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
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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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Voluntary Arts

Join us for Networking and Information Events to discuss plans for Get Creative Festival, Creativity & Wellbeing Week and Age of Creativity in May 2020!

This is an opportunity to:

• hear about the Creative Festivals taking place in May 2020

• start planning your involvement in the festivals

• network with others in your area and plan joint activities.

Join the waitlist if your preferred event is already full as spaces may open up. Find your nearest meeting at

With creativity and wellbeing now high on the agenda in policy across culture, health, ageing, social connectedness and communities, the time has never been better to come together to discuss how we can work together to support opportunities for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they are, to participate in culture and creativity. Across the three festivals, we will be focused on reaching out to more people, working towards positive futures and looking at mental health in young people, climate change, ageing through the life course, and public health and everyday creativity; but we welcome events and activities that relate to any health, wellbeing or wellness issue or creativity more broadly - these are open and inclusive festivals and we want to showcase whatever you are doing!

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COCKPIT ARTS: London Craft Week 27 April – 3 May
We’ll be contributing to London Craft Week‘s exciting programme of events once again – this time in collaboration with Thinking City. In a series of talks and discussions under the banner of Craft + Communi-ty, we’ll focus on the pertinent subjects of Bridging Divides, Forging Neighbourhoods and Building Better Cities.
In detail, we’ll explore:
• how craft and creative practice can help bring communities together and bridge social/economic di-vides; also how accessibility to arts practice as well as a market for crafts can be improved for communities.
• how craft can play a role in defining places – looking both at historical and contemporary examples – and the relevance of that neighbourhood identity for people living and working there.
• And discuss how craft can be used to improve public spaces and community facilities, looking at specific examples and hearing from practitioners.
More information and ticket details to be announced shortly on
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Wed 11 March 2020

6pm - 8pm, £12 (incl. a welcome drink)

Join us for the UK film premiere of The Shadow of Gold, a film that takes an unflinching look at how the world’s favourite heavy metal is extracted from the earth. Filmed in China, Peru, Canada, the U.S., London, Dubai, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Shadow of Gold questions the impact of gold mining and the gold trade on our economy, environment and conflicts. The screening will be followed by a question session with members and associates of sustainable practice advocates Fair Luxury.


For further information and to book visit

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Thu 26 March 2020

6pm – 8pm, £10 (includes a welcome drink)

Join ethical-making pioneers and champions Greg Valerio, Ute Decker and Jos Skeates for an evening of inspiration and advice. Come and consider how your studio practice can evolve and each small change can cumulatively have a big impact environmentally and socially.


For further information and to book visit

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The Future of Craft Selects – apply by 10 February


After the success of its inaugural show in 2019, The Future of Craft returns as a destination hub for London Craft Week 2020. The ground-breaking partnership led by Oxo Tower Wharf in collaboration with Design-Nation and Future Icons showcases contemporary craft over five-floors at Bargehouse with displays, demonstrations, workshops, talks and installations from innovative and inspiring makers and collectives. Now in its second year, The Future of Craft launches ‘Selects’, an opportunity for emerging and established individual contemporary designer-makers to showcase at this not-to-be-missed event.


For more information and for application pack visit

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A/dornment is a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry.

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The Augustus Brandt Gallery in Petworth is hosting a Silversmiths exhibition called Living Silver: Contemporary Silver for the Home, dedicated to showcasing the technically skilled work of British silversmiths in partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS).

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Studio Co-ordinator
Studio Co-ordinator, Ruth Tomlinson - Holborn, London
Ruth Tomlinson
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Craft Town Public Art Commission:

Cast Your Vote to Select the Winning Proposal

We are delighted to invite you to cast your vote for a new Craft Town Public Art commission in Waggon Yard.

The sculpture will be located next to a busy car park in the courtyard of the grade II listed building of the New Ashgate Gallery Trust in Waggon Yard.

The shortlisted artists are Walter Bailey (3rd image below), Manuela Kagerbauer (2nd image) and David Mayne (1st image).

Join us for presentations by the artists on Monday 20 January, 2pm (free but booking is required).

The proposals are on display until 29 February and the Farnham community is invited to vote and select the winning proposal - to be announced on 7 February on the gallery website. The voting is in person in the gallery, only.

The sculpture will be installed in October 2020 - during the craft month in Farnham. The public art commission is supported by Arts Council England.

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Gem Fairs for January to April 2020
We've been busy over the Christmas break arranging more gem fairs for 2020, both in the UK and the USA, with our partners from Fair Trade Gemstones, Capricorn Gems and Gemstones Brazil (plus others!).
As well as this week in London, you can also find us in Tucson, Edinburgh and London.
3rd to 6th February - Tucson
26th & 27th March - Edinburgh
2nd & 3rd April - London
For an overview of our events, see our Facebook events page.

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