THE FLYING CIRCUS, 7-14 March 2021


Jewellery • video • narrative • performance • coaching

The FLYING CIRCUS project includes:

• A 20-hour coaching workshop on jewellery, narrative, performance and video

• A gallery exhibition in Munich during SCHMUCK 2021 + Documentation

• Two Online presentations during SCHMUCK 2021 + Documentation

• A Website including participants’ selected work

• A Full page presentation in the digital and print issue #3 (Munich Special) of SM*CK Magazine coming out in February 2021

• Exhibition promotion on Klimt02 and in SM*CK Magazine

• Online promotion and sale of participants’ work

• Press kits in German and English

Application fee: free

Participation fee: 420 € / payable in two installments

Requirements: No presence in Munich required / no experience in performance or scriptwriting or video art required. The participants are expected to participate in the workshop program and to be open for new techniques and approaches.

The German government has not excluded the possibility of new lockdowns in spring 2021. This unknown factor has a negative effect on many artists’ work and planning. FLYING CIRCUS challenges participants to look at Covid-19 as an opportunity to enrich their art skills and media work. The project uses techniques such as plot-writing and comics, combining narrative and images, combinations which are extensively applied in art promotion and sales. The FLYING CIRCUS’ preparatory workshops coach participants to deepen their communication skills, in order to present their work in an exciting and outstanding manner. Over the last nine moths, we have watched many Zoom meetings and online exhibitions which did not boost the artist’s image or work. Why did this happen? Because communication must be planned, moderated, directed and aesthetically exciting. Artists need to be directors, moderators and stage designers at the same time in order to have successful online exhibitions.


Acrobats, bear tamers, horse dancers, gladiators – the joyful illusions of the circus and its characters have been a source of inspiration for artists since Roman times. The circus (= circle) also evokes the image of the persisting artist, the show man or woman who keeps performing despite existential hardships.

FLYING CIRCUS is a project that offers 15 artists an “arena” to develop work inspired by the circus – literally or metaphorically.

Artists’ videos are screened at Weltraum Gallery, while two LIVE Online presentations take place during Schmuck 2021 (Munich, 7-14 March 2021) supported by a jewellery sales program. FLYING CIRCUS challenges jewellery artists, with an online and physical exhibition, plus promotion in magazine and in “Jewels On Sale” on KLIMT02, to dance on the rope and fly with the trapeze instead of staying “locked down at home” unable to show their works – and supports them individually to enrich their art practice and reach their goals.

Combining various media – narrative, performance, jewellery and video – participating artists will present a video featuring their work as part of a plot they will develop. During two weekend workshops in January and February 2021, participants will be coached in scriptwriting, performance, presentation and video techniques. They will also receive individual consulting to address their special questions and needs.

The artists’ videos will be screened in the window of Gallery Weltraum in Munich. Each participant will be coached to present their works online in a precise, interesting, aesthetically pleasing and professional manner. Participants’ work will be shown online through moderated presentations including background information. A digital and print Exhibition Catalogue including a full page portrait of each participant and her/his work will be published in SM*CK Magazine March 2021 issue. The magazine features exclusive interviews with Schmuck 2021 and jewellery scene VIPs (Ruudt Peters, Boucheron Paris, Schnuppe von Gwinner etc.).

Artists will be offered the opportunity to sell their work via ZLR Betriebsimperium platform and Jewels on Sale of Klimt02


1. Participants’ videos will be screened in Galerie WELTRAUM during Schmuck Munich (7-14 March 2021) and promoted online through website and social media.

2. Each participant will be interviewed and his/her work and video presented online through moderated live presentations + short lectures on jewellery art.

3. A digital and print exhibition catalogue including a full page portrait of each participant’s work will be included in SM*CK Magazine’s special issue on Schmuck in March 2021.

The magazine will also feature articles and interviews with jewellery scene VIPs.

4. Participants will have the opportunity to offer their work for sale via ZLR Betriebsimperium platform and “Jewels on Sale” by Klimt02

Workshop Program (20 hours):

PART I – Sat 30 January 2021 + Sun 31 January 2021

PART II – Sat 6 February 2021 + Sun 7 February 2021

PART III – Individual coaching: Sat 20 February 2021 OR Sun 21 February 2021

Online presentation: Preview Sunday 7 March and Finissage Sunday 14 March 2021

Gallery exhibition (videos): Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 March 2021

Magazine presentation: SM*CK Magazine #3, late February

Application: E-mail bio and six pictures of your work or website plus 150 words (maximum) on your exhibition project to loukiarichards@gmx.de

Application deadline: 24 January 2021

Participation fee: 420,00 euro payable in two installments


Galerie WELTRAUM is located in Munich’s down down, close to Viktualienmarkt, and has a distinctive and loyal localclientele

The gallery operates since 1992, and was awarded the City of Munich Prize for Top 3 important venues for contemporary art in 2019.

ZLR Betriebsimperium has made a name for its interdisciplinary approach to jewellery art since the early 2010s. Its mailing list includes artists, academics, journalists, curators, institutional directors, collectors worldwide. A long experience in media and journalism, exhibition design, art teaching, communication coaching guarantees that the online presentations will enchant art professionals.

ZLR Betriebsimperium – alias Loukia Richards and Christoph Ziegler – has curated and organized six Schmuck shows – three of them have been supported and funded by the City of Munich. It has also designed and curated the international exhibition WERT/voll in Federal Agency of Environment Dessau and Grassi Museum Leipzig.

Loukia Richards has been nominated twice for the Herbert Hofmann Prize, and shows new work at Galerie Handwerk during Schmuck 2021. Christoph Ziegler has realized art installations for institutions including Skulpturen Park Berlin, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Kulturreferat Munich. His jewellery collectors include Marjan Unger, Grassi Museum Leipzig, Jeroen Redel and Sara Visbeek.


ZLR Betriebsimperium – http://www.zlr-betriebsimperium.com/projects.html

SMCK Magazine For Independent Artists – http://www.smck.org

Polemos_War exhibition website – http://www.polemos2020.tk

Sacred & Profane exhibition website – http://www.sacred-profane.tk

Saturnalia video – https://youtu.be/dpefkPDrhmg

WERTvoll open letter Schmuck 2020 – https://www.grassimak.de/museum/sonderausstellungen/wert-voll/

KLIMT02 article – https://klimt02.net/forum/articles/ihm-schmuck-2020-open-letter-christoph-ziegler-loukia-richards

KLIMT02 Jewels On Sale – https://klimt02.net/events/exhibitions/jewels-sale-klimt02-gallery-members-2nd-edition-klimt02


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