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
Latest Activity: Jul 21

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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Help us help Jewellers

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Dec 1, 2019. 3 Replies

ACJ welcomes to its membership makers, collectors, curators, educators, gallerists and all who have in interest in or passion for contemporary jewellery. ACJ organises exhibitions, conferences, events, talks and workshops for its members and the public. We publish our print magazine Findings twice a year, send a monthly e-bulletin to members, packed with news, information & opportunities, and we run social media accounts which reach over 10,000 people with news and information - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. We do all this on an annual budget of about £25,000, funded by membership subscriptions. Would you like to donate to help us further this work? Any amount is welcome! PayPal donations can be made here:…Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 14, 2020 at 5:40am
Workshop/studio space available in London Dalston. Would be suitable for a jewellery designer, textile artist, illustrator, painter, fashion, ect. The space is shared with other young creatives. It is £200 pcm with wifi included and then bills are on top but are split between everyone. There is a sink in the studio and a large communal table in the middle of the room if you need a bit more space for certain projects.

Here is a picture of the space, the jewellery bench and little table with a rolling mill on it are not included. You are free to arrange the space as you’d like.
Please email me at or find me on Facebook if you are interested. I believe there are other spaces available in the building so worthwhile getting in touch if you are looking for a space in East London.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 14, 2020 at 5:34am
The Craft Sector Hardship Fund will open at 11am on Wednesday 17 June.

Apply here

We recognise this is an incredibly challenging time for makers and with generous support of The Radcliffe Trust we will be awarding 150 makers with a £500 bursary.

We will award on a first come first served basis in order to get cash into makers hands as soon as possible. We are therefore relying on your integrity to only apply if you really need this help.

Please read the FAQs below and make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria.

We are aware that thousands of makers need financial support at this time and so we continue to fundraise for this cause.


The Crafts Council team

Crafts sector hardship grant FAQs

Who is eligible?
This grant is open to contemporary craft businesses, heritage craft businesses and craft conservation businesses who meet at least one of the following criteria;
Those who have lost 75% of their income.
Those who can’t access any other forms of support – including government support, the Goldsmiths’ fund, Freelands Foundation and Arts Council grants
Those who have been in business 12 months or less and do not qualify for the Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
Those who are a director of their own limited company

I am an ICON member, am I eligible?
This grant will support ICON members, apart from those linked to the Specialist Interest Groups of Archaeology; Care of Collections; Ethnology and Heritage Science.

I received my SEISS Government grant, but it was only a few hundred pounds, am I still eligible?
We recognize that in many cases craft makers early in their career may have not made the profit that ensures their SEISS grant is enough and we will be open to those that have received less than £500.

I am not a sole trader, I have a Limited Company, am I eligible?
Yes, we will consider applications from Directors paid by dividend, but not those who are paid by a salary.

Do I need to be registered with HMRC to be eligible?
Yes, this grant is for registered craft businesses whether sole traders or limited companies that have not been able to access other support.

Is this open to outside the UK?
This grant is only available to craft businesses registered in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How much is being given per person?
A grant of £500 will be issued to successful applications.

Can I apply more than once?
No, only one application per person.

How is the scheme being managed?
On the Crafts Council’s Survey Monkey Apply secure platform.

Why do I need a Survey Monkey Apply account?
This online platform is designed with applicants in mind; to set up an account, all you need is a username email and password. If you ever apply to another opportunity that is on Survey Monkey Apply your account will already be set up and can be re-used.

How do I apply?
Fill in the application process that goes live at 11am on Wednesday 17 June 2020.
Please complete all the questions. Those who don’t meet our criteria will receive an email and will be signposted to Crafts Council support pages outlining the other forms of support available elsewhere.

What should I have to had in order to complete the application?
Your UTR (Unique Tax Reference code)
Your member number if you are a member of ICON or Guild of Master Craftsmen
Your Company Registration Number if you have a limited company
Your bank details to enable us to process successful applications swiftly
How will grants be assessed?
All applications will be reviewed for approval to ensure all questions have been completed and applicants meet the criteria
Grants will be issued on first some first served basis.

How will I know if I have been given a grant?
You will receive an email informing you that you have been successful or not. The application form will ask for your bank details so that we can process your payment swiftly.

If I am successful, how will I receive the grant?
You will receive a BACS payment to the details you submit in your application form. The reason we ask for your bank details in the application is to speed up the process of issuing grants. Your bank details will not be stored.

Will you be storing my data?
We will only be storing your data for the following purposes:
To administer your grant following this your data will be deleted
You will be emailed to complete a three-question survey to help us measure the impact of this Hardship Fund; following this your email will be deleted from our database.
We will store your contact details if you opt in to receive Crafts Council maker newsletters; this will not be passed on to any third parties.
Where else can I find grant support?
Freelands Foundation through Artists Newsletter
Visit the pages for up to date information on support
Visit grants online for funders issuing hardship grants
Local authority support listed on website
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 14, 2020 at 5:32am
Romanian shoemaker makes size 75 shoes for social distancing
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 14, 2020 at 5:30am
'It needs guts': commercial galleries are reopening – why aren't the rest?
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 14, 2020 at 5:28am
Join AJF THURSDAY, June 18, 2020, for AJF Live with Nikki Couppee & emiko oye. Free, and open to members and non-members alike!

For more information and to register follow this link.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 14, 2020 at 5:27am
Institute of Making new technicians Helen and Josie!

Congratulations Helen Carnac:

Helen Carnac has long been a presence at the Institute of Making, delivering enamelling activities at open days and through masterclasses. After training in metal and related arts in the UK and Germany, Helen's practice developed into studio-work, advocacy, curation, teaching, mentoring, and writing. Helen has worked with many materials in numerous contexts but her area of expertise is the combination of vitreous enamel and steel; a process and material most usually found in an industrial context but one that she explores as an artist.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 14, 2020 at 5:21am

FREE Craft Lab: Applying for a Fulbright Fellowship with Nicole Jacquard on Saturday, June 27th, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern.

Ever wanted to immerse yourself in another country -- really get to know the people, the language, the unique culture that makes up a place, and create work while living through the experience? Consider applying for one of the most prestigious fellowships the U.S. government has to offer -- The Fulbright Fellowship.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 6, 2020 at 10:30am
new report, The Market for Craft.
We’ve also given you links to some studies on the (positive and negative) impact of Covid-19 – and evidence on why it’s good to craft!
There will be no newsletter in June as some of us are on furlough, but we’ll be back in July as usual.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 6, 2020 at 10:27am

We encourage you to promote your Graduate students & the educational programs by publishing your School Degree Shows 2020

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 6, 2020 at 10:22am

Cove Park’s unique programme of residencies respond to the diversity of contemporary practice in all the art forms, providing the time, space and freedom required to develop new work within a supportive and inspiring context.


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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Sorry for the bit of a gap in posts. I will get back up to normal over the next few weeks. Here is an opportunity to get started."
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"Join AJF Wednesday, June 24, 2020, for AJF Live with Ela Bauer & Esther Knobel. Free, and open to members and non-members alike!"
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