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: 70
Latest Activity: May 23

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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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 May 16, 2016 at 4:12am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2016 at 4:10am
Welcome to Handmade Edinburgh, the first ever Handmade in Britain fair in Scotland!
Handmade Edinburgh is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Handmade in Britain, the organisers behind the highly acclaimed Chelsea craft fair and Handmade at Kew. Launching for the first time this year, this event is set to become the leading showcase for contemporary craft in Scotland. You don’t have to live in Scotland or be Scottish to take part in the event, though we would like to encourage applications from makers in Scotland.
The first edition of Handmade Edinburgh will take place at The Hub from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016 (Private View evening on Thursday 27th October 2016). This three day selling event is highly consumer orientated and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the makers and view, buy or commission their perfect piece and take it home with them.
Handmade Edinburgh sets very high standards, representing the finest designer makers and artists from Scotland and beyond. Selected by an experienced team, Handmade Edinburgh is open to makers & designers resident in the UK working to the highest level in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, stone, mixed media, leather, furniture, paper, prints, fashion and sculpture. 
Stands cost from £400+VAT and include traditional wooden shell schemes, two spotlights and name board. The application process is simple and involves submission of some details about yourself via an online application form plus 4 images of your work. Please see the information pack attached for more details and apply online via the website. The deadline for applications is 6pm on Tuesday 31st May 2016.
Stands will be allocated on an ongoing basis so we encourage you to apply early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0203 105 1682.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes,
Sarah Ward

PR, Marketing & Events Manager


0203 105 1682

Unit 31, 21 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DX
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:34am

                              Jewellery Workshop Manager

An exciting opportunity for you to help develop & move our business forward

Application deadline: May 31st 2016

Who we are:
Amongst many things, Posh Totty Designs is the original pioneer of hand stamped jewellery. We design & make precious keepsakes that immortalise personal sentiments in a stylish, yet unique way. From a one-woman kitchen-table business just 12 years ago, we’re now proud to run the biggest professional jewellery-making workshop in the South East. Our workshop caters for up to 18 skilled jewellers at any one time, and at peak times we can find ourselves producing up to 500 orders a day. Our presence locally and online is prominent and ever growing- we’re a multi-channel retailer stocking not only our own beautiful boutiques and website, but also some of the biggest marketplaces & department stores online.

We’re a fun, vibrant, young (hearted) and eagerly creative team that are passionate about what we do. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive work place where everyone has a voice, and everyone’s ideas are heard.

Where we’re going:
On the horizon this year is a London based boutique, a jewellery parties project, A celebrity collaboration and a local make & meet venue. There’s no such thing as a ‘quiet period’ at PTD.

What we need from you:
Our workshop is the lifeblood of our business and as such we need you to run a tight ship whilst inspiring, teaching and motivating your incredible team of 14 jewellers. With your professional creative background we want you to be ahead of your game in terms of the latest and forecasted trends, always with one eye on the commercial jewellery world, you’ll be the go-to person for developing ideas. Our products are diverse and unique so we naturally fall victim to copy-cats, with this in mind, continued innovation and exciting new seasonal designs are vital. Your role will be very varied and no one day will be the same, excellent time management and delegation is therefore crucial to your role. We’re always learning and evolving so any improved methods or processes you can bring to the table, even better.

Why work for us?
Posh Totty Designs never stands still and we are looking for someone who shares our passion to grow with us. This is an exciting opportunity for you to help develop & move our business forward whilst putting your hand-stamp (sorry) on things. If you’re looking for a challenging and creative role where you can utilise both your leadership and silversmith skills, then this role could well be what you’re looking for. In return for your valuable contribution we will be offering a competitive salary package and a great working environment.

We are looking for someone to join the team as soon as possible but it’s vital we find the right person so we’re happy to be flexible. For a further understanding of who and what we are about, please visit our website If you like what you see and you’re keen to climb aboard, please send a covering letter, C.V. and a portfolio of your work and designs to

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:31am
"This years Open Studios weekend is packed full of exciting things:
In addition to the fantastic tenants who will be opening up their studios over the weekend and showing you their creative spaces, we will also have one of our Associate Makers setting up on site to show you her beautiful textile pieces. Kathryn Green has become one of Making Space’s semi-tenants, as she hires our ceramic studio to develop and produce work on a weekly basis.
Alice Hume will also be here on site over the weekend showcasing her work and advertising her upcoming workshop at Making Space.
There will also be a display from Alex Hoare who will be running a two part glass course with us in July! To find out more click here.
Throughout the weekend, we will be holding various exhibitions in our workshop spaces celebrating the classes and community work that we have offered throughout the last year.
‘Inspired’ also returns; an exhibition which is curated every year by the Making Space staff, to celebrate the participants of our very popular creative courses. We will be displaying tutors own work alongside their students!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:23am 

Glenn Adamson recently stepped down from his directorship at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle,...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:17am

Join us in Milwaukee May 25-29, 2016
Celebrate craft, culture, innovation, and making.

ZOOM Milwaukee is a 4-day regional event that will host approximately 250 makers, writers, and innovators.

It will feature 10 lectures, 27 hands-on workshops, 17 exhibitions, panel discussions, museum day trips, and more.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:16am

REBEKAH FRANK Director, Art Jewelry Forum

Beyond the Obvious

In 1997 when Art Jewelry Forum was founded, we rarely looked at emails or websites. They were a novelty, but the artistic practice of jewelry that emerged from academia and from a certain set of ethics and values defined by an alternative culture had been around for 30 years. Fifty years later, these ethics and values have remained the same but the value and visibility of art jewelry has increased many times. It has taken a village of passionate people (artists, gallerists, collectors, curators, researchers and writers) to challenge the obvious assumptions of the traditional jewelry world about what jewelry means, what it represents, and how it is valued. Looking behind assumptions and writing about the unexamined decorative and status-seeking aspects of jewelry has been the way that art jewelry has developed visibility in the culture at large.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:11am

09 Apr - 04 Jun 2016
The Civic, Barnsley
Portable art, wearable objects; author jewellery from 1970
I AM HERE looks at author jewellery across five decades and reflects the complex and challenging nature of making objects that have a relationship with the human form. The exhibition showcases significant jewellers held in the Crafts Council Collection, eg Wendy Ramshaw, Caroline Broadhead, David Watkins and David Poston, loans from key national and international lenders, including MIMA and Galerie Marzee, new commissions, and voices and views from a range of individuals from across the sector.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:03am

HS Walsh are giving ACJ members a 10% discount when using the code on the members section and in the bulletin.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 10:59am

Call for Entries: ACJ 2016 Members' Show at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

By popular request, this year’s exhibition is an un-themed selling show of new work. Entry is open to all members, both from the UK and overseas.

A maximum of 40 ACJ members will each show a small collection of pieces at the well-respected New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey, near the University of Creative Arts.

Dates: Deadline for applications 30th June Delivery of work: 1st September
Show open 16
th September to 5th November

Costs: no application fee. Participants will pay £40, which includes return postage. Commission: 50% of retail price goes to the Gallery, so the maker’s price is doubled.
Pricing: retail prices from £30 to about £1,000, with a good selection of the lower price points.

The work: a coherent collection of up to 10 pieces made within the last two years.

This year there will be no print catalogue, but an online catalogue will be published on our website from members’ own photos.

Please contact for an application form and terms of reference. Deadline for applications 30th June. 


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