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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 76
Latest Activity: 23 hours ago

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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

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

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2015 at 1:56am
ARTISANS AT 85 - Communal space featuring:- 6 jewellery benches, equipment, polishing room, a courtyard, shower, kitchen/restroom facilities in a refurbished sound proofed block in Caroline Street, Hockley. Ideal for individual businesses or student leavers. From £70 p.c.m!!!
Contact Michele White on 07801418217 - LI
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2015 at 1:40am
‎Jewellery‬ ‪#‎Job‬: Jewellery Workshop Team Leader - Birmingham Jewellery Workshop, Signet - Birmingham :: http://bit.ly/1K8Xg8E
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 6, 2015 at 4:19pm
Welcome to the 2015 fourth edition of the biennial Making Futures international research conference
Making Futures will be held on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September 2015, at the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe House on the River Tamar opposite the City of Plymouth, Devon, UK.

Making Futures places the material cultures of small-scale making at the centre of a critical debate facing global consumer society: how might we move beyond the reductive instrumentalism of ‘homo economicus’ and mass consumption, to a political economy capable of valuing our needs for social well being and resilient communities, that can also incorporate concerns for non-human environmental resources?
http://makingfutures.plymouthart.ac.uk/
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 6, 2015 at 3:58pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 6, 2015 at 3:54pm
@Londoncraftweek: Incredible engraving works by @vacheron1755 #lcw15 https://t.co/15EJUjW0NT
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 6, 2015 at 3:39pm
After focusing for 12 years on jewels by artists known for their painting or sculpting, Louisa Guinness has decided to expand and extend her business. She is delighted to announce the launch of "Louisa Guinness Treasures", a new corner of the gallery focusing on rare works by 20th century jewelers, with particular emphasis on 1960s and 1970s makers.

The debut Treasures Exhibition "The Jeweller as Artist: 1960-1980" presents beautifully made and designed unique works by some of the great innovators and visionaries of 20th century jewellery design including Andrew Grima, John Donald, Geoffrey Turk, Alan Gard, David Thomas, Leo de Vroomen and Kutchinsky. Though focusing foremost on signed, British, post-war jewellery, Treasures will also include some particularly fine unsigned jewellery of the period as well as rare costume jewellery by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy and Chanel.

"I have always found the instantly recognizable aesthetic of this period both fabulously appealing and astonishingly under represented" says Guinness, "I love the use of raw unfashioned stones and innovative settings. You find big chunks of crystal or semi-precious stones set into twisted pieces of gold and organic, textured forms which somehow perfectly work as rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets. These makers were true artists at the vanguard of the 20th century aesthetic revolution. Their works deserves both a re-evaluation and a position in any serious collection"

The 1961 exhibition at the Goldsmith's Hall 'International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1899-1961' was a turning point for both artist-jewelers and jeweler-artists. At a time when jewellery design had become staid, where a jewel's value was the sum total of its precious components, this exhibition challenged makers to push their creative limits. Andrew Grima for example, who subsequently became jeweler to the royal, rich and famous, became well-known as a result of this exhibition. More recently, 'Treasures of the 20th Century', an exhibition held in London's Goldsmith's Hall in 2000, collected the most impressive examples of this genre.

LG Treasures offers for sale unique, wearable and collectible jewels in an overlooked corner of the market. The collection is constantly evolving according to the most recent sales and acquisitions. So if you see it and like it you should act quickly because it might not be there next time.

Louisa Guinness Gallery continues to offer jewels made by artists, and will be presenting solo exhibitions of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and Alexander Calder later this year. Please inquire for further details.

PRESS CONTACT
cecily@louisaguinnessgallery.com
+ 44 (0)207 494 4664
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 6, 2015 at 1:51am
Fine Art Metalwork Restorer
Fine Art Metalwork Restorer

£22,000 Plus
Application deadline: May 31st 2015
A well established metalwork restoration company based in Surrey is seeking an experienced Fine Art Metalwork Restorer.

The successful applicant should have good all round metalworking skills.

Previous experience in a commercial workshop would be an advantage.

Please apply with full C.V. to enquiries.arabesque@gmail.com
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 6, 2015 at 1:47am
Our 7 Studios will be open, and you will have the chance to meet our newest tenants: Richard Walker (Gilder) and Catharine Russell (Ceramicist).

Open Studios provides the perfect opportunity to visit Making Space, chat to all the tenants, see their work in progress, buy unique craft items and see some of the amazing work Making Space has been doing over the last year.
http://www.maydaysartstrail.co.uk
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 3, 2015 at 12:59pm
so so so many exciting things to do http://www.londoncraftweek.com/programme?&&&&keys=&...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 3, 2015 at 12:44pm
 

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