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 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 March 31, 2013 at 9:32am



BA (hons) silversmithing and jewellery design at the Glasgow School of Art is pleased to announce its Artist in Residence (AIR) programme and invites interested individuals to apply directly to Anna Gordon, Head of Department.  


The residency position is in essence, space and facilities in exchange for a small teaching assistant input.  You would be given access to bench space and facilities within the School’s workshops for the duration of the residency, for which there would be no charge.


The position should be viewed as an opportunity for you to develop your own work and technical skills in a creative environment, without the constraints of set course work or timetable. It would also allow you to positively extend your CV.




  • Workshop access is between 9.30am - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday and until 5.00pm on a Friday


  • Session dates run from the middle of September to the end of June (confirmed dates will be supplied)


  • Artists in Residence would normally be expected to attend for a minimum of three days per week, for the full session


  • The residency will normally terminate at the end of session, unless by special arrangement with Head of Department





If you would like to be considered for a place as Artist in Residence, please submit;


  • · A CV with images (no more than 10) of current work


  • · A short statement stating your academic strengths and how you would intend to develop your work during the residency


If successful, you will also be asked to supply an academic Reference of Support and if applicable, evidence of a valid visa. Overseas applicants are responsible for ensuring they have an independent visa in place to cover the academic year. The School cannot enter into any dialogue with the UK Border Agency in respect of visa applications. The Residency position is termed as ‘work experience’.


For further information regarding the AIR programme, please contact ANNA GORDON.



Deadline date for applications: 17 May 2013



Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2013 at 9:26am

After nearly three months, and with thousands of votes placed already in the craft&design Selected Awards 2013, there are just three days left to place your vote for your favourite makers featured on the craft&design Selected website.

If you would like to vote, you can do so by going to:

The craft&design Selected Awards aim to raise awareness of skilled makers. The craft&design Selected website features over a thousand makers creating work in a wide range of media - you can browse through the listings here:

or search for makers by location or craft here:

Kind regards,
Michael Ball
craft&design Magazine
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2013 at 9:25am

We are delighted to announce that the on-line application for exhibiting at Great Northern Contempory Craft Fair 2013 is now live.

2013 sees the show return to the popular location of Hardman Square, the main public square of Spinningfields, surrounded by trendy bars, street cafes and the commercial offices of some of the UK's leading financial and legal companies.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

10-13th October 2013

The Pavilion, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2013 at 9:24am
ACE is investing £30k in Craft Finder
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2013 at 9:22am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2013 at 9:19am
Making Space Brochure, May – August 2013

Out now.. summer brochure which features creative classes, workshops and events running at Making Space from May to August 2013. We have workshops to suit everyone: 5-week and 10-week evening classes for adults, Saturday workshops and children’s summer holiday activities - all offering tuition in a range of crafts from jewellery, glass and textiles to ceramics, print-making and photography.

Highlights of the summer season include:

A 5-week morning workshop in Textile Printing & Painting with Rachel Reynolds: explore pattern, print and texture using a variety of printing techniques. Starts Tuesday 14 May, 10.30am-12.30pm.

Wendy Dolan’s Adult Saturday workshop in Machine Embroidered Book Covers: Enjoy a day making designs for book covers. Saturday 4 May, 10am-4pm.

Children’s Summer School: take part in up to eight different craft activities over a week then create an exhibition showcasing all of your work to show your family and friends. Activities include shadow puppets, willow sculptures, modrock masks and cartoon comics. Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August.

New this season: Early Bird Offer! We are offering anyone who books and pays for any Adult Saturday workshop 5% off if they book before 19 April.

The box office will be open for bookings at 10am on Tuesday 2 April - you will not be able to book before this date. To book a place, please call the office on 02392 472491 or email

PLUS: We still have some places left for our Easter Holidays children’s workshops on 9, 10 and 11 April as well as our Family Fun Day on Saturday 6 April – please see the attached information for details.

We hope to see you at Making Space soon.

Kind regards
Catharine Russell
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 27, 2013 at 9:58am

After a week of tense voting, the winners of Professional Jeweller’s Treasure competition 2013 have been revealed as Rosita Bonita, Smith/Grey and Tessa Metcalfe. The three jewellery brands, which have now each won a stand at June jewellery selling show Treasure in London, battled it out as part of a shortlist of 10 to win votes on The competition attracted a high level of voting with 16,600 votes placed in the seven days of the competition. During this time the website received 28,100 visits and generated 87,061 page views. The finalists’ PR activity - which included securing features in newspapers and magazines, heavy promotion through social networking sites and running competitions to win jewellery - appeared to pay off with more than 66.62% of visitors in the seven days being new to The three winners have distinctly varying styles making this year’s selection an exciting line-up. Rosita Bonita works with screen-printed or foil-embossed leather to make large statement necklaces, Smith/Grey creates striking originality and bold motifs such as tumbling horses and roughened signet rings, and Tessa Metcalfe makes jewels from casts of dead pigeons' feet. Rosita Bonita founder Rowenna Harrison said: "The public side of the competition, although pretty stressful, has also been really rewarding. I've had such phenomenal support from my followers, friends, family, stockists and other designers, and have gained lots of new followers through the campaign process. "It's been a real boost. I'm so happy now to have the opportunity to show at Treasure and to reach a new audience." The competition, however, is not over just yet. Next the three winners will go on to face the judges of this year’s competition once more who will this time look for commercial savvy. The designers will be interviewed by Professional Jeweller about their business plans for the future, the interview will be presented to the judges and they will then award the brand with the most commercial potential an additional stand at trade show The Jewellery Show London, which takes place at Somerset House in June. This year the judges are Professional Jeweller editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor, Professional Jeweller deputy editor Kathryn Bishop, Treasure organiser Della Tinsley, The Jewellery Show event director Julie Driscoll, ROX managing director Kyron Keogh, Green + Benz managing director Helen Dimmick, Baroque founders Kyle McIntosh and Jason French, Steffans director Wes Suter, Marmalade Jewellers co-founder Nadine Meegan, and last year's overall competition winner Claire English.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 24, 2013 at 9:58am
hand engravers association AGM

What a great year for the hand engravers association, all highlighted in the chairmans report at the AGM this week! From apprentiship schemes, dedication to teaching and their highlight of the opportunity to share... Cut In Clerkenwell. Stage two now in full flow and growing by the day... Records of individual hand engravers across Great Britain.

The records and paperweight project will be open for the public to see At: The Clockmakers' Museum and Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH on the 17th April. And worth visiting more than once as it will be growing over the year!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 24, 2013 at 9:45am
alexandre diamond optical setting and engraving school event at goldsmiths

The first technical event at the goldsmiths centre, with a mix of visitors from traditional hand engravers, diamond and stone setters to us jewellery new and old.

The presentation started more as a sales pitch of the school and a very mini sales pitch of the grs equipment; Then the founder of the school did a demonstration.. Alexander Sidharov played down his skills, but his precision, speed and skill shone through rapidly setting stones with cleanliness and traditional style within minutes.

Afterwards we all had the opportunity to chat with the Sutton Tools rep. .... Very very friendly and helpful and Alexander as well as catch up with the rare opportunities of chatting and having time for each other!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 24, 2013 at 9:32am
Institute of the making. grand opening.
What a very busy event, lots of activity and materials hanging about. Smaller venue than expected, but some interesting events coming up. It's a shame it's so far from me!

Downside of the opening, the only info was on the leaflet and web, hard to get to speak to anyone because it was busy, and materials weren't labelled! But guess it was more about the make space!

Do discuss below if you went or are going soon, Grace Horne's master class looks good in the summer! And invent a material workshop... I'm intrigued!

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