The Legnica International Jewellery Competition is the main event of the Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER, organized by the Gallery of Art since 1979. The competition has opened character and is addressed to all artists, who have a task to submit works which are characterized by an original creative idea and high artistic and technical level. Idea, worth and sense of the artistic statement are prefered. The submitted works are qualified by an international jury. This year theme of the competition is SILVER. The competition is organized under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.



Pretext is always important.

A pretext for making a decision, for creative engagement, for revealing one’s opinion.

Proposing competition slogans / topics /reasons, every year we searched for such pretexts, hoping that they would become a source of inspiration, irritation, interference – for authors, recipients, observers.

In recent years we have reflected together the importance of rituals (2012), the social and personal justification of revolt (2013), the canon of the classic (2014), barriers and transgressions that form boundaries (2015), the phenomenon of the city (2016), components of cultural identity ( 2017) and finally the phenomenon of illusion in art (2018).

This year we decided not to look for a pretext or an excuse. It materialized on its own (though it have been with us constantly since 1979 - for the entire 40 years of the history of Legnica silver festivals and exhibitions of design jewellery). And that's why it's still so important to us.

SILVER / Argentum

A subject that calls for a return to the sources, focus, patience and attention, perfection of execution, a reinterpretation of the term "noble metal" - in its material, chemical, historical, mercantile, cultural or symbolic value.

Prof. Sławomir Fijałkowski




Herman Hermsen - Dutch jewellery designer and educator, graduate of the Academy of Art and Design in Arnhem, professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany, guest lecturer at universities in Europe, the USA and Asia;

Andrzej Szadkowski - professor at the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódz and the Łódz University of Technology, the creator of the Department of Jewelery at the Faculty of Clothing of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, juror of jewellery competitions - national and international;

Sławomir Fijałkowski - professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (Experimental Design Laboratory), graduate of the Łódź Academy of Fine Arts - Designing of Jewellery and post-graduate studies at the Hochschule für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung in Linz, Austria;

Ann-Kathrin Hartel - German artist, goldsmith, graduate of Staatliche Zeichenakademie in Hanau and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, from 2018 she has been an assistant curator of Ruudt Peters at the exhibition "21 Gram";

Carolin Denter - German artist, graduate of the Master School of Crafts in Kaiserslautern, 2013 and the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Campus in Idar-Oberstein), 2017, works at writing about contemporary jewellery;

Tabea Reulecke - German artist, goldsmith, graduate of the University of Trier, Faculty of Idar-Oberstein, conducts numerous workshops, including in: Germany, Belgium, Estonia, China, Thailand, Chile and Brazil, and lectures at many art colleges.


From among 383 works submitted by 190 artists from 33 countries, to the exhibition qualified works of 37 artists, mainly from Europe but also from Israel, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan.


List of qualified



The Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER is the most important event organized cyclically by the Gallery of Art in Legnica. Every year we present individual and collective exhibitions as part of the festival, including: The Legnica International Jewellery Competition, About the Artists (a cycle of retrospective presentations of distinguished personalities in jewellery art from Poland and abroad), Silver Schools (a cycle presenting the artistic oeuvre of jewellery art schools from Europe, their professors, graduates and students), Debuts (a cycle presenting pieces of young Polish artists, who just start their activity in the field of design and art), The Boundaries of Global Art (a cycle of science sessions devoted to the newest art, goldsmithery and design) and happenings and concerts.


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Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER 2020