ACJ welcomes to its membership makers, collectors, curators, educators, gallerists and all who have in interest in or passion for contemporary jewellery.
 
ACJ organises exhibitions, conferences, events, talks and workshops for its members and the public. We publish our print magazine Findings twice a year, send a monthly e-bulletin to members, packed with news, information & opportunities, and we run social media accounts which reach over 10,000 people with news and information - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube.
 
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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ACJ has launched a new webshop here. You can purchase the Connections | Connessioni exhibition catalogue, paper & PDF copies of the latest issue of Findings and the Marjan Unger book "Jewellery in Context - A multi-disciplinary framework…"
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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Call for entries for the ACJ 2020 exhibition Glasshouses. The exhibition will be hosted by the Vittoria Street Gallery at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, in September & October. More details…"
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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Connected to the Connections exhibition there will be a special one-day jesmonite course on 5 March at the City of Glasgow College. Cost £60 including materials. The course is nearly full so email projects@acj.org.uk soon to book your place…"
Feb 15
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Connections Connessioni special opening event on the 19th February. Anne Walker and Simone Nolden will be giving presentations about their work and practice. Tickets: £8 for ACJ members…"
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