Promoting Contemporary Art Jewelry since 2009

Call for exhibition – DNA – Espace Solidor Museum

« DNA« , A new 2023 exhibition by Alliages

ESPACE SOLIDOR MUSEUM AT CAGNES-SUR-MER (France)

DNA

We all, every human being, have DNA – something that defines us as an artist and even as a group of people with similar interests and identity. The DNA of Alliages consists of the artists that are showing regularly with us – they are our real essence and our soul. This DNA merged with the “Espace Solidor” in 2019, when the Legacy Collection was transmitted.

What is your artistic DNA? And how does it manifest itself in your contemporary jewellery art?

“reveal your DNA to us!”

Necklace « DNA’s Causes? » from Sébastien Carré (photo : Milo Lee)

1. TERMS & CONDITIONS

PURPOSE / THEME

ALLIAGES (Contemporary Art Jewelry, a non-profit organization) organizes an exhibition to be hold from June to November 2023 at the ESPACE SOLIDOR MUSEUM in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. The Espace Solidor Museum is the only museum in Europe fully dedicated to the Contemporary Art Jewelry and owns one of most important collection in the world which includes the Alliages Legacy Collection donated in 2019. A part of this collection is on show actually at the museum until next May 29th, 2023 with the « Bijoux d’Europe! » exhibition.

The exhibition theme is « DNA » and each artist may submit their own vision of the subject.  A paper publication will be produced by the museum and each artist selected will have a free copy.

APPLICATION / SUBMISSION DEADLINE & FEE / SELECTION / ENTRY CRITERIA

APPLICATION

Artists working in Contemporary Art Jewelry can apply for this exhibition with only one finished piece. Artists at any level can apply (students, new graduated & established). The proposition must be a one-of-a-kind artwork done in the last years or specially for this exhibition.

Applications must imperatively be sent via the dedicated form on the ALLIAGES website and must contain all requested data in the exact way requested, especially the pictures. Any other form of application will not be accepted or taken into consideration. If data sent is wrong or the form is incomplete, the application will automatically be canceled.

How to apply ?

  1. Go to the Alliages website and apply via the on-line form. 
  2. To be eligible for selection, you must first pay the application fee in section 2 and use the confirmation payment code emailed to you by PayPal once paid. Your submission will NOT be accepted until your payment has been received
  3. You will then be able to apply in section 3.
  4. If you have any problems please send us a message (use the form below or via a DM in Facebook or Instagram) if you do not find the information in the conditions or the FAQ.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The deadline to apply is Tuesday March 14th, 2023, midnight. No extra delay will be given or allowed, the applications sent after the deadline will not be accepted. Only one application per artist will be accepted (the first application sent).

APPLICATION FEE

A fee of 25 € (twenty-five euros) will be requested for the application. Payment must be done using the payment form in section 2 (gateway through Paypal). The application fee is non-refundable for any reason.

SELECTION

All applicants will be notified by March 26th, 2023 of the curator’s choice via email as to whether their application has been successful or not. The list of selected artists will be published on the ALLIAGES social media accounts. The selected pieces will be displayed at the museum from June 10th to Nov 11th, 2023. The exhibition is curated by Juan Riusech, contemporary art jeweler, curator and founder of ALLIAGES.

ENTRY CRITERIA

Each artist may freely present their vision of the theme with a free choice of media, materials and size. The piece presented must be original and one-of-a-kind. The pieces submitted are not for sale and will be returned at the end of the exhibition.

IMAGE GUIDELINES

  • 3 different views of the piece that you are submitting in low resolution are required : 1 main view of the entire piece, 1 back view of the entire piece and 1 of the piece being worn to get an idea of the scale of said piece;
  • A High Definition Picture of the main view is required;
  • You can send images in the following formats: either 1:1 (squared) or 4/3. However, if the work allows, the 1:1 format is the best required;
  • The low resolution images must be 1500-2000px/side, 72dpi, 85% compression against a white background with good lighting; please avoid using flash; The maximum size for each image in low resulition is 700kb;
  • The high resolution image must be 4000px/side, 300 dpi, 95 % compression in a total white background and a good lighting (this is mandatory for the catalog)
  • Please ensure that your piece is well centred in your image and is completely in focus, not blurry;
  • Please rename your image files in the following way: your-name_title_number-of-view (either 1, 2 or 3). Please do not use any spaces in the filename; you may use dash (-) or underscore (_) instead;
  • We can only accept .jpg/ .jpeg files.

TEXT GUIDELINES

We ask for a statement of the work proposed, no more than 500 characters (including spaces and punctuation) and written in English.

EXHIBITION FEE

No fee will be required for this exhibition.

WORKS PRESENTED / TRANSPORT

The selected artworks must be delivered to Alliages gallery at latest on May 5th, 2023. Any work received after this deadline will not be included in the exhibition and returned at artist’s charge. The piece sent to Alliages must be the same as those sent in the application and selected by the curator. Each artist has total freedom to make their artwork, however organizers may refuse said work if it proves in any way to have a detrimental or discriminatory message (e.g. racism, hate, sex, etc …) or if the quality of execution is deemed insufficient.

DELIVERY

Each artist will send or deliver their work to Alliages at their own expense; this includes any additional taxes or fees that may incur (e.g. custom taxes) at the arrival. The parcel weight cannot exceed 3 kg of total weight.

RETURNS

All the returns will be made using the original packaging sent by the artists and via “La Poste”, the National French mail-post service. Please note that they will have a tracking service but they will not be insured or have any declared value (to avoid taxes at return). The cost of the mailpost return is at the museum expense. The artist will take in charge any incurring taxes (e.g. custom taxes) or expenses, if any, at the return. Should the artist wish to collect their work in person or make their own arrangements for a courier, the artist will be the responsible for this cost and organization. The organisers assume no liability or responsibility for the artist’s work during any of the transportation to any destination and this during all the exhibition period (transportations to any destination are insured by Alliages or the Museum at any moment).

RESPONSIBILITIES

As a member, each artist will be covered under the terms of the organiser’s insurance contract and/or the museum. All the transportations will not be covered by organiser’s insurance. Each artist may have their own insurance at their own expense. The artists will respect the Internal Rules of Alliages and the Espace Solidor Museum.

CONSENT

The selection and organization decisions are irrevocable. In being selected, it is understood that each artist allows Alliages or the Museum to reproduce all media and data sent for the purpose of promoting the exhibition, in any format. All media and data sent by the artist can be used by Alliages or the Museum for further promotion of Contemporary Art Jewelry in general. Assignment of the right of media reproduction granted by the artist is non-exclusive, non-transferable, unlimited territory for the distribution of reproductions.

MISCELLANEOUS

All communications between the organisers and the artists will be in English. In sending through an application, it is understood that the artist approves the exhibition conditions.

KEY DATES

  • Application : March 14th, 2023 midnight
  • Short list : March 26th, 2023
  • Reception of works : May 5th, 2023
  • Exhibition : June 10th to Nov 5th, 2023
  • Opening : Saturday June 10th, 2023, noon
  • Works received : May 5th, 2023

2. PAYPAL PAYMENT

To be eligible for jurying, you must first pay the application fee. PayPal will then e-mail you a payment confirmation code which you will need to put in the appropriate field of the application form. Your submission will not be accepted until your PayPal payment is received :


3. APPLICATION FORM

To be eligible for jurying, you must pay the application fee first and use the confirmation payment code that will be emailed to you by Paypal in the appropriate field in the application form. Your submission will not be accepted until your payment is received. You can pay the application fee in the section 2, above.

    YOUR DATA

    Your name (*)

    Your email (*)

    Your website

    Your instagram

    Your facebook

    Your country (*)
    in English only

    Your most relevant CV experience (schools, exhibition, highlights, etc) (*) max 1.200 characters, in English only

    Your portrait :
    (*) max 700kb, Rename your portrait in the following way : portrait_your-name


    PAYMENT DATA

    Paypal payment reference (*)

    Paypal payment date (*)

    Paypal email (email address used to process the PayPal payment) (*)


    THE PIECE SUBMITTED

    Your statement for this exhibition (*) max 500 characters, in English only

    Please bear in mind that the piece you will be submitting in this form is the piece that has to be sent for the exhibition, subject to selection.

    Low Resolution Images (3 views / Read Image tips below or in the FAQ)

    Rename your low resolution image files in the following way : your-name_title_number-of-view

    Piece main view :
    (*) max size 700kb

    Piece back view :
    (*) max size 700kb
    Piece being worn :
    (*) max size 700kb

    High Resolution Image (1 view / Read Image tips below or in the FAQ)

    Rename your high resolution image file in the following way : your-name_title_HR

    Piece main view :
    (*)

    Captions guidelines for this piece, 500 characters max, in English only (*)
    Please include the following information :
    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (in mm)
    line 3 : techniques/processes used
    line 4 : name of photographer/© picture (if applicable)

    Value of Insurance in Euros (*)

    The value of the insurance consist in the value of the materials used, only in Euro currency.

    IMAGE TIPS
    We require 3 different views of each piece that you are submitting in low resolution : 1 main view with the entire piece, 1 back view of the entire piece and 1 with the piece being worn to get an idea of the scale of said piece. The main view is also required in high resolution for catalog purposes.

    • The low resolution images can be in any format (1:1 or 4/3) in a white background, 1500-2000px/side, 75dpi, 85% compression and jpeg|jpg extension. We recommend using software like as Photosop, GIMP, iPhoto, etc ... in order to reformat the size and weight of your images.

    • The maximum size for each low resolution picture is 700kb. If your images are over this size, the form will come back with an error and your images will NOT be uploaded.

    • The high resolution image must correspond the the main view of the piece, same format in a total white background, 4000px/side, 300dpi, 95% comression and jpeg|jpg extension.

    • Rename your portrait in the following way : portrait_your-name

    • Rename your low resolution image files in the following way : your-name_title_number-of-view (either 1, 2 or 3). Do not use spaces in the filename ; you may use dash (-) or unerscore (_) instead.

    • We can only accept jpg/jpeg files.

    • Rename your HIGH resolution image file in the following way : your-name_title_HR. Do not use spaces in the filename ; you may use dash (-) or unerscore (_) instead. Do not put the number of the view, put "HR" instead

    • We can only accept jpg/jpeg files.

    Any images that are too small, too large, not centred, blurry (not in focus), in a non-white background, over edited on imaging editing software (where the likeness of the images has been changed from the original piece), have the incorrect extension or where the naming of the file is not as stated above will result in the whole submission being discarded.

    You can read the pic tips in the section below.

    (*) Mandatory Field (**) Madatory Field if you submit a 2nd piece.

    Once the form has been submitted, you will receive an email with a copy of your application. Please check your spam or junk mail folder if you do not receive a message within 30 minutes of your submission. If there are any errors in your form, the incorrect fileds will be highlighted in red and stated below each incorrect field. Please check, correct and resend. 

    If your application does not send, this means that something has gone wrong with your data input. Here’s what could have gone wrong: You may have missed out on a mandatory field; Your images are too large (Please check the requirements in the FAQ & TIPS section); You may not have ticked the final mandatory field confirming the Terms & Conditions. Please take the time to thoroughly read this whole page before submitting your application.

    F.A.Q. & TIPS

    Who can participate ?

    Any artist who makes contemporary art jewellery may apply, whether you have years of experience or a degree in art or not.

    I’m a newbie, can I send my application ?

    Of course you can! This exhibition is open to all; newly established makers, students, graduates and established makers alike. We based our final selection on the quality of the work submitted, but on your experience or CV. 

    I’m student, can I send my application ?

    Of course you can! We accept applications from students at any level.

    Are group or brand applications are allowed ?

    Unfortunately we are not able to accept group applications. Additionally we will not be able to accept applications from branded organisations. This exhibition is open to individual applications only.

    I would like to submit one piece composed by several parts. They all are connected and it is important that the pieces be seen together. Is it possible to submit this group of multiple parts as one piece ?

    Yes, you may submit a piece composed of different elements as one piece as long as each part is fully realised.

    Can I sell my work?

    This Museum exhibition is only to show Contemporary Jewelry to the visitors, the works are not for sale.

    If I am selected, when and how will my work be returned to me ? Will I have to wait a long time ?

    All pieces will be returned to their artist once the exhibitions are finished at museum’s charge. When the exhibition will be finished, the museum will return the pieces to Alliages, and Allliages will send the pieces to each artist. This is a long task, packaging and shipping may take several weeks. We will use a basic and simple postage, with tracking, not insured or declared value, so should you require something more secure, please do let us know once the exhibitions are finished and we will be happy to help with your request. Please note however that this will need to be arranged by the artist and will be at your own expense.

    If I need my work back for another exhibition or event, can I remove it from this exhibition at any point and have it returned ?

    Unfortunately you can’t. Once you submit your work for this application and if selected, you have the choice to decline your acceptance. The application fee will not be reimboursed.

    Can I send my application other format ? For example, could it be emailed, sent via WeTransfer, Dropbox or similar ?

    Sadly not; the only way to apply for this exhibition is by using the application form on the Alliages website. This guarantees that we have all necessary information that we need in order to fully consider your application. Please don’t forget to carefully read the instructions about submitting images: format, size, caption, statement, etc … If these instructions are not followed, sadly your application will not be taken into consideration.

    I made a mistake on my first application and need to amend it; can I apply again ?

    Sadly not; we will only accept the first application received from each artist. This is why we suggest that you read through all of the Terms & Conditions and FAQ & Tips before submitting your application.

    I want to submit 2 pieces. Can I do several applications? 

    We will only accept one application per artist, the first done.

    I’m not sure I will be able to finish the piece in time before the submission date; can I send a draft or work-in-progress ?

    Unfortunately not; on this occasion we are only accepting finished piece for this submission.

    What do you mean by « Statement for this exhibition » ? Why does my text to be in English ? And why this text is limited to 500 characters ?

    In asking you for a “Statement for this exhibition” we asking for you to write a statement that relates the piece(s) you are submitting to the chosen theme of the exhibition. Your text must be written in English, as the show will be presented to an international audience, both online and in physical spaces, where English will most likely be the common language. Having all texts in English for this exhibition allows us to present the show as a whole and respect each artist’s concept more honestly. The limitation of characters in your text allows for more consistency amongst all submitted texts and for catalog purposes.

    Is all information in the image « captions » mandatory ? Why do I have to follow the instructions (line 1, line 2, etc …) ? What happens if I don’t do it this way ? And can I caption my images on my way ?

    All captions indicated in the application form are mandatory; we ask that you detail them in the below way :

    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (in mm)
    line 3 : techniques/preocesses used
    line 4 : name of photographer/© picture (if applicable)

    Only the 4th line is optional, subject to whether the image has a copyright or was taken by anyone other than you. You do not need to write the « line # », only the data.

    We ask that all artists present this information in this way, so as to ensure that everything is clearly communicated to the selection committee/ jury and is easy to share with an international audience. If the requested information is not sent this way and in this order, your application may not be considered.

    Why do I have to rename my images in a specific name ? What happens if I name them differently ?

    All images must be labelled in the same way; this allows us to manage your images better and more easily. We ask that you rename your image files in the following way: 

    your-name_title_number-of-view (either 1, 2 or 3)

    To separate words, please use a dash (-) and to separate lines, please use an underscore (_)

    Please do not use any spaces in the filename; you may use dash (-) or underscore (_) instead.

    If your image files are not labelled in this way, we will have to discard your application, as we will not be able to find the images on the database.

    What does the « Consent » condition mean ?

    The first sentence of this condition means that you allow us to use your submitted images and texts to promote this exhibition at any point in our future communications.

    The second sentence (“Assignment of the right of media reproduction granted by the ARTIST is non-exclusive, non-transferable, unlimited territory for the distribution of reproductions.”) means that the ARTIST remains the owner of their images at all times (non-transferable) but that they allow us to use it for communication & promotional purposes (non-exclusive).

    How to know if the quality of my images is good enough or not ?

    Here is some advice of how to take an acceptable photo of your work:

    We request that your work be photographed against a white background with good lighting; avoid using a flash as this may alter the natural colours of your work when photographed. Natural daylight can most often be the best and truest way to light an object in order to reflect the true colours in a representational image. Be sure to choose the correct lighting mode on your photographic device, for the same reasons stated above.  The white backgroud is requested for ad and catalog purposes.

    Most cameras or photo editing software (such as Photoshop, Gimp, etc) will let you know the size of your image as well as the number of pixels (dpi); you can usually find this information in the image properties. 

    For your image files to be accepted, a definition of 75 dpi and a photo size of 2000x2000px is largely enough for the low resolution ones. If, despite making these adjustments, your image is still too heavy (more than 700 kb), you should be able to easily reduce it’s weight by using your usual photo editing software or a simple program like Paint, Gimp, Photoshop, etc.

    For the high resolution images, a definition of 300dpi and a jpeg compression of 95% is mandatory.

    Why must I pay an application fee ? Is there an additional fee to pay if I’m selected ?

    Alliages receive no funding or support from any state or private organisation; we work as a collective. This guarantees our freedom of choices in any and all decisions but also means that we don’t have a reserve of funding for shows and exhibitions. The founders of Alliages volunteer their time and experience without any financial gain, so when it comes to putting on a show or event, we ask for a modest application fee which enables us to finance it. This is why we ask for an application fee.

    There is no fee to pay once the artist is selected.

    How do I pay the application fee ? And why do I pay this fee before submitting my application ?

    We ask that all artists wishing to apply for this exhibition use our online application form found on this page. You will be directed to a PayPal page, where you will be able to pay with your PayPal account or any credit card. 

    Paying your fee first allows us to better match the application with the payment. This is also why we ask you to put your PayPal payment reference in a specific field on the application form.

    Do I need to pay the application fee on the same day that I sublit my application ?

    We recommend that you do, this helps us to better match the payment and the application. 

    How should I package up my work to send ? Can I send my pieces by regular post ? Where do I have to send my works if I’m selected ?

    You are welcome to send your work to us in any way that suits you best. Please do bear in mind though that regular postage will not always ensure that your work arrives safely or undamaged. When sending your work by mail or by carrier, we suggest that you take some precautions and send it as securely as you can. This way your items will arrive in perfect condition, ready to be exhibited. 

    Cardboard boxes are always a safe bet when shipping work and ideally we suggest wrapping your pieces up in several layers of bubble wrap (or similar). If using a cardboard box, it’s also a good idea to pad out the box, so that your work doesn’t move about in the box during shipping.

    All pieces must be sent to the Alliages Gallery in Lille, France. More details will follow for those that are selected.

    Do I need to have my own insurance ?

    All the transportations (artist to gallery, gallery to museum, museum to gallery & gallery to artist) are not covered by the insurances. This said, we recommend that you arrange some form of insurance for when your work is in transit (Alliages’s and museum’s insurances do NOT cover transportation).

    What happens if my work is selected but once received by it does not fit the selection criteria ?

    It is possible that your work could be selected but once received, it does not fit with our selection criteria. This rarely happens but on the occasion that it has, it has been due to technical or construction issues. In these cases, your work will not be exhibited and will be returned to you at your own expense.

    What happens if the piece sent is not the same than sent as the one submitted in my application ?

    If you are selected for this exhibition, it will have been based on the images of the work you submitted. Should you send us anything other than what you submitted your work will not be shown and will be returned to you at your own expense. The application fee will not be refunded.


     

    IMAGE TIPS

    Format

    • You can send images in the following formats: either 1:1 (squared) or 4/3. However, if the work allows, we prefer a 1:1 format. 
    • We request that your work be photographed against a white background with good lighting; avoid using a flash as this may alter the natural colours of your work when photographed. 
    • Natural daylight can most often be the best and truest way to light an object in order to reflect the true colours in a representational image. 
    • Be sure to choose the correct lighting mode on your photographic device, for the same reasons stated above. 
    • Be sure work is well centred in the image.
    • Ensure that your piece is completely in focus in your image and not blurry.

    Size / Resolution / Extension

    • Low resolution pictures : A good size for your image would be 2000x2000px per side with a resolution of 75dpi with a .jpg | .jpeg file, with 85% quality.
    • Hig resoution picture for catalog purposes : A good size is 4000px per side with a resolution of 300 with a .jpg | .jpeg file, with 95% quality. 
    • If your low resolution files do not fit the size requirements, you can decrease the number of pixels, dpi or jpeg quality in order to fit to the required size.

    Views

    For every piece submitted, we require one alternative view (up/down or front/back) and where possible a view of the piece being worn. This helps us better contextualise your piece and see as much of it as we can in order to make our final selection.

    The main view must be sent also in a High Resolution format.

    Naming

    Image files must be named in this way:

    your-name_title_number-of-view (either 1, 2 or 3) 

    Example:
    – Your name is “Jane Doe”
    – The title of the piece is “Black Hole”
    – You send 2 views

    The image files for this piece should be labelled as follows:

    Jane-Doe_Black-Hole_1.jpg & Jane-Doe_Black-Hole_2.jpg

    To separate words, please use a dash (-) and to separate lines, please use an underscore (_)

    Please do not use any spaces in the filename; you may use dash (-) or underscore (_) instead.

    Captions

    Captions must follow the below format:
    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (in mm)
    line 3 : techniques/ processes used
    line 4 : name of photographer/© picture (if applicable)

    Only the 4th line is optional, subject to whether the image has a copyright or was taken by anyone other than you.

    DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ?

      Your name (*)

      Your email (*)

      Your question (*)

      (*) mandatory field

      If your question has not already been answered in our FAQ & Tips sections, we will get back to you just as soon as we can.

      DNA question form

      THIS APPLICATION IS CLOSED