Promoting Contemporary Art Jewelry since 2009

Call for exhibition – Missing Memories

« Missing Memories« , the new 2023 exhibition by Alliages

Lille (France), Munich (Schmuck 2023, city center) & more destinations

Missing memories 

We were born into a story,  it is our life story. It started far before we were born and was itself initiated by the stories of our parents. 

All our memories, making up our life story, the nice ones and the painful ones, are moments coming from a state when we were connected. we understand backwards and live forwards, and these memories give us the roots to grow our life on.

As artists we are especially obliged to find more memories, to find those memories that are hiding behind known memories, and that sometimes, by themselves, appear and disappear again. sometimes through associations, sometimes through certain moods, and sometimes we can’t even fathom why. 

Due to the very nature of real creativity – creating the new instead of perpetuating the old mechanical ,same’ – WE need to find those memories – this is the fuel that is necessary for our future new work.

Finding those memories, that are still nameless, unknown to us, in ourselves: the missing memories of our future. 

Video & Music from @caradusanto

1. TEARMS & CONDITIONS

PURPOSE / THEME

ALLIAGES (Contemporary Art Jewelry, non-profit organization) organizes an exhibition to be hold from January to March 2023 at ALLIAGES gallery in Lille (France) (*) and during Schmuck 2023 event in Munich, from 8th to 11th of March 2023. More destinations will follow after Munich (April to November 2023). The exhibition theme is « Missing Memories » and each artist may submit their own vision of the subject.  A paper publication will be produced at the end of the exhibition and each artist selected having participated to all dates proposed 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 a maximum of 3 finished pieces.

Artists at any level can apply (students, new graduated & established).

All propositions must be a one-of-a-kind artworks done in the last 5 years, never shown with ALLIAGES and preferably not shown in previous Jewelry Weeks events.

Applications must imperatively be sent via the dedicated form on the ALLIAGES website and must contain all requested data. 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)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE

    The deadline to apply is Sunday Nov. 6th, 2022, midnight.

    Applications sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

    Only one application per artist will be accepted (first application sent).

    APPLICATION FEE

    A fee of 15 € (fifteen) will be requested for the application (1 to 3 pieces) when the application is sent before Oct. 30th, 2022. A fee of 20 € (twenty) will be requested if the application is sent as from Nov. 1st, 2022.

    SELECTION

    All applicants will be notified by November 20th, 2022 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 gallery managed by ALLIAGES in Lille (France) from Jan. 2023 and in Schmuck 2023 event (*).

    Additional destinations may be added at a latter date, thought the participation to these new destinations is optional.

    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.

    Works presented must be original and one-of-a-kind. You may submit up to 3 completed  pieces.

    The pieces submitted can be for sell or just for exhibition (not for sale).

    IMAGE GUIDELINES

    • We require 3 different views of each piece that you are submitting: 1 main view of the entire piece, 1 back vie of the entire piece and 1 of the piece being worn to get an idea of the scale of said piece;
    • 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;
    • Each image must be 1500-2000px/side, 72dpi, 85% compression;
    • The maximum size for each image is 500kb;
    • We suggest that your work be photographed against a neutral, preferably white, background with good lighting; please avoid using flash;
    • Please ensure that your piece 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

    Please include a description of the work you are applying with. This could be about the work itself, your processes or anything you feel is relevant to the work. We ask that it be no more than 500 characters (including spaces and punctuation) and written in English

    EXHIBITION FEE

    The selected artists will pay a participation fee of 40 €uros (forty) to participate in Lille event and a fee of 45 (forty-five) for the Munich event. The fees for exhibiting at Alliages and in Munich will cover the costs of the venue hire, shipping of work between venues, promotional material (such as flyer, online advertising etc) and any other costs incurred in order to exhibit the show in both venues. This amount will include the membership to the organization during the time of the exhibition.

    Any delay in the payment implies the exclusion of the artist from the exhibition and all further destinations. All taxes or payment charges for this payment fee will be at the artist’s charge.

    If new destinations are added after Munich, each destination will have a small fee (35-45 €/each). We aim to keep these fees to a minimum to ensure that everyone who has been selected has a chance to be involved.

    WORKS PRESENTED / TRANSPORT

    The selected artworks must be delivered at least 7 days before the opening date (*). Any work received after this deadline may not be presented. The pieces 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, 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). The parcel weight cannot exceed 5 kg of total weight.

    RETURNS

    All the return will be made using the original packaging sent by the artist and via “La Poste”, the French mail-post service. Please note that they will have a tracking service but they will not be insured or have any declared value.

    The full cost of return is at artist’s expense, including mandatory incurring taxes (e.g. custom taxes) or expenses. 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.

    The organisers assume no liability or responsibility for the artist’s work(s) during any of the transportation to any destination and this during all the exhibition period (transportations to any destination are insured by Alliages at any moment).

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    As a member, each artist will be covered under the terms of the organiser’s insurance contract. All the transportations and exhibitions off-the-walls 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, Schmuck and all future organisers and structures involved during all the exhibition period.

    CONSENT

    The selection decisions are irrevocable. In being selected, it is understood thet each artist allows Alliages 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 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.

    (*) Dates schedule will be sent to the selected artists.

    (**) If pandemic rules and/or other eventual events allow.

    KEY DATES

    • Application : November 6th, 2022 midnight
    • Short list : November 20th, 2022

    SHOW DATES PREVIEWED

    • Jan-Feb 2023 : Lille (#)
    • March 8-11, 2023 : Munich  (#)
    • March-April 2023 : Lille (###)
    • April 2023 : Melting Point Valencia (##)
    • May-Sept 2023 : Lille (###)
    • June or October 2023 : Joya Barcelona (##)
    • Oct-Nov 2023 : Madrid (##)

    (#) Mandatory dates

    (##) Optional destinations with fee

    (###) Optional free of charge when the galery is available

    2. APPLICATION FEE 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 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 above. FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, THIS APPLICATION FORM MAY NOT WORK WITH SAFARI, EDGE OR CHROME BROWSERS. IF YOU EXPERIENCE ERRORS DESPITE ALL FIELDS  BEING OK, OR THE FORM SPINS FOR A LONG TIME AND THE APPLICATION IS NOT SENT, PLEASE TRY OPENING THIS PAGE UP AND APPLYING ON THE FIREFOX BROWSER.  Click here to download Firefox it if you do not have in your computer/device.


      Your name (*)

      Your email (*)

      Your website

      Your instagram

      Your facebook

      country (*)

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

      Your portrait :
      (*)

      max 500kb


      PAYMENT DATA

      Paypal payment reference (*)

      Paypal payment date (*)

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


      Your statement for this exhibition (*) max 1.000 characters, in English only please

      How many pieces will you be submitting for this exhibition ? (*)

      Please bear in mind that the pieces you will be submitting in this for are the pieces that have to be sent for the exhibition, subject to selection.

      1st work | main work (Read Image tips below or in the FAQ)

      Object main view :
      (*)
      Object back view :
      (*)
      Object being worn :
      (*)

      Captions guidelines for this piece, 500 characters max, in English (*)
      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)




      2nd work | main work (Read Image tips below or in the FAQ)

      Object main view :
      (**)
      Object back view :
      (**)
      Object being worn :
      (**)

      Captions guidelines for this piece, 500 characters max, in English (**)
      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)




      3rd work | main work (Read Image tips below or in the FAQ)

      Object main view :
      (**)
      Object back view :
      (**)
      Object being worn :
      (**)

      Captions guidelines for this piece, 500 characters max, in English (**)
      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)

      IMAGE TIPS
      We require 3 different views of each piece that you are submitting, 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

      • Images can be in any format (1:1 or 4/3), but must be 1500-2000px/side and no more 75dpi, jpeg|jpg extension.
      • Maximum size for each picture is 500kb. If your images are over this size, the form will come back with an error and your images will NOT be uploaded.
      • We recommend using software like as Photosop, GIMP, iPhoto, etc ... in order to reformat the size and weight of your images.
      • 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 ; you may use dash (-) or unerscore (_) instead.
      • We can only accept jpg/jpeg files.


      Any images that are too small, too large, not centred, blurry (not in focus), 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 and 3rd work 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.

      Do all submitted pieces need to be for sale or can I apply just to show my work ?

      The choice is yours. Our objective is to promote the art form of Contemporary Art Jewelry and share it with a wider audience. If your work is not for sale please let us know in your application. If your work is selected, we will be sure to include it in the exhibition clearly labelled as ‘Not for sale’. Equally, should you have more than one piece selected, you may choose to have some work for sale and others not. 

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

      All pieces that aren’t sold will be returned to their artist once the exhibitions are finished. Packaging and shipping may take several weeks and will be at artist expense. We will use a basic and simple postage, so should you require something more secure, please do let us know once the exhibitions are finished and we will be happy to comply 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. However, once you accept our offer, you are committing your work to be in this exhibition at both Alliages and in Munich during the Schmuck 2023 event next March. Any subsequent exhibition venues and dates will be optional and clearly communicated with each selected artist in plenty of time. Whatever the case, application fees are final and will not be refunded. If you retrieve your piece(s) after Munich, you will not be able to put them back.

      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 forst 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 (or 3) pieces. Do I need to send all pieces in the same application ? Or can I submit one piece per application ?

      We will only accept one application per artist, so please be sure to include both or all 3 pieces in your first submission. 

      I’m not sure I will be able to finish a 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.

      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.

      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 suggest that your work be photographed against a neutral, preferably 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. 

      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. If, despite making these adjustments, your image is still too heavy (more than 500 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.

      Why must I pay an application fee ? Why 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. 

      We ask that all exhibition costs (venue rentals, opening events, communications, flyers, or any other expense) be paid for by the selected artists; this allows us as organisers, to focus on promoting said artist’s work. For these reasons we are only able to promote artists who have paid these fees. All of the money collected from the application fees is used to promote contemporary art jewellery artists.

      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.

      Why are there two different application fee amounts ?

      We have 2 application fee amounts in order to spread out the number of applications received through our system. Over the years we have noticed that most applications are received over the last few days leading up to the final submission deadline; this leads to overloading the web server. In order to avoid this, we have set up a cheaper “early” application fee, which will go back to the regular application fee in the last week before the submission deadline. We hope that this will entice artists to apply a bit earlier than the final week and not overload our server.

      If your application is ready to be submitted before the fee increases, we suggest that you apply earlier to avoid incurring this extra cost.

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

      We recommend that you do.

      If you pay the early application fee but submit your application after the early application fee date, your application will not be accepted.

      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 ?

      Our initial exhibition at Alliages will be covered by the gallery’s insurance. Once we have more confirmed venues for the exhibition, we will find out what the venue’s insurance covers and advise all selected artists of our findings.

      That said, we recommend that you arrange some form of insurance for when your work is in transit (Alliages’s insurance does NOT cover transportation) as well as for when it is in other venues (should you require it).

      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(s) sent are not the same than sent as those 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 suggest that your work be photographed against a neutral, preferably 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

      • A good size for your image would be 2000x2000px. 
      • A resolution of 75dpi with a .jpg | .jpeg file, with 85% quality is enough to fit the size requirements. 
      • If your file does 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

      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 ?

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        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.

        Missing Memories question form