The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 77
Latest Activity: 5 hours ago

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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• 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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Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: info@poppyporter.co.uk. or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Jewellery Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels 5 hours ago
Assistant retail manager
Join this highly creative team, helping to ensure the smooth running of all day to day operations
£18-22k p.a. according to age and experience
Application deadline: August 31st 2015
We are looking for an Assistant Retail Manager to join its highly creative team, helping to ensure the smooth running of all day to day and customer-facing operations in our award winning 3000 sq.ft. luxury retail destination in the Hertfordshire countryside.

The role will suit you if you are looking to take the next step in your retail career and interested in extending beyond straightforward retail sales, into areas of responsibility such as maintaining luxury showroom standards, visual merchandising, managing our hospitality area (coffee & cakes) and assisting with marketing efforts surrounding the customer experience and relationship management etc.

You'll be customer focused and sales driven: although footfall is not extensive, the bespoke nature of the business means you'll be offering an exceptional level of service to each and every customer.

In addition, there will be line management duties as you will have a small team of studio support staff as a direct report, so experience of team management would be a bonus.

The ideal applicant will have a retail /sales background (preferably in the luxury arena). Visual merchandising experience / ability is strongly favoured. He/she will be a stickler for detail and committed to exceeding customer expectation at every point. They will be one of the first point of contact for the company and, as such, must have high standards of personal presentation, be outgoing, confident and an excellent communicator.

Salary band: £18-22k p.a. according to age and experience

Hours: 9.30am – 6pm, 5 days per week (to include Saturdays)

Send a covering letter and CV to recruitment@hkjewellery.co.uk

Contact details
recruitment@hkjewellery.co.uk
https://www.hkjewellery.co.uk/
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 5 hours ago
Hello All,
I am writing to let you know that although two of my three fall home classes are full, I do have a few seats left in the Carved Bracelet with PMC Adornment class from Oct 2-5. This class combines creating and carving polymer bracelets with ring making techniques for a range of PMC adornments. There is more information on the website: http://www.celiefago.com/carved-polymer-bracelets.html

Please email me to hold your spot in the class.

I hope to see you!
Warmly,
Celie
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 5 hours ago
In 2006 we started to being totally dedicated to SIERAAD, based in Amsterdam. For the participants this results in an increase in sales of 33%. And many many more visitors. The first anniversary of the fair was celebrated with the launch of some new traditions: the thematic international design contest New Traditional Jewellery and presentations by the jewellery design sections of international art academies.
Since 2008 the Fair takes place in a Gasholder on the Westergasterrein: our Jewellery Art Fair in a jewel of a building. Participants, there are well over 70 stands, are inspired by the hall, literally and figuratively, in the way the stands are fitted up more beautifully every time.

Astrid Berens and Maarten Bodt, founders of Sieraad. Photo by Arjen Veldt.

Coming back to the present, which are the challenges for this year?
Each year is a challenge, to have a fair which is worth visiting, we want people to be surprised to get motivated to buy. There are three groups visiting SIERAAD: the visitors; over 6800-7400 loving jewellery consumers. The professionals, the business contacts and people from the cultural world (galerists, shops) and the press, stylists, journalists... etc.

What should expect a visitor for the first time ever? To be surprised about the different kind of jewellery possible.

Could you recommend us something we shouldn’t miss this year at SIERAAD Art Fair?
We have a few stands with groups of designers, one of them will be the Greek stand; In accordance to the present mayor economic crisis in Greece, the displays at ‘Myths 2015’ were made of cardboard-boxes, wood, tinfoil and fluorescent tubes. Loukia Richards, one of the members, has said this is a time for them to be modest.
The Taiwanese jewellers united in Bench 886 will convert one wall according to the sushi-belt-principle: covered with little bags with jewellery for 3 different but very affordable prices. Take (it) away so to speak!
Of course we have as always many young designers who left school no more 3 years ago.

What do you think about the actual state of jewellery?
We think there’s a lot of difference in countries like The Netherlands, Germany, England, Belgium and so on….We see some really renewing pieces and we see so much which has already been done (like in all other branches as well).
http://klimt02.net/forum/interviews/interview-astrid-berens-co-foun...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 5 hours ago
Symposium: The Stuff of Memory

SAT 3 OCT, 10.30–17.30
£18/£15 CONCESSIONS | BOOK NOW

Memory is an imaginative and creative process, not a static repository. But what role does 'stuff' play in the act of remembering? How can memory be talked about in material terms? From neurons to possessions and public memorials, this symposium will examine the relationship between memory, materiality and objects through a full day of talks and discussions.

This will be preceded by a free Friday evening of performances.
http://wellcomecollection.org/stuffofmemory?dm_i=2PXJ,15FQ,KRZM5,2V...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 5 hours ago
Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects

UNTIL SUN 18 OCT
FREE | DROP IN

Over 100 works by acclaimed artist Alice Anderson are on display at Wellcome Collection. Anderson’s sculptures are entirely mummified in copper thread, creating glistening landscapes of beautiful, uncanny and transformed objects. Each piece is an exploration and act of memory.
The exhibition also features an immersive experience, ‘the Studio’, extending the creative process of the artist’s practice into the gallery. Visitors can spend time mummifying a 1967 Ford Mustang and other smaller objects with copper wire, creating an atmosphere that is at once meditative and communal.

http://wellcomecollection.org/aliceanderson?dm_i=2PXJ,15FQ,KRZM5,2V...

An accompanying book with introductory texts from curator Kate Forde and scientist Israel Rosenfield is available in the Wellcome Shop for £14.99. A limited edition box set comprising a unique Alice Anderson artwork (a blackboard 'mummified' in copper wire) with a cloth-bound book is also available. Please enquire in the Wellcome Shop for more details.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 5 hours ago
s traditional folk crafts as enterprises across the country struggle with low profitability, high taxes and a shortage of skilled workers.
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russias-traditional-...

Zhostovo painted trays, Gus-Khrustalny glassware, Khokhloma painting, Gzhel porcelain and Palekh lacquer miniatures are among the dozens of Russian craft industries seeking to revive their popularity at home and abroad to fend off financial ruin.

Their decline in fortunes, which began with the collapse of the Soviet Union, now threatens the very existence of Russian traditional folk crafts, many of which have become symbols of the country.

About 50 enterprises have closed since the 1990s, said Gennady Drozhzhin, president of the Russian Folk Arts and Crafts Association. According to the Industry and Trade Ministry, around 250 remain. But with Russia now mired in economic recession, Drozhzhin said that if action is not taken immediately, all Russian crafts could disappear within five years.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 5 hours ago
Deputy Warden Reappointed at the BSI

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We would like to congratulate Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of our Assay Office, for being reappointed by The British Standards Institute (BSI) as Chairman of STI/53 (Specifications and Test Methods for Jewellery and Horology).

The elected Chairmen of the BSI undertake an important function on behalf of the UK National Standards Body (NSB). The role of the NSB is to support the needs of business and industry in respect of voluntary standards, ensuring open public consultation and full stakeholder engagement, in line with the principles of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The consensus process lies at the heart of BSI’s work and their Chairmen are key to ensuring an effective and efficient delivery from the committee network.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 6 hours ago
Dave Receives Honorary Membership to the CTSI

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We are excited to announce that Dave Merry, Head of Training and Trading Standards Liaison (pictured above, centre) has recently been awarded an Honorary Membership of the CTSI (Chartered Trading Standards Institute) for his contribution to hallmarking enforcement over 40 years.

Dave commented: "I am honoured to have been recognised as one of only 6 non-Trading Standards Officers ever to receive this award since CTSI began".

What a fantastic achievement, well done Dave!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 6 hours ago
New Opportunities at the British Hallmarking Council

The Secretary of State wishes to appoint four members to the British Hallmarking Council, a partner body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. If you have experience in the trading or manufacture of articles of precious metals, such as jewellery and antiques, a background in consumer protection or experience gained in another field of expertise relevant to the work of the Council, such as economics or quality assurance, we would like to hear from you.

You will be responsible for:
• Working with the four UK Assay Offices and monitoring the work they and their sub-offices carry out (including any sub-offices offshore)
• Supporting Trading Standards departments to ensure that hallmarking law is enforced
• Proposing legal changes and advising the Secretary of State for BIS
• Maintaining the high standards of the UK’s hallmarking facilities.

The term of office is for an initial period of three years, starting on 1 January 2016. Closing date: 14 September 2015 (24:00)

Members are not remunerated but travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. The Council normally meets two or three times a year at one of the four Assay Offices i.e. London, Birmingham, Sheffield or Edinburgh.
A full applicant pack can be obtained from the website www.gov.uk/nmro or by e-mail to fiona.birchall@nmro.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can telephone Fiona Birchall on: 020 8943 7214.

BIS is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and fairness of process and providing equal opportunities for all.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Tuesday
 

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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Assistant retail manager Join this highly creative team, helping to ensure the smooth running of all day to day operations £18-22k p.a. according to age and experience Application deadline: August 31st 2015 We are looking for an Assistant…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Hello All, I am writing to let you know that although two of my three fall home classes are full, I do have a few seats left in the Carved Bracelet with PMC Adornment class from Oct 2-5. This class combines creating and carving polymer bracelets…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"In 2006 we started to being totally dedicated to SIERAAD, based in Amsterdam. For the participants this results in an increase in sales of 33%. And many many more visitors. The first anniversary of the fair was celebrated with the launch of some new…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Symposium: The Stuff of Memory SAT 3 OCT, 10.30–17.30 £18/£15 CONCESSIONS | BOOK NOW Memory is an imaginative and creative process, not a static repository. But what role does 'stuff' play in the act of remembering? How…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects UNTIL SUN 18 OCT FREE | DROP IN Over 100 works by acclaimed artist Alice Anderson are on display at Wellcome Collection. Anderson’s sculptures are entirely mummified in copper thread, creating…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"s traditional folk crafts as enterprises across the country struggle with low profitability, high taxes and a shortage of skilled…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Deputy Warden Reappointed at the BSI Story image We would like to congratulate Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of our Assay Office, for being reappointed by The British Standards Institute (BSI) as Chairman of STI/53 (Specifications and Test Methods…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Dave Receives Honorary Membership to the CTSI Story image We are excited to announce that Dave Merry, Head of Training and Trading Standards Liaison (pictured above, centre) has recently been awarded an Honorary Membership of the CTSI (Chartered…"
6 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"New Opportunities at the British Hallmarking Council The Secretary of State wishes to appoint four members to the British Hallmarking Council, a partner body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. If you have experience in the…"
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