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
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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

Discussion Forum

What would you like to read or write about?

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 March 18, 2017 at 11:36am

The Fashion Revolution
Tuesday 2 May, 18:15 – 19:30
Adult £10, student/concession £7.50, Members £9
An evening lecture exploring the impact of the Russian Avant-Garde on Fashion and Film Design. Delivered in partnership with GRAD Gallery.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 11:28am

A chance to work with talented students within the historic district of Savannah, Georgia, a walkable, bikeable coastal city that provides a living laboratory for the study of art and design.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 11:23am
Introduction to the Artist Residency Program

By applying for the program of different places, you can travel to different countries, experience various cultures, take part in the project of the place, consult local documents, discover another techniques of production, and above all, make a development of your own creation. At the same time, you can apply to a relative foundation for a fund to support your production so that it will be more independent.

San W Gallery/Studio, Shanghai, China
(For Foreign Artists)

Duration of Residency: 1 month/3 months

Fields to choose: jewels

Overseas Studios or Art Institutes
(For Chinese Artists)


Duration of Residency: 1 month/3 months/2 years

Fields to choose: metal, glass, jewels, ceramics, wood

Number of artists pass the application each year: 4

Jam Factory, established in 1973, is a famous Australian art institute for craftsmanship. It has 4 gallery spaces and 4 studios for different fields. Christian Hall, Karen Cunningham, Damon Moon, Jon Goulder are in charge of these 4 studios separately.


Duration of Residency: 1 month/3 months

Fields to choose: metal, jewels

Number of artists pass the application each year: No particular restrictions

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 11:16am

What REACH Means for Users of Chemicals

What is REACH?
REACH  (Registration,  Evaluation,  Authorisation  and restriction  of  Chemicals)  is  the  current  system  for controlling chemicals in Europe. It became law in the UK on 1st June 2007. You need to understand the ways it might affect you.
Do you use chemicals in your business?
Most  businesses  use  chemicals  and many  rely  on  them  without  realising  it.  For  example,  you  may  use them in the manufacture of finished goods or simply to keep your machinery operating and your premises clean. Examples include paints, metals, glues, solvents and cleaning materials.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 11:00am
The days are getting longer at last and Spring looks like it's here, and with it comes the start of a busy season for craftspeople.
So we're bringing you news of some spectacular Shows, exciting Exhibitions , creative Courses , seriously attractive Calls for Entries , Open Studios & Art Trails and amazing Makers !
You'll find all of this along with our exclusive British Craft Trade Fair Preview in your copy of our March Newsletter which is free for you to download now. Just click the image below.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 10:58am

The Society of Arts and Crafts welcomes applications for the 2017 Artist Awards.

Every other year, the Society awards $3,000 each to three craft artists living in New England. To be eligible, you must be living in New England. Deadline: March 31, 2017

This year, Ellen Wieske, 2010 Artist Award Winner and Jeweler, and Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, will join Luiza deCamargo, Associate Curator at the Society of Arts and Crafts, to jury the applications.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 10:58am
Interested in donating to one of the Silent Auctions at the SNAG conference?
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 10:43am

NEW bursaries - Full time study
FdA Historic Craft Practices
Bursary application deadline: 1 May 2017 (for this new bursary only)

"Funding made studying at West Dean possible for me and it has been totally worth it…I advise any student not to be put off by fees as it is all possible." Fons Vogel, Musical Instruments

FdA Historic Craft Practices - Clocks
FdA Historic Craft Practices - Furniture
FdA Historic Craft Practices - Metalwork
FdA Historic Craft Practices - Musical Instruments
If you are interested in studying any of our foundation degrees, then don't miss our funding application deadline, made available by The Edward James Foundation for one third of the first years tuition fees, applicable for September 2017 entry.

The foundation degrees in Historic Craft Practices are validated by the University of Sussex and give students the opportunity to develop high level practical craftsmanship skills.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 10:35am Today, the nation learned the startling news that President Trump has proposed a full elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Institute for Museum and and other vital arts and culture institutions. In this first proposed budget for FY2018 from the White House, we are facing what many have been speculating would happen. But we are not giving up.
This is not a done deal. It is only the first of many steps in the eventual passage of a federal budget that lays out the administration's priorities that will be negotiated with Congress. The final budget will be written by and passed by Congress over the next few months, which means WE MUST ACT NOW to advocate for the federal funding of the arts and humanities and the very future of our culture.
CERF+ is taking the following steps
• CERF+ is co-sponsoring and participating in Arts Advocacy Day to strongly advocate for arts and artist friendly policies in Washington DC.
• CERF+ is co-sponsoring the CREATE Act of 2016 (S. 2648) introduced by Senator Tom Udall (NM), which includes our proposed regulatory change at FEMA for post disaster tool replacement for self-employed workers (like artists).
• CERF+ is reaching out to our own community (that’s you!) encouraging your voice and participation in these important efforts.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 18, 2017 at 10:32am

IJL is #withyou

IJL has announced a new marketing campaign - #withyou - inspired by its industry leading initiatives and designed to showcase its continuing commitment to the UK and international jewellery sector.


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