Challenge 2023 Jewelry and Travel


After all, the best way to travel is to feel.

Álvaro de Campos, in "Poemas" (free translation)


Traveling is probably one of the most enriching experiences.

Getting to know countries, people, landscapes or cities, different cultures, lifestyles, food, clothes, habits. Experiencing the world increases our awareness of being just another tiny grain of sand in this immense universe. It allows us to learn more about our surroundings and about ourselves.

We can travel alone or with company, without a destination or with maps. We can travel by car, boat, plane or train - and the way we absorb time and landscape will be totally different.

We can be tourists with scheduled guided tours or travelers with no destination or return date.

We keep records in the form of drawings, photographs, diaries… we collect memories that are as or more important than the journey itself, because they remain forever. Traveling alters our perception of time, showing us new sights, sounds and smells, opening up horizons.

We travel through unknown cities and feel that we could live there, as if we had found a friend. We surround ourselves with people who speak strange languages ​​and discover what a universal language can be. We can get lost and we may find ourselves.

But an important part of the journey can also be the return home - and how, upon returning, we feel different. And always bringing one or more adventures to tell.

Lessons of history, art or geography. Maps and suitcases, plane tickets and train schedules. Streets, squares, museums, ruins, mountain walks or the sea as far as the eye can see. Memories that we will keep forever and souvenirs that prove that the journey was real.

This year we invite artists to let themselves be freely inspired by the immense world of travel - let jewelers from all over the world take us traveling worldwide. Happy travels!  



With the main objective to show the quality and diversity of contemporary jewelry, opening its doors to the general public, Tincal lab invites every year jewelers from around the world for a Challenge: the creation of up to 3 pieces with a maximum price each, inspired by a theme.

From this Open Call launched in June results an international event of exhibition and sale of unique characteristics. The opening is at Tincal lab in November, on the date of Simultaneous Openings event in Miguel Bombarda quarter, in Porto, accompanied by the release of a catalog.

In each edition, since 2018, has been awarded the Selection of the Jury Award and two Selection of the Public Awards (voting in person and online), consisting of an exhibition at Tincal lab over the following year.

In the latest edition, in 2022, we gathered more than 200 exclusive jewelry pieces created by the 79 jewelers from 29 different countries selected by the jury from almost 200 applications.


In 2023, the ninth edition of Tincal lab Challenge launches the theme: Jewelry and Travel.

The maximum price of each piece will be of 150€.

The opening will be at Tincal lab on November 11th of 2023.



Ana Pina (Portugal) | jeweler, founder/curator of Tincal lab

Graduates in architecture (FAUP, 2004) and works in this area for some years before discovering the world of jewelry. Jeweler and gallerist, she now divides her work between her personal brand, launched in 2012, and Tincal lab, that is since 2015 an active contemporary jewelry workshop and exhibition space in the center of Porto.

In her work Ana Pina creates unique pieces or limited collections of jewels with a strong abstract and geometric inspiration.


Lara Solia Barenboim (Argentina) | winner of Tincal lab Challenge 2022 Selection of the Jury Award

Lara Solia Barenboim was born in Argentina and raised between Argentina and Brazil. She studied jewelry at Taller Eloi (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and was an exchange student at Cranbrook Academy of Arts (Detroit, United States). She attended seminars with Lori Talcott, Alberte Tranberg, Rodrigo Acosta Arias.

Currently lives and works in Buenos Aires collaborating with different fashion brands as an embroiderer. Her graduation work was shown at Galerie MARZEE (Netherlands) and her work has been exhibited at Galeria Alice Floriano (Brazil), Tincal lab (Portugal) and in the biennial Melting Point in 2023 (Spain).


Nóra Tengely (Hungary) | jewelry designer, member of the Budapest Jewelry Week organization

Nóra Tengely is a jewelry designer based in Budapest, specialized in unique or limited edition jewelry. With studies in the Haute École d’Art et de Design (Geneva) and Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Budapest), she is part of the Budapest Jewelry Week organization.

In her body of work she focus on chains, constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing, treating it as a material, searching for new functions, new forms - new concept of chain.



Presenting a price cap we intend to demystify the concept of art jewelry near the general public, to remove it from the context of the inaccessible art gallery and start a discussion towards understanding its value.

We want the price cap to be a differentiating element, but also a statement. Something that will catch the attention of the visitor.

We also aspire to allow everybody to buy a unique piece of jewelry for a relatively accessible price. This way people can get out of their comfort zones without feeling restricted by their budgets.

For the artists, this can also be an opportunity to think outside the box - to create something different, with different means or -why not - to exceptionally allow someone to have one of their pieces for an incredibly low price.

Working on a budget, without compromising quality, identity and creativity - that is the Challenge too.