Applied Art
Gemstone and Jewellery

A.i.R. - concept

The Jakob Bengel-Foundation in cooperation with the Trier University of Applied Sciences invites jewellery artists as "Artists in Residence" into the historical "bijoux and clock chain factory Jakob Bengel". They reflect the atmosphere of the factory and the omnipresent world of gemstones of Idar Oberstein in their work developed during their residency. The residency should take at least 4 and at the most 12 weeks.

The Artists in Residence obtain:

  • a free appartement
  • a studio place in the Bengel factory. The historical machinery (rollers, presses etc..) can be used.
  • In addition the workshops of the university can also be used.
  • a monthly scholarship at a value of 500 euro.

In Idar-Oberstein, being the European gemstone center, minerals and gem stones can be obtained very easily and quickly. Precious metal suppliers, tool suppliers and other relevant specialist shops are present in the region. Contact to jewel-processing companies can be initiated at any time.

It is expected that the Artists in Residence:

  • will leave a piece of jewellery for the collection of the city of Idar-Oberstein,
  • are available for a public lecture/discussion meeting as well as for a workshop in the university,
  • will have a presentation of a small body of work during their residency.
May 12, 2014