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

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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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


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

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 3:04pm

Clarion Events and Handmade in Britain
have created CRAFT to provide a commercial
platform for designer makers who wish to reach
an audience of professional retailers and
collectors. CRAFT is a new trade event for
leading contemporary makers which will take
place alongside Home and Top Drawer from the
11-13 January 2015 at Olympia, London.
The Event
The launch of CRAFT was in response to
increasing demand from retailers searching for
high quality products with provenance; items
which are truly unique and original; objects
with heart, soul and individuality. CRAFT
is the place where professional buyers will
discover just such products. CRAFT fills a gap
in the UK market for a high quality, juried
trade event which will enable leading Makers
and Artisans to meet a substantial audience of
international retailers, galleries, museums,
professional buyers and collectors within a
dedicated trade event in London.
Located alongside Home and Top Drawer at
Olympia, CRAFT is the most recent addition to
Clarion’s rapidly growing portfolio of events.
Housed in its own specially created space,
CRAFT will be home to over 150 contemporary
makers who will be carefully selected by the
CRAFT advisory panel.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 2:58pm

craft&design magazine, which celebrated its 30th year in 2013, is published 6 times a year by a small family business owned by Angie and Paul Boyer. craft&design features work in all media by makers working in the UK, together with news and information about craft fairs, galleries, exhibitions, suppliers of materials and equipment, courses, workshops, guilds and associations. With Business Tips for students and graduates through to experienced professionals, craft&design offers up to the minute advice in a practical, down to earth way.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 2:56pm
Make:Shift banner
The future is in the making

Make:Shift is a two-day Crafts Council conference exploring innovation in craft practice and how makers contribute to innovation in science, engineering and medicine through new materials, processes and technologies.

20 to 21 November
Greenwich Penninsula

SE10 0EW

Make:Shift is part of the Crafts Council's Innovation programme 

Visit to find out up-to-date information on the conference including speakers and sessions. 

The Innovation programme also includes Make:Shift:Do, a two-day festival of open events and workshops taking place from 21 to 22 November and a number of partnership projects.

Buy tickets - Early bird offer ends 5 October

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 2:52pm

There's a lot going on in craft and design right now, especially in London, with the spectacular Goldsmiths' Fair running now until 5th October, The Knitting & Stitching Show and MADE London next month and Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall in November - there's a great ticket offer in our latest newsletter for the Chelsea event too!

It's not all about London though, we feature Gallery Exhibitions, Fairs & Shows and Open Studios around the country- and there's some hot news for small creative businesses about Creative Business Finance.

Simply download our September Newsletter to find out more!

With best wishes
Angie & Paul

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 2:33pm
The September 30 deadline for the AJF AA is fast approaching. The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award (AJF AA) is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist, and to help to advance the artist's career. Now is the time to apply or spread the word!

All five finalists of Art Jewelry Forum's Artist Award will exhibit work at Schmuck.

The announcement of the AJF AA winner will take place during the Schmuck jewelry fair in Munich, Germany in March 2015. In addition to the cash award of $7500 for the winner, the five finalists (including the winner) will show at this fabulous annual event. Work will be displayed at either Galerie Marzee, Galerie Ra, or Platina gallery in the Frame part of the exhibition hall.

For all details and information about the award, visit AJF's website.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 2:27pm
Our annual prize for the most exciting talents in architecture and design takes place on 4 December. You have until 6 October to nominate a practice or project
Nominations are now open for the third annual Icon awards, which recognise the best in architecture and design from around the world. We are assembling another expert panel to choose winners in 11 categories, the shortlists for which will be finalised in October.
The awards ceremony will be held in St Mary’s Church, Marylebone, London, on Thursday, 4 December, and once again we will be presenting the winners with bespoke trophies – this year created by Swiss-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez.
Last year, more than 600 people gathered at Oval Space in east London to see designers and architects such as Thomas Thwaites, Metahaven, Rural Urban Framework and Margaret Calvert pick up their awards.
Entry is free, and we invite you to nominate work that has been completed or realised during the last 12 months and falls into one of the following ten categories:
Emerging design studio of the year
Design studio of the year
Emerging architecture practice of the year
Architecture practice of the year
Socially responsible design of the year
Technology of the year
Building of the year
Interior of the year
Product design of the year
Furniture design of the year
We will also be awarding the special Icon of the Year award in recognition of a lifetime achievement in architecture or design.

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

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