Open Call 2019

Gioielli in Fermento 2019

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


Villa Braghieri –  May 2019

Castel San Giovanni, Piacenza, Italy


Deadline : February 22nd 2019
Opening and Award ceremony :  May 12th 2019
Weekdays by appointment until May 18th, 2018



The city of Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza) in collaboration with AGC Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, will host the 2019 Edition of the contemporary jewellery competition linked to the cultural and artistic context of Val Tidone Valley. Getting inspiration from a typical landscape of Emilia region, the curatorial project extends every year to an international dimension of its audience of passionates and experts in the field of research in jewellery.


Theme of the competition.

alla ricerca della QUALITÀ
searching for QUALITY


Artistic research is a free expression, also shared in the contemporary debate around ornaments.  This goes with a clear condition:  the pursuit of quality in experimental jewellery strongly rewards with recognition and appreciation by the public.

In a blind tasting, different palates agree on the finest characteristics of wine according to what they perceive. The quality of the tasting dominates radically on individual preferences and shows an objective feedback. An excellent wine will register a number of decisive preferences, much larger and shared than the number of all single visions.

The theme to be addressed within Gioielli in Fermento 2019, draws inspiration from this further element of observation coming from the world of wine: the unquestionable role of the quality factor.

Actually there are more and more opportunities for comparison, judgement and critique concerning the product of professional wine-makers: global competitions, highest pairing challenges, international events, tastings among enthusiasts, expert reports. Everywhere the strive for the best expression of the qualitative characteristics is crucial and goes to fulfill the final result.

I am sure that those who are involved in arts perceive the same tendency to measuring themselves against the outside world. The projects like Gioielli in Fermento introduce the challenge through confrontation and here I would like to highlight the ways to search for quality that make a work fully accomplished.

Beyond free artistic expression and investigation of a theme, I would like to lead a reflection on the current uniqueness that summarizes all the elements of evaluation (**) and turns an artistic intuition or a design project into an appreciated and desired object. The issue is to identify where a balance in qualitative terms is placed today.

Therefore, in line with the connection between wine and art jewellery, a hypothetical tasting will be evoked, together with the authentic contribution of the works selected by the jury and showcased in the next collection.

As the past years, the main focus of the competition still is inspired by the chemical phenomenon of fermentation as a metaphor to underline 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.

Artists will present an ornament for the body (***) facing the issue of quality according to their own inspiration. The unquestionable choice of the jury will respect the essence of the work and its consistency within the collection that will be put on display for Gioielli in Fermento 2019.

Eliana Negroni
Founder and director of Gioielli in Fermento


(*) unreleased : unprecedented work – the award will be contingent upon the distinguished factor of the work to be new, never seen or published before
(**) evaluation elements: balanced combination of concept, form, individual character, harmony with the body, structure, freshness in use or accuracy of making techniques
(***) body ornament: necklace, pendant, brooch, ring, earrings, other wearable ornaments (clothing excluded)


#gioiellinfermento #isjewelryart?  #fermentingjewelry #jewelleryfermentation
(tags in social networks)



Thanks to
ALLIED Group, Art Gallery PUTTILAO Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School – Firenze,
Charon Kransen Arts, Joya International Art Jewellery Fair, Klimt02 network

Città di Castel San Giovanni
(Piacenza, Italy)