The Association for Contemporary Jewellery


The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.


Location: UK
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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Founded as a membership association in 1997 and registered as a Limited Company in 2006, it recognises a need to foster discussion, debate and critical review and interaction amongst its members. To this end we organise conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops and an annual general meeting for our members. Our regular newsletter, findings, features reviews, information, comment, book offers and discounts and is of benefit to both our members and the wider public. We also produce a monthly e-bulletin featuring news and opportunities.

We welcome as members practising jewellers, associated designers and crafts people, educators, students, gallery owners and retailers, museum curators, critics and collectors - indeed, anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery.

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery 
PO Box 37807 London SE23 1XJ United Kingdom 
Telephone: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4201 
Fax: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4452 



• promote greater understanding of contemporary jewellery
• support jewellers’ creative and professional development
• develop audiences for this lively field of contemporary craft and design

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 14, 2014 at 8:59am
To all Course Tutors or Administrators,

Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s most exciting showcase of contemporary jewellery and silver, returns this year with a fresh look and raft of new exhibitors. Staged in London’s iconic Goldsmiths’ Hall, the event unveils latest collections from 170 leading artist-designers.

This year Goldsmiths’ Fair will host a Breakfast Talk series by leading figures in jewellery, silver and contemporary design. Our exciting line-up includes talks ranging from ‘Jewellery as an Art Form’, ‘What is Gemmology?’ to ‘Hallmarking’, ‘Fashions in Pearls, Past and Present’ and many other subjects in precious metals, craftsmanship, and design. Please see our website, or the PDF attachment, for a full schedule of speakers:

For students on any jewellery, metalwork or creative course, these talks will provide an invaluable teaching resource and informative insight into these fascinating subjects.
For Course staff and students (with valid student ID), we can offer a half price discount on the £20 Breakfast Talk ticket price. This £10 ticket price will also include entry to the Fair for one week.
All Talks start at 9.30am and will finish at 11am, at which point the Fair will open to the public.

I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to your student networks. If you would like to take up this offer please email me directly (rather than booking on the website) with a list of those wishing to attend.
Payment can be made on the morning of the talk (cash, card or cheque accepted). Spaces are limited!

Thank you for help in promoting this offer,


Joanne Dodd
Fair and Events Manager
T: +44(0)20 7606 7010 ext 2044
T: @GoldsmithsCo

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2014
Week One: 22 – 28 September
Week Two: 30 September – 5 October
CLOSED 29 September
11AM to 6.30PM
Thursdays open late until 8.30PM
Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 14, 2014 at 8:57am
Shine @ The Goldsmiths' Centre
12 Sept – 24 Nov 2014

Shine 2014 turns the spotlight on the exciting design talent currently emerging from the Goldsmiths’ Centre. The exhibition showcases extraordinary craftsmanship in goldsmithing, silversmithing and jewellery design in a stunning venue. The exhibition features award winners / bursary recipients from The Goldsmiths’ Company and traces the journey from early training pieces to masterpieces by artists now establishing their own businesses. Admission Free / Mon - Fri: 9am – 6pm; Sat: 10am – 4.30pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 14, 2014 at 8:56am
Science for Society

Every year since 1991 the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity has organized one week courses for secondary school science teachers to give them ideas and inspiration for future lessons. This summer, Science for Society courses covering particle physics, maths, astrophysics, sustainable energy, genetics and material science were held at universities including Bath, Cambridge, Brunel and QMUL. The particle physics group also enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland (pictured).
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 14, 2014 at 8:53am
Running art workshops
Brenda Burgess is an artist and sculptor who runs art workshops for children at Leeds Castle and various schools in Kent. She spoke about her career journey and shared advice for earning an income from art.

Brenda's work with children takes her into schools, heritage sites and museums.
Earning a living from art
"My job is split into two areas. One is creating and making. I work as an artist and portrait sculptor, often to commission. My other role is as a schools arts workshop leader and educational specialist. I have a resident role at Leeds Castle in Kent which has allowed me to expand and explore whilst still retaining the freedoms of being self-employed.

"It can be anything from travelsick children to peacocks wandering in."
"Before the birth of my eldest son, who's now an adult, I was a social worker. In my role with schools, it's amazing how useful that has been.

"Working as an artist has taken a lot of hard work, commitment and careful planning. Other forms of work often would have been easier.

If I were to start again, I wouldn't have worked in a bank when I first left school. I did it for 18 months, on my parents’ advice. I think I should have taken my education further at that point, instead of doing it later. But it made me realise what I didn’t want."

Leading an art workshop
"A day as a workshop leader can be exhausting and exhilarating in equal parts. I do this two to three days per week, depending on bookings.

"If I'm at Leeds Castle, no day is ever the same – no two sets of children are! A usual day would involve working with up to 140 children split into four one-hour groups. It's non-stop.

"I have designed the workshops with the key stage of the children and their core curriculum in mind, so they get an in-depth art experience whilst with me.

"In this job, you can expect to deal with anything, from travelsick children to peacocks wandering into the classroom and refusing – very noisily! – to leave.

"Leeds Castle has been awarded a prestigious Sandford Award for its education programme. I also work with other organisations such as Kent County Council, museums, charities, and schools (public and private).

Occasionally I work in a consultancy capacity. Other days I work on my portrait commissions. I find that one side of my work balances the other very well."

Building creative business skills
"I think that this is an industry where the work really talks to the soul, and that's why it's so difficult to get into.

"Take a business course as soon as you can. If this is going to be your life, you have to make it work as a business."
"The crucial piece of advice I'd give anyone wanting to get into it would be to take a business course as soon as you can. If this is going to be your life, you have to make it work as a business."

"I hope to keep expanding the education programme at Leeds Castle, along with expanding my consultancy work and increasing my profile as a portrait artist.

"It would help me if I could learn how to do without sleep, but as I can’t, time management becomes an important skill.

"Training, skills, contacts, networks, and professional development are all important throughout your career – and luck!"
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 11, 2014 at 4:33am

ReUCA Re-use and re-imagination for a more sustainable future
12.00 - 13.30
24th September 2014
Committee Room A
University for the Creative Arts

We have grown-up in a Linear Economy where the industrial processes of ‘take, make and dispose’ have driven economic growth and shaped our consumer lifestyles. The Linear Economy is not sustainable and with the costs of waste, materials and energy increasing globally it is clear that there needs to be radical change by business and civil society to enable the transition to a more Circular Economy, where waste is reduced or entirely eliminated. Designers and entrepreneurs have a key role in this process.

ReUCA is a lunchtime workshop that will highlight current research from The Centre for Sustainable Design ® on the role that Grassroots Innovation, Makers & Fixers and Community Workshops may have in a new post-consumer, more sustainable approach to production and consumption.

ReUCA will also introduce two exciting new initiatives: ‘Theatre of the Imagination 2’ that will have an explicit focus on Circular Economy thinking related to the reuse and transformation of waste into new concepts, products and art works; and the Farnham Repair Café, which plans to provide a free meeting place for people to network and gain help and advice on product repair and modification.

    Registration & networking (please bring your own sandwich lunch)
    Grassroots Innovation & the Circular Economy
    Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, School of Craft & Design, UCA
    Global Research on Community Workshops; Repair Cafés & Hackerspaces
    Scott Keiller, Project Manager - FUSION, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA
    Theatre of the Imagination 2
    Bob Pulley, Head, School of Craft & Design, UCA
    Farnham Repair Café
    Rob Simpson, Transition Town Farnham
    Ben Smart, Interior Design, UCA
    Open discussion

Fees & Registration

There is no charge for this event. Please email Ros Caruthers: to register your interest to attend.
Map & Directions

Please refer to the map at
Social networking

Use the social networking share buttons at the top to tell your colleagues and networks about the opportunity. If you're tweeting you may want to copy in the following: @mcharter1

For any further UK enquiries please contact:
Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
University for the Creative Arts,
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892772

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 1:44pm

COLLECT Open is a unique opportunity for individual artists to show at the Crafts Council's COLLECT fair at the Saatchi Gallery in May 2015

In 2015, COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects will once again occupy all three floors of the Saatchi Gallery from 8 - 11 May.

Alongside commercial galleries from across the globe, COLLECT offers an unique opportunity to individual artists or those working collaboratively, through COLLECT Open.

COLLECT Open, whose predecessor Project Space has been a rich addition to the fair since 2011, encourages artists to show work which challenges traditional perceptions of craft and design.

Previous exhibitors include; Laura Ellen Bacon, Elizabeth Callinicos, Matt Durran, Jilly Edwards, Louise Gardiner, Paulo Goldstein, Cleo Mussi, Hormazd Narielwalla, Freddie Robins, Daniel Widrig; and collaborations from Ptolemy Mann and Lubna Chowdhary, Sebastian Bergne and Sophie Smallhorn, Min Jeong Song and Wonseok Jung.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 1:42pm
Making Space is inviting artists and makers to submit work responding to the theme of ‘Vessels’ for a curated show.

Up to 3 submissions welcome per application.

Non refundable entry Fee – £5 per person.

Please download the forms below for more information and the application forms.

Word Doc. Application Form

PDF Application Form

(The Application forms are available as a Word Doc and a PDF. If you have any difficulty downloading them please email or and we can email them over)

Please make sure you read the information on the Application Form clearly as further information is explained.

The initial selection will be made from images so please ensure you send us some high quality images along with your application forms which clearly show the piece of work and an explanation as to why your work fits the theme of Vessels.

If your work is selected we will be in touch to ask you to arrange delivery by 10 October at the latest.

Submissions welcome between Monday 1 September and Monday 29 September 2014.

20% commission taken on any sales.

There will be a Private View on Friday 24 October from 6.30pm.

The show will be open to the public from Monday 27 – Friday 31 October 2014, 10am-4pm each day. Free Entry.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 1:06pm
The Art of the Ring
August 21 - September 30, 2014

The ring has been an enduring symbol of status,power and adornment throughout the world and a source of inspiration for artists from antiquity to the present. The Art of The Ring showcases the extraordinary vision and creativity of artists, including internationally known masters in their field as well as younger and emerging talents, exploring the superb possibilities of the ring form.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 12:59pm

Helfa Gelf /Art Trail, North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event

  • Extended Open Access
  • Saturday 6th and 20th September 2014
  • 11am – 5pm

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Print Centre will be taking part in this year’s Helfa Gelf /Art Trail, North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event which invites everyone to visit artists at work in their studios.

As part of the project the Regional Print Centre is opening on Saturday 6th and 20th September 2014 between 11am and 5pm.

Please come along to visit the studio, see the facilities, meet our members and see their work. Artwork will be on sale and available directly from Centre members who will be working in the space throughout the day.

For further details visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 12:57pm
We just wanted to remind you not to miss out on the 26th September deadline for the 2015 Surface Design Awards. That’s just 3 weeks away!

We had 112 entries this year from 11 different countries - a 25% increase over 2013. The winners and finalists are all highlighted on our website: All their projects received huge media coverage.

This year’s judging panel is co-chaired by Sarah Featherstone of architect’s Featherstone Young and FX Magazine’s Editor, Theresa Dowling. Their judging colleagues will be: Ralph Courteney, Jonathan Dunn Architects; Nicola Osborn, MoreySmith; Adam Richards, Adam Richards Architects; Annalie Riches, Riches Hawley Mikhail; Maria Smith, Studio Weave and Sharon Stammers, Light Collective

Entering the Awards is not complicated and there is no charge!

Don’t miss out…,2RRIP,BBDGGJ,A30R8,1

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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