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

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 October 15, 2016 at 4:30pm

Regional Groups

ACJ has regional groups throughout the country. If you would like to start a group in your area, or get in touch with other members nearby, please contact us.

There is a new regional group ACJ-JSN based in Farnham. For more information and to get in touch with its members, contact Jennifer Saker at

ACJ Kent: Mark Fenn has migrated to Wales, and has therefore resigned from co-ordinatiing ACJ Kent. Thanks, Mark for your efforts. Jane Carter-Lilley is now the co-ordinator

Sarah Jane Whittaker has set up a new West Midlands group. If you would like to join please email with ‘ACJ West Midlands Regional Group’ in the subject heading. There is also a Facebook group:

ACJ Wessex
Winter Jewels V
at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA.

Friday November 25th 2016 until Monday 2nd January 2017

We are introducing a “Newcomers cabinet” this time for members who have not exhibited with us before.

If you live within Hampshire, Dorset or Wiltshire  and would like to join our active group, please contact our coordinator Gill Mallett on quoting your ACJ membership number.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 15, 2016 at 3:48pm
June 7 — 9, 2017
Ticketing is now open for the 99U Conference, returning to Lincoln Center in New York City, June 2017! Join us for a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of the industry.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 15, 2016 at 3:43pm
Have your say
The Department of Culture Media and Sport wants to hear from you – tell the government why you love museums, how they could be improved and why they need support. You have until 31 October to take part.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 15, 2016 at 3:22pm
Enamelling is an ancient art and a mysterious alchemy dating back to 16th century BC. Today enamellers continue to push the boundaries of how they can apply powdered glass onto metal surfaces to create their very best work.
The story of this complex and colourful craft is told through examples of contemporary enamelling by distinguished members of the British Society of Enamellers (BSoE), such as Jane Short, Ruth Ball, Tamar de Vries Winter, Phil Barnes, Sheila McDonald, Alex Raphael and Joan Mackarell, as well as work from new graduates such as Sophie Warringham & Mark Newman, with examples of commercial & industrial enamelling.
In partnership with the British Society of Enamellers.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 15, 2016 at 3:19pm
The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017
As part of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Woman’s Hour, the BBC is launching The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017, in association with the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lucie Rie's Studio. Photo © Victoria & Albert Museum, London / Lucie Rie
Can beautiful objects enhance your life?
Over the past 70 years Woman’s Hour has championed and celebrated both the craft of listeners and of craft practitioners and in that tradition the launch of the prize coincides with the celebrations for the anniversary year.
On air Woman’s Hour will cover highlights of the crafting calendar, profile the history of the seven craft prize entry categories, interview the finalists, reflect the impact craft can have on health and innovation, and celebrate craft on air through exhibitions, discussions, demonstrations and interviews with practitioners, hoping to inspire our audience to make and create.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 15, 2016 at 3:14pm

‘Hothouse Collective – A Maker’s Exhibition’ to be held at Craft Central, London from the 15th – 20th of November.
This show features work by Hothouse 2016 participants.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Tika Viker-Bloss
Programme Assistant on behalf of the HOTHOUSE 2017 team.
Crafts Council, 44a Pentonville Road London N1 9BY
Phone: +44 (0)207 806 2500
Fax: +44 (0)20 7837 6891
Crafts Council Registered Charity Number: 280956

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 15, 2016 at 3:04pm

Are You a Jeweller or Silversmith?

Have you received details of our Desire Fairs? These are our brand of mixed media jewellery and silversmithing events which have become extremely popular.  Events are held in Chelsea in March and Winchester in November.  Spaces are currently still available.  Click here for further details.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 13, 2016 at 12:24pm

To foster new talent and support early career artists, we run two Starter Studios here at Yorkshire Artspace: one for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers and one for Ceramicists.
The Starter Studios are an ideal next step for recent graduates looking to develop their skills and creative enterprises in a supportive environment, the Starter Studios offer access to:
·         shared workspace and equipment
·         technical and mentor support
·         business advice
·         commission and exhibition opportunities

We’re hosting an Open Weekend during our annual Open Studios event taking place 18-20 Nov, and we’d love to see you there! The Starter Studios will be open for you to see the facilities for yourself, and both current and previous participants and mentors will be available to discuss their experiences of the Starter Studios. 
You will be free to 'curate' your own visit at your own pace by following the starter studio trail (look out for the silver stars on studio doors) at the same time as enjoying the wider Open Studio event.     
This invitation is for ceramic/silversmith students in any year, or relevant course tutors/staff - come individually or as a group.
More information about the Starter Studios can be found here and Open Studios here and I’ve attached a digital copy of our Open Studios leaflet for easy sharing!
Please do get in touch if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help.
Best wishes,
Heather Gilberthorpe
Programme and Communications Administrator (Maternity Cover)
Yorkshire Artspace
Persistence Works
21 Brown Street
Sheffield S1 2BS
0114 276 1769

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 9:49am

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Do share jobs, opportunities, exhibitions, events, symposiums that our members would be interested in... and new work!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 9:41am
28-30 October
Wellington College
12 noon - 6 pm Friday, 10 am - 5 pm Saturday, 10 am - 4.30 pm Sunday
Admission: £4.50

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