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.


Location: UK
Members: 75
Latest Activity: 18 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 



• 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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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 May 16, 2012 at 2:16pm

Criteria: Artists resident in Nottinghamshire or the east Midlands: commission for a new artwork for the Foyer area of the new Humanities Building on University Park, Nottingham. The work should be designed to hang vertically from the ceiling and be visible from at least 2 sides. Applications for 3-dimensional artwork will be considered. The work should reflect, or be influenced by, the academic departments which make up the School of Humanities: Archeology, Art History, Classics, Philosophy and Theology. The work can either be made for the purpose within the timescale available, or it can be an existing work which the University deems appropriate for the installation. The installation is expected to be complete in September.
Deadline: 28 May 2012
University of Nottingham
Budget of £8000 to cover the original work, its installation, materials, travel and VAT. For a project brief, contact Tim Harris, Arts and Culture Consultant,

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2012 at 2:04pm
May Update From Craft In Focus

Dear Designer Maker/Artist
We are now back in the office following our successful event at RHS Garden Wisley.  The week before our event we were faced with extreme weather conditions following the highest rainfall Wisley had seen for quite some time. To see the ground conditions we were faced with have a look at our Facebook album here:

We were determined to continue with the event and pulled out all the stops to ensure the event went ahead. This meant relocating two of the marquees and raising the floors above the water level.  We are grateful to the RHS, our exhibitors and contractors for their flexibility and patience.

The event opened on time on Thursday 3 May and continued through to the Bank Holiday Monday.  We don't think any of the visitors had any idea of the conditions on site the week before.  All our marquees were floored and we provided walkways between the paths at Wisley and the marquees meaning no one went home with wet feet!

To see some of the images from the show have a look at our Facebook album here:

Stop Press 
We have one space now re-available within our marquees at our next event at Henley on Thames which takes place from 22-24 June.  We can also accommodate exhibitors interested in outside space for exhibiting sculpture, garden art, etc and those that may be able to run a workshop or interesting demonstration for visitors.  Please contact us for further details.

Craig Fellow's stand at Wisley 
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2012 at 3:10am

Jewellery Prize
WHO: student and professional jewellery makers.

WHAT: the ENJOIA’T prize rewards outstanding proposals within the field of jewellery making.

PAYMENTS: various prizes and awards available.

CHARGES: application fee for non-members EUR60, students EUR25.

APPLY: full details available online.

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Deadline: 11 July 2012

Organiser/employer: FAD (Fostering Art and Design) font color="#0000FF">

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2012 at 3:10am

Jewellery Residency
WHO: London based jewellery designer/maker practicing for 5 years or more.

WHAT: Artquest and the British Library are partnering on a new jewellery research residency.

WHEN: 3 Sept-18 Mar 2013.

PAYMENTS: the successful applicant will receive a £3000 bursary, access to the British Library Collection and curators, access to business and intellectual property advice and marketing support.

APPLY: full details available online. font color="#0000FF">

Deadline: 9 July 2012

Organiser/employer: Artquest font color="#0000FF">

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:46pm


Collect at Saatchi Gallery
London SW3 4SQ

11/05/2012 to 14/05/2012
Open Friday 11am-6pm Saturday 11am – 6pm Sunday 11am – 6pm Monday 11am – 4pm

Thirty-one international galleries representing exceptional work by their artists. The Project Space returns to the second floor, featuring ten installations by artists with a focus on textiles and furniture.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 13, 2012 at 12:42pm
Gold: Power and Allure 

4500 Years of Gold Treasures from across Britain 
June 1 - July 28 (closed Bank Holidays)
Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm 
Admission FREE

The most important exhibition ever mounted by the Goldsmiths' Company. A landmark exhibition featuring over 500 exquisite, gold artefacts combining sophisticated artistry with historic significance. Touching on Royal Gold, sporting gold, ecclesiastical gold, gold in fashion, jewellery, art and design, Gold: Power and Allure explores the inspiring story of gold in the UK.
Find out more..
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


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