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

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Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12. 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 July 5, 2015 at 3:47am

Designer in Residence or Postdoctoral Researcher in Colour and Material Design
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Department of Design
Location: Aalto
Salary: Not specified
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 3rd July 2015
Closes: 31st August 2015
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design invites applications for

Designer in Residence or Postdoctoral Researcher in Colour and Material Design

The position is fixed-term and will be filled for two years. The starting date is preferably as soon as possible but is negotiable.

Main tasks

Colour and Material Design mastery is one of the most important design skills of the 21st century. It leads creative direction and business strategy, drives new forms and better functionality and impacts sustainability. The senso-aesthetic properties of colour and materials build strong emotional connections between products, environments, brands and people. In May 2015 Aalto University held its first annual Designing Soul Event. The event will function as a global platform for sharing the newest research, artistic projects and innovations in colour and material design.

The Department of Design is looking for a designer in residence/postdoctoral researcher whose design practise, research and teaching interests address strategic and artistic colour and material design.

The artistic practise and research field of the designer/researcher encompasses ambitious and experimental colour and material design projects and quality research on colour and material innovations, design practises and strategies through multidisciplinary collaboration with scientists and engineers in Aalto University as well as domestic and international designers, companies and institutions.

In addition the designer in residence/ postdoctoral researcher will participate in teaching. In the next academic year of 2015/16 four colour and material design related courses will be offered for master students across the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.


A successful candidate should be/have:

Doctoral degree or MA degree and at least 5 years of work experience in a relevant field
Excellent knowledge of materials and processes
Mastery of colour theory and design
Knowledgeable of consumer and market dynamics and trends
Competence in key design programs and tools
Strong verbal and visual communication and presentation skills
Comfortable working with multidisciplinary teams and ability to collaborate
Ability to form relationships and build networks
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Self-directed and highly motivated with a hands-on energetic approach
The evaluation is based on the total assessment of a candidate in each main dimension: research, artistic/professional work, teaching, activity in scientific and professional community and academic leadership.

How to apply

The applications for the postdoctoral researcher/designer in residence position are to be submitted through Aalto University´s eRecruitment system no later than on August 31st, 2015.

The application for the position should contain (in pdf format):

Cover letter
Portfolio, including max. five art works, designs or productions, published articles (in a single file, size limited to 100 MB)
List of publications

Additional information

Concerning the job description and requirements, Associate Professor Jaana Beidler, tel. +358 40 146 7359, email

Concerning the application process, HR Coordinator Jussi Hartikainen, tel. +358 50 575 3888, email

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 5, 2015 at 2:13am
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The British Council and Anou are looking for 3 UK-based design and craft practitioners for the second round of the Common Thread residencies.

During the residency, the selected residents will live in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco for a period of 3 weeks with artisans who are part of the Moroccan e-commerce artisan-led platform Anou.

The Common Thread residencies will run from approximately 10-31 August 2015.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 2, 2015 at 3:03am

Artist in Residence

University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and the Watts Gallery
Location: Farnham
Closes: Thursday 16th July 2015
Award : UK/EU only
Interviews: 22 July 2015
The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist institution located on campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester. UCA is committed to creative practice and understands research to be at the heart of the creative arts and industries. Our researchers represent a broad range of practice as artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, historians, theorists and curators.

UCA Farnham has for many years worked in partnership with Watts Gallery, Compton. Since first opening its doors to the public in 1904, Watts Gallery, a purpose-built art gallery created for the display of works by the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904), has been a centre for artistic culture and practice.

UCA / Watts are now looking to appoint an Artist in Residence. Given our shared commitment to social engagement with fine art we would be interested to receive proposals that explore the interrelated themes of fine art and public pedagogy.

The successful candidate will receive a stipend of £6K and will enjoy sole use of a dedicated studio at Watts for the duration of one year (2015/16). The residency culminates in a solo exhibition in the contemporary gallery space at Watts.

To apply:

Applications should take the form of a proposal for the residency, to include an artist statement (max 200 words) a CV and examples of your work. Applications should be sent by email to Liz Baxter, Research Officer, University for the Creative Arts –

University for the Creative Arts
Watts Gallery

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2015 at 3:31pm

Looking for a new career? As the leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, we are now seeking an experienced Training Administrator to support the Curriculum Leader on a part-time basis with the delivery of the Goldsmiths' Centre's education programme. Apply now
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2015 at 3:29pm
Tue 15 September - Thu 19 November 2015
Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm, Free
Venue: The Atrium
A Sense of Jewellery brings together outstanding examples of modern jewellery by 40 artists and designers made in Britain over the past 40 years. It sets out to celebrate the quality of design and material innovation in this period. Guest curators: Amanda Game
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2015 at 3:26pm
A unique community for jewellers, goldsmiths and the public.

It’s an exciting time as the new exhibition A Sense of Jewellery, guest curated by Amanda Game and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE, opens in September as part of the London Design Festival – rediscover British jewellery design through the work of 40 artists from the past 40 years. This July we’ve partnered up with Presman Mastermelt to offer the free seminar Waste to Wonga! and during our short courses Exhibiting Your Work and Visual Merchandising you will learn how to present your collections at trade shows and craft fairs with the help of leading designer Dan Maier. We’ll also be opening our doors for London Open House and giving you a glimpse at the craft, our work and support to the trade through our Summer Showcase. So take a look at this e-newsletter to discover what’s on.

Peter Taylor
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2015 at 9:08am
Fully Funded PhD Studentship
University for the Creative Arts
Qualification type: PhD
Location: Farnham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: See advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 15th June 2015
Closes: 3rd July 2015
Interview Date: 23 July

The Centre for Sustainable Design® at UCA is an internationally renowned centre of excellence, and is recognised worldwide for its knowledge and expertise, having worked closely with business, policymaking and research communities for two decades. Under the direction of Professor Martin Charter the centre has built world-class knowledge and expertise of sustainable innovation and product sustainability. The Centre researches, develops and disseminates understanding of present and future sustainability impacts and solutions related to innovation, products, technologies, services and systems through projects, training, events, networks and information.

The Centre for Sustainable Design ® is now offering a three year fully-funded PhD studentship to conduct research into the broad area of sustainability, innovation, design and making: We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified candidate with proven interests and knowledge of this area of research, and would be interested to receive research proposals from applicants from any disciplinary background who feel they can contribute to our work.

Research topics might include:

Circular economy
Making, modifying and fixing
Design, fabrication & sustainability
Green business models
The award includes PhD registration fees (H/EU - £4,370) for 3 years full-time plus an annual stipend of £14,057 (equivalent to the value RCUK)

To be eligible applicants must have completed a postgraduate qualification - MA, MBA, MFA, PGDip or MRes or equivalent programme of study in an arts discipline.

If English is not the candidate’s first language an English Language qualification is required – IELTS 7.00 or above or another equivalent English Language qualification.

For an information pack and application form please contact Mary O’Hagan Postgraduate Research Manager on 01252 892922 or by email

To help us deal with your enquiry efficiently please use the subject box in your email (PhD Studentship – John Smith)

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2015 at 9:04am


Buyers must stay on top of the latest trends in jewellery. They choose what is sold in shops or online, often buying stock from designers.

Jewellery buyers select and develop the product ranges that are on sale in retail outlets or online. Keeping abreast of the latest jewelleryJewellery buyers select and develop the product ranges that are on sale in retail outlets or online. Keeping abreast of the latest jewellery

What do buyers do? 

Jewellery buyers select and develop the product ranges that are on sale in retail outlets or online. Keeping abreast of the latest jewellery fashions is vital.

The job is fast-paced and usually involves travelling overseas to visit trade fairs and suppliers in countries such as Thailand.  

What is the job like?

As a buyer, your work will be very varied and will include:

  • building working relationships with suppliers and negotiating prices
  • forecasting future jewellery trends and analysing the buying patterns of customers
  • planning and building a product range within the buying cycle and calendar
  • working closely with other staff, including merchandisers, to ensure that supply meets customer demand
  • handling complex administrative procedures using IT systems
  • forecasting sales levels and making presentations about new ranges to senior colleagues.

How do I become a jewellery buyer?

Jewellery buying is an extremely competitive job, and previous retail experience is a big advantage. You could volunteer at your local charity shop, or look for work experience in a high street jewellery store.

Equally, a part-time job in a shop would provide valuable relevant experience. Many buyers have experience in other aspects of retail management before they progress to buying.

To be a buyer, you will need:

  • an outgoing and lively personality
  • stamina and the willingness to work long hours
  • the ability to cope well under pressure
  • to be highly organised and able to multi-task
  • good written and verbal communication skills, and a high level of numeracy

School subjects that are useful for buying are maths, English, business studies, languages and art.


Jewellery buying is an extremely competitive job, and previous retail experience is a big advantage.


Whilst you are still at school, develop your organisational skills. Get involved in as many extracurricular activities as you can. If your school has an Enterprise Day or any sort of Business Challenge activities, get involved. If not, you could suggest that you start something like this. 

Events like this will provide you with valuable experience in organising, prioritising, planning and managing others, which will help you whatever career you decide upon.

These will be especially useful skills for a career in buying, and also give you something extra to add to your UCAS personal statement if you apply for further study.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2015 at 9:02am

summer deadline of Tuesday 30th June I thought you may be interested to hear what we are doing at CRAFT, 17th - 19th January 2016, Olympia, London.
If you are looking to develop your trade contacts and reach more commercial buyers, shops, galleries and museums Craft could be the show for you.
You won't be alone Craft is attracting increasing numbers of leading makers, groups and international exhibitors to the show and has doubled in size since last year.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2015 at 8:56am
Bursary artists report back!

21 artists attended Venice Biennale preview in May with a-n Go and see bursaries. Here are some highlights of their reviews and blogs about the experience and what they saw.


Tania Kovats reviews the role of drawing.Read more​

Susan Stockwell takes us on a tour through ancient palaces. Read more​

Anthony Shapland considers the role of the worker. Read more​

Marc Cairns borrows the Eurovision Song Contest scoring system in his top ten countdown of National Pavilions. Read more​

Caitlin and Andrew Webb-Ellis blog and have made a five-minute film response.Read and view​




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