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: 67
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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 August 25, 2017 at 2:08pm

#LDF17 London Design Festival Eleven: MA Postgraduates from UCA School of Craft and Design showcase interpretive practice, pushing the boundaries between glass, metal, textile, wood and ceramics.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 2:03pm

21–24th September 2017

The largest collection of international exibitors, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions including Tent London & Super Brands London in one destination during the London Design Festival.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 1:56pm

Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia

British Museum

14 Sep 2017 – 14 Jan 2018

New archaeological and scientific discoveries are also used to shed light on this fascinating period of ancient history.

Gold applique showing two archers back to back, Kul Oba, 400BC-350BC

The Scythians were a large group of Iranian Eurasians who made up one of the great nomadic civilisations of antiquity. First mentioned by the Assyrians in the 9th century BC, they were ruled by a wealthy class known as the Royal Scyths. After establishing a vast trade network across Greece, Persia, India and China and learning to master mounted warfare, they were able to dominate a huge region stretching from Siberia to the Black Sea.

The Scythians valued decorative objects and developed a rich artistic culture characterised by opulent tombs, fine metalwork, and a brilliant art style. This exhibition includes royal Scythian tombs from Siberia and Kazakhstan, multi-coloured rugs, fur-lined garments and accessories, unique horse headgear, beautiful gold objects and more.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 1:55pm

Street Fans

The Fan Museum

19 September – 31 December 2017
Free with National Art Pass

Keeping things cool in both senses of the word is a new exhibition combining two rather different art forms: fan-making and street art.

A colourful collaboration between The Fan Museum and Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanus, Street Fans sees internationally recognised artists such as Jonesy, Zokatos and Levalet team up with expert fan-maker Sylvain Le Guen to create unique hand-held fans.

Bringing the endangered practice of fan-making into conversation with the globally popular street art phenomenon, this unusual show demonstrates the Greenwich museum’s commitment to promoting its specialism in imaginative, stimulating ways – and was supported by an Art Happens crowdfunding campaign.

On show are some 50 original folding fans displaying a huge range of design techniques, incorporating everything from precise geometric compositions to typographic scribblings reminiscent of ancient hieroglyphics.

The exhibition goes beyond the Fan Museum, too, with a programme of related events including a 'paint jam' and a fan-making workshop at Greenwich Market.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 1:51pm
Headline Speakers announced for 100% Design
'Talks with 100% Design' returns with an unbeatable line-up of the biggest names and topics in the industry. All talks are free for registered visitors and provide a forum for conversations, inspiration, tips and ideas. Below is a small selection of who's speaking at this year's show with even more to be announced.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 1:49pm

 New Ashgate Gallery
One to one advice sessions with Crafts Council Talent Development team

Book now: £55

(£35 for participants who have attended an advice session with Crafts Council within one year of this session date, please email for booking code)

Are you looking for a brain storm session for your creative business? Have you found yourself at a crossroads with your practice? Do you need a spark of inspiration or an action plan to take your work forward?

Why should you attend?

    You will receive a bespoke advisory hour long session with an experienced arts and business development advisor
    Tailored for you and fully confidential, this session will enable you to talk about your ideas or concerns about your creative practice.
    You will go away with a set of action points to implement into your practice.

How it works:

    You book a one hour session with the advisor between 10 & 4pm on the day indicated using our Eventbrite page.
    You supply the advisor with information in advance (requirements indicated below)
    The advisor will prepare for your session in advance by looking through details about your practice that you have provided and any particular issues you have raised in advance.
    At the end of the session, you will be allocated a follow up, this takes place over the phone or via Skype and arranged at the time of your advice session.

Who is advising?

    Talent Development manager Caroline Jackman, has over 20 years’ experience in working in the arts and working to support the business and creative development of artists and makers from amateurs to established professionals.
    Crafts Council are the national organisation for Craft and offer key advice to support artists, makers and designers in their business development.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 1:43pm
Michelle McKinney
I am an artist working in the medium of ultra fine woven metal in particular Stainless Steel. In my current practice I have developed an interest in using my sculptures to create photographic works of which “Piece of me” is an example. My work is bedded in the clear space between opposites; the movement captured in stillness; the fragility and ephemerality of nature captured in the strength and permanence of industrial, man-made materials; inexorable freedom within the clinically defined limitations of space. This series of photographs explores these dualities in the context of the individual

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 1:36pm

The Joint Council for Qualifications announced this week that the number of art, design and technology GCSE students fell by 27,000 this year.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2017 at 1:33pm

Woman’s Hour talked to Caren Hartley - Woman’s Hour Craft Prize finalist and one of the only female bespoke bike makers in the UK.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 20, 2017 at 10:59am

Design Frontiers is a group exhibition at Somerset House, within the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, West Wing and Terrace Room Galleries, of 30 leading international designers whose work challenges boundaries. The curated and free exhibition will illuminate the thinking and working processes of these practitioners, each renowned for re-defining and leading their respective disciplines: from automotive to fashion, product design to graphics, digital to performance. Tickets are free, but registration is essential.


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