Kotka Maritime Festival, Maritime Centre Vellamo present a amber-themed jewellery competition in association with the Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Museum of Horology.
The competition’s goal is to examine amber as a traditional jewellery material and to innovate novel, modern applications for the material 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 gallery of Maritime Centre Vellamo during the Kotkan Meripäivät Festival between 23 and 26 July 2020. The exhibition will last until 13 August 2020. 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 2020–2021.
The assessment will examine the designs’ uniqueness, artistic nature, crafting methods and the innovativeness of the use of amber 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.
Amber – the jewel of the Baltic Sea – is fossilised resin of coniferous trees that grew tens of millions of years ago. Amber can be found in all magnificent shades of yellow, from dark orange to bright lemon yellow. A nugget of this “sea gold” may be beautifully transparent or completely opaque. Amber may contain fossils of ancient insects that got caught in the sticky resin in time immemorial. In the past, people collected amber on sea shores where it had washed after storms due to its light weight. Nowadays amber is mined in quarries for commercial use.
The material is lightweight and, due to its softness, relatively easy to work. As a soft material, amber can be worked into various shapes, and its lightness enables the use of larger pieces in jewellery. However, in the context of jewellery, amber has been used quite traditionally, mostly by weaving it into necklaces and wristbands. As refining this brilliant material by modern means is uncommon outside the Baltic countries, one of the competition’s objectives is to break new ground for amber in the field of jewellery.
The raw material can be acquired at, for example, the Amber Trip exhibition organised in Vilnius between 11 and 14 March 2020. The exhibition offers a wide range of various qualities of amber and an excellent source of inspiration for familiarising oneself with the material.
Rules of the competition:
The competition complies with the rules stated in this document. Any conflicts shall be resolved in accordance with these rules.
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.
- Amber jewellery
The competition’s objective is to design and craft jewellery using amber. The jewellery submitted to the competition must contain amber in a freely chosen form. There are no restrictions on other 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.
The competition is organised in two stages
- The design stage begins on Friday 10 December 2019 and ends on Tuesday 11 February 2020. 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 and explain how amber will be used. 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 21 February 2020, after which the finalists will be notified of the selection, and the second stage of the competition begins.
- The final stage begins on Monday 24 February 2020 and ends on Wednesday 15 May 2020. 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 15 May 2020. 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 gallery of Maritime Centre Vellamo on 22 July 2020 which is the day preceding the Kotkan Meripäivät Festival.
- 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.
- 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 2020–2021.
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.
Prizes of the competition:
– First prize: 1,500 euros
– Second prize: 1,000 euros
– Third prize: Material prize, value 500 euros
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 prizes are sponsored by K. A. Rasmussen Oy.
- Competition period and delivery address for entries
- The deadline for delivering entries for the design stage is at 4 pm on Friday 11 February 2020. 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 email@example.com.
- The final stage ends at 4 pm on 15 May 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The jury consists of the following persons:
– Marjut Viitanen, President, Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association
– Mia Brunila, Communications Manager, City of Kotka
– Helinä Koivistoinen
– Pia Paukku, Intendant, Maritime Museum of Finland
– Wiebke Pandikow, jewellery artist
– Carina Blomqvist, jewellery designer
– Kirsti Doukas, jewellery designer
Henrik Kihlman, CEO at Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association, shall act as Jury Secretary.
- 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 24 February 2020.
The winners will be announced at the presentation of awards on 22 July 2020. The winners and other participants will be provided with information on their ranking prior to the presentation of awards.
- Returning the entries
The entries may be collected at the office of the Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association between 24 February and 8 March 2020 as agreed. Please agree on the collection of entries by email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Further information:
Henrik Kihlman, CEO, Finnish Goldsmiths’ Association
tel. +358 40 775 1085
Heli Kauhanen, Regional Artist of Jewellery Art, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland
tel. +358 295 330 876