Monday, 09 October 2023 10:33

QUALITY exhibition in the Academic Design Center


After the premiere show in Legnica, the 31st International Jewellery Competition began an tour of museums, galleries and events dedicated to contemporary jewellery. Łódź (Poland) became the next venue for the presentation of the QUALITY exhibition. The works are on display at the Academic Design Center (Księży Młyn 13/15) from December 8, 2023 to February 7, 2024.

We invite you to the opening on December 8 at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be part of the ART&DESIGN 2023 Festival – IM_MATERIAL.



The cyclical International Jewellery Competition is the leading event of Legnica SILVER Festival, organised by Gallery of Art in Legnica since 1979.

The competition is dedicated to designers and creators of artistic jewellery. It promotes creative explorations within jewellery and, at the same time, creative expressions on the problems of contemporary world. The theme of the current edition of the Competition is QUALITY. What is quality nowadays? Is the growing awareness of consumers based - as it used to be - on an assessment of craftsmanship and the market value of bullion? Or is it drifting towards a concern for the welfare of the planet, a broader reflection on the maker's intentions and the relationship with the client? The material of goldsmithing is increasingly becoming the idea itself, which takes the shape of objects with a variety of styles that enter into a dialogue with the viewer. If the artist's message becomes more important than the formal aspects of  jewellery, what is the ideological background? Are there, therefore, specific material manifestations and aesthetic determinants that define the quality of an artistic statement?

317 works by 189 artists from 30 countries have been submitted in response to the Competition open call. The jury selected works by 40 artists from 16 countries for the main exhibition.



In times of constant change, at least one thing about jewellery seems unchangeable. It is the quality parameter. However, is quality today still defined by the long-learned perfection of craftsmanship, the material equivalent measured by the conversion rate of an ounce of gold or the use of precious stones, or perhaps the marketing value of the logo or the artist's signature? First fashion designers and now all designers in general have re-evaluated the meaning of basic concepts that once seemed paradigmatic. The new benchmarks that set the quality standard are sustainability, experience instead of possession, the democratisation of luxury, the relationship with the viewer. Surely, creators of designer jewellery will find equally inspiring answers. What is QUALITY for you?


prof. Sławomir Fijałkowski


Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER

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