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.


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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

Discussion Forum

What would you like to read or write about?

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: 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: 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:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 5:12pm

I just wanted to let you know that we're offering a 25% discount on our Made By Ore Master Classes to all Full Time students, to make them a bit more affordable.  If you could pass this on to your students and anyone else you think might be interested that'd be great!  We've also added a little 1 Day Soldering Masterclass, which might be of interest to all your jewellers, silversmiths and metalwork students.  I've attached a flyer/poster to this email, which you can forward straight on.

We are also offering "Hot Benches" to students/jewellers and silversmiths, which can be rented for just £15/day, so if any of your students need a space to work over the Easter/Summer Hols or after graduation then we'd be more than happy to accommodate them!   I've attached a poster for this too. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 5:00pm

Crafts Shop and Galleries Guide 2012  - Call for Entries

Following the success of the Crafts Shops and Galleries Guide 2011, Crafts Magazine is delighted to announce the publication of the new 2012 guide, which will again provide readers with the definitive guide to regional craft outlets. The pocket-sized supplement is open to galleries, group studios and individual makers with a retail outlet and is scheduled for inclusion in Crafts magazine's July/August 2012 edition. Additional copies will be distributed at various events that Crafts magazine attends during the year.

We are delighted to invite you to be included in the next edition, please contact me to register your interest.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Charlotte Hollingshead
+44(0)1395 576 829

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 4:57pm


Diamond Jubilee Exhibition 2012


Press release / 06 03 12



The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is proud to be presenting a touring exhibition of jewellery specially designed and made on the theme of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Thirty two makers have created pieces especially for the event, resulting in a wide variety of individual interpretations in precious and non-precious materials.  All the participating designers have embraced the theme of Jubilee celebration with style, irreverence, humour and panache. Crushed gemstones, sweets and jellies, ribbon, graphite powder, flocked and sublimated materials, rub shoulders with diamonds, silver and 18ct gold, in a glorious celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s sixty years reign.

All the pieces were selected by a distinguished judging panel chaired by

Professor Jack Cunningham, which included Corinne Julius, Jacqueline Gestetner, Joanna Hardy, Kath Libbert and Karen Dell’Armi.

Leading jewellery designers taking part include Stephen Bottomley, Kelvin J Birk, Maria Hanson, and Zoe Robertson.

The exhibition opens at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, and then starts its tri-nation tour to Llantrisant, South Wales before showing at the newly opened Goldsmiths’ Centre, London – the first exhibition to be held there after its’ own opening Royal exhibition. This is a testament to the Association’s high profile, and to the Centre’s commitment to showing work in non-traditional as well as traditional materials, and used in non-traditional ways.


ACJ Diamond Jubilee Exhibition at-

Birmingham School of Jewellery, March 12 to 30;

Llantrisant Gallery, April (dates tbc)

Goldsmiths’ Centre, Clerkenwell, London, June 11 to 16;

SH Gallery, Edinburgh, July 2 to 28;

North Glasgow College, August 27 to 31.


For further information see 

For high res images of the jewellery, please contact .





Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 4:50pm

Art Call: Best of Britain

Competition: Create your own stamp artwork, the size of a postcard and send it through the post, to be included in the exhibition which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. Theme: BEST OF BRITAIN. 
Deadline 20th APRIL 2012. Exhibition 30th April - 5th June at the Corinium Museum. See 'Submit Work' for submission details
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 4:47pm

Jewellery competition inspired by wine. This in an annual event hosted by Torre Fornello Vineyard in collaboration with Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (AGC ) and Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School in Firenze.




Prizes winners receive free entry to a Stefano Marchetti workshop. Entry fee EUR60. Full details available online.


Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 10, 2012 at 5:28am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 5, 2012 at 2:04pm

Arts and Industry Residency

Criteria: Emerging and established visual artists worldwide - John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Kohler Co. support artists from around the world through an Arts/Industry residency program. Artists-in-residence gain access to pottery, iron and brass foundries and the enamel shop to develop a wide variety of work in clay, enamelled cast iron, and brass. The residency program operates year round to support approximately sixteen artists annually, usually four in residence at a time. Participants may develop a wide variety of work including but not limited to functional and sculptural forms, murals and reliefs, temporary or permanent site-specific installations, and public art commissions.
Deadline: 01 April 2012
John Michael Kohler Arts Centre and Kohler Co.
USA - Kohler, Wisconsin
Artists-in-residence are given a studio space, free materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing and round-trip transportation. Full details available online.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 5, 2012 at 2:02pm

Studio Opportunities for Visual Artists 2012

Criteria: Crescent Arts is inviting artists to apply for subsidised studio space supported through professional development, exhibition opportunities and access to workshop facilities. Application is open to visual artists working in any discipline.
Deadline: 30 March 2012
Crescent Arts
For an information pack please contact: Subject: Crescent Arts Studio Application Please send applications BY POST to: Stuart Cameron, Director (studio applications) Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW For further information about us please visit our website T: 01723 351461

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 5, 2012 at 1:59pm

Applied Arts and Design Trade Fair

Criteria: Designer-makers and craftspeople. GRASSIMESSE is an international forum and trade fair for applied art and product design. It takes place annually at the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig.
Deadline: 21 April 2012
GRASSI Museum of Applied Art
Germany - Leipzig
Four cash awards will be presented during the exhibition. Stands cost EUR300 for individuals and EUR500 for groups. Full details available

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 5, 2012 at 1:57pm

Call for entries 'What's Your Revolution?'

Criteria: Craftspeople or artists whose work relates to the question 'What's Your Revolution?' Selling opportunity in aspex's new craft and design exhibition and retail space. May - August 2012 aspex will take commission on all sales.
Deadline: 08 April 2012
Clive Caswell
If you think that your work addresses the question in some way then please send a CV, artist statement, description of work and up to 5 images (jpeg) to


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