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 February 18, 2012 at 5:55am


Exciting new enhancements and developments have been announced for International Jewellery London, the UK's most established jewellery trade event, ahead of the show in September (2nd-5th). 

A stunning contemporary creative has been launched alongside a new website, as the basis of a campaign to reflect the show’s position as a premier event for the jewellery industry. The Diamond Club International is also being launched, an extension of the Diamond Club, which will now offer a more luxurious experience for both key UK buyers and international VIP buyers. The IJL Runway shows will be back and even better for 2012. 
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 18, 2012 at 5:46am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 18, 2012 at 5:38am


The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE offers artists-in-residence the gift of time, space, and financial support. Application deadline: February 28.

Because Exceptional Talent Deserves to be Supported.

Few programs exist either on the national or international level where the sole mission is to support the creativity of artists. From the beginning, the art-making process has been the highest priority at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, where both the atmosphere and environment offer ideal situations for creative growth and experimentation. Artists from around the world come to the Bemis Center to work in this supportive community and confront new challenges.

The Bemis Center provides artists-in-residence with the gift of time, space and financial support.

TIME: 2 - 4 months of uninterrupted, self-directed work time.


  • The Bemis Center is housed in two urban warehouses totaling 110,000 square feet in downtown Omaha, NE.
  • Each artist is provided with a generously sized live/work studio with a private bathroom and kitchen, 24 hour access to facilities including a wood shop, approximately 9,000 square feet of installation spaces and a large sculpture fabrication facility. 
  • The newly renovated 10,000 square foot Okada Sculpture Facility features 12 foot garage doors, a kiln room with a 31"W x 42"L x 27"D Bailey electric kiln, a clay mixing room, 176 square foot ventilated room, welding facilities and 6,000 square feet of open space. 

SUPPORT: $750 monthly stipend granted to each artists.


Are you ready for your residency?
JANUARY 2013 - JUNE 2013: Application Deadline: February 28, 2012

For more information and to apply, visit

Their application is only online, please visit


The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts was founded in 1981 by artists, for artists. As an artist-centered organization, the Bemis Center's sole mission is to support contemporary artists of exceptional talent. In this spirit, the Bemis Center seeks to perpetually give the institution to artists working at the forefront of contemporary culture. In addition to our international artist-in-residence program, our exhibitions, projects and community arts programs provide direct support to artists' process and catalyze their work to engage and challenge the public.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 18, 2012 at 4:31am

Discover more about our current research that focuses on the craft sector as a whole, including our latest report, Craft in an Age of Change, which looks at how craft fits within the creative economy, and the future prospects of the hand made.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 10, 2012 at 3:07am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 9, 2012 at 8:06am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 8, 2012 at 1:45pm

Emerging artists in the Yorkshire region. This opportunity will provide a supportive and professional environment for the artist to develop new critically engaged work that will communicate with our wide and varied audiences. The successful artist will receive a £500 fee, curatorial support, and promotion through the gallery.
Deadline: 15 February 2012
Elizabeth Holdsworth
Please visit the supplied link for details on how to apply.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 8, 2012 at 1:43pm

Wysing Arts Centre is a centre for research and development in the visual arts. Wysing Arts Centre are inviting applications from artists for twelve six-week long residencies. The residencies are grouped into three ‘environments’ which take three metaphors as their starting points: The Cosmos, exploring the past/origins/knowledge; The Mirror, exploring the present/reflective/commentary; and The Forest, exploring the future/a return to nature/transformation.
Deadline: 17 February 2012
Dates for the residencies are: The Cosmos 1 April-11 May, The Mirror 15 July – 24 August and The Forest 4 Nov – 16 Dec. £2,000 with a further £2,000 available for travel and production. Artists will be expected to be resident at Wysing Arts Centre throughout the six weeks duration. Four artists will be selected to work, at the same time, within each environment. For more information and to apply visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 8, 2012 at 1:37pm

Proposals are invited from practitioners and researchers from across the spectrum of creative art, design and technology to undertake research in Culture Lab for a minimum of 3 weeks. Culture Lab and ISIS Arts are excited to be launching their second joint, open call for a Resident in 2012. An interest in one of the following topics is desirable but applications are also invited from candidates with other interests - Data Visualisation / Interactive Visualisation; New Ways of Interaction and Communication; Audiovisual and Sound Interfaces/ Biofeedback Applications; Digital Fabrication; Social, Cultural and Ethical Practice of Emerging Technologies.
Deadline: 17 February 2012
Isis Arts
Newcastle upon Tyne
For the full details please visit the website. If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process please contact either: Charlie Gregory, ISIS Arts Project Coordinator via or +44 (0)191 261 4407 or Sarah Greenhalgh, Culture Lab Administrator via

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 8, 2012 at 1:30pm

Project Object Freelance Artist Designer
Criteria: Blackpool Council is looking for expressions of interest from three artists, designers or creative enterprises who would like to be considered for our exciting new Project Object. Project Object is seeking three artists who will engage with Blackpool’s historic collections and built heritage to inspire a range of retail products. They will then undertake four weekly design sessions each with the community and then develop their work into saleable products.
Deadline: 17 February 2012
Blackpool Council
Community engagement is a vital aspect of this project and the successful applicants will receive support from the Arts Engagement Manager with accessing local communities. We envisage members of the community becoming ‘project apprentices’, where they will shadow you as you work, explore the historic collections with you, learn from your techniques and have opportunities to develop their own product designs. The full brief can be found online or contact Clancy Mason:


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