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 July 2, 2012 at 5:31pm

 Side by Side

Artists in Conversation with Siobhan Davies and Professor Simon Olding

Side by Side, a project in partnership with the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, brings together craft artist Helen Carnac and dance artist Laila Diallo for two three week residencies. Following their residency at the Crafts Study Centre, Carnac and Diallo will be spending three weeks at Siobhan Davies Studios exploring the processes of making work in and across their creative enquiries. 

The two artists will be joined in conversation by Siobhan Davies and Professor Simon Olding from the Crafts Study Centre, which will touch on issues of making, sharing, collaborating and expression across the two forms of practice that may seem, at first glance, unrelated.

Tuesday 24 July 2012, 7pm-8.30pm at Siobhan Davies Studios, London

Tickets: free

Book: 020 7091 9650

Location: read more

For more information visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 2, 2012 at 5:26pm

 Call for applications - Hothouse

Are you looking for support and advice tailor-made for your contemporary craft practice? Are you within two years of setting up? Are you looking to develop a strong foundation and peer-group to help you make the best start? 

Now in its third intake, Hothouse provides forty emerging makers each year with a six month programme of business and creative development, complemented with 1:1 support. The programme includes: group sessions on developing business skills, market knowledge and creativity, a series of networking events which will bring together all Hothouse cohorts, support from a peer buddy and individual sessions with a mentor from the sector. 

For more information and to download an application pack click here

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 31 July 2012

Hothouse forms one strand of the Crafts Council Collective, a programme of CPD provision for makers enabling them to take 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 2, 2012 at 5:22pm

 Call for proposals - Farnham Jubilee Craft Commission 

Farnham Maltings invites proposals from artists and makers for a commission up to £15,000 to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. 

Farnham Maltings is a collection of buildings set in the heart of Farnham that provides a place in which people can imagine, create and discover. 

The Jubilee Craft Commission was born out of Farnham Town Council’s desire to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. The original plan to improve the outside space alongside the Maltings and the River Wey. Our hope is to commission a bespoke piece of work for this space that reflects our affection for the crafts. 

Whilst we do not have a fixed idea of what the finished work will be it should:

• encourage people to use the space

• improve the appearance of the space

• be sympathetic to the building

• mark the Queen’s Jubilee (this doesn’t mean it has to have a royal crest in the middle of the finished work)!

• reflect the tradition of craft in Farnham

• not be a mural (we would not rule out other proposals that make use of the walls)

• be practical and have a functionality

The long bench at Littlehampton is a good example of a bespoke piece of work that fulfils some, but not all, of the above criteria.

Applicants should submit:

• an A4 written proposal for the installation (no more than one side)

• images and/or sketched ideas 

• A personal CV

Deadline for applications: Thursday 26 July 2012

It is expected that we will work with two or three makers to develop initial ideas and then decide on one commission. Our hope is that the work can be realised in this year.

For more details of this unique opportunity and images of the space please contact Amy Collins at or call 01252 745474 or visit 

Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 28, 2012 at 4:18pm

Here is a US link to the book Rebbecca alerted us to: Material Matters: New Materials in Design. I just pre-ordered my copy from Amazon...:-)


Material Matters: New Materials in Design explores the fascinating world of materials, surveying characteristics, properties and new applications of materials in diverse fields, from sustainable resources to medicine, architectural design to aeronautical engineering and interior design to ‘haute-culture’ and fashion.

Material Matters profiles the most fascinating materials developed in recent years with full page profiles and colorful illustrations, examples include Aerogel or ‘frozen smoke’—used by NASA it is the lightest solid on earth at 95% air. Amongst the detailed profiles are texts that discuss the fusion between science, art and design in the creation of these substances and their importance within contemporary living, sustainability and expanding technologies. The book also includes the work of cutting edge designers Marc Newson, Ross Lovegrove, Apple, NASA, Intel, Ron Arad and household names.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2012 at 3:23pm

Hello All,

The Institute of Making's Creative Director and Curator of Materials, Zoe Laughlin, and our star post-doctoral researcher, Philip Howes, have written a book... Material Matters: New Materials in Design.

"Materials matter. They are the stuff that constitutes the things around us; from mountains to mugs, everything is made from something." With an opening line like this, who could resist?

You can order a copy via the usual on-line channels and hopefully find it in some good bookshops, but the publishers have issues a press release, as well as a special 40% discount voucher for the Institute of Making followers.

Zoe will also be doing a lecture demonstration at The Barbican on Wednesday the 11th of July entitled The Performativty of Matter. Tickets can be booked in advance or paid for on the door. More information here.

We hope to see some of you there.

Best wishes,
The Institute of Making

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2012 at 3:12pm

Call for submissions Summer 2012


Britain is revered the world over for the quality and integrity of its design, art and crafts. Across the UK, there are thousands of designer-makers with a passion for designing and making the things we sometimes take for granted. From everyday objects to statement pieces, Britain’s designer-makers bring passion, dedication and creativity to everything they do. The resulting work is not only functional but it brightens our world!

The Great British Makers campaign comprises two awards:

  • Britain’s Favourite Designer-maker - an accolade awarded by the British public based on the number of votes attributed to a particular designer-maker.
  • Britain’s Most Creative Designer-maker - awarded by an expert panel in a number of sub-categories as follows:




Freestyle (for all media not listed elsewhere)



Metal (inc. silversmithing)



Lifetime achievement award


These Most Creative Designer-maker awards will be judged by a panel of experts who include:

  • Angela Linforth, Editor Homes & Antiques Magazine
  • Stuart Akroyd, Glassmaker
  • Della Tinsley, Director of Treasure and The East London Design Show
  • Sian Evans, Jeweller , Designer and Lecturer 
  • Dan Goode, Chief Seeker, Seek & Adore

The winners will be announced at the beginning of September 2012 and will receive extensive publicity in a variety of publications including Homes & Antiques Magazine, and the opportunity to sell their work for free on Seek & Adore for one year.

Any designer-maker can enter the awards – it’s not just for people who sell on Seek & Adore. It’s a great way for designer-makers to raise their profile. Once you’ve entered, you’ll receive the Great British Makers “I’m in the running” logo which you can use on your website, Facebook page and elsewhere to encourage people to vote for you.

To enter either or both awards, register as a Guest Maker by completing one short online entry form here:

For more information about Seek & Adore’s Great British Makers Campaign please visit


Closing date for entries:
31 July 2012 for Britain’s Most Creative Designer-maker

31 August 2012 for Britain’s Favourite Designer-maker


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2012 at 4:08am

PRESS RELEASE See post below for ACJ members!! ITS FREE FOR YOU!



                        21 June 2012






                        The Hand Engravers Association wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for


                        CUT IN CLERKENWELL



                        Clerkenwell and Hatton Garden have been the home of hand engraving for many     centuries.  As Chris Rowley, Founder of the Hand Engravers Association, has     said, ‘Cut in Clerkenwell will celebrate and demonstrate the importance of this     traditional craft in the City of London.  People living and working in the area will be     invited to take part in hand engraving workshops with master engravers, see     examples of their fine work and volunteer to help with the research, oral history     and archiving project over the next six months.’


                        The exhibition and workshops, taking place at Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s     Square, London EC1 from 3 to 14 July, are the first part of Cut in Clerkenwell.

                        The whole project will be launched at Craft Central on 2 July by Sir George White     who is Consultant Keeper of The Clockmakers’ Museum at Guildhall.


                        At the end of the project the new collection of examples of 20th hand engraving and     archives revealing the life and work of many engravers will be permanently housed     with free public access at The Clockmakers’ Museum and Guildhall Library


                        As well as the grant of £35,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund other vital support for     this project has been received from the Goldsmiths’ and Clockmakers’ Companies,     Ernest Cook Trust and Craft Central.


                        For more information and photographs please contact Griselda Bear at or on 020 8995 2530

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2012 at 3:34am

We now have a superb team of demonstrators for Friday 13 and I wondered if you could send another email to announce this to the ACJ members CUT IN CLERKENWELL Friday the 13th July 10am to 6pm There will be talks and demonstrations. Bookings essential! To book e-mail Griselda Bear at: With e-mail addresses and phone numbers and to ask them to contact me if they wish to book on my email with their name, address and telephone number/s.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 26, 2012 at 2:48pm

Brooklyn Metal Works Call for Entries
"Re-Fresh" exhibition in October

This exhibition, "Re-fresh," will explore the relationship between traditional objects and contemporary interpretations of their function in today's world. How is historic metalwork refigured and by what means is this determined? The show will highlight current trends and new approaches. Metalsmiths and object makers working with traditional and nontraditional techniques are encouraged to apply.

Jurors: Loring Taoka, Brian Weissman and Erin S. Daily. Deadline: August 12. Click here for all submission details.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 26, 2012 at 2:39pm

New Designers 2012 starts this week!
New Designers is Europe’s leading graduate design exhibition. With over 3,500 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses, New Designers takes place over 2 weeks - 27-30 June in Part 1 Jewellery and Metalwork:


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