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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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2014 at 9:13am
Dates For The Diary

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2015

Week One: 21 – 27 September

Week Two: 29 September – 4 October

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our visitor survey and prize draw slips (our lucky winner has been notified). We value all feedback and will be thinking carefully about how to make next year’s Fair even better.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 7, 2014 at 10:34am


Biggest ever exhibition set to Dazzle …

For 33 years, Dazzle contemporary jewellery selling exhibitions have been an eagerly anticipated annual barometer of all that is new, quality and exciting in the sector, bringing together the most innovative and skilled proponents of the art; whether the big, collectable names or rising stars, hand picked from the annual graduate shows.

After losing their longstanding National Theatre residency last year, Dazzle were thrilled to take a short trot down the South Bank to gallery@oxo – a venue so suited to exhibiting and selling what is, essentially, wearable art. This year they bring their largest ever Dazzle exhibition to the space, showcasing 90 designers from 20 countries, selling 4,000 handmade pieces, all unique and all ready to take home.

With materials ranging from plastic to platinum to pearls, styles from finely figurative to stridently sculptural to classic contemporary, designers hailing from Bogota to Brighton and prices spanning £12 to £3,500, there is a Dazzler for everyone; making it the perfect place for some unusually civilized Christmas shopping for truly special gifts, whether watches, necklaces, earrings, rings, brooches, bracelets, bangles or cufflinks.

Opening times: 

Open daily: 10am-7pm

Thursdays: till 8pm with a free gift wrapping service from 5pm-8pm

Sundays: 11am-6pm

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 6, 2014 at 11:38am

New Ashgate Gallery Trust

01252 713208

Registered charity no. 274326


Call for Makers

Rising Stars 2015 exhibition


Rising Stars is a platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers.

Rising Stars 2015 is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.  Rising Stars 2015 works in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.



Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2014 at 4:04pm
Arts & Crafts Design Award is an international, annual competition for all nominated artisans, craftspeople and designer.

The primary aim of the award is to honour and support the best ideas and concepts and recognise its excellent realization. It provides the award winners and nominees with publicity, prestige and creates a global PR push. The Award is not divided into different categories. It covers all art crafts-ideas and design concepts. For example the following: jewellery, furniture, ceramics, glass, metalsmithing, wood, textiles, mosaic and more...

How to Apply:
We sincerely invite all non-nominated Artisans, Crafts people and Designers to apply for nomination to get the opportunity to participate at the Arts & Crafts Design Award 2014!

Only as a selected nominee you are able to take part at this international Artisans, craftspeople and designers Competition! To apply for nomination you can easily use the following online-application-form by using the subject

Apply :

Upon receipt of the application form we will make ourselves familiar with the proposed work based on the artists webpage and/or submitted images of their works. Then the Arts & Crafts Design Award Jury will consider nomination if the body of work reaches the requirements. The requirements which are used by the jury for the nomination are: the creativity, originality, production-technique and artistic quality. After receiving our confirmation e-mail of nomination, it is possible to register as described in the "submit" section on our website. It will be a great pleasure and honour for us to present your work at the Arts & Crafts Design Award 2014.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2014 at 4:01pm
We asked Wild Beasts if they’d be up for making something for The Jameson Works. They were, so we all agreed that the brief ‘Storytelling’ would give them something good to work to. We’d be keen to see what you can do too. Got a new idea or already working on something that you think fits with ‘Storytelling’?
If you’re a photographer, a designer or you just like hitting stuff with a hammer, we want to hear from you.

Established or just starting out, it doesn’t matter to us.
Tell us what you need support with and how it links to the ‘Storytelling’ brief.
You can apply for any amount of money from £100 to £1000 to £4000, just tell us why you need it.

We’re keen to support projects and ideas of all shapes and sizes. Maybe you need a new lens for your camera to finish off that photography project you’ve been working on, or some new tools to get started on that chair you wanted to make, or maybe just some extra funds to help pay the studio rent. Submit your idea and if we like it, we’ll back it. There’s no long application form – just some cash and support to help you make it happen.

Visit the website for more information and to apply:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2014 at 3:57pm
At John Lewis we are passionate about finding products that are well made and beautiful. We work with over 150 new and established designers, start up businesses and well established manufacturers in the UK.

Working with designer-makers is relatively new to us and we wanted to create an opportunity to introduce ourselves, see your work and discuss an exciting new opportunity for us to work with small batch production.

We are looking for wood-ware, ceramics, glassware, textiles, occasional furniture and lighting and we would need small batches produced for April - June 2015.

How to Apply:
If this sounds interesting to you, please get in touch with a visual of your work and a description of your practice / business.
Those we believe could be a good fit for John Lewis will be invited to an introductory event on 11 November. We hope to respond to all applicants by the 4 November.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2014 at 9:32am
Next Findings Magazine not far away now.. become a full member to receive it
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2014 at 9:15am
Applications are invited for consideration for appointment to the following position:
Department: Art Department
Budget Title: Assistant Professor
Local Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Metal
Posting Date: August 19, 2014
Classification: TBD
Duties: The Department of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz invites applications for an Assistant/Associate (tenure-track) Professor of Metal position beginning in the fall semester 2015.
The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Metal and share administrative responsibilities in our internationally recognized Metal program. The candidate should be familiar with a range of approaches to contemporary jewelry, metalsmithing and related interdisciplinary practices. Knowledge of jewelry and metalsmithing history as well as contemporary critical issues related to the field is essential. Demonstrated proficiency in relevant jewelry and metalsmithing techniques and processes is required. Substantial verbal, written and digital skills are necessary. Faculty should be capable of teaching at all levels, including graduate seminars and critical forums. New Paltz students come from a variety of arts disciplines and backgrounds; therefore applicants should have a broad knowledge of art history and contemporary art accordingly. The successful candidate will have the ability to work cooperatively with diverse faculty and student populations.
Qualifications: MFA in studio art (or equivalent terminal degree) with an emphasis in jewelry and metalwork; along with this, active professional practice and a distinguished exhibition record is required. Candidates should show substantial evidence of a range of advanced jewelry and metalworking skills, advanced critical skills, articulate discourse, and knowledge of the history of art, craft, design and current theories. Additional skills in digital and networked environments are desirable. A successful candidate must have teaching experience at the university or college level, a national record of exhibitions, a portfolio demonstrating primary engagement with jewelry and metal in his/her own work and through evident learning outcomes. A keen interest in curricular development is required, as the program faculty regularly revises seminar and studio coursework to meet current needs. Experience in collaborative projects and teaching is desirable.
Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled; priority given to applications received by 2nd Dec 14.
Other important information about this vacancy: Metal is an active area of study that engages a wide variety of ideas, objects, images, and modes of making. The program has a long and distinguished history and has been guided by faculty who are actively engaged artists who exhibit and lecture internationally. The rigorous curriculum provides opportunities to explore the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual aspects of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing in a state-of-the-art facility.
SUNY New Paltz is among the largest graduate metal programs in the country and has earned the distinction of being ranked #1 by US News and World Report. Our alumni contribute to the richness of this field in meaningful ways; they actively participate in building a critical and productive community while they expand the field through their energetic, creative professional work.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2014 at 9:09am

Trusts and Foundations Officer
The Design Museum is seeking to appoint an exceptional Trusts and Foundations Officer who will be responsible for approaching, securing and managing a small portfolio of trusts and foundations as well as working with the Development Manager in building relationships, developing new funding opportunities and initiatives and working on a broad range of funding proposals.
Salary: Up to £24,000 dependant on experience
Holidays: 25 days per annum
Hours: Full-time
Closing date for applications: Monday 3 November 2014, 10:00
Interviews: Week commencing 17 November 2014
Producer: Public Programmes
The role of Producer: Public Programmes brings the museum’s creative programme to life, devising, managing and delivering a vibrant, innovative and revenue generating programme of activities for the museum’s public and professional audiences, both in the galleries and digitally. As the museum grows towards the new Design Museum in Kensington, this key role will lay the groundwork for an expanded public programme with partnership at the core.
Salary: £28 - £30k, pro rata, dependant on experience
Holidays: 25 days pro-rata
Hours: Part-time, Annual Hours,1664 hours per annum including holidays, excluding breaks (0.8, an average of 4 days a week).
Closing date for applications: Thursday 13 November 2014, 17:00
Interviews: Week commencing Thursday 20 November 2014
Learning Administrator
This role provides comprehensive administrative support for the Learning Department. As the first port of call for colleagues within the museum and for learning audiences, this post requires a resourceful, energetic individual with excellent communication skills. By providing support, coordinating activity and sharing information, this post will support the smooth-running of the department. In addition, in preparation for the museum’s move to Kensington in 2016, the Learning Administrator will be responsible for developing new systems to manage bookings, data capture, reporting and event management on behalf of the department.
Salary: £18,000
Holidays: 25 days
Hours: Full time (40 hours per week)
Closing date for applications: Monday 17 November 2014, 12:00
Interviews: Wednesday 26 November 2014
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2014 at 8:58am
Creative, Digital and Design at Innovate UK 2014

Hosted by Innovate UK and UKTI, Innovate UK 2014 brings together the most cutting edge innovators and inspirational business leaders to celebrate innovation and deliver a platform for conversations, partnerships, investment and support. The KTN's Creative, Digital and Design team will be hosting two sessions at the conference: 'Why Great Things Happen When Digital and Design Collide' on 5th November and 'Why Collaboration Worked for Us: Digital Economy and Sustainability' on 6th November. In addition, there's plenty of other sessions of interest on subjects including Future Cities, Global Markets, EU funding, Circular Economy, Wearable Tech and Big Data. more>>

Digital Business Drop-in: Meet the UK’s Technology Innovation Investors

On 6th November, the KTN, Innovate UK and IC Tomorrow will be running a Digital Business Drop-in session in London. Come along for an opportunity to meet the representatives of Innovate UK, hear about upcoming funding and support available for digital companies, and showcase your business in a five-minute presentation. more>>

‘The Money’: discussing the relationship between money and culture

On 17th November, Storythings will be running The Money, a KTN-supported event about the many different ways that artists, makers and cultural organisations find the money to do what they do. They want to start a conversation that isn’t about funders or investors, but about creative people talking to their peers regarding the relationship between money and culture. Speakers include film producers, ceramic artists, magazine publishers and digital artists. Come along to discuss what kinds of stories, insight and advice is missing from current conversations about culture and money. more>>

Wearables Assembly Networking Session

This facilitated knowledge sharing and networking event on 18th November, organised by KTN and IC tomorrow, brings together leading industry experts to explore the challenges and opportunities around innovation in wearable technology. It will also provide an opportunity to find out about the upcoming launch of IC tomorrow’s funded ‘Wearable Computing Innovation Contest', opening in 2015. The session provides the opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs, brands, academics, technologists, designers, and thought leaders across a range of industries including healthcare, sport, entertainment, and fashion. more>>

Digital Catapult Centre launches with a series of events

The Digital Catapult Centre opens its doors in London on 5th November. The Centre’s main aim is to create collaborations with business, universities and other not-for-profits to jointly unlock major challenges in data innovation so many small businesses can be accelerated to market. The Centre will also provide entrepreneurs, small businesses, researchers and corporate organisations with a space in which they can work, meet and collaborate. As part of the launch, the Centre is running a series of events aimed at innovators working within the areas of diverse data, reuse of content, personal data and the Internet of Things. more>>

Creative Industries & Digital Business Development Briefings: funding, support, events and training

The Creative Industries Business Briefing is compiled by the KTN in partnership with Innovate UK, Catapults, Tech City, Nesta, and Horizon2020; the Digital Business Briefing compiled with Innovate UK, Catapults, Tech City, Nesta and Open Data Institute. The briefings highlight funding, support, events and training relevant to those working in the creative and digital industries.

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