Announcement of the 19th Silver Triennial 2019

The Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst [Association for Goldsmiths´ Art] invites to participate at the worldwide recognized competition.

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]. The aim is to promote contemporary silversmith art. The Silver Triennial has gained worldwide recognition through national and international exhibition programs.

Eelco Veenman, Silbertriennale

The winner of the main competition of the last Silver Triennial was Eelco Veenman from the Netherlands.

Eelco Veenman, Silbertriennale

Eelcon Veenman’s winning object The Utah Teapot of 2016. Photo Eelco Veenman.

New design ideas for hollow- and flatware as well as objects and cutlery are requested. Jewelry will not be accepted. Work should be submitted either for the main contest or for the youth promotion contest 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. The young talent competition is open to participants born in 1984 and younger.

Sanghoon Kim, Silbertriennale 2016

Sanghoon Kim won the 1st Junior Prize in the Silver Triennial 2016.

Sanghoon Kim, Silbertriennale

Fine silver Memory Droplets vessel. In this prize-winning work, the young Korean silversmith addresses images of nature and the flow of time.

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 participation fee for the main contest is 50 € and 25 € for the young talent contest.

Jury members are Maike Dahl, Hanover, Simone ten Hompel, London and Dr. Sabine Runde, Frankfurt.

Prizes for the main contest

1. Prize: 5.000 €, Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Prize
2. Prize: 4.000 €, Robbe & Berking Prize
3. Prize: 3.000 €, Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Silver Prize

Youth promotion contest:

1. Prize: 3.500 €, Lions Club Hanau Prize
2. Prize: 2.500 €, Lions Club Hanau Prize
3. Prize: 1.000 €, Lions Club Hanau Prize
4. Prize: 500 €, Heimerle + Meule Silver Prize

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.
The complete tender documents can be found at:

Photo jury: until June 21, 2019
Object jury: until July 21, 2019

  • Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V.
    Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau
  • Photo jury: until June 21, 2019
    Object jury: until July 21, 2019
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