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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
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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 
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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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 3, 2012 at 6:50am


 
                       BSW FOS 2012                                                
    Thalen & Thalen
Silver vessels by Thalen & Thalen 
 
Special guests at the '2012 Festival of Silver' 
selling exhibition -Thalen & Thalen

Goldsmiths' Centre, Clerkenwell, 
Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 July. 9.30am - 4.45pm
   
 
 
The very first silver exhibition at the new Goldsmiths' Centre features contemporary silver dealers, silversmiths and special guests Thalen & Thalen from Belgium. Father and son team Rob and Jaap Thalen have built an international reputation for exceptional silver vessels and sculptural silver objects. Rob, trained as a sculpture, has pushed the limits of silversmithing with pieces not normally seen at silver exhibitions. "Firstly we weld together two of the largest sections of silver the bullion suppliers can make, at a metre square each, and then Jaap and I can take up to three months to raise and finish a single vessel." Thalen & Thalen have exhibited mostly recently at the premier decorative arts exhibition SOFA in New York selling work at up to $150,000. Thalen & Thalen pieces are in private and public collections in the US, Europe and Africa. The first Goldsmiths' Centre exhibition of silversmithing will feature...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 3, 2012 at 6:32am

The elements of the Olympic medals and the building blocks of Classical civilisation. To some, they brought riches; to others, ruin. What will they bring you?

This special late night event will have activities, talks, performance and live experiments happening all over the building.

A lustrous evening of myth, music, debate and messy play.

This event is free. Drop in anytime. 

Performance

  • Settle down for a mythic story with Marina Warner and Vayu Naidu
  • Enjoy our very own smashing, crashing Bronzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, as they explore the different sounds that these metals create.
  • Enjoy science songs from Jonny Berliner.
  • Operatic tenor Stephen Miles will serenade with songs of gold and silver.

 

Demonstrations, activities, experiment  

  • Watch out for our gold assayer who will be ready to tell you if that precious ring is made of the real thing.
  • Learn the intricacies of making silver wire with Jamie Hall.
  • Meet Marcos Martinón-Torres, a modern-day alchemist.
  • Find out how batteries work.
  • Get an insight into one of Archimedes’ most famous experiments with Martin Coath.
  • Find out how to cast tin with the Institute of Making.
  • Meet a silversmith, David Clarke.
  • Discover the role that colloids have in making stained glass.
  • Make your own silver photogram.

 

Talks and debate – tickets available from 19.00 from the Information Point.

  • Adventures in Greek and Roman metallurgy with Edith Hall.
  • Join the UCL Debating Society as they argue the merits and human costs of metal mining.
  • Chemical, physical and musical metals: live experiments with Andrew Szydlo.
  • This event has been curated by Hugh Aldersey-Williams and Andrea Sella

 

Contributors:

Jonny Berliner, science troubadour

Bronzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

David Clarke, silversmith

Martin Coath, Public Engagement Coordinator and Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Plymouth University Cognition Institute

Martin Conreen and Zoe Laughlin, Institute of Making, UCL

Ruth Fillery-Travis, UCL Institute of Archeology

Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College London

Jamie Hall, medieval metalworking specialist

Crispin Hughes, photographer

Marcos Martinón-Torres, Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology

Stephen Miles, tenor

Vayu Naidu, storyteller and Artistic Director of Vayu Naidu Storytelling Company

Andrew Szydlo, chemistry teacher and live demonstration expert

Andres Tretiakov, Science Technician, St Paul’s School

UCL Debating Society

Marina Warner, Professor of Literature at the University of Essex, author of ‘Stranger Magic: Charmed states & the Arabian Nights’

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/elements-1.aspx 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2012 at 3:44pm


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Reminder: Apply for The Fifty:Fifty Programme


Invitation to apply for The Fifty:Fifty Programme
Application deadline: 8 June 2012

The Crafts Council is delighted to invite you to apply for a new round of its collaborative exhibition scheme, The Fifty:Fifty Programme. This follows its successful inaugural partnership with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to develop and co-produce Lost in Lace: New Approaches by UK and International Artists.

Through The Fifty:Fifty Programme the Crafts Council seeks to develop and support the production of ambitious exhibitions that challenge perceptions of contemporary craft and reach new audiences.

The Crafts Council wishes to work with a selected partner to co-curate and develop an exhibition for delivery between April 2014 and March 2015. Funds, ideas and resources will be joined and shared equally on a 50:50 basis, with an equal contribution of £50,000 by each partner. If you are interested in working in this way, we would like you to complete and submit a pre-application form by 5pm, 8 June 2012.

For enquiries about Fifty:Fifty or to request the related documents via email, contact Charlotte Dew, Exhibitions Project Officer, c_dew@craftscouncil.org.uk / 020 7806 2515.


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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2012 at 3:36pm


Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m pleased to introduce you to the next edition of AF-L’Artigiano in Fiera, the 17th International Crafts Selling Exhibition, to be held in the pavilions of Fieramilano (Rho-Pero, Milan, Italy) from December 1 to 9, 2012.

The last edition of AF-L’Artigiano in Fiera was also established as the most important and most highly visited international event dedicated to craftsmanship. The undisputed success of this event was confirmed by the ever increasing number of exhibitors and visitors, along with the continuously improved quality and beauty of the event, as shown by last year's figures: 3 million visitors, more than 2,900 exhibitors representing 110 countries throughout the world, in a space covering a total area of 150,000 m2.

You can find here attached the general information about the fair and a Participation Project devoted to UK area.

I’m at your disposal to go deeper into the main themes of the event and to check the ways and the costs of your possible participation.

I thank you for your interest and look forward to your kind response.

With best regards,

Roberta Roffi

Area Internazionale/International Department
AF-L'Artigiano in Fiera
Viale Achille Papa 30
20149 Milano – Italy
Tel. +39.02.31911961
Fax +39.02.70058857
Mail: roffi@gestionefiere.com

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2012 at 3:13pm

Entries Invited -

 

Summer Exhibition at Obsidian Art
- 6 July - 5 August
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 Artists and makers are invited to submit entries for an unthemed selling exhibition to be held at Obsidian Art Gallery in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks 
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Entry Deadline : Sunday 10 June

The exhibition runs from Friday 6 July to Sunday 5 August.

Hand-In dates for accepted work : Sunday 1 or Monday 2 July.

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We want the exhibition to have a summery feel, but with a wide mix of styles, medium & subject including abstract work.  All media is welcome.

 

As ever we are also keen to ensure the exhibition shows a wide range of styles from traditional to contemporary.

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We are always happy to discuss the suitability of work - so just give us a call or drop us an e-mail if you're in any doubt.

 

No entry fee or hanging fee.

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The gallery commission is 45% on sales of original art and 50% on sales of reproduction prints & cards.
All work must be for sale and the artist must be based in the UK.

 

As usual, we will be supporting a charity by asking visitors to make a voluntary donation - if you would like to nominate a chairy please let us know the details.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 24, 2012 at 10:04am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 24, 2012 at 10:03am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 24, 2012 at 9:45am

http://ucreative.ac.uk/news/2012/May/BAMSAward#.T7vWw2t5mK0 Bo, the winner of the worshipful company of cutlers prize... Well done!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 24, 2012 at 9:44am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 24, 2012 at 9:43am

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.

http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=37287

 

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Crafthaus is pleased to announce that Leisa Rich's project "Invisible:VisAble" garnered 968 votes of 2,575 total votes cast (37.59%) and is the 2014 Crafthaus Project Grant Winner.

Starting in November, we all look forward to following Leisa's crafthaus blog about her project.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Much success for all projects!

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

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