The British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) has announced the continuation of its partnership with Parlement Lycéen Européen (PLE), a network of jewellery schools across Europe.
In light of the ongoing partnership, the association will participate in the PLE’s annual jewellery design competition, whereby students from twelve European jewellery schools compete to impress the judges with their original designs.
The competition allows students to interact with peers from schools throughout Europe, and complements the BAJ’s other international initiatives, such as its involvement with the Erasmus+ Programme.
To take part in the competition, students can make a design, a piece, or both. Each participating school will select five designs and five pieces to be shown at a traveling exhibition.
The exhibition has been postponed in light of the ongoing pandemic, but will eventually resume and visit all participating jewellery schools across the UK, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Latvia.
The theme for this year’s competition is ‘The Circle as a symbol of Inclusivity and Unity’, and students are being asked to design or make a piece of jewellery that can be divided into two separate pieces or worn as one.
Entries will be judged at the PLE meeting later this year. One design and one finished jewellery piece will be selected as the competition’s winners.
Kate Rieppel, head of academy at the British Academy of Jewellery, said: “The British Academy of Jewellery’s continued partnership with the PLE offers our students an invaluable opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with students from jewellery schools across Europe.
“The theme of inclusivity and unity presented by this year’s PLE competition serves as a timely reminder of the importance of these international bonds.”