relation both in the real and virtual context so ruthlessly shaped by the economy of profit.

Are material amulets still needed to manifest our identity?

Have former functions of jewellery been indivertibly taken over by electronic accessories?

Will the personal item made of precious materials get indivertibly replaced by the Big Data algorithm, which is able to make our personality profile on the basis of just 50 traces that we unwittingly leave on the Internet?


Sławomir Fijałkowski















We invite you to get to know the works of the winners of the 25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition CITY, and full report from SILVER Festival 2016.


  (Report from the festival - link)


  (Winners - link)




On 5th and 6th April 2016 jury proceedings of the 25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition CITY took place.
The Jury constisting of:
Timothy Carson (Great Britain) – artist-goldsmith, lecturer at Middlesex University in London, Great Britain, a member of project group Dialogue Collective,
Sławomir Fijałkowski (Poland) – dean of the Architecture and Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where he runs a Workshop of Experimental Design.
Melanie Isverding (Germany) – assistant of prof. Daniel Kruger at the Jewellery Department of the Burg Giebichenstein University in Halle (Germany), participant of many collective exhibitions and author of individual exhibitions all over the world,
Otto Künzli (Switzerland/Germany) – artist-goldsmith, lecturer at academies in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and in Europe, in years 1991-2014 – prof. of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich,
Katarzyna Rzehak (Poland) - Creative Director at the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw, art historian, critic of design and artistic jewellery, lecturer of postgraduate Design Management studies at the Institute of Industrial Design and Warsaw School of Economics.
evaluated 481 works submitted by 272 artists from 33 countries, qualified artists for the exhibition and selected award winners.
The list od artist qualifield for exhibition is available here Link(Click)


On the 5th-6th April jury session of the 25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition CITY took place... (See more)





Idea and entry form
of the 25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition 












We sincerely invite you to take part in 

25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition



within the framework  of
Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER 2016

Deadline for sending pieces: 25th of March 2016 !!!


Awards and prizes in the competence of the Jury:
- Grand Prix                                                                            PLN 10.000 (c.a. € 2300)* + 1 kg of silver
- 2nd Award of the Marshall of Silesia Province              PLN 5.000 (c.a. € 1150)* + 1 kg of silver               
- Award of the Mayor of the City of Legnica                    PLN 3.000 (c.a. € 690)* + 1 kg of silver
- Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica                           solo exhibition with catalogue worth 1.000 €
- The Organizers' Special Award  for creativity,
courage, uncompromising attitude, innovation
and a sense of humour
                                                    “Silver Spur” – statuette + 1 kg of silver


Prizes beyond the competence of the Jury:

- INHORGENTA MUNICH Award – free stand at INHORGENTA MUNICH in 2017 worth 2000
- The Joachim Sokólski Award established by the Polish Modern Art Foundation - 1 kg of silver
- Polish Jewellery Award - free stand at Summer Trade Fair JUBINALE in Cracow in 2017
- Polish Jewellery Award - advertisement in Polish Jewellery catalogue in 2017

- Honourable Mention of the Goldsmithing Artists` Association – diploma
- Honourable Mention of the Director of the Gallery of Art in Legnica – diploma + 0,5 kg of silver

Additional prizes are predicted.


We invite you sincerely to Legnica,
especially on the 20th – 21st May 2016,
when the culmination of the Legnica Jewellery Festival takes place.


*Exchange rate of EURO on 15.12.2015. Award in PLN will be converted to
EURO in accordance with exchange rate on 21.05.2016, less tax due.


The  Gallery of Art in Legnica
Pl. Katedralny 1
59-220 Legnica, Poland
tel. +48 76 86 20 910, fax. +48 76 85 65 126
e-mail: silver@galeria.legnica.pl; galeria@galeria.legnica.pl
www.silver.legnica.pl; www.galeria.legnica.pl


Contact person:
Monika Szpatowicz - curator of the LJF SILVER
Julita Grzegolec - assistant of the curator



See the relation from the culmination of the Legnica Jewellery Fsetival SILVER 2015! (click)



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Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER 2017 
Dates:  27th April - 11th June 2017


Culmination: 19th – 20st of May 2017
Venue: Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland


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