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 October 5, 2014 at 3:36am
Don't forget. Jerwood Makers Open 2015
Closing Date: 5 pm Tuesday 4 November 2014

An opportunity for artists and collaborative practices working across craft and design disciplines.

On offer are five awards of £7,500 and support to develop new work over a period of six months, for exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space and on tour nationally. The awards will be made by and independent selection panel:

Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine
Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers
Michael Marriott, product designer and curator
This opportunity promotes the significance of making and materials within the contemporary visual arts and 2015 is its fifth edition. It offers artists, makers and designers at the early stages of their careers an opportunity to develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures.

The award proudly focusses on making and material. It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination within what are traditionally described as the applied arts, looking broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging such boundaries. The Jerwood Visual Arts team provides significant developmental support to selected artists where needed, working alongside the curatorial and logistical development of each idea.

For further information and to apply please click here.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 7:45pm
Autumn at Centrepunch!

Well its official . . . Autumn is here, evenings are cooler, the days are drawing in and we will soon be thinking about Christmas, but our workshops are as bright and airy as ever, with the most wonderful natural light. Why not come and see for yourself......?

We have some fantastic Membership schemes with some great bonus deals attached. Have a look at the value added Membership packages that we have launched. . . . . if you are contemplating how we can help you beyond short courses, join our network, peruse our website or send us an email!

Membership opportunities
Our regular members find the new Membership packages a great enhancement to their current practice and we think you will too! Choose from 3 levels of Membership:
Standard Membership - this is the entry level Membership required to use our facilities on a pay-as-you -go basis for a one of fee of £50 plus induction, then its £25 per day every day as often as you like.
Silver Membership - is ideal for those starting-up their practice post study, graduates or those returning to practice. For an annual fee of £150 its packed full of opportunities including a 2 day course of your choice each year of membership and a day per month in our workshop for free! Plus lots more!
Gold Membership - is our professional level scheme, aimed at established Designer-makers looking for further networking opportunities. For an annual fee of £250 you will receive a range of Networking and sales opportunities through Centrepunch as well as access to our workshops and much more! Simply click on a package to see what we are offering!
.......and if all that's not enough then our NEW e-commerce facility will be launching soon too, this facility is included in the Gold Membership package and as a selected extra for Standard and Silver members!
Stop Press!

Business Accolades!

Its been an incredibly busy Summer at Centrepunch! One of our Directors, Beaulagh Brooks, was nominated in the Guardian Small Business Network for Small Business Leader of the year and was featured on their website as such!

Then we were delighted to be SHORT-LISTED for Best Start-up in Lambeth Best of Business Awards 2014 which was a huge achievement given the high standard of all the entries this year! However we bow gracefully to the category winner 'The Vault' and look forward to working with them in the future as we share a similar vision in promoting the Visual Arts, Design and Craft.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 7:36pm
SCHOOL OF CRAFTS & DESIGN | EVENTS | Crafts & Design Workshops
Starts: Saturday, 11th October, 2014 - 10:00

Ends: Saturday, 18th October, 2014 - 16:00
To help celebrate Farnham Craft Town, The School of Craft and Design at UCA is collaborating with Lynne Dick, Director of Making Space, on a series of design and making taster days. Gifted and able tutors, technicians and artists in residence will deliver a series of innovative making sessions for groups of up to 10 participants.

The workshops have been designed for beginners through to professional practitioners and will be complemented by lunchtime talks by Artists in Residence on a series of related topics. The processes and materials covered in the workshops will include printed textiles, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.

Please book a place early if you would like to attend these rare and wonderful workshops.

Saturday 11 October
Sunday 12 October
Saturday 18 October
The full timetable is available here.

Workshops available include:

Ring making
Heat transfer printing
Texture & colour on clay
Cost: £10 for a half day, £20 for a full day.

Morning workshop: 10.00am - 12.30pm.

Afternoon workshop: 1.30 - 4.00pm.

Lunchtime talks by practitioners.

Refreshments provided. We advise attendees to bring a packed lunch.

To book your place for one or more of these fantastic workshops, please contact Ingrid or Margaret in the Crafts Study Centre on 01252 891450 or email or Otherwise, you can pop in and book if you wish.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 7:28pm
Exclusive October reader offer!
25% off our European jewellery ranges

Usually we celebrate and promote mainly our British designer-makers at Jam, but this month we’re shining the spotlight on four of our European jewellers. Established German designers Manu, Quinn and Triangel and Polish designers, Deco Echo.

Each has their own particular contemporary style, but collectively, they reflect the European style of jewellery. Pieces are more about making a statement; designs are stronger and sometimes more architectural.

As a Jam newsletter subscriber, we’re exclusively offering you 25% off our European jewellery collections, by these four designer makers.

Simply complete the payment details with code Euro14 by midnight Friday 31 October online, or print and bring a copy of this newsletter into Jam by close of business the same day. Offer applies to items in stock only.

Flavour of the month
Clare Hillerby - mixed media jewellery

Clare graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Metalwork. Clare designs and makes one-off and limited edition pieces of jewellery from her Manchester studio, using found items, silver and semi-precious stones.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 7:23pm
Maria Helena Spector

Maria Helena Spector
Jeweller Maria Helena Spector was brought up in Peru but educated in European thought and culture. She married an Englishman and now lives in London where she designs and makes one of a kind or limited edition jewellery pieces using semi-precious gemstones and sterling silver, combining both lapidary and silversmithing techniques. Many of her unusual gemstones are sourced from South America.

Maria has designed and produced pieces for The Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the British Museum. One of her first clients was Ruth Rendell and, since then, her jewellery has been seen in the House of Commons on several occasions, as well as adorning the necks of various television presenters and business women.

Read more about Maria's background and her work

View the Work

You can see Maria and her work at our next events in Sevenoaks from 24-26 October and Winchester from 7-9 November. She is also exhibiting at our Chelsea Desire Fair in March 2015.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 7:06pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 7:04pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 6:49pm
On the 9th of September, we conducted a workshop to discuss our much talked about upcoming government funding opportunities for ‘Smart, hybrid and multiple’ materials. As the event was completely overbooked, we were unable to accommodate several interests received to attend this event. Here is an another excellent opportunity for you to hear first hand information from our experts on this funding call, in case you have missed out on the previous workshop or simply want further information on this competition – Webinar with our experts on the 8th October from 10.30 AM-11.30 AM.

This webinar offers the opportunity to:
• see a summary of the discussions from the workshop
• obtain an indication of the likely scope of the competition
• comment on the workshop discussions and the scope

For more information and to register for this webinar, please click here.

If you are interested in keeping up to date with all the latest information on smart, hybrid and multiple materials , Join our Materials group. The group is also a one stop shop for all the latest information on the competition including the scope release and a place to connect with other companies interested in the funding competition.

Kind Regards,

Andy Sellars
Lead Technologist - High Value Manufacturing

Innovate UK
North Star House
North Star Avenue
Swindon SN2 1UE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 6:41pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 3, 2014 at 12:31pm

I am writing on behalf of The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell. We are running our Getting Started 2015 short course from Monday 12 to Friday 16 January 2015 for alumni who have graduated in the last five years from a certified UK Precious Metal course.

We would be most grateful if you could circulate the information below to your alumni? If you would like to be added to our mailing list, we can keep you up to date on the latest short courses and opportunities for students.

Thank you very much for our help and we hope that this year’s course proves a success.

Kind regards,

Isabel Keim
Marketing & Communications Manager
T + 44 (0)207 566 7658

You’ve got what it takes to succeed, now learn the skills to get started in business

Have you graduated in the last five years from a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills? Then our prestigious business programme, Getting Started, is exactly the springboard you need to start your career in the creative industries.

This free, week long intensive course runs from Monday 12 to Friday 16 January 2015 and is held in the state-of-the-art training facilities of The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London.

Every interactive workshop and seminar is designed to help you get to grips with all the practicalities of setting up in business on your own, or as part of a workshop. Learn how to sell your work to galleries, develop your website, social media presence, portfolios, CVs as well as understand the basics of PR, marketing and business planning.

Leading industry experts will give you the benefits of their experience as well as tips and ideas to make sure you get a head start in your chosen career. Past speakers have included Stephen Webster, Annoshka Ducas, Joanna Hardy, Leo DeVroomen and Liz Olver.

Meet other new graduates, business experts and industry members in a bright, intimate and modern space that will leave you inspired. You’ll also get the chance to showcase your work at The Goldsmiths’ Centre as part of an exclusive industry reception.

Book a limited space today and visit
Deadline for applications Mon 10 November 2014

The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5AD


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