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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: 75
Latest Activity: on Monday

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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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2012 at 8:52am

Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.... LAST peek at a piece.. You'll have to visit!!   by Terry Hunt

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 17, 2012 at 9:00am

Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.... peek at a piece.. by Lynne Bartlett

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 16, 2012 at 1:02pm

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

Spring/Summer 2012

Craft Central On Show
 

THIS MONTH

 

NEXT WEEK! Craft Central Gets Hitched: Central London's Handmade wedding fair (22-25 March 2012)

Wedding coming up? Fed up of sprawling soulless commercial wedding fairs? Compact and bijoux, get personal at Craft Central! All you need to add a handmade touch to the big day. From the bride herself to guests looking for the ideal gift, there’s something for everyone… and, what’s more, IT’S FREE!

One stop wedding shop Craft Central Gets Hitched returns for 2012, bringing you even more handmade design treats to help add some character to your big day. Our designers are as excited about your wedding as you are (well, almost!) so come and meet them... The wedding excitement begins with Celebrity Stylist Zoe Lem’s talk,Finding Your Perfect Vintage Shape on Wed 21 March - book onlineJoin us for a glass of fizz and delicious canapés from Pom Pom Takoyaki at the launch night (22 March).

From ‘classic’ wedding essentials, to the slightly more unusual, handcrafted products will include: Bridal fashion; Invitations; Millinery; Jewellery (rings in particular!); Gifts (Ceramics, Interior Products, Silversmithing, etc); Father/Mother of Bride/Groom fashion and accessories; Bunting; Decorations; Floristry; Favours and table paraphernalia. Don't miss hair and makeup by Shai Hair SalonPowder Puffs & Pin Curls and Lesley Vye; scrumptious cake samples by Chop’s Cakes and Sweet Robot; music from DJs The Wedding SmashersRhapsody Road Photography’s pop up photo booth and Quintessentially Quirky competition to win a free wedding photography package; gorgeous floristry by Flor Unikon and tasty wedding food fromHomeSlice Pizza and Wedding Trikes & Cocktail Campers.

Download your invitation and Read the press release

Find your perfect vintage shape: A night with Zoe Lem – Fashion & Celebrity Stylist and Dress Designer (21 March 2012)

In association with Craft Central Gets Hitched and Zoe Lem’s Vintage Wedding Fair, we’re celebrating all things wedding, including selecting the perfect vintage shape for your dress. Taking a breather from planning her Vintage Wedding Fair Fashion & Celebrity Stylist and Dress Designer, Zoe Lem, will talk about the styles indicative of different eras and which body shapes they suit best. Having dressed celebrities (including Cat Deeley, Trinny & Susannah and Myleene Klass), models and real women for 15 years, Zoe will share her wealth of experience to help you identify your shape and the most flattering style for your big day. Hear about Hollywood stars throughout the decades and how to recreate their style to suit you.

Only £5 (including wine). Limited places so book online now!

CIY: Craft it Yourself - Satisfy your crafty urges

From millinery, to crochet to jewellery, our enjoyable CIY: Craft It Yourself workshops offer the chance for anyone to get making. No experience required! Whether you’re already an expert, or fancy trying something new, come and satisfy your crafty urges.

Exciting new workshops coming soon - we'll keep you posted.

Read the current press release

Only £19.99 (including wine and materials). Limited places so book online now!

Made in Clerkenwell: Summer Open Studios at Craft Central - 2 buildings; 90 designers; the ultimate shopping treat! (24-27 M...

Dates have been set for Made in Clerkenwell: Summer Open Studios, so diaries at the ready and pencil in the ultimate shopping treat for 24-27 May 2012. Part of theClerkenwell Design Week Fringe, Craft Central will open the doors to its two fascinating Victorian buildings. An intriguing ‘behind the scenes’ chance to explore the workshops of our renowned design community - whether you’ve got an hour to pop in or a whole day to mooch, mingle with the makers in the studios where they work their magic. One ticket allows unlimited access over 4 days, including Thursday’s launch event and Friday’s late night shopping.

Avoid the high street and opt for handmade! Prepare to be tempted by fashion, interior products, ceramics, accessories and traditional crafts by 90+ exceptional UK designers.

Craft Central is excited to be part of the Clerkenwell Design Week .... As well asMade in Clerkenwell, there will be special exhibitions in Clerkenwell Green and St John’s Square, a ‘live studio’ window display and CIY making workshops in partnership with Creative Clerkenwell... More details coming soon!

Download your invitation and Read the press release

...We hope to see you soon!


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 15, 2012 at 1:12pm

Hello

 

I would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity to promote your work at a unique Craft Fair in Dorking on the weekend of 28 and 29 July 2012.

 

As part of the London 2012 Olympics, the cycling road race passes through Dorking on 28 and 29 July. Official estimates predict over 20,000 visitors to the town at that time.

 

Dorking Halls is on the route of the road race and is planning to make use of this unique opportunity to arrange a Craft Fair showcasing some of the best contemporary craftspeople. To make this event as accessible as possible we will not be charging any admission for visitors.

 

The road race brings with it some logistical issues, in that the road past the venue will be closed for much of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29th. Stall holders will set up on Friday 27 July and can dismantle either on Sunday evening or on the Monday morning. Overnight security will be provided each night so stall can be left set up for the duration. More information is on the attached sheet.

 

I have attached an Application Form and some information for your consideration. If you are interested in taking a stand, you will need to return the Application Form to me by 20th April. After that there will be a selection process and we will then contact you to let you know if we can offer you a space and ask you to complete an Acceptance Form. 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, though I am on leave from 12-16 March. If you need to speak to someone before then you can call Stuart Cole on (01306) 879314.

 

I look forward to hearing from you,

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Keith Garrow,

General Manager,

Dorking Halls.

tel: (01306) 879311

email: keith.garrow@molevalley.gov.uk

 

For further information on events and facilities at Dorking Halls, visit our website at www.dorkinghalls.co.uk

 

 

Have you tried www.molevalley.gov.uk? Our easy to use, accessible website allows you to access our services at any time. You can look at planning applications, pay bills online or find out more about where you live using the Mole Valley and Me feature.

 

Please note that calls to the Council may be recorded and monitored for training purposes. The computer system may also be monitored and recorded to secure the effective operation of the system and for other lawful purposes. This email and any files transmitted with it are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, the E-mail and any files have been transmitted to you in error and any copying, distribution or other use of the information contained in them is strictly prohibited.

 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 6:21pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 6:14pm


Here at Made By Ore HQ there has been a lot going on...

We have been busy preparing for our Easter Master Classes Programme – we still have some places left, and you can now book them directly from our website!  www.madebyore.com a href="http://www.madebyore.com/">http://www.madebyore.com>    Also Due to a high demand we have added a 1 Day Soldering Master Class.  Please find attached to this email a poster  with all the Master Class details: -

CHAIN MAKING AND WIRE WORKING
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SILVERSMITHING
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MOULD-MAKING & WAX CARVING FOR CASTING JEWELLERY AND OBJECTS
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SOLDERING (NEW!)

                                                                                                                                                                                         
Also, on Saturday 24th March 2012 we are hosting a very special fundraising event...!


Ellie has been a great supporter of Made By Ore since its formation, and so we want to show our support for her Marathon Mission.  Please join us in support and athletic jewellery making!

The day promises to be a fun filled extravaganza of jewellery old & new, tea & cake, and inspiring tales of Ellie's sporting challenge! The workshops are suitable for all levels including complete beginners, so if you've ever fancied doing one of our classes this event is your chance to do it at a fraction of the usual cost!

Tickets for the Run Rings Around workshops cost just £25 and £20 from every single ticket will be donated to Ellie's marathon charity - The Outwardbound Trust; an outdoor education charity supporting young people achieve their potential.  Places for this event are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment! 
                                                                                                                                                                                         

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 6:12pm

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. http://www.madebyore.com/Easter-Master-Classes(2673270).htm 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 6:00pm

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

chollingshead@publishingmatters.co.uk
+44(0)1395 576 829
www.craftsmagazine.org.uk

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 5:57pm

 

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 www.acj.org.uk 

For high res images of the jewellery, please contact chair@acj.org.uk .

 

 

 

 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2012 at 5:50pm

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 http://bestofbritain.tumblr.com/
 

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Mantel Box 230 x 330 x 45 mm

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A piece about childhood, forgotten toys, favorite stories and the loss of innocence as the future beckons, inspired by ‘Garden of Love’ by William Blake.

Image Credit: Diana Greenwood

www.diana-greenwood.com

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