Call for applications | 19th Silver Triennial 2019

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 euros (main contest), 25 euros (youth promotion contest).

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

More information about the method of payment.

Jury members

  • Maike Dahl, graduate designer, gold- and silversmith, Hanover
  • Simone ten HompelMA 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 euro Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Prize
  • 2nd Prize: 4.000 euro Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Prize
  • 3rd Prize: 3.000 euro Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Silver Prize

Youth promotion contest:

  • 1st Prize: 3.500 euro Lions Club Hanau Prize
  • 2nd Prize: 2.500 euro Lions Club Hanau Prize
  • 3rd Prize: 1.000 euro Lions Club Hanau Prize
  • 4th Prize: 500 euro 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


21 juni 2019


Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst en Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau


25 euro | 50 euro

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