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

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Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 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 May 13, 2012 at 12:41pm

The Goldsmiths' Company Pavilion
at Somerset House 

13 - 17 June

The contemporary jewellery selling exhibition featuring some of the brightest and best independent jewellers working in the UK today. With a broad array of fine jewellery for sale, from understated elegance to over-the-top bling, there's something for everyone. And with prices from £100 - £10,000, top quality, bespoke wearable design is in reach for all.
Find out more..
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:33pm
Applications Close 10am 9 July 2012
Residency Period 3 September 2012 - 18 March 2013
Artquest and the British Library are partnering on a new research residency for a jewellery designer/maker who has been practicing for 5 years or more. Applications for this opportunity are now open. The successful applicant will receive 
  • A £3000 bursary to develop and potentially commercialise a new body of work using material from the British Library Collections.
  • Access to the British Library Collection and curators to develop a new body of work
  • Access to business and intellectual property advice in the Library’s Business & IP Centre, which helps people to set up, run and grow their own business.
  • Marketing support in relation to their activity undertaken on the residency
Visit the Artquest website for full details on eligibility criteria...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:28pm

Sculptors and glass artists interested in exploring new forms of making through collaboration. A high level of experience in hot casting processes (metal or glass) is preferable. North Lands Creative Glass and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop are working in partnership to offer a nine-week residency for four visual artists; two sculptors and two glass artists. Time will be split between the two venues, both offering a comprehensive range of facilities.This is an opportunity to create work and collaborate – learning and sharing techniques and methods of working with different materials.
Deadline: 31 May 2012
North Lands Creative Glass
Edinburgh and Caithness
Stipend of £700 plus a materials allowance. Accommodation is provided free of charge. In the first instance, complete the online application form at to register your interest – further details of how to submit a full application are available on the website.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:19pm

Great Northern Graduates forms part of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. It showcases the best emerging makers from the North, introducing them to an audience of retailers, trade buyers, curators, press, buyers and collectors. A part-time curator is currently sought to select and support graduates from selection, through exhibiting and evaluation. The curator will also design, plan, organise and project manage all aspects of GNG, including working with the GNG sponsor. Salary £10,000-£15,000 pro rata.
Deadline: 15 May 2012
Great Northern Events
Applicants must be living and working in the North. Possess a good knowledge of contemporary craft and design (including an understanding of materials, techniques and processes involved). Have experience of curating contemporary craft and design and have experience of working with graduates and promoting new talent. For further information contact

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:18pm

Designer-makers: curated show forming part of the Cornish Design Fair. Designer-makers can apply for selection and if successful participation is free. 17-19 August 2012.
Deadline: 30 June 2012
Cornwall Design Fair
Newlyn, Penzance

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:17pm

Designer-makers and crafters working in the fields of ceramics, leather, metal, enamel or glass: Craftsense is permanent exhibition organised by Bilston Craft Gallery. It celebrates links between local historic manufacturing skill and modern craft practice. Contemporary work featured in Craftsense changes on an annual basis and potential exhibitors are now invited to apply for 2012-13.
Deadline: 11 June 2012
Bilston Craft Gallery & Museum

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:16pm

Christmas Exhibition

Criteria: Designer-makers and crafters in the UK. 'MAKE' is the Devon Guild's annual selling christmas exhibition. Submissions are now invited.
Deadline: 13 August 2012
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Bovey Tracey, Devon
Full details available online.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:14pm

Craft in an Age of Change

Craft in an Age of Change is a major survey of contemporary craft at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, examining the place of craft in the creative economy and the working patterns of makers and other craft professionals today.

Following its publication in February 2012, the Crafts Council in association with CraftNet, is holding four workshops around the country to present highlights from the report, discuss the findings and share ideas about their implications for the future development of contemporary craft. (One workshop will be presented in each of the four Arts Council areas.)

Following the previously announced details for workshops in London and Bristol we can now confirm details of all four events. Please see below for details of how to register.

Read Craft in an Age of Change here.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 11, 2012 at 11:11am

part one



Applications are invited for the BAMS ‘New Medallist’ scheme, an initiative about to enter its eighth year.  This scheme is intended to provide a framework by which artists based in Britain and Ireland who are relatively new to medal-making can develop their interest in the medal as a vehicle of artistic expression.  Its aim is to deepen and broaden the selected artists’ knowledge of the medal and expand their awareness of the medium’s possibilities. 


The scheme is administered by the British Art Medal Society (BAMS) and is funded principally by the E S G Robinson Charitable Trust.  It is supported by the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Mint.  For more about BAMS, consult


Each year one artist is selected for the scheme.  Artists eligible for the scheme:

  • will have left art college (at whatever level) within 3½ years of the commencement of their participation in the scheme (that is, since February 2009) or be about to leave college before September 2012.
  • will generally have shown an interest in medal-making and had some experience of it while at college.  (This may have been through the BAMS Student Medal Project or in some other way.)


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 11, 2012 at 11:10am


The selected artist will receive:

  • a grant of £3,000 (see below for conditions)
  • a place in a medal-making course at a college abroad or an international medal workshop (to be selected by BAMS), allowing the artist to participate for at least three weeks in a contemporary medal-making environment and thereby gain a greater understanding of contemporary thinking on medals
  • regular mentoring sessions with an experienced UK-based medal-maker appointed by BAMS (the number to be agreed between the mentor and the artist)
  • one week’s work experience in the engraving department of the Royal Mint, where s/he will work alongside experienced medal-makers and be given the opportunity to experiment with various techniques including the use of computer-aided graphics, plus reasonable expenses for that week
  • access for one week to the medal collections of the British Museum and/or Victoria and Albert Museum under the supervision of a curator of medals, enabling him/her to gain a greater understanding of the medallic tradition by studying historical medals from the Italian Renaissance to the twenty-first century
  • free membership of BAMS for one year
  • free attendance at a BAMS conference


Within twelve months (beginning in September 2012) the artist will be expected to devote not less than nine weeks to medal-related activities. (These nine weeks are not necessarily to be taken in one block but may be split over the twelve-month period, as agreed between the artist and BAMS.)  Within these nine weeks the artist is expected:

  • to attend a medal-making course at a college abroad or an international medal workshop (for at least three weeks), to gain work experience in the engraving department of the Royal Mint (one week), and to study the British Museum and/or Victoria and Albert Museum medal collections (one week), all as mentioned above.
  • to devote a further four weeks to building up a portfolio of medallic ideas.
  • to attend mentoring sessions (for which s/he will be expected to prepare effectively).
  • to attend a BAMS conference.
  • to attend BAMS lectures whenever possible.
  • to produce a visual record of research and finished work resulting from participation in the scheme.
  • to produce at least one medal, for which all costs will be met by the artist.  (One of these works may go on to become a medal issued by BAMS and at least one will be featured in The Medal, the society’s journal.)
  • to produce a report of about 500 words on his/her experience of the scheme, for retention by BAMS.

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