DEADLINE:15 DEC 2019_WAR_OPEN CALL_Schmuck/MunichJewelleryWeek 2020.

Photo credit: Christoph Ziegler.
ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ – Exhibition project at Schmuck/Munich Jewellery Week 2020 curated by Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards.

Πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι, πάντων δὲ βασιλεύς.
War is the father of all and king of all; and some he shows as gods, others as men, some he makes slaves, others free.

ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ – pronounced: po’lemos = Greek for war – is our sixth international group show during Schmuck/Munich Jewellery Week (2015 – 2020).

Weapons, shields, helmets, armors.
Tents, banners and flags.
Altars, sacrifices, rituals, talismans.
Sounds, screams, clashes.
Crowns, decorations, emblems and signs.

Nearby or far away from us, we witness military wars, social wars, gender wars, class wars, corporate wars, office wars, family wars, trade wars, cold wars.
War is performed with special equipment; it follows its own logic, choreography, myths and values.
War can be the force behind personal achievements, change, growth or disillusionment. Following the words of Heraclitus, war can free or enslave you.

Ancient Greeks adorned their temples with war scenes: gods, titans, amazons, mortals, immortals fighting to the very end. War god Ares fathered the Amazons, the feminists of  Greek antiquity; hunt goddess Artemis initiated young girls in her mysteries of freedom and independence; gods fought during the sea battle of Salamis (480 BC) next to mortals, with goddess Demeter leading the Greeks against the Persians.

In his classic „The Art of War“ Chinese philosopher and military genius Sun Tzu writes that a general’s outmost success is to win a battle without fighting.
The year 2020 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II when civilization resisted barbarism.
Is humanity world-war-proof ever since or is the longest period of euro-atlantic concord just an illusion?

The exhibition project „WAR-ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ“ focuses on and examines rituals, symbols, objects and practices connected to real or symbolical conflicts and battles – past or present.
„WAR-ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ” aims at highlighting jewellery and art that deal with the aesthetics and concept of war, such as militarism, peace, revolution, unrest, resistance, gender, religion, illusion, forgiveness.

Artists working in the disciplines jewellery, object, sculpture, textile, fashion may apply.

The ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ exhibition project includes the following services:

• A four day group show at WELTRAUM Gallery from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 March 2020 during Schmuck 2020/Munich Jewellery Week.
WELTRAUM is Munich’s best known experimental art gallery located in the very heart of the old city close to Isartor, Viktualienmarkt and Marienplatz.
WELTRAUM has been awarded the prize of Best-Six-Off-Spaces 2019 by the City of Munich.
• Exhibition wall surface of appr. 3 m (Height) 1,2-1,5 m (Width)
• Windows available for display
• Exhibition website with artist’s work
• Communication and Press (bilingual Press Release/ English-German)
• Social media work and promotional PR
• Print- and e-invitation
• Publicity in the specialized international/national and local blogs/press
• Photo documentation
• Special Exhibition Opening
• Show organization and secretarial support.
• Curatorial services
• Individual exhibition design
• Representation (promotion – sales) in case of artist’s absence
• Artists may sell their work during the show free of provision

The show programme also includes performances and/or lectures.
Detailed terms and conditions will be stated in the exhibition project agreement.

Fee: 480 Euro payable in two installments OR 450 Euro payable in one installment

Application rules: Artists working in the field of jewellery, sculpture or object, performance, textile art and fashion may apply.
Artists may present new work they will develop between December 2019-March 2020 or existing work connected to the theme of the exhibition project.

For your application, please send us your E-mail with cover letter stating your incentive to participate in the project, including your website (no social media!) or 6-8 pictures of your work and a short bio to Loukia Richards:

We charge no application fee.

Number of participants: max. 18 artists

Application deadline: Sunday 15 December 2019

Questions? Contact:


Intensive Four-Day Preparational Workshop in Athens, Greece
Inspiration, Concept, Design, Communication
Total: 30 hours

The Workshop is chaired by Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards.

The Workshop includes

• A Concise Cultural History of Objects and Jewellery
• From Story Telling to Inspiration & Design
• Performance. Theory, development and practice
• Curated visit at the Acropolis UNESCO site. Lecture in situ on „The compatibility of politics, spirituality and art“
• Curated visit at selected collections of the National Archaeological Museum. Lecture in situ on: „Struggle, Power, Death and Jewellery“
• Curated visit at the Dafni Monastery UNESCO site. Lecture in situ on „Militant art“
• Curated visit at the Eleusina sanctuary and Museum. Lecture in situ on „Death, bliss and the mysteries of eternal return“
• Communication, PR and Promotional Strategies. Theory, examples, exercises
• Presentation (Photography tips, styling, exhibition design, social media). Examples and exercises

Workshop dates: Thu 9 to Su 12 January 2020 OR Thu 30 January to Su 2 February 2020.

Number of participants: 4-8 artists working with jewellery, object, textile, fashion, book art per workshop team.
Artists who do not participate in the „ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ“ exhibition project may apply to participate in the preparational workshop.
For details on how to apply, please contact:

We charge no application fee.

Participation fee: Participants of the ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ exhibition pay 380 Euro in two installments OR 360 Euro in one installment.
Artists who do not participate in the ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ exhibition project pay 420 Euro in two installments OR 400 Euro payable in one installment.

We offer accommodation in Athens upon request. Ask for availability!
The Athens workshop details are described in the project agreement.

Application deadline: Sunday 8 December 2019

Questions? Contact:



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