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 25, 2012 at 8:15am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 25, 2012 at 8:07am

Opportunity to submit work for BOOK about PATINAS.

Deadline is February 27.

I recommend you use the Professional Guidelines document TOP TEN TIPS for Getting Into a Juried Exhibition, Show, Book or Magazine to refine your submission.

Quarto Publishing is currently working on a book presentation about metal patination, a practical guide for jewellers and sculptors. We are a practical art and craft publisher based in London. Quarto Publishing is responsible for some of the best illustrated practical jewellery books published internationally. Please check us out on for more information.

As mentioned this book is in its very early stages (Matt Runfola is the author and we are in the process of developing the book's content with him). The book will contain: techniques, recipes and sample swatches. In addition, techniques/recipes will be shown in the context of finished examples of jewellery and sculptural works.

We are currently looking for pictures of finished examples to use in the development of this book, and - ultimately - in the actual book. If this is a technique you use and if you're interested in submitting a selection of images for us to consider, then I would love to hear from you. Our only requirements at this stage are that the pictures are high res and, in due course, answer a couple of questions to help write the caption (what inspired the piece; what appeals to you about the art patination and so on).
Professional Guideslines -TOP TEN TIPS for Getting Into a Juried Craft Show, Book or MagaIne
This Professional Guidelines document TOP TEN TIPS for Getting Into a Juried Craft Show, Book or MagaIne provides information that can improve an artists or craftspersons chances of being accepted into exhibitions, craft shows, books and magazinesanywhere that inclusion is decided by a jury.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 25, 2012 at 7:24am

Open day to view the exhibition and meet Craftspace staff: Saturday 18th February 2012, 12-4pm. 

Accidental Pathways: Wednesday 14th March 2012, 12-5pm

A collaborative seminar event between DMWM, mac birmingham and Craftspace for craft sector professionals to explore the impact craft has on other sectors and the potential opportunities there are in other industries.

To book through mac birmingham follow this link…

Careers in the Making: Wednesday 11th April, 1-3pm

A free event highlighting pathways into creative professions for young people and careers advisors. Makers and representatives from creative industries will present an insight into careers linked to making and the promotion of craft.

Contact Craftspace if you are interested in atending:
Tel: 0121 608 6668

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 23, 2012 at 7:27am
Newly formed British jewellery collective seeks members to take part in an application for a group selling exhibition at SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam, 1 – 4 November 

We are looking for eight jewellers, who are based in the U.K. to share the space costing €500 each plus VAT. If our collective is selected by SIERAAD there will be a non-refundable deposit of €150 to secure your space, with the remaining balance payable later in the year. 

We would love all participants to attend the fair, but recognise that this is not always possible; therefore we are offering two options,
Option A
If you are able to attend the show, the total cost will be simply your portion of the stand.
Option B
If you are unable to attend, we ask for the cost of the stand, and for every item sold/commission taken, a small fee of 10% of the cost of the item will be deducted- to cover the additional costs of setting up and manning your work over the duration of the show. 

The deadline for the collective selection is the 5 March. 

Please send 5 x 72dpi images of your work and a CV, not forgetting to state Option A or B, to info(at)

A little about us:
Laura Bradshaw-Heap is a curator, artist, jeweller and writer. From Ireland originally she is currently based in England. for more details:

Melanie Codarin is designer, artist and maker based in
De tiende editie van SIERAAD Art Fair is op alle fronten een succes. In de afgelopen tien jaar is gebleken dat steeds meer bezoekers sparen en dit aankoopbudget op de beurs uitgeven. Ook de meest recente editie van SIERAAD Art Fair (van 3 t/m 6 november jongstleden) had voor elk wat wils; van smaak ...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 22, 2012 at 1:21pm
Roof Gallery - 25 Feb 2012 - 29 Apr 2012
Transplantation: A Sense of Place and Culture
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 21, 2012 at 2:39pm

Trade Show

Criteria: Artists and craftspeople: Hors Série trade show is held at l'Espace des Blancs Manteaux, in the heart of the Marais, Paris. It showcases sculpture, ceramics, wood turning and jewellery.
Deadline: 27 February 2012
Ateliers d'Art de France
France - Paris
Full details available online.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 19, 2012 at 8:19am 

Following a frantic scramble to find a wonderful group of exhibitors and a venue to match- I am delighted to say we are well on our way to being ready for Schmuck 12 !!

This blog will chart the development of the exciting journey through curating and organising this soon to be fantastic exhibition...
                                        ...... so keep reading....

An installation of jewellery which is hanging by a thread... curated by Laura Bradshaw-Heap. 

With work from Farrah Al-Dujaili, Karin Roy Andersson, Luz Arias, Laura Bradshaw-Heap, Alice Bo-Wen Chang, Melanie Codarin White, Andrea Coderch, Joana Cunha, Michelle Kraemer, Robert Longyear, Natalia Macia Bove, Margherita de Martino Norante, rhona mccallum, Laura McGrath, Geri Nishi, Jo Pond, Rebecca Skeels, Jessica Turrell and Anna Helena Van De Pol de Deus.

Studio Gabi Green, GollierstraBe 17, 80339 Munchen
U4/U5 Schwanthalerhohe
14th-20th March 2012
11-6pm -weekdays and 10-6pm weekends-
Opening/Private View 11am Friday.

keep in touch to learn more about the jewellers taking part :)

thanks for reading!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 18, 2012 at 6:25am

Application Forms Out Very Soon - for what was probably the most successful craft event in the UK calendar during 2011. For many of the exhibitors present, the best ever!


We are pleased to announce a new area for the marquees for our Christmas Fair at RHS Gardens Wisley.


News Update For Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley Gardens 21 - 25 November

This year the event will be held within two temporary hard walled pavilions.  For those familiar with the garden, we are using the north end of Seven Acres Lawn, and the new event lawn within the garden. The entrances to both of these will be within 50m of the conservatory restaurant so keeping everything central. (This is similar to the area used for our spring event)  

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 18, 2012 at 6:22am

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts offers artists-in-residence the gift of time, space, and financial support. 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. Residency: January 2013 - June 2013.
Deadline: 28 March 2012
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
USA - Omaha
Our application is only online, please visit the website.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 18, 2012 at 6:20am

Provisions Library, a non-profit instigator of arts and social change is pleased to launch research residencies that investigate futures for creative civil society. The program will bring together four residents (artists, scholars, activists, and practitioners) for research-based projects that explore and extend social change themes. Participants will gain exposure to policies, practices, and politics while exploring transformative social imaginations and strategies. The rapidly changing urban and institutional landscape of Washington DC will serve as a platform, model, and resource to propose and prepare social futures. Participants will pursue research and action-based projects that explore the residency topic.
Deadline: 01 March 2012
Provisions Library
USA - Washington DC


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