Aqua, Ambra, Aquila – Kotka International Jewellery Competition

“Message from the sea”

Kotka Maritime Festival, Maritime Centre Vellamo announces a jewellery competition in association with the Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association and the Finnish Museum of Horology and Jewellery Kruunu.

The competition’s goal is to subjectively explore messages from the sea and to interpret them into innovative novel, modern applications for the material chosen by means of jewellery design and art.

The competition is organised in two stages. The first stage is a design stage in which the participants present their designs through pictures. The second stage is the final stage in which 10 selected finalists implement their designs at their own expense.

The jewellery crafted as part of the competition will be presented at the Ruuma- gallery of Maritime Centre Vellamo from July 1st. until July 31st. 2022. The exhibition presents the finalists’ finished jewellery as well as the designs submitted to the competition through audio-visual means. The purpose is to present the entries also in other exhibitions in Finland and the Baltics over the course of 2022 / 2023.

The assessment will examine the designs’ uniqueness, artistic nature, crafting methods and the innovativeness of the interpretation of the theme in the context of jewellery.

The jewellery design competition is public and open to everyone. In addition to Finland, the competition will be marketed particularly in Kotka’s twin cities in Lithuania, Poland, and Estonia. The competition languages are Finnish and English.

Message From the Sea

The sea, this essential element for mankind. It has served as a link between nations and people, as a means of transportation and as a source of nutrition. It soothes the mind and works as an inspirator for creative minds. Now the sea is not in a very good shape, and we have a responsibility for its well being and future. Through the means of jewellery, we would like to hear and see what message the sea is sending you? Do you get inspired by its beauty and the raw materials it provides or is the state of the sea, climate change and pollution the message you hear? We are looking for these messages in shape of jewellery.

Rules of the competition:

The competition complies with the rules stated in this document. Any conflicts shall be resolved in accordance with these rules.

  1. Participants

The competition is open to everyone. In the final stage, jewellery shall be crafted based on the designs at the artists’ own expense and within the competition’s timetable.

The jewellery

The competition’s objective is to design and craft jewellery inspired by the competition theme “Messages from the sea”. There are no restrictions regarding materials.

Participants may submit a maximum of three designs to the competition. However, a single design may contain a full set of jewellery which consists of, for example, a necklace and earrings.

  1. Entries

The competition is organised in two stages 

  1. The design stage begins on January 14th. and ends March 11th.2022. In the design stage, the participants present their jewellery designs through a maximum of four A4-sized prints or drafts per design. Participants may submit a maximum of three designs to the competition. However, a single design may contain a set of jewellery which consists of, for example, a necklace and earrings. The prints/drafts can be prepared in a freely chosen manner. They may be drawings, photographs, collages, or modelled pictures etc. The designs shall clearly display the appearance of the jewellery. Participants shall enclose with the designs a sealed envelope containing their name and contact information and mark the envelope and designs with a pseudonym. The finalists will be selected after the first stage of the competition. The jury will select the finalists by March 25th,2022, after which the finalists will be notified of the selection, and the second stage of the competition begins.
  1. The final stage begins on March 26th,2022 and ends on June 3rd,2022. The selected finalists craft jewellery at their own expense and in accordance with the designs using either the selected materials or materials with similar appearance. The final stage ends on June 3rd,2022. The participants will be provided with information on their ranking in the competition prior to the presentation of awards. The awards will be presented in the Ruuma-gallery of Maritime Centre Vellamo on June 1st. where the finalists will be exhibited 1.7 – 31.7.2022
  1. Naming the entries and providing contact information

The participants shall mark their designs with a pseudonym and enclose a sealed envelope containing their contact information (name, address, telephone number and email address). The envelope shall be marked with the same pseudonym as the designs.

  1. Other rules

The entries may not have been published earlier. If the topic of an entry concerns works or parts of works subject to copyright, an account stating the origin of the used works and the permission to use the works shall be enclosed with the entry. The person submitting the entry shall be responsible for any copyright fees. By participating in the competition, the participant undertakes to allow the use of the designs in the competition exhibitions. The artists whose designs are selected for the final shall undertake to craft the jewellery for the exhibition held in Maritime Centre Vellamo. In addition, the competition organisers reserve the right to present the jewellery crafted for the final in other exhibitions over the course of 2022–2023.

The artists shall retain all rights to the entry. By participating in the competition, the person submitting their designs agrees to the regulations stated in this competition programme and provides their consent for presenting the designs in exhibitions related to the competition.

  1. Prizes

Prizes of the competition:

– First prize: Voucher NSG webshop, value 1200 €

– Second prize: Voucher NSG webshop, value 500 €

– Third prize: Voucher NSG webshop, value 300 €

The winners shall be selected by the competition jury. Under a unanimous decision, the jury may divide the prize sums in a deviating manner. The winners’ prizes are taxable income. The voucher does note entitle to purchase of precious metals.

The prizes are donated by NSG Sweden AB.

  1. Competition period and delivery address for entries
  • The deadline for delivering entries for the design stage is at 4 pm on Friday March 11th, 2022. Entries shall be delivered to the office of the Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association: Suomen Kultaseppien Liitto, Opinkuja 2, FI-02100 Espoo. The entries may be delivered by post or personally as agreed. Please agree on the personal delivery of entries in advance by email at toimisto@kultaseppienliitto.fi.
  • The final stage ends at 4 pm on June 3rd, 2022, by which the entries must be delivered at the office of the Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association: Suomen Kultaseppien Liitto, Opinkuja 2, FI-02100 Espoo. Artists selected for the final stage are notified of the selection. The entries may be delivered by post or personally as agreed. Please agree on the personal delivery of entries in advance by email at toimisto@kultaseppienliitto.fi.
  1. Jury

The jury consists of the following persons:

– Helena Paakkinen, textile artist

– Tiina Puhakka, Communications and Marketing Manager

– Tomi Purovaara, Cultural Director

– Essi Pullinen, Master of Fine Arts

– Petri Holmberg, Master Goldsmith

– Helena Pahlman, jewellery collector

Henrik Kihlman, executive director at Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association, shall act as Jury Secretary.

  1. Publication of results

The results of the first stage of the competition will be announced after the completion of the stage. The finalists shall craft the jewellery for the final stage at their own expense.

The ten finalists will be announced on March 31st,2022.

The winners will be announced at the presentation of awards on July 1st, 2022. The winners and other participants will be provided with information on their ranking prior to the presentation of awards.

  1. Returning the entries

The entries may be collected at the office of the Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association between March 26th. and April 23rd. 2022 as agreed. Please agree on the collection of entries by email at toimisto@suomenkultaseppienliitto.fi.

The entries may also be returned by post on a cash-on-delivery basis at the participant’s expense. Please agree on the postal return of entries by email at toimisto@suomenkultaseppienliitto.fi.

If the entries are not collected or their return has not been agreed by 10 March 2020, they will be disposed of by the organiser of the competition. Returning the finalists’ jewellery will be agreed upon separately.

  1. Further information:

Henrik Kihlman, executive director, Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association

toimisto@suomenkultaseppienliitto.fi

tel. +358 40 775 1085

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