Friday, 29 September 2023 14:48

OPEN CALL: 32nd International Jewellery Competition EMPATHY


EMPATHY became the next theme of the 32. International Jewellery Competition, the main event of the Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER 2024.

The competition has been organized by the Gallery of Art in Legnica since 1979 (initially as the National Review of the Goldsmiths Forms). It is one of the oldest initiatives to promote contemporary artistic jewellery in Europe, supporting creative explorations within a niche field at the intersection of art, craft and design.


 Artists from all over the world, goldsmiths, designers, professional and amateur jewellery makers are invited to participate in the event. Each year the competition is held under a different title referring to important, universal problems and issues from the spheres of broadly understood art, culture, sociology or media. This time we would like to invite artists to discuss EMPATHY in jewellery. The competition is artistic in nature, and the organizers leave artists full freedom of choice of techniques and materials.

Each year, nearly 200 artists from about 30 countries around the world apply to participate in the event. The distribution of awards and the qualification of works for the exhibition is decided by an international jury consisting of renowned artists, professors, critics, experts and jewellery collectors. The works rejected by the jury are traditionally presented during the Festival in the Old City Hall, so that the audience has the opportunity to compare their own opinions with the jury's verdict.

Participation in the competition is free – participants only cover the cost of shipping and returning the works.





Jewellery – an object belonging to the set of non-essential objects - if it appears in the field of vision, it inevitably absorbs attention, forces observation, interpretation, contemplation. It is selfish. Or at least it is often so.

Meanwhile, contemporary designers (of all kinds) constantly emphasise the need for sustainable design, the necessity to redirect attention to the understanding of user's needs, expectations and nostalgia, the perspective of user's experience, the criteria of indispensability, social and ecological responsibility.

These contradictory perspectives (historical and current) intersect quite rarely, but it is exactly in this common area that solutions are likely to emerge; solutions that we not only notice but also remember.

Jewellery – an object that sends a message difficult to miss – can also be, in a special way, a generator of dialogue, focus, attention, concentration, empathy.

Not an easy assumption in the age when superficial impulses, intense visual stimuli and stylistic excesses supported by increasingly sophisticated AI algorithms abound.

Feel welcome to creatively reflect on the function, essence and meaning of contemporary jewellery from the non-egoistic perspective of an artist who understands the needs of a demanding audience.


Prof. Sławomir Fijałkowski



Empathy is that unique sensitivity and openness to the world that underlies artistic creativity. It is the care that the artist, the creator, the designer directs towards their work, their creation, the object, the being that s/he brings to the world. It is also their forbearance towards the audience, defined as the world external to the object itself and the environment in which it will live its own life. It is, finally, the "readiness for", the trust and understanding that the viewer bestows on the author and their work.

Production, merchandise and shopping become personalised. This brings designer jewellery closer to the status of a work of art – a unique object-subject, a medium that, unlike the effects of mass production, is unique, one-of-a-kind in the whole world. Medium that is perceived by original and unique individuals, each of whom constitutes a unique combination of genes, neurons, cells, bacterial flora, chromosomes, hormones, personality traits and emotions, as well as ways of internalising the world – the result of individual experiences and circumstances.

Art without empathy is not art but production. A creator (or rather manufacturer) devoid of it is only an egoist or a madman. A non-empathic addressee will not become an open viewer. Each message and each reception will become a separate story, provided they exist in an empathetic universe.  

Do we understand jewellery? Do jewellery and its makers feel understood? What and on what topic would they like to tell us, how would they speak to us by giving us a work of art, a product, often a commodity? What would they like to tell us with their jewellery? What can we learn from it and about it?


Justyna Teodorczyk, PhD



The entry form, together with a confirmation of the transfer for the return of the shipment (price list in the regulations), should be sent to the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The works, together with the printed completed entry form, should be sent to the address:


The Gallery of Art in Legnica

Katedralny 1/1

59-220 Legnica


mob. +48 535 600 599


The deadline for sending works is January 20, 2024.


Post-competition exhibition will be presented in the frame of the Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER in the Gallery of Art in Legnica from April to June 2024.


The culmination of the Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER and the announcement of the winners will take place on May 10-11, 2024.








Due to difficulties with accessing the site in some countries, the open call and downloadable documents has been published on Klimt02 >> HERE.



Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER

Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.