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: Jun 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 April 14, 2013 at 7:45am


Hi Rebecca


We are planning our very first WebCast later this month on Saturday 20th April at 3PM BST. We had loads of request for topics for Andrew to demonstrate showing you techniques 'live' via webcam which should keep him busy for a couple of years. You will have the opportunity to ask him questions in real time or you can email the team in advance with your questions. The first WebCast is going to be all about the technique of soldering. It was the most asked for topic of discussion and with so many problems that can go wrong, you will get Andrew showing you exactly what to do and how to do it.

We still want your questions so why not email the team with your questions you have on soldering. Is there a particular area you are having trouble with? Do you have problems soldering thin wire to large sheet? Finding that the solder melts easily whilst the piece does not get up to heat? In fact, any questions you have on soldering, please email Devhan and hopefully Andrew will be able to answer them. We will also be recording the WebCast which will be available on At The Bench a few days after the broadcast. So Click here to email Devhan with your questions.

Below we have included Country times at which Andrew will be live. Make a date in your diary. More details and how to register to watch Andrew will follow in a few days.

Members Gallery

Don't forget we would love to see what you are creating. Upload them to the gallery. It's a great place to showcase At The Bench members work. The upload section is at the bottom of the page HERE

Three films have gone live this week

Techniques – Making a Tube Clasp Part 2

Click to watch

A tube clasp or box clasp is demanding to make because of the extreme close tolerances and sheer scale of the item. Andrew shows you how straight forward a tube clasp is to make but make sure you work ....

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 14, 2013 at 7:35am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2013 at 7:52pm
incubtor workshop for jewellers and silversmiths by Jane and Mark Fenn Elements CIC — Kickstarter via @kickstarter

community incubtor workshop for jewellers and silversmiths
Our aim is to establish a creative community for silversmiths and jewellery graduates and support them for two years.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 12, 2013 at 3:47pm
H S Walsh & Sons Ltd [Birmingham Branch] has sent you a message.
Date: 4/12/2013
Subject: Walsh Update
Just an update, we have re-launched our new, clearer, easy to use website and here at the Birmingham branch, we also have created a Facebook Page for those who want to be able to contact us here personally with any questions or advice or simply to see any news or offers. Please take a minute to "Like" our page.
The Birmingham Boys
Darrel, Lee & Anthony
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2013 at 3:11pm
Mark Fenn
Dear Follow ACJ members here is the Breaking News:
Creative Centre for Silversmiths and Jewellers: Call for graduates

We are starting a new and exciting creative centre in East Kent. We are establishing a creative community for twelve silversmiths/jewellers with residency, training and workshop facilities. Please share with anyone you think would be interested

Thank you

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2013 at 2:50pm
We have 30 FREE tickets to give away to the Craftboston Spring Show April 19-21 to distribute to SNAG members. Each ticket is good for the entire weekend. Just email Tara Jecklin (, let her know if you'd like one or two tickets, and she'll get those out in the mail to you.

Craftboston is presented by the Society of Arts and Crafts
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2013 at 2:42pm

Current Exhibition
Sooper Sweet with Re-Ink-Our-Nation
16 March – 13 April 2013

Soopersweet is a showcase event featuring the work of some of Ireland's best known street artists and illustrators. The exhibition will prove just why 'outsider' art is currently the most populist art form in the world. Yarn bombing, aerosol art, painting and stencilling all feature whilst artists including Verz, DMC and Matthew knight will be running a series of 'hands on' mural workshops with various community groups from the Lisburn area. The launch event for the exhibition at the gallery will be a free, interactive experience
Re-Ink-Our-Nation is a local community arts organisation which aims to help individuals and communities to transform themselves through the arts. They have worked closely with many statutory agencies on the delivery of large-scale arts projects in local communities, with a particular focus on tackling serious issues through the arts, and the creation of community-led public art installations. Re-Ink-Our-Nation have been a key facilitator of the Re-Imaging Communities programme.
Private View Saturday 16 March 2pm – 7pm including DJ and Live Painting

To accompany every exhibition there will be a series of workshop programmes and artists talks please contact R-Space on 028 9266 3179 for details or check out our website
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2013 at 2:33pm
Gail Hufjay

March 21, 2013

Details on Top American Prize for an Emerging Art Jeweler Released

Mill Valley, California, USA--Art Jewelry Form (AJF) is accepting applications for the 2013 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jewelry artist. This is the 14th year the organization is awarding a cash prize to a contemporary artist. The amount of the 2013 award is $7500. The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jeweler is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in a jeweler's work and to help advance his or her career.

Jurors selecting this year's prizewinner are: 2012 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award winner Noon Passama; Lindsay Pollack, Editor in Chief of Art in America and a collector of art jewelry; and Ruudt Peters, illustrious vanguard jeweler and professor at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy.

The Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award competition is open to makers of wearable art jewelry who have completed their academic or professional training at least one year but not more than six years prior to the submission date of the AJF Award application. Applicants must not have had a solo exhibition at a commercial gallery or a museum or have one scheduled. All artwork submitted must have been unsupervised; work from BFA or MFA shows may NOT be submitted.

Award Schedule

* April 1, 2013 Applications may be submitted at
* June 30, 2013 Deadline for application entry.
* September 2013 The winner of this year's competition and $7500 cash award is announced.

2012 AJF AA Noon Passama
Learn more about the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award and find complete application guidelines on the website.

Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness, encouraging appreciation, and expanding insight of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. It is a curious, informed, and diverse community passionately advocating for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and support. The Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award was established in 1999. Its first recipient, Yeon-Mi Keong, received the award at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in 2000.

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2013 at 2:31pm

At The Bench Weekly News
After months and months of planning, the New Look website finally went live last weekend.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2013 at 2:26pm
Klimt02 | Gallery presents in Barcelona a selection of 140 pieces of 26 international artists. Our selection of works, presented through ....
Klimt02 | Gallery presents in Barcelona a selection of 140 pieces of 26 international artists. Our selection of works, presented through this 2010 collection, aims to involve you in the implicit concepts, messages, thoughts, ironies, questions, answers, transgressions and languages that have taken shape and have become physical beings.

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