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
Members: 67
Latest Activity: Nov 11

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

Discussion Forum

What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:50am

  Future Craft: Call for papers

IMAGE: Welded painted-tin bangle "Well, Well, Well"
By David Poston, photograph by David Poston; (the piece is in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).

Future Craft: Call for papers

Title: Future Craft
Conference Theme: Entrepreneurship or Enterprise?
Date: 14th March 2018
Venue: University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

The University for the Creative Arts invites speakers to take part in the 'Future Craft' Conference. This is the first of a series of biennial conferences will offer an opportunity for discussion, engagement and debate across a broad continuum of jewellery and silversmithing, whilst looking forward to exploring what the future might hold

The conference seeks to provide a framework for discussion around Jewellery and Silversmithing: ‘Entrepreneurship or Enterprise?’ It will celebrate and explore continual innovation within these industries; along with learning, development, business, context and markets.


We invite proposals from scholars, artists and research students and welcome a range of modes and formats, from academic papers, artist talks, performative interventions etc.

Details should include:

• author/s name
• title
• email address/s and number/s,
• type of paper: ‘academic papers’, ‘artist talk’, ‘performative’ etc
• abstract 150-200 words
• statement that this work is your own and that it has not been published elsewhere (or if work has already been published give reference of this publication and how much new original content submitted)
• any proposed costs, health and safety issues, equipment that may be required
• image of self (headshot) image of work (if appropriate).

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Team.
The team will include jewellery and silversmithing researchers. Submissions are not to be anonymized for review; reviewers will be required to declare any conflict of interest over reviewed work.

Please contact Rebecca Skeels with any queries about submissions Successful applications will be notified by December 8th 2017.

Proposal submissions might include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

• Conserving the industry for future generations
• Learning, developing and innovating
• Past, Present and Future
• Global Issues


The University for the Creative Arts
Queensland College of Art Griffith University in Australia
Festival of Silver

Deadline 30th November 2017

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:43am

 Craft Connecting Architecture at the Building Centre later this month and the Heritage Crafts conference next March.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:41am

The BBC launched a teacher survey about the creative arts as they continue to be side-lined in schools.

Teachers in schools survey here:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:35am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:34am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:30am

Apply for a studio space - Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London. We support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally.

The offer of a studio at Cockpit Arts is by selection and there is a two stage process. Full details including selection criteria, services and charges can be found in the Application Pack on the Cockpit Arts website. Cockpit Arts is committed to equality of opportunity for all and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.
How to Apply

We conduct interviews for places at Cockpit Arts four times a year.

2017 ROUND ONE Deadline: 1 January; Interviews 26 January Start: 1 March

ROUND TWO Deadline: 1 March; Interviews: 22-23 March Start: 1 May

ROUND THREE Deadline: 1 July; Interviews: 19-20 July Start: 1 September

ROUND FOUR Deadline: 1 November; Interviews: 15-16 November Start: 1 January 2018

For further information and to download the Application Pack please visit... Please also visit our Awards Page to see the key dates for Award applications.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:26am

Craftspeople urged to apply for awards and bursaries recognising traditional skills

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills
How to Apply

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:25am


We would like to welcome you to the first edition of Handmade Oxford, the contemporary crafts & design fair at the elegant and historic Oxford Town Hall.

The event will take place from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2018, with a private view evening reception on Thursday 17 May. For the past decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer makers in UK. This three day showcase sees the industry’s biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, visitors are treated to a unique event, set to the beautiful backdrop of Oxford Town Hall. The Town Hall is located at the heart of Oxford. It is a centre of local government in the city and also houses the Museum of Oxford.

The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of local and UK consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent corporate and public sector buyers. The consumer audience includes local residents; tourists; shoppers and craft/design collectors. Selected press, trade buyers, media and VIPs are also invited to attend.
How to Apply

Handmade Oxford welcomes applications from individual makers, groups and galleries of contemporary craft working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture. Please see the application pack for more details and apply online by Thursday 30 November 2017 at

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:17am

CALL FOR ENTRIES:  The Contemporary Craft Festival 8 - 10 June 2018
Applications are open for the multi award-winning Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey.

One of the UK's largest and most loved craft events, The Festival brings 200 diverse and talented makers to 10,000 members of the public in beautiful Devon. Open to makers from the UK and Ireland working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, paper and recycled materials. No paintings, photography of musical instruments. The Festival is selected by an independent panel of industry professionals. Stand Sharing is not permitted.
How to Apply

online applications only via Online applications only, via Enquiries:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:16am
  • Workshop Manager


    Workshop Manager at Bronzework - Woodbridge, Suffolk

    Bronzework is a small firm making bespoke metalwork. We convert designer's ideas into reality, using a combination of traditional and modern methods. Our pieces vary in scale from balconies and handrails to door furniture and find their way into historic and modern situations.

  • You should have at least five years of experience of managing a team to deliver several technical fabrication/construction projects simultaneously in a professional environment
  • You must be able to work in a creative environment.
  • You must show you have delivered projects on time and on budget
  • You should have experience as a designer able to design for manufacture
  • You should be able to engage confidently with clients and specifiers It would be helpful if you were familiar with Rhino 3d (or similar)
  • You will need to gain the trust of the workshop cat
  • There is also the possibility for you to use the facilities here for your own projects.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK, and the salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • We are looking for someone to start immediately.

How to Apply

If that sounds interesting, please get in touch with a CV and a digital portfolio (max 10 Mb) showing your work and skills sent to


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