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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: 70
Latest Activity: on Saturday

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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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: info@poppyporter.co.uk. 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: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Jewellery 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: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Continue

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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
Contact
Great Northern Events
Manchester
www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk
Details
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 angela@greatnorthernevents.co.uk

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
Contact
Cornwall Design Fair
Newlyn, Penzance
www.cornwalldesignfair.co.uk

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
Contact
Bilston Craft Gallery & Museum
Wolverhampton
www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/bilston/whats_on/004868.html

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
Contact
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Bovey Tracey, Devon
www.crafts.org.uk/opportunities.aspx
Details
Full details available online. www.crafts.org.uk/opportunities.aspx

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. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/files/professional-development/Craf...

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

part one

BAMS ‘NEW MEDALLIST’ SCHEME

 

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 www.bams.org.uk.

 

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

BAMS ‘NEW MEDALLIST’ SCHEME part one b

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.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 11, 2012 at 11:05am

BAMS ‘NEW MEDALLIST’ SCHEME Part two

 

 

The principal expenses of the artist, which s/he is expected to meet from the £3,000 grant, are:

  • travel to and accommodation in another country for at least three weeks while attending a course or workshop. (The course is arranged and paid for by the scheme, but the responsibility for making the practical arrangements regarding travel and accommodation rests with the artist.)
  • expenses in London for one week while visiting the British Museum and/or Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • living expenses for a further four weeks, including travel to a BAMS conference.
  • travel to mentoring sessions with a UK-based medal-maker.
  • production of at least one medal.

 

Moreover, the artist will be expected to retain his/her membership of BAMS (currently £35 per annum) for a further three years after the conclusion of the twelve-month period, thereby maintaining close involvement with the medal world.

 

Applications from artists wishing to be considered for the scheme should consist of:

  • a letter explaining why the artist is interested in the scheme and what s/he hopes to get out of it.
  • an idea for a medal that s/he would like to make. (This should indicate an ability to think in terms of medallic art and may include sketches and text concerning the ideas behind the medal.)
  • a curriculum vitae.
  • the name, position and contact details of a referee who may be contacted by BAMS.
  • printed images (not transparencies or a disk) of six works by the artist.

 

Applications should be received by the 31 May 2012. They should be sent by post or delivered by hand. E-mail applications are not accepted. A decision will be made in June.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome.  The scheme will run from September 2012 through to August 2013.

 

Applications should be sent to:

Janet Larkin, Secretary

British Art Medal Society

c/o Dept of Coins and Medals

The British Museum

London WC1B 3DG

 

E-mail enquiries should be addressed to jlarkin@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk.                                        

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2012 at 6:12am

Total professional valuations solutions

We are continually developing our valuations service and we would like to tell you about the Valuation Days we can run in your store. Your customers can have their jewellery, gemstones, watches and silverware appraised by our experienced valuer. This is important for insurance purposes, especially as the price of precious metals continues to rise.

If you already have your own valuer we can still help by offering cover for them whilst they are away. We are confident we can work with you. But don’t just take our word for it. Rachel Jeffrey, from Rachel Jeffrey Ltd, comments, “We held our second valuation day with the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, which was a huge success! Each customer valued the friendly expert opinion and their valuation portfolio. It was great to offer another service and attract new customers.” If you would like to find out more please call us on 020 7606 8971 or emailvaluations@assayofficelondon.co.uk.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2012 at 6:11am

V&A Exhibition - Fit for Purpose: Contemporary British Silversmiths

Contemporary British Silversmiths is delighted to announce it has been invited by the Victoria & Albert museum to create an exhibition as part of its British Design Season and to complement its major exhibition British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age.

For this display Contemporary British Silversmiths brought together the work of 52 of its members. It takes an imaginative look at the theme Fit for Purpose, exploring the function of each object both practically and conceptually. The work on show demonstrates that silver, with its unique working and practical properties, is as relevant today as it has ever been. Each piece features a UK hallmark, along with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee commemorative hallmark, making these objects historically significant and collectable.

This free event runs until 16 September at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The exhibition is also generously supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company.

 

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