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Call for Entries: ALCHEMY 9.2.5 the “LOVE” Design Challenge

Exhibition Venue: ALCHEMY 9.2.5
48 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA. 02478
Exhibition Dates: Feb 3rd – March 3rd, 2018
Charitable Donation: a portion of the proceeds of all exhibition sales will go to the Toolbox Initiative,

  1. Proposal: “LOVE”
    Join ALCHEMY 9.2.5 for the “LOVE” Design Challenge
    How do you define love? Romantic love, enduring love, unrequited love, first love, secret love, parental love, universal love? This Valentine’s Day Show will explore the many facets of the concept of love and its complex emotions. Express your love by creating a piece of wearable jewelry for our first design challenge using the designated kit (assembled by Halstead). An exhibition of 30 juried pieces will be on display at ALCHEMY 9.2.5.

  2. Application:
    •Deadline for entry submission: December 4th, 2017
    •Send a document with name, email, phone number, and 3 photos of the finished piece (one full image and 2 detailed shots, no objects in background) via DropBox (preferred) or email to

  3. Application Fee:
    •A $39 application fee covers ALCHEMY 9.2.5’s design challenge KIT (assembled by Halstead) and shipping within the US.
    • kits may be purchased from ALCHEMY 9.2.5. See: for information
    •If you have any questions about the kit, please inquire via email prior to sending in fees.
    •No additional fees are required after the purchase of kit.

  4. Kit Contents (kit to be purchased from ALCHEMY 9.2.5 from August 1st –September 1st, 2017 for $39, visit our website for information,
    Leather Cord Necklace 24”
    Sterling Silver Chain, 18”
    Sterling silver sheet, 22g, 1x3 inches.
    Copper sheet, 24g with cross hatch texture. 1x6 inches.
    Copper sheet, 20g, 3x6"
    Copper wire, 16g, 2 feet
    Sterling silver heart. 25mm x 11mm
    Set of 3 sterling silver heart charms.
    Sterling silver wire, 20g, 2 feet.
    Sterling silver bead wire, 14g, 8 inches.
    •Kit price: $39 (includes shipping)

  5. Challenge Specifications:
    • Accepted entries must be for sale during the exhibition.
    •Create a piece of wearable jewelry from the carefully selected design kit (assembled by Halstead) utilizing as many components as possible (minimum 50% of kit items should be used in final work.) Artists are permitted to add one found object OR one gemstone.
    •Size restrictions: Maximum: 4 x 4 x 1 inches, with exception of neck chains or cords.
    •Retail price max. $500 (higher priced work will not be considered for exhibition!)

  6. Jurying Process/ Prizes:
    •The jurying process ensures that the work submitted is of the highest quality and follows the curatorial mission outlined in the proposal. Craftsmanship, dedication to the concept of the show, diversity, intrigue and interpretation of the call will be considered.
    • Prizes. Three winning artists will be given the opportunity to have a collection of their work featured in a future exhibition at ALCHEMY 9.2.5. in early 2019. Exact date to be determined.

  7. Jurors: ALCHEMY 9.2.5 co-owners Kirsten Ball and Munya Avaigail Upin, and artist Matthieu Cheminée.

  8. Eligibility:
    •This exhibition is an open call to all metals and/or jewelry artists but is limited to those living and working in the USA. •Unfortunately, we cannot accept international applications.

  9. Ownership/Sale:
    •Finished work is owned by the artist until sold.
    •All work submitted must be for sale!
    ●Unsold pieces may be picked up after the exhibition or will be returned via USPS at the gallery’s expense.
    ●Sales of accepted work will be divided as follows (brick and mortar and online sales):
    50% of retail price goes to the artist.
    45% of retail price goes to ALCHEMY 9.2.5
    5% of retail price will be donated to: The Toolbox Initiative.

  10. Shipping and Insurance:
    • Artists are responsible for cost of shipping and insurance to ALCHEMY 9.2.5. Deadline for arrival of shipment at gallery venue is Jan. 23rd 2018. Ship to:
    ALCHEMY 9.2.5,
    48 Leonard Street
    Belmont, MA 02478
    •Artwork is insured at wholesale price while on gallery premises and during return shipment.

  11. Exhibition Contracts
    •Acceptance into the exhibition constitutes a contractual agreement between the artist and the gallery under which the artist agrees to adhere to all important dates.
    •Contracts will be sent to accepted juried artists at a later date

  12. Important Dates:
    •Kits may be ordered between August 1st-September 1st, 2017. First come first served. Only 100 kits available!
    •Deadline for entry submission: December 4th, 2017
    Send a document with name, email, phone number, and 3 photos of finished piece (no objects in background, one full image and 2 detailed shots) via DropBox (preferred) or email to
    •Artist Notification of exhibition acceptance: January 9th, 2018
    •Delivery to Exhibition: On or before Jan. 23rd 2018.
    •Exhibition Dates: Feb 3rd – March 3rd, 2018

  13. Inquiries:
    Please direct all questions to Munya or Kirsten at or call 617-484-9250

1 Like

Sad, very sad, that you’re limiting it to USAan people. The world is out there and we the out there, should be included. In fact we " the out there" are in fact a majority.

"No International Applications!"
I would say USA is in the ‘minority’ on Ganoksin these days. In reference
to my emailing essays, I have sent them out to over 20 countries. To keep
these entries to only USA is not a good idea, actually it is a very poor
My “Guinness World Record” would even be then rejected, just because I’m
Canadian! *I ask the jury to go over their ruling again. *You will get many
disappointed ‘budding artists’ who want to get their names & designs

Gerry Lewy
Toronto, Ontario.

We would love to include everyone but we were advised to restrict the design challenge because of legalities. We will check into this and get back to you ASAP. We by no means want to be exclusive. Thanks for your patience.