main prize
audience award


Contest title: ANIMALS!

Organizer: Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, Firenze , Italy

Contest goal: to integrate young jewellery makers from different countries, enable them to cooperate and interact, become familiar with the newest trends and to compare their achievements.

Contest guidelines: images and illustrations of animals, both real and fantastic, have always featured in the creation of jewellery, in all historical periods and all civilisations, and even in contemporary culture.

Religious symbols, or signs of belonging to a caste, clan or tribe; amulets or simply decorative objects ... As in all other forms of art, the naturalistic, symbolic or stylised reproduction of animals of all kinds has always represented one of the most effective ways of expressing concepts, feelings, ideals of strength, elegance, delicacy, beauty ..

The figures of animals and their symbolic representations play a leading role within the most distant and diverse cultures of different races.

Jewellers who want somehow to represent an animal in a way that is not banal have to exploit both technique and imagination to obtain an effective result.

What we're looking for is originality, freshness, fantasy, surprise and ingenuity so as to create a show of very special objects.

Contest criteria: Single items or sets can be entered into the contest, which function as jewellery, or as object. Contest works can be created by any hand technique, and participants may use any kind of material.

Works will be graded per the quality of items, as well as per the aesthetic value and innovativeness of the form.

Jury and the awards:

The organizer plans to determine a first prize (winner) and 2 distinctions (1 for the best work for the Le Arti Orafe, 1 for the work from Antidotum Workshop).

Main prize - 1 kilo of 999 silver offered by the sponsor

Distinctions (one distinction prize for each school): Tools Kit offered by the sponsor

Awards will be handed to the winner personally on the day of announcing the contest results, or at their request - by mail.

The organizer reserves the right to distribute the awards differently.

The jury's verdict is final, no legal action can be taken. Till the time of the official announcement, the verdict is secret.

Conditions for participating in the contest: all students and graduates of Le Arti Orafe and Antidotum Workshop can participate in the contest.

Each school could take part with maximum 35 works.

Each participant can enter maximum of 2 works (sets of works). Group works are allowed, but only if group members are students or graduates, as above.

A condition for accepting work into the contest is sending it before the date given below along with an entry form, filled out and signed by the participant and authorised by the school, as well as providing photographic documentation of the work on a CD disc (min. one "pack shot" type photo, on white background, in " JPG" or " TIF " format, adapted for offset printing, MINIMUM resolution 300 dpi, minimal width 1000 pixels). Works should be delivered in packaging with guarantees their safety during transport and storage.

The organizer take the responsibility for the sent work from the moment of receiving till the moment of sending them to the school that will organize the following exhibition.

Responsibility is limited to the amount of the cost of materials used to create the work, as determined in the entry form.

The works will be returned to the authors after the end of post-contest exhibition.

Contest schedule: works should be send to the organizer, at the following address:

LAO srl
Via dei Serragli 104
I-50124 Firenze

before February 15 th 2010.

Announcement of the contest result will be on 15 of April, 2010, while the exhibition in Firenze will take place in 26.06.2010. More detailed information regarding the exhibition in Florence will follow as soon.

Post-contest exhibition, organized by

Antidotum will take place in 11-13.06.2010 at Jubinale Fair (Cracow).

Contest brochure: Each participant will receive 2 copy of the contest brochure. 5 copies will be send to the Antidotum.