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 April 13, 2012 at 4:59pm
Join the Crafts Council's Maker Development Team, in association with the University for the Creative Arts Careers Service, for a one-day intensive programme of advice tailored for craft makers wanting to set up...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2012 at 8:54am



Art/ research jewellery is a growing disipline, with many countries steadily developing, educating and exhibiting a wealth of talented new jewellers, who are increasingly subject[ing] the traditionally decorative function of jewellery to a critical examination and question[s] its assumptions. of jewellery to a critical examination and question[s] its assumptions.

Thousands of people travel to Munich every year to see the best of the best, exhibiting alongside the rising stars within art jewellery from all over the world, as part of the annual Schmuck Show, which is now in its 64th year. Symposiums and fairs are regularly held in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, to name but a few.
But where are all the Irish?
We have a rich history of art and culture, and yet, the Irish preseace is vertually non-existant within this disipline. 
If I can paraphrase the [in]famous words of Alan Partridge; “ Der must be more to Ireland dan dis”.

This brand new collective is seeking members. The criteria is that you are an Irish Citizen- regardless of where you live currently.
We are seeking active members to be part in this collective, people who are interested in seeking opportunities, collaborating, exhibiting, and generally creating lots of noise about how great Irish Art Jewellery can be to a wider public.

for an application form please email: hello(at)
Application deadline is the 10th of June.

Please forward!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 10, 2012 at 12:34pm

Lonmin Design Innovation Award 2012 Call for entries

Celebrating 10 years! Make it THE year you take part!

The Lonmin Design Innovation Award is delighted to be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012. For those that have been waiting for the right time to enter this platinum-based jewellery competition which has grown into one of the top accolades in the UK jewellery industry, the time couldn’t be better. 

For the first time in the competition’s history, a theme has been set for this year’s contest - “Red Carpet Glamour”. The brief is “to create an original platinum jewellery design for the red carpet that channels the glamour of the 1920’s and 30’s into a creation that confidently belongs in the 21st Century”.

For the eight winners, the rewards are grander than ever with a £1,000 prize each, more publicity, and a new London venue for the all-singing all-dancing awards ceremony on Sunday 2nd September, which has become one of the most important fixtures on the jewellery calendar.

Sponsored by Lonmin, one of the world’s largest producers of platinum, and supported by International Jewellery London and Johnson Matthey, the award continues to be judged under a two-part system which recognises designers with more than five years’ commercial experience and those with less than five years in the industry. 

The deadline has been extended to Friday 20th April, so there’s plenty of time to get your entry in, and the winners have 10 weeks to make up their piece. 

For further information and an application form, please contact Julie Dauncey on 020 8995 5006 or email and

Kind regards,

IJL Team

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 10, 2012 at 12:33pm
COLLECT The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects will be held from 11- 14 May 2012.
Our website for details:
We'd be delighted to welcome you to the Saatchi Gallery in May for another stunning event. We have a small allocation of tickets put aside for galleries to visit the event, please get in touch if you would like a ticket for entry.
Best regards,

Daniella Wells
Events Producer 
Crafts Council 
+44 (020) 7806 2507
07790 803 759

Please note my working week is Monday- Thursday

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 4, 2012 at 11:39am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 4, 2012 at 3:23am

 Artists International Development Fund - Call for Applications

The Artists’ international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.

The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. 

We have developed the Artists’ international development fund to help us achieve our aims within goal 1 of our 10-year framework Achieving great art for everyone: talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated. We want artists to be open to international perspectives and to expand their horizons. You can find out more about this in the Arts Council Plan 2011-15.

The British Council and the Arts Council want the programme to produce:

• a cadre of artists and creative practitioners in the UK (and also globally) who have experienced the benefits of international working between the UK and other countries and are advocates for it among their peers

• an increase in the amount of international collaboration among artists between the UK and other countries across the arts and creative industries

• artistic development for artists

Artists are able to apply for small grants (minimum of £1,000 up to £5,000). You can only apply to the Artists’ international development programme once in any financial year.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 4, 2012 at 3:20am

 Spirit of Spring, Surrey Guild of Craftsmen

The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen are taking over the Cellar Bar at Farnham Maltings. With over 20 members showing a wide variety of their work, this is an ideal opportunity to chat directly with the makers, have fresh look at craft, see new designs and demonstrations.

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2012, 10.30am-5pm, free entry

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 4, 2012 at 3:17am

 The Medicine Garden Art Festival - Call for Applications

Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 July 2012

The Medicine Garden is a beautifully restored Victorian walled garden in Cobham, Surrey. Applications are invited from artists to sell work at the art festival on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July 2012. The booking fee for each stall is £40 per day outdoors or £60 per day inside the marquee. Applications are also sought from sculptures for displays outside in the walled garden. The fee per group of sculptures will be £40 per day with a 10% commission charge on all sales of sculptures over £100.

Deadline for Applications: Sunday 15 April 2012

For more information go to For guidelines and an application form please email:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 4, 2012 at 3:17am

 festival of crafts – Call for Applications

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October 2012

This annual event is a major craft festival showcasing over 70 leading designer makers. The festival is recognised by Arts Council South East as one of the premier craft events in the region. Applications are welcome from makers producing original work. The show offers opportunities to well established craft practitioners as well as first time exhibitors and graduates. The selection process aims to offer visitors a variety of contemporary craft by innovative makers.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 8 May 2012

For further information or an application form please contact Pauline Smith on 01252 745405, or visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 3, 2012 at 3:36pm
Okay last post before I go worth watching this! Or recording.... On bbc4 on Thursday eve.

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