Promoting Contemporary Art Jewelry since 2009

Call for Exhibition – Until Death Do Us Part

« Until Death Do Us Part« , the new exhibition by Alliages for 2021-22

Lille (France), Munich (Schmuck 2022, Munich city center) & more destinations

THIS CALL IS ACTUALLY CLOSED

1. READ THE CONDITIONS

PURPOSE / THEME

ALLIAGES (Contemporary Art Jewelry, non-profit organization) organizes an exhibition to be hold from December 2021 to March 2022 (*) at ALLIAGES gallery in Lille (France) and during Schmuck 2022 event in Munich (March 9-12th, 2022). More destinations will follow after Munich. (**)

The exhibition theme is « Until Death Do Us Part » and each artist may submit his/her own vision of the subject.  A paper publication will be done at the end of the exhibition and the artists selected participating to all dates will have a free copy.

2. 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 (established, graduated and students). Jewels presented must be a one-of-a-kind artworks 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 will contain all requested data. Other ways to submit will not be taken into consideration. If data sent is wrong or incomplete, application will be canceled (application form below, section 3).

How to apply ? 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 this page (section 2) and then apply (section 3).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE : Deadline to apply is Sunday October 17th, 2021, 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 13 (thirteen) € will be requested for the application (1 to 3 pieces) when the application is sent before October 2nd. A fee of 18 (eighteen) € will be requested if the application is sent from October 3rd to October 17th.

SELECTION : Applications will be selected for Sunday October 24th, 2021 latest date. The artist candidates will be informed of the curator’s choice by email (both positive or negative). The list of artists selected will be published in the social medias. The selected pieces will be displayed at the gallery managed by ALLIAGES, in Lille (France) and in Schmuck 2022 event (**). Additional destinations may be added afterwards (the participation to the new destinations is not mandatory). The exhibition is curated by Juan Riusech (contemporary art jeweler, curator and founder of ALLIAGES).

ENTRY CRITERIA : The artist may present freely his vision of the theme. Free choice of media/materials/size for the jewels. Works presented must be original, one-of-a-kind and created within the last 2 years and never showed before at the ALLIAGES gallery or in Schmuck. Up to 3 art pieces can be submitted by each artist. Works can be to sell or only to show (not for sale).

3. EXHIBITION FEE

The selected artists will pay a participation fee of 35 (thirty-five) Euros to participate in Lille event and a fee of 40 (forty) for the Munich event. (why to pay). 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. All taxes or payment charges for this payment fee (bank transfer or Paypal charges) will be at the artist’s charge. If new destinations are added after Munich, each destination will have a small fee (30-40 €/each).

4. WORKS PRESENTED / TRANSPORT

The selected artworks must be delivered at least 7 days before the opening (*). Works received after this deadline might not be presented. The pieces sent in the application are those that will be exposed.

The ARTISTS have total freedom to make their artwork, however organizers may refuse to show the artworks if they are displaced in their message (e.g. discrimination, racism, hate, etc …), are detrimental to the image of association, the quality of execution is deemed insufficient or if works sent are not those presented in the application. 

DELIVERY: The artists will send or drop the artworks to their costs, including all kind of taxes and fees (ex. custom taxes). Parcel weight cannot exceed 4kg.

RETURNS: The return will be done using the original packaging sent by the ARTIST and via “La Poste”, the French mail-post service, not insured and no declared value, with tracking service. The full cost of return is at ARTIST charge, including all kind of taxes (ex. custom taxes) or expenses. The ARTIST can always recover his/her artwork at ALLIAGES headquarters (at his/her expense) or send his/her own carrier.

The organizers do not assume any liability or responsibility during transport of works.

5. RESPONSIBILITIES

As member, the ARTIST will be covered under the terms of the insurance contract of organizer. All transportation and exhibitions off-the-walls will not be covered by organizer insurance. The ARTIST can have his own insurance. ARTIST will respect the Internal Rules of ALLIAGES.

6. CONSENT

The selection decisions are irrevocable. The ARTIST allows ALLIAGES to reproduce all media and data sent for the purpose of promoting of the exhibition and its archives, in any form. Assignment of the right of media reproduction granted by the ARTIST is non-exclusive, non-transferable, unlimited territory for the distribution of reproductions.

7. MISCELLANEOUS

The communication between the organizers and ARTISTS will be in English. The ARTIST approves the exhibition conditions by simply sending his/her application.

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

(**) If pandemic rules allow.

 

DATES

Application : October 14th, 2021 midnight

Short list : October 24th, 2021

2. PAY THE APPLICATION FEE

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 :


 

3. SEND THE APPLICATION

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 (ALL FIELDS ARE OK BUT FORM SPINS FOR A LONG TIME AND APPLICATION IS NOT SENT, TRY TO SEND THE APPLICATION USING THE FIREFOX BROWSE. Click here to download it if you do not have in your computer.


    Your name (*)

    Your email (*)

    Your website

    Your instagram

    Your facebook

    country (*)

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

    Your portrait :
    (*)

    max 500kb


    PAYMENT DATA

    Paypal payment reference (*)

    Paypal payment date (*)

    Paypal email (*)


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

    How many works are you proposing for this exhibition ? (*)

    Please bear in mind that the works you are proposing in this form are the works that have to be sent for the exhibition.

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

    picture main view :
    (*)
    picture secondary view :
    (*)
    picture piece worn :
    (*)

    captions for this work, max 500 characters, in English (*)
    Caption must have next information as follows :
    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
    line 3 : techniques used
    line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)




    2nd work (Read pic tips below or in the FAQ)

    picture main view :
    (**)
    picture secondary view :
    (**)
    picture piece worn :
    (**)

    captions for this work, max 500 characters, in English (**)
    Caption must have next information as follows :
    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
    line 3 : techniques used
    line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)




    3rd work (Read pic tips below or in the FAQ)

    picture main view :
    (**)
    picture secondary view :
    (**)
    picture piece worn :
    (**)

    captions for this work, max 500 characters, in English (**)
    Caption must have next information as follows :
    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
    line 3 : techniques used
    line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)

    TIPS FOR THE PICS
    3 different views of each work are mandatory : 1 main view with the entire piece, 1 detailed or back view for the brooches & pendants and 1 with the piece worn to see the scale
    Pictures can be in any format (1:1 or 4/3), about 1500-2000px/side, 75dpi, jpeg|jpg extension.
    Maximum size for each picture is 500kb. Over this size, upload form will give an error and pictures will not be uploaded.
    You can use a software like Photoshop, Gimp, iPhoto, etc ... to work the file in order to fit format, size and weight.
    Rename the pics this way : yourname-title_x where x is the order number. Do not use espaces in the filename, use dash or underscore instead.
    Only jpg/jpeg files are accepted.
    Pics not having good naming, pics not having the good extension, pics too small, not centered or flur will not be good and proposals related will be discarted. 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 submitted, you will receive an email with the copy of the application. Check spam folder if message not received in the next half hour. If you have errors in your form, fields not correct will have the errors highlighted in red below each wrong field. Please check, correct and resend.

    If your application does not send, this means something goes wrong with your data. Some clues :
    – You don’t fill a mandatory field
    – Your pics are over sized. Please check the requirements.
    – You don’t check the last mandatory field to confirm the conditions.
    Please take the time to read well everything before sending the application.

    F.A.Q. & TIPS

    Who can participate ?

    All the artists making contemporary art jewelry, independent on their experience or diploma.

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

    Of course, exhibition is open to all, newbies and confirmed. Experience or curriculum vitae is not taken into account for the selection.

    Group applications are allowed ? Brands are allowed ?

    No, group applications are not allowed, only individual applications and with artist name. No brands or nicknames allowed.

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

    Yes, you can submit a work composed of different elements as unique work.

    Pieces presented must be on sale or I can apply just to show my work ?

    As you want, our goal is to promote and educate to Contemporary Art Jewelry. If your works are not to sell, we will include them in the exhibition just to show them. You can have also a mix of sales and not sales.

    When and how the pieces are returned to the artist ? Will I have the return done quickly ?

    Pieces are returned when exhibition ends via French Mail-post (see conditions). Return packaging may last several weeks and it will be at artist charge.

    Can I send my application other than by the form ? can I send it by email? Or via WeTransfer, dropbox, etc ?

    No. The only way to send the application is using our form, in our website. This guarantee we have all necessary information we need to consider correctly your application. Don’t forget to read carefully the instructions concerning the pictures : format, size, caption, statement, etc … If these instructions are not respected, application will not be taken in consideration.

    Can I apply twice ? I mean, I got wrong and I would like to amend my application ?

    No, we will only accept the first application. Please be careful and accurate with your send your application.

    I want to present 2 (or 3) pieces. Am I obliged to send a unique application with all the pieces ? or can I send several application with 1 piece each ?

    Only a unique application is allowed (the first application sent).

    I do not know if I will finish the pieces for the application, can I send a draft ?

    No, only finished pieces will be considered.

    About the statement, what does it means « Statement for this exhibition » ? Why to write only in English ? Why texts are limited in number of characters ?

    The « Statement for this exhibition » means how you relate the exhibition subject to the piece(s) presented. Why text must be in English ? Because if you are selected, these texts will be in a virtual exhibition and media. Having all texts directly in English from the artists give a consistency to the whole and respects the concept of each artist. The limitation of characters is also to give a consistency between all texts.

    All information in the « caption » is mandatory ? Do I have to follow the indications (line 1, line 2, etc …) or can I put captions however I want ? Why ? What happens if I don’t do it this way ?

    All captions indicated in the application form are mandatory, and in the way it is indicated :

    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
    line 3 : techniques used
    line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)

    Only the 4th line is optional, if you don’t need to inform about the copyright of the picture.

    This is to be sure information of all artists is formatted the same way for the communication. If info is not sent this way and in this order, application may be not considered.

    Why do I have to rename the pics with a specific name ? What happens if I do another name ?

    You have to rename your pics with a specific naming, this to allow us to better and easily manage your pictures. You have to rename your pics this way : yourname-title_x where « x » is the order number. Do not use spaces in the filename, use dash or underscore instead. If you do not rename the pics this way, we will be obliged to discard your application as we will not be able to find the pictures in the database.

    What does it mean exactly condition #6 and specially « Assignment of the right of media reproduction granted by the ARTIST is non-exclusive, non-transferable, unlimited territory for the distribution of reproductions. » ?

    This condition means that you allow us to use the picture and text you have sent in the application to promote this exhibition and in future communications (first sentence).

    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 in any case, ARTIST remains the owner of the picture (non-transferable) but he/she allows us to use it for communication & promotion purposes (non-exclusive).

    How to know if the quality of my pics is good ?

    First, your pieces should be photographed on a neutral, preferably white background with good lighting (avoid the flash). Be sure to choose the good lighting mode on the mode of shooting your device to avoid wrong pictures. Most cameras or photo software will tell you the size of your photo and the number of pixels (dpi) – you can find this information in the image properties. To send your application, a definition of 75 dpi and a size photos of 2000x2000px is largely enough. If, despite these adjustments, your photo is too heavy (more than 500 kb), you can easily reduce it using your usual software image or a simple program like Paint, Gimp, Photoshop, etc (« resize » and « percentage »).

    Why to pay a fee to send an application ? How to pay the application fee ? Why to pay a fee if I’m selected ?

    ALLIAGES receives no funding or support from any state or private organism and works as a collective. All costs of the exhibition (rental, opening, communication, flyers, etc …) are paid by the artists. Because its associative form, ALLIAGES can only expose their members which pay a fee. This is the reason why we ask for a modest participation to apply, and all the money collected with the application fees is used to promote contemporary art jewelry artists.

    How to pay the application fee ? Why to pay before sending the application ?

    You have to pay using the form in this page. This will connect you to the Paypal interface, where you will be able to pay with your Paypal account or any credit card. You pay before the application to allow us to better match the application with the payment. You will have to put the Paypal payment reference in a field during the application.

    Once selected, why to pay ?

    Because you become member of the organization during the exhibition period and you must pay a fee (French laws only allow us to present the work of our members). This fee covers this membership (that includes insurance during presence in exhibition based on organization contract) and all the expenses generated for the exhibition (invitations, opening, local rent, etc ….).

    How to pack my works ? Can I send my pieces by mail-post ? Where do I have to send my works if I’m selected ?

    Of course you can send by mail-post, just bear in mind that concept « fragile » does not exist in mail-post, or it is not always respected. When sending your package by mail or by carrier, it is better to take some precautions. This way your items will arrive in perfect condition to Alliages. The use of cardboard boxes, solid and in perfect condition is obviously essential. The ideal is to protect the work sent with bubble wrap in several layers and then to also provide a padding of the box either with bubble wrap or with flakes.

    Works have to be sent to ALLIAGES headquarters (Lille, France).

    Is it mandatory to have our own insurance?

    We have our insurance that covers the exhibition only in our gallery. We recommend if you have your own insurance for the different transportation done (our insurance does not cover transportation) and for the out-of-the walls exhibitions (exhibitions done out of Alliages gallery).

    What happens if work selected and sent to Alliages does not fit the selection criteria ?

    It could happen that we select a work and once received, this work does not fit with our selection criteria. This has happened a very few times and basically because technical or construction issues. In this case, work(s) will not be shown in the exhibition.

    What happens if work(s) sent are not the same than sent in the application ?

    In this case works will not be shown in the exhibition.


     

    PICTURE TIPS

    Format

    You can send pictures in 1:1 (squared) or 4/3 formats. However, if work allows, we prefer 1:1 one. Your works should be photographed on a white background with good lighting (avoid the flash). Be sure to choose the good lighting mode on the mode of shooting your device to avoid wrong pictures. Be sure work is well centered in the picture.

    Size / Resolution / Extension

    A good size is 2000x2000px. Resolution of 75dpi with a jpg | jpeg file with 85% quality can be enough to fit the size required. If file doesn’t fit the size, decrease the number of pixels, dpi or jpeg quality to fit to the required size.

    Views

    For each work presented, you must send a second view (ex. up/down or front/back) and if possible a view where piece is worn. This will help us to better see your work. For brooches & pendants, we recommend to send front & back.

    Naming

    Picture files must be named this way :

    <YourName>-<Title>-x where « x » is the view

    Example :
    – your name is « Peter Smith »
    – Title of the work is « Black Hole »
    – You send 2 views

    Your files must be named like this :

    PeterSmith-BlackHoles-1.jpg & PeterSmith-BlackHoles-2.jpg

    To separate Name/Title/x you can use dash (« -‘), underscore (« _ ») or point (« . »)

    Do not use spaces inside the name of the pic !

    Captions

    Captions must be like this :
    line 1 : jewel type, title, year
    line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
    line 3 : techniques used
    line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)

    The only optional line is the 4th line, if you don’t need to inform about the copyright of the pic

    DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ?

    Do you have a Question ?

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