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
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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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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 9:33am
Call to Artists: Torch Relay Legacy Public Art project
Brief for Lead Artist
To create site specific piece of public art to be located by the venue: GLive, London Road, Guildford
Guildford Borough Council has accumulated a public art contribution to use near Holy Trinity Ward in order to enhance the local area for residents and visitors. Parks & Leisure Services wish to use the funding to provide a Torch Legacy sculpture celebrating the route of the Olympic Torch through Guildford on Friday 20 July 2012.
Brief for artwork and workshops
The designs and proposal should reflect the legacy of the Torch Relay coming to Guildford, the importance of this opportunity to the borough and its residents. To consider other factors including 2012 Olympic Games and the legacy of having Guildford as one of the key routes for the torch relay, and the last town before London
Lead artist to work with Arts Officer, Parks Leisure Services, Guildford Borough Council, to create overall design proposals for the site.
The lead artist will need to take into account considerations such as: collaboration with other artist(s), the long-term impact of artwork/s, and other constraints such as health & safety, maintenance (consider use of materials, i.e. requiring low maintenance) and vandalism risks.
Location of artwork
The public art will be located by the outside amphitheatre of GLive, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
Maximum diameter of sculpture: 6x6m
The map is reproduced from Ordnance Survey mapping with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf ofHer Majestys Stationery Office Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and maylead to prosecution or civil proceedings. Guildford Borough Council, Licence No. 100019625, 2013This plan is for identification purposes only, it should not be relied upon for accuracyCopyright GBC 2013GLive London RoadDate GLiveLondon Road, Guildford, GU1 2AALondon Road
Community engagement
The artist can include in the proposal, opportunities to engage with one or more local community groups. This engagement can be simple consultation with local residents, or visitors of GLive through surveys or more engaging with the use of creative workshops.
Local community Groups include conservation volunteers, a school or other locally based community group. The Arts Officer will liaise with GLive to suggested potential groups to work with.
Selection process:
Artists should respond with
• A CV and images of previous work,
• A brief response to the Torch Relay legacy theme.
• Sketch concepts of proposed designs would be welcome to aid in selection.
• The proposal should indicate proposed materials and estimated budget.
Artist’s proposals will be presented to the Public Arts Advisory Group for selection. The group includes Council’s Arts Officer, Planning Officer, member of Environmental Team projects, local ward councilors and representative from GLive.
If a decision in selecting one artist is not made by the selection panel, then a shortlist of three will be drawn. This shortlist will be asked to offer more comprehensive designs or maquettes, whereupon a fee of £250 will be paid to each shortlisted artist.
The total project budget secured is £17,000
Health and Safety
Lead artist to complete risk assessment for artwork, workshop(s) and installation.
The lead artist must consider public safety and possibility of vandalism when designing artwork and choosing materials. Artist to give recommendations for repair and cleaning and estimate costs of maintenance.
The lead artist must have public liability insurance of £5 million in place.
If any workshops carried out with young or vulnerable people, the lead artist will be expected to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) through Guildford Borough Council prior to delivery.
Timescale and Deadlines
• CVs and expressions of interest to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 17 July 2013
• Selection takes place on Friday 19 July 2013
• Lead artist appointed in August 2013
• Community engagement and creation of artwork to take place autumn 2013
• Artwork to be installed by Spring 2014
Deadline for submissions
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Contact and expressions for return:
Caroline Jackman,
Arts Officer
Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford. GU2 4BB
Tel: 01483 444767
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 9:11am
Valuation Day at the Hall

Our next Valuation Day is on Friday 19 July.

These ever popular events, held in the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall, offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation with our expert valuer.

Places are limited and by reservation only. For more information or to reserve your place contact the valuations department on 020 7606 8971 or
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 9:10am
Last Chance to View Goldsmiths' Company Summer Exhibition

Ultra Vanities - Bejewelled make-up boxes - from the ages of glamour

This exhibition celebrates a unique, private collection and provides a window on a glamorous world of luxury that is evocative of the Great Gatsby. More than 300 pieces dating from the 1920s through to the 1970s will be on display including examples by leading jewellery houses such as Cartier, Boucheron,Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chaumet. Aside from being stunning objets d’art, made from precious materials, the boxes are also miracles of miniature engineering and reflect the social and design history of the times.

Goldsmiths' Hall
10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday
Closes Saturday 20 July 2013
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 9:09am
New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award Winners are Announced

We were delighted to announce the winners of The Goldsmiths’ Company Awards at this year’s New Designers exhibition (Part 1):

The New Designers Goldsmiths' Company Award for Silversmithing went to Florence Carter from Sheffield Hallam University for her original candle holders. The Goldsmiths' Company Award for Jewellery went to Kelly Munro from Edinburgh College of Art for her innovative jewellery designs inspired by her heritage and homeland - the far north coast of Scotland.

Both winners will receive one week silversmithing or jewellery work experience focusing on developing and commercialising their own work and free registration and £200 worth of credit for their hallmarking account.

New Designers is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, showcasing over 3,000 of the most talented emerging jewellery and silverware designers.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 9:05am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 9:04am
MAKING IT - Makers Event

Deryn Relph and Alex Archbold
Studio Award Winners
In conversation with Alice Kettle

Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Hampshire, PO9 5BN

In 2012 Making Space received an Arts Council England grant for MAKING IT, a craft project which aims to reveal the process and relationship between the craft of hand and mind, between object and word and through learning and making. Last October, the Making It event in Winchester aimed to demonstrate that craft is the tool to investigate wider ideology, which is active, participatory and implicit in every day lives and in creative development. MAKING IT is a collaborative project with Alice Kettle, the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council.

As part of the Making It project, two studios were awarded to emerging makers – Deryn Relph, textile designer, and Alex Archbold, a maker working in kiln formed glass. Both are many months into their residencies and we have invited Alice Kettle, textile artist and co-founder of Making It, to lead a conversation about their work to date, exploring what is in the mind and hand of the maker and other Making It concepts. This is a social event as well, and will provide an opportunity for networking.

As places are limited, people should pre-book. FREE parking at the back.

Call 023 92472491
Or email:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 9:01am

106 stands sold in just 3 weeks...

This December, a raft of Britain's best and brightest designers, crafters, hobbyists, and food and drink merchants will gather to showcase their talents at a three-day event that's set to become a cornerstone of the UK's crafting calendar. Specially organised in tandem with three sell-out concerts at the iconic O2 venue, Handmade Christmas will open its doors to an estimated 60,000 people attending The O2 over three days.

An impressive team has signed up to publicise this crafting extravaganza including and those magnificent magazine moguls at Future Publishing who create the fantastic Mollie Makes, Simply Knitting and Simply Crochet will be on hand to deliver a fantastic array of crafting and making masterclasses. It's going to be a very busy show packed with punters primed and raring to purchase handcrafted gifts, one of a kind works of art and exceedingly good British food and drinks.

Handmade Christmas is an affordable way for clever creatives to get face to face with thousands of potential customers in a strong sales environment. With exhibition stands starting at just £350 for three days, it's a must-do event for producers, traders and suppliers who live to craft and craft to live.

Don't miss out on this amazing new show at one amazing venue!
Call Jo, Rich or Clive on 01572 787567 or
07710 963110 to secure your stand.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 3, 2013 at 1:10pm
The job description is

Full time sales assistant with jewellery making/design skills required in jewellers in Walton on Thames with own workshop.
Applicants must be mature, responsible and trustworthy. Computer skills required and a cheerful, enthusiastic approach. Our customers require a personal service so good communication skills and a friendly manner are important and candidates must be well presented and fluent in English and live within 30 mins of Walton on Thames.
Please send covering letter and CV to

Many thanks

Danielle Astin
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2013 at 3:09pm
We are
opening a new office.

Holts Academy
62-66 Farringdon Road London
From Wednesday 26th June Holts Academy is opening a new site in addition to our current sites at Langdales, St Cross Street and Petersham House, Hatton Garden and most of our staff are relocating to the new building.

From Wednesday 26th June to Friday 28th June staff will not have any access to emails and no emails will be delivered. If you need to contact a member of staff urgently please call 020 7405 0197.

From Wednesday 26th June our Management Team, Teaching and Learning, Student Services and Enterprise, Employability and Apprenticeships teams will be located at:

Holts Academy of Jewellery / Academy for Creative Enterprise
62-66 Farringdon Road
EC1R 3GB (Entrance on corner of Farringdon Road and Bowling Green Lane).

Telephone: 020 7405 0197
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2013 at 3:04pm
Gottlieb Foundation Award

Joseph Ingleby has won a major award from the Gottlieb Foundation, in New York. Individual Support Grants worth $25,000 are given annually to 12 artists worldwide in recognition of the quality of their work and dedication to it over a period of at least 20 years. The award will enable Joseph, based at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, to develop and further his sculptural practice over the next year.

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