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 4:57pm
'what is jewellery?' expect the unexpected!, manchester craft & design centre: 3rd -12th october

The exhibition shows work made from unorthodox materials, crossing boundaries of fine art/jewellery and challenging your preconceptions of what jewellery can be made from.

A curated selection of pieces made from a diverse array of makers and materials, featuring techniques such as taxidermy, leather, paper, fishing wire, expandable foam, metal, wood, resin and other materials that challenges the notion of wearable jewellery.

Manchester College Lecturer Eve Redmond, curates this jewellery exhibition with exhibits from national & international makers.

Exhibition Run:3rd October-12th October.
Venue: Exhibition Space 2, Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak St, Manchester. M4 5JD
Open daily: 10am - 5.30pm Monday-Saturday 11am – 5pm Sunday.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2014 at 4:50pm
Offering financial assistance to British artists, sculptors, writers, craft makers, musicians and dancers aged over 30.
Awards up to £1,000 available.
Deadline 7 October 2014.

The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust offers financial assistance to British artists, sculptors, writers, musicians and dancers.

Background to the Trust:
The Trust was established under the Will of Mrs Geraldine Elsie Downes on her death in December 1969. Mrs Downes named the Trust in memory of her father E Phillips Oppenheim, the author, and her son, John Downes.

Each year the Trustees distribute the income of the Trust in the form of awards.

The awards may be made to deserving artists of any kind, whether writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors, craftsmen or artists of any comparable nature or description who are unable effectively to pursue their vocation by reason of their financial difficulties.

As a general guide the maximum award would be £1,000 but, in exceptional circumstances, the Trustees may consider making a larger award.

Application Deadline:
The awards are made in December of each year with the closing date for applications being 7 October.

How to apply:
First, read the Trust’s terms and conditions.
Then download an application form or request a form through the post.

Application form:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2014 at 4:48pm
Some twenty retailers from throughout the UK visited Domino’s headquarters in Birmingham yesterday for a day-long seminar on visual merchandising for Christmas.

The presenter was Alan Springall of the display, design and production consultancy Springall Allen Partnership. Springall, who trained at Selfridges, numbers many household name companies amongst his clients and is also head tutor for distance learning at the British Display Society (BDS).

He told his audience that successful visual merchandising is one way in which retailers can ‘steal a march’ on their competitors over the festive season and said that their displays should be used to reinforce people’s expectations of their business and to arrest their attention.

Speaking about Christmas displays in particular he commented: “Don’t become too designer-led unless you only wish to attract the more hip and trendy customer. The general public tends to prefer a warm, cosy, traditional approach to Christmas. That doesn’t mean though that you can’t give those traditional images a fresh twist.”

Springall had created three easy-to-replicate displays to demonstrate how such a twist can be achieved. One incorporated battery operated ‘candles’ – the flickering of which, he said, is an excellent way to catch the eye of passersby. Another used natural twigs sprayed white to create an inexpensive and effective Christmas scene, whilst in the third he featured ‘flying’ origami birds suspended on transparent wire to great effect.

Participants were also invited to put theory into practice. Using props and jewellery supplied by Domino they were asked to create displays using particular techniques previously explained to them by Springall.

Delegates were also treated to a conducted tour of Domino’s extensive manufacturing facility where they were able to view the entire jewellery production process from initial design concept, through 3D printing and lost-wax casting to setting and final polishing.
Mark and Alison Welch of M G Welch Jewellers of Taunton were amongst those participating. “It was very useful, especially the practical session where we tried out a layout combining symmetrical balance and radiation techniques which we hadn’t tried before,” Mark Welch commented afterwards.

Jason Rigby and Sophie Marshall of Rigby Jewellers in Chester also enjoyed the hands on demonstration and said that they had found Springall’s feedback and comments on their practical work to be very useful.

Rowenna Mahoney from JRC Jewellery in South Wales also found plenty to interest her. “You get so comfortable doing what you do that you probably don’t change as much as you should. Coming to something like this gives you inspiration and the confidence to be a bit more adventurous,” she said.

Speaking after the event Domino’s chairman Patrick Fuller said: “We were delighted that so many of our customers took us up on the invitation to attend this event and hope very much that it will have provided them with some good ideas which they can take back and use to their advantage.”
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2014 at 4:43pm
Artists and craft makers are being invited to come up with inspiring ideas for a new wave of Made in Glasgow products.

The initiative, set up by Glasgow arts supplies company Artstore, gets underway with six lines which will be unveiled during a launch event at the company’s flagship Queen Street shop this week.

Michael Kilmurry, Artstore owner, said, “There’s an amazing amount of creativity in this city – every day we meet artists, designers and craft makers who deserve the chance to show what they can do. We want them to come up with fresh ideas to wow the world.
“Made in Glasgow is a way for us to give them a start and to promote the city itself as a powerhouse of high quality ideas for art and craft. We want to see more and more Glasgow artists and makers running their own flourishing businesses and developing successful product lines.

“But times are tough out there and it can be incredibly challenging for people to find support and to pick up the business skills they need. This project will hopefully make a real difference because we will help them come up with great products which will then be displayed in one of Glasgow’s most prominent shop windows as well as being vigorously marketed through our webstore and on social media.”

The launch products include jewellery, homeware, footware and more.

They are:
• Anything Can Be a Jewel by Stefanie Cheong
Recycled wire and coper pipe jewellery.
RRP £10 - £25.
Stefanie studied jewellery and silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art.

• On Target by Jay Govan
Recycled Bullet Pens.
RRP £25.
Jay studied jewellery and silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art.

• Handmade Cork Coasters inspired by Glasgow landmarks by Andrew Kuzmak. RRP£10.
Andrew lives in Glasgow and studied product design at University of Wales.

• Glasgow Summer’s Cone tea towels by Steven Hill.
RRP £6.95.
Steven went to Glasgow Caledonian University to study applied graphic design.

• Hand Drawn Feet Shoes by Jamie Irvine.
RRP £32.
Jamie lives in Glasgow but studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and specialised in illustration.

• Mum on the Run building block photo cubes by Sheena Macdonald.
RRP £5.50.
Sheena studied product design at City of Glasgow College.

Many emerging artists and makers also have full or part-time jobs, so Artstore decided to invite members of its own staff to apply for the first Made in Glasgow opportunities.
The scheme is now open to all artists and makers based in Glasgow and successful applicants will get a budget to produce their works, a business mentor plus other support – all leading to having the products displayed in the window and on sale in the Queen Street shop for a month.

About Made in Glasgow:

What is on offer:
• A budget to help produce the works (on a case by case basis) and £50 voucher for Artstore.
• A mentor who will work closely with the designer to time manage and help source materials and manufacturers.
• 90% of the commission for each sale.
• Exposure - window space to showcase your work with maker’s name in vinyl. We will also promote on our social media networks.
• Experience to see how work sells in a commercial market.

Entry forms can be collected in-store and online at:

Find out more at:

Visit our shops at:
[a] 94 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3AQ
[a] Artstore at the Art School, Haldane Building, Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RN
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2014 at 4:42am
professional, amateur and student craftspeople and designers from any country.
several prizes and awards available.
application fee EUR38.
The primary aim of the award is to honour and support the best ideas and concepts and recognise excellent realisation. It provides the award winners and nominees with publicity, prestige and creates a global PR push. The award covers all art/crafts disciplines, ideas and design concepts.

full details available online.
Web address:
Arts & Crafts Design Award
15 Dec 2014
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2014 at 4:28am
SAW is interested to hear from artists /makers / facilitators who specialise in socially engaged practice.
Community consultation is currently taking place and the outcomes will shape project delivery in late 2014 and through 2015.
Contact for details.
Deadline 10 oct
Our aims are to develop: Community creativity, Community participation, Sustainable community environments, places and spaces.
Potential artforms may include: Community and guerrilla gardening, Cooking and food, Upcycling and materials reuse, Materials based making, Digital media, Textiles – yarn bombing, sewing, home crafting, Woodwork, Jewellery, Street play, Community art trails, Painting/drawing/printmaking etc.

Please email us: A one page letter introducing yourself and summarising your experience and approach; Your cv or links to relevant information on your website; Links to images of your work; Maximum total email size 1MB. Emails larger than 1MB will not be accepted so please send links to online images or resize before sending. Title your email: Project Artist Call Out
Somerset Art Works
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2014 at 4:09am
If you are an established sculptor or new graduate and would like to showcase and sell your work at the beautiful 180 acre Sir Harold Hillier Gardens we would love to hear from you.
16th May to 18th October 2015.
Artist’s price is paid.
Please send CV, artist’s statement and images of the work you are proposing to exhibit to Jo Field, AITG 2015, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield SO51 0QA or email Images on either cd or via email and on hard copy please. Please include media, dimensions and artist’s price. All work must be suitable for exhibiting outdoors and will need to pass a strict risk assessment.
Web address:
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
02 Feb 2015
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2014 at 4:06am
29 September 14
Art Fair East
Art Exhibition Art Fair art gallery
ART FAIR EAST is intended to be an annual event and aims to be an important new art fair for the East of England. Our mission is to showcase national and international galleries and dealers to an Eastern region audience of art collectors and businesses. The first fair takes place
Charges apply
Experience required:
No preference
Students eligible:
East England
We are looking for Galleries and Collectives of Artists to Participate.
4-7th June 2015
details on application
If you would like to be considered for a stand at the 2015 event please let us know and we will email you an application pack. We invite applications from established art dealers, galleries and collectives. Regretfully we are unable to accept direct applications from individual artists.

What will you receive as a participant?

*All exhibitors will be supported by our targeted national and regional advertising campaign for the Fair, focused upon arts and luxury lifestyle publications. This will be further supported by targeted mail outs to relevant special interest groups within the region and strategic partners.

* Stands made with 2.4 meter high white panels

* Lighting (minimum 2 spotlights per stand)

* Stand Signage

* Catalogue Entry

* Listing on the Art Fair East website

* Exhibitor and Staff passes

* Preview Tickets to our private view for you and up to 50 guests

* Up to 250 tickets to the events for your clients and unlimited email invites.

*A storage area for additional artworks.

* A card payment system at the front of the hall and wrapping area.

Request an application pack via or visit
Web address:
Art Fair East
01 Dec 2014
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.

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Diana Greenwood
‘There is always one moment in childhood…’

Mantel Box 230 x 330 x 45 mm

Mantel Box in Cherry wood with a hinged glass door, containing a silver vessel marked ‘drink me’, marbles, sweets and found objects

A piece about childhood, forgotten toys, favorite stories and the loss of innocence as the future beckons, inspired by ‘Garden of Love’ by William Blake.

Image Credit: Diana Greenwood

View the new CRAFTHAUS online exhibition (October 24-November 24, 2014)

Tales from the Tool Box - Chapter 1

Curated by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn, UK

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