Announcement of the 19th Silver Triennial 2019

Ausschreibung in Deutsch

The Silver Triennial has been organized since 1965 by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (Association for Goldsmiths´ Art) and the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (German Goldsmiths´ House) to promote contemporary silversmith art. The Silver Triennial has gained worldwide recognition through national and international exhibition programs.

Theme / Material
New design ideas for hollow- and flatware are requested. Jewelry will not be accepted. Work should be submitted either for the main contest or for the youth promotion contest (participants born in 1984 and younger) and should be executed in silver. Other materials are permitted as supplements. Students and apprentices may submit silver-plated pieces. Both one-of-a-kind pieces and prototypes for serial production are acceptable.

Eligibility Requirements
Gold and silversmiths, metal artists and designers, as well as students and apprentices from Germany and abroad are invited to participate. Each participant may submit a maximum of two works, each of which may consist of multiple pieces. Collaboration between the designer and the executer is permitted. Works must be dated no earlier than April, 2016. The selected participants will be required to make their work available for the entire exhibition period. The price in euros, as stated by the participant, will be considered as the value for the insurance coverage from the time of its receipt by the organizers until its return to the designated receiver. If works are to be offered for sale, prices should be stated in euros. In case of damage, compensation will cover only the material costs and working time. Entries should be constructed so that they can withstand repeated packing and unpacking. Large objects must be packed in wooden or metal crates.
The participation fee is 50,00 (main contest), 25,00 € (youth promotion contest).

Pay to: Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V.
Sparkasse Hanau
IBAN: DE17 5065 0023 0000 0208 00


The entries will be submitted to the jury only when the participation fee has been paid.

Jury Members
Maike Dahl, graduate designer, gold- and silversmith, Hanover
Simone ten Hompel MA RCA, silversmith, metalwork, Reader in Metal, The CASS London Metropolitan University
Dr. Sabine Runde, senior custodian, curator of Applied Art from the Middle Ages to the Present, Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt.

Recorder: Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber, Association for Goldsmiths´Art, Hanau.

The jury will be select the prizewinners and the exhibition participants. The decision of the jury is final with no legal recourse.

Main contest:

1st Prize: 5.000 €   Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Prize
2nd Prize:  4.000 €   Robbe & Berking Prize
3rd Prize: 3.000 €   Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Silver Prize

Youth promotion contest:

1st Prize:  3.500 €   Lions Club Hanau Prize
2nd Prize:  2.500 €   Lions Club Hanau Prize
3rd Prize:   1.000 €   Lions Club Hanau Prize
4th Prize:       500 €   Heimerle + Meule Silver Prize

Contest procedure
The selection of the works (prizewinning and exhibition pieces) will take place during two seperate meetings of the jury, a photo-jury and an object-jury.

1. Photo-jury: The following must be received in Hanau no later than June 21, 2019:

  • Completed application form
  • Short biography (digital)
  • Printable, digital photo data of the work/s on a CD-ROM (tif or psd, minimum size 2500 x 2500 pixels, with photo copyright identification)

After the photo-jury, the selected participants will be notified and requested to ship their work/s.

2. Object-jury: The work/s selected by the jury must be received in Hanau no later than July 21, 2019.

Entries from Germany / EU countries
Entries must arrive at the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Altstädter Markt 6, D-63450 Hanau, Germany, postpaid and be accompanied by a copy of the completed registration form.

Entries from non EU countries
Entries must arrive at the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Altstädter Markt 6, D-63450 Hanau, Germany, postpaid. Each entry must be accompanied by three photos or photocopies, as well as three copies of the registration form (for customs clearance). The declaration of value must be in euros. The objects must be declared as exhibition objects, not as salable goods. The entries can be sent by mail or through a shipping company. If they are delivered by a shipping company, please be certain that they are declared as exhibition objects and not as merchandise. The German Goldsmiths´ House will take care of the customs clearance.

Awards ceremony / Exhibitions / Catalog
The awards ceremony will take place on October 27, 2019 at the German Goldsmiths´ House in Hanau. The exhibition will run through January 2020 and subsequently at the Ott-Pausersche Fabrik, Schwäbisch Gmünd, and at the Wasserschloss Klaffenbach, Chemnitz. Additional exhibition locations are being planned.

A bilingual catalog (German/English) with illustrations of the prizewinning pieces and those selected for the exhibition will be published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, to accompany the exhibition.

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Hanau, December 2018


Sincere thanks to the donors of the prizes

We sincerely thank the the following for their kindly support