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. 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 January 28, 2012 at 11:04am

Outside in 2012: Surgery Day

Criteria: These surgery days are open to any artist who feels they are a match for the project. They provide you with assistance to set up your own online gallery and submit your work to the Outside In 2012, National Open Art Competition. Outside In aims to provide a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world either because of mental health issues, disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art.
Deadline: 07 February 2012
Art House (The)
For further information and to book please contact Elinor or Lisa on 01924 312000 or email

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 28, 2012 at 11:02am

Here we are at the beginning of a new year that will see lots happening around the UK. Our craft&design Selected Awards and Craft and Design Month, oh and I think there's those small things like the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee of course, so here is our first Newsletter of the year to start you off.

Just click on the link below to find out about just a few of the things that are going on and of course there's much more on our website and in the magazine - the next issue is on sale 23 February.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 28, 2012 at 10:56am
Institute of Making
Taste of Materials - Volunteers Needed

Do you fancy taking part in an experiment we are running to investigate further The Taste of Materials?
Our next round of experiments are about to begin and we are looking for willing volunteers to donate an hour of their time.
More information can be found below.
Best wishes,
Institue of Making

‘Circular email for use for recruitment of volunteers for study ref: BDM/10/11-105, approved by Biomedical and Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine (BDM) and Natural and Mathematical Sciences Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC). This project contributes to the College's role in conducting research, and teaching research methods. You are under no obligation to reply to this email, however if you choose to, participation in this research is voluntary and you may withdraw at anytime.’

We would like to invite you to participate in an original Institute of Making research study entitled ‘The perception of material samples through oral sensation’. The work is designed to investigate how we perceive solid objects that are put in the mouth, such as cutlery.

In the study, you will be asked to test a variety of lolly sticks by putting them in your mouth. The lolly sticks are made from different materials typically used for cutlery, namely metals, woods, plastics and glass. You will then be asked to compare the sensations of the different materials, and your answers will be recorded numerically. During your tasting of the lolly sticks you will be requested to wear a blindfold, but this will only be for short periods at a time. 

To be a participant in the study, you must be between 18 and 65 years of age and in good general health and not pregnant. In addition, you must not be suffering from a cold at the time of the test, or suffering from any general medical condition known to compromise your senses of taste and smell. If you agree to participate, the study will be conducted in the Materials Library at King’s College London, Strand campus and will last approximately 1 hour in total.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please send an email to with your contact details. Full details will be available on the Participant Information Sheet which you will be sent.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Supinya Wongsriruksa
Materials & Molecular Modelling Research Group
Department of Physics
King’s College London
Strand, London


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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 28, 2012 at 10:54am

Until 26 FEBRUARY 2012

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 23, 2012 at 5:35am





The New Year starts with a big celebration at Holts Academy of Jewellery. In January it launches an exciting series of events showcasing internationally-acclaimed jewellers who will be discussing their careers and displaying their work before an invited audience.


Starting on February 8th, “An Evening With…” will be held at Holt’s Academy’s brand new state-of-the-art premises in Hatton Garden, the heart of London’s jewellery quarter. Each event will provide a unique opportunity for the Academy’s students -and a select number of other lucky attendees - to meet some of the top names in the profession.


This series will inspire the next generation of new jewellery makers and designers. Attendees can hear how some of the most illustrious jewellers and inspirational talents entered the profession, how their careers and brands developed, together with their thoughts on this ever changing industry.


Top names already signed up include Stephen Webster, Vicki Sarge-Beamon from Erickson Beamon, Michael Wainwright, Joanna Hardy and Jos Skeates from EC One. As you might expect, each event will take on a slightly different format as they will be moulded around the personality of the guest speaker. These informal sessions - a pleasing mix of presentations, interview-style conversations displays and handling sessions - will last for two to three hours, including a wine reception. Attendees will be encouraged to put their own questions to the speaker and perhaps even have their work reviewed.


To maintain the intimate, informative atmosphere so essential for the success of these unique events, the number of places has been restricted.

If you wish to join us for one of these exclusive evenings, early booking is essential. To ensure you get your ticket, just log on to the Holts Academy website where you will also find further details of this definitive inspirational New Year programme.


Programme of Events: 


Stephen Webster - 8th February 2012


Vicki Sarge-Beamon - 13th March 2012


Michael Wainwright- 24th April 2012


Upcoming: Leo De Vroomen, Jos Skeates of ECOne, Joanna Hardy


Tickets: £12 for the Stephen Webster and Vicki Sarge-Beamon events (wine reception included).

These events are open to guests from outside the Academy; however Holts Academy students will receive discounted tickets. Places are strictly limited so book now! You can pay by card, cash or cheque.


Booking & further information: please contact Holts Academy of Jewellery on 0207 405 0197, email or visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 21, 2012 at 9:53am
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    MAPMATC's are like ATC's (artist trading cards) or ACEO's (artist cards editions & originals) but for people who work in/with metal.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 21, 2012 at 9:06am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 18, 2012 at 3:23am

The National Centre for Craft & Design

Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW, T: 01529 308 710

Making it Relevant

A Professional Practice Symposium open to all aspiring and existing makers and

exploring the influence of career paths and cultural heritage on contemporary craft


Saturday 28th April 2012, 10.30am – 4pm (registration from 10am)

Delegate fee: £20 / £12.50 students. Discount available for groups of 5 or more.

A light lunch will be provided.


In spring 2012 The National Centre for Craft & Design will be hosting two significant

group exhibitions which will briefly overlap. We will celebrate these shows,

‘Transplantation’ and ‘Made in the Middle’ and the themes they explore with a

symposium and participative day aimed at existing and aspiring crafts professionals.

The symposium is intended to be an open and dynamic exploration and reflection on

participants’ diverse career paths, travel and family backgrounds; and discovery,

through discussion and hands-on activities, of how these factors have enriched the

way we work and make craft today. Themes include stories of cultural heritage;

routes to practice, both traditional and less conventional; the role of mentors and

teachers; and buying/commissioning of craft by the public.

The day is open to those who are interested in forming a career in contemporary

craft; and those who are already makers and who wish to explore and share both

the influences on their current practice and the ways in which they may wish to


The keynote speaker will be Lesley Millar MBE, Professor of Textile Culture

at the University for the Creative Arts, who has led many outstanding creative

projects across nationalities and language barriers, particularly between Europe and

Japan, and is herself a practising weaver. Professor Millar’s latest exhibition is ‘Lost

in Lace’, on show at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 19 February 2012 (and

then touring) and she has also contributed the essay ‘Roots/Routes’ to ‘Radical

Thread’, the new publication which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the influential

62 Group of textile artists.

The format of the day will be a mixture of formally presented papers; discussion

groups; and open event workshops where participants are invited to share their

experiences, learn from others and gain practical skills as well as advice. Speed

networking will take place over lunch and a Creative Careers mini-fair will also be

available throughout the day for information and advice.

Submissions are now invited for papers and short practical workshops on the

themes outlined above. Papers should be between 5-20 minutes in delivery and

practical sessions no more than 45-60 minutes. We are particularly interested in

papers that explore the diversity of routes to practice and/or cultural influence, with

The National Centre for Craft & Design

Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW, T: 01529 308 710

reference to the presenter’s own experiences or observations; and practical sessions

that not only impart and share skill but encourage discussion around it.

For individuals: please send a brief outline of your proposal (no more than 250

words) and your CV (max 2 pages) to

Organisations that offer advice, information and support to aspiring craft

professionals are also invited to join the Creative Careers Fair. Space is limited so

early booking is advised. Please contact for

more information.

Deadline for submissions for individuals and organisations: Friday 16 March 2012.

Participant Registration

Information on how to register for the symposium will be available on our website

on 30th January 2012:

Four student bursaries are available for this event. For further details of how to

apply, please contact


Opened as 'The Hub' in October 2003, The National Centre for Craft & Design

launched has recently rebranded to reflect its status as the largest space devoted

to the exhibition of contemporary craft and design in England. The National Centre

is also part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio.

'Transplantation: a sense of place and culture' is curated by Norman Cherry and

consists of new narrative jewellery by twelve makers based in the UK and Australia

who have experienced temporary or permanent transplantation, affecting their own

lives and practices. It will tour the UK and Australia until 2014.

'Made in the Middle' is a three-yearly survey of contemporary craft practice by

Craftspace, which previously celebrated West Midlands makers. In 2012 it expands

for the first time to include the East Midlands, and nccd is proud to be collaborating

with Craftspace and mac Birmingham. This exhibition will tour the UK until 2013.

The event will coincide with the first weekend that ‘Made in the Middle’ is open to

the public at our venue, and the last weekend of ‘Transplantation’.

Further information may be found at: (for Lesley Millar’s projects)


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 18, 2012 at 3:06am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 16, 2012 at 1:42pm

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