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 24, 2012 at 8:43am

China - UCA Collaboration Exhibition
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At the Crafts Study Centre from 24th May - 9th June

The project started when four staff members of the jewellery course the Gemmology Institue of China, part of the China University of Geosciences visited Farnham in late 2011. The University for the Creative Arts and the Gemmology Institute aim to make links to enable exchanges and collaborative projects for staff and students studying and working on their undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 

The exhibition understandably titled 'Collaboration' is displaying the work from the jewellery and metalwork students from both Universities that have just completed stage two of their courses. The students have been communicating via e-mail and Skype, enabling them to get a little feel of how each other work and develop.

This is the first collaborative project between the two Universities and the Crafts study Centre has agreed to host the show on the run up and during the same time the University for the Creative Arts is running its College show for final year undergraduate students.

The work will be transported back to China during the summer break and will arrive in time to be exhibited for Gemmology Institue of Chinas 20th Anniversary at the end of October

'This was a fabulous and challenging experience for students from two different cultures to work together, communicate their ideas and share some thoughts. It has been a challenge with language and time difference, as well as other factors, but now to have all the work together gives an inspiring and interesting collection for an exhibition, all student participants should be proud'.
Rebecca Skeels, Senior Tutor, Jewellery and Metalwork Specialism, University for the Creative Arts.

'It is the first time for us to have a collaborative art project with students from other country. By communication and the exchange of photos with young artists from UCA, we have seen different aesthetic preferences and skill sets, varying art making approaches, which provides us a wonderful multicultural art experience. It is also a good opportunity for our students to experiment with the concept of "The New Jewelry", which was rarely known by Chinese people until the late of 1990s'. 
Shuyu Wu, Gemmology Institute of China, China University of Geosciences.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2012 at 2:23pm

Part time (0.4) School Research Leader, 2 days per week, applicants with an international research profile, together with experience of writing research grant applications and identifying research funding opportunities and partnerships. £48,980 - £54,840 pa pro rata To support the Dean of the School of Material at The Royal College of Art, comprising Ceramics and Glass, Fashion, Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, and Textiles. The post will encompass two broad areas of responsibility: to play a major role in developing an active research culture within the School and in ensuring effective day-to-day academic management, administration, communication and representation within the School with respect to Research. A PhD in a relevant discipline and prior success in applying for research funding is desirable.
Deadline: 21 May 2012
Royal College of Art
For further information and an application form, visit website or contact Personnel Administrator, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU, 020 7590 4138 or via email address below.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2012 at 2:22pm

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices/Theory & Practice: applicants with an appropriate track record in undertaking & supervising research and developing research outputs, evidence of translating research into innovative art and design teaching plus a good understanding of the funding landscape for research in art and design and excellent communication and networking skills. £32,901 - £52,706 pa
Deadline: 02 June 2012
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
The successful applicant will make a contribution to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a studio based teaching environment. PhD experience would be very useful as PhD supervision will form a key role of the post. For more information and to apply online, visit website, quoting Ref:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2012 at 2:20pm

The exhibition will explore the boundaries between art and craft, creating an environment where each are the same and each deal with the idea of a Trace. We’re looking for Contemporary Craft Makers, Visual Artists, Film Makers, Performance Artists, Sound Artists and Text Artists that create work with an idea that there is a Trace – a Trace of something that once belonged, a Trace of something that once happened, a Trace of a suggestion. The title can be taken literally or ambiguously as we invite a variety of ideas and artforms to create a collaboration between artists, ideas and mediums. The brief is open so as to hopefully inspire and conjure recognition in the subject. We welcome all applications.
Deadline: 01 June 2012
Applications are invited from all who find this brief and exhibition relevant to their work, geography is no boundary. To make an application please submit a covering letter introducing yourself, your work and a proposal for the piece(s) you’d like to exhibit, along with documented examples of your work. Applications will be considered by Emily Bull, the project manager for Context and the Curators at Motorcade / FlashParade. Please send applications by email to . Should you need to post applications please send them to 15 Sidmouth Road, Bristol, BS3 5HT.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2012 at 2:18pm

Artist opportunity: Major public art commission for Kirkby Town Centre Development, Knowsley Knowsley MBC are seeking an experienced artist or artist team to work with the project developers and the local community to create permanent artworks for Kirkby town centre. The available budget is £360,000 to cover three different town centre sites and integrated public realm features. Timescale April 2012 - May 2013
Deadline: 24 May 2012
Knowsley MBC
This opportunity will be advertised via ‘The Chest’; which is a North West portal for tender/business opportunities. Please use the link below to register as a supplier, for free, and you will be able to download the tender documentation when it becomes available and receive alerts for future opportunities. Once the contract is published and you have registered on the website, please register interest in the contract by searching for it under current opportunities; for Knowsley. Following receipt of a confirmation e-mail, you will need to access the ‘My Opportunities’ section of the website where you will be able to access and download the relevant documentation in order to respond to this opportunity.

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:

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

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