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

Discussion Forum

"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 June 25, 2014 at 6:07pm
At the time of writing we have spaces available at the following events due to unexpected cancellations:

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex - 22-25 August (sorry cannot consider applications from jewellers now)

Wellington College, Crowthorne - 29-31 August (sorry cannot consider applications from jewellers now)

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair, Winchester - 7-9 November (open to silversmiths and jewellers working in any media)

If you are interested in applying for any of these spaces please complete and return the relevant booking form as soon as possible with a deposit cheque of £60 (and images of your work if you have not exhibited with us before). Booking forms can be downloaded by clicking here.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 25, 2014 at 2:23am
Goldsmiths' Review Out Soon

The Company is about to publish its annual review, a handsome magazine packed with fascinating news and features. Highlights include articles about three precious metal stars: silversmith Ndidi Ekubia, the enameller Ros Conway and the jeweller, Jane Sarginson. Historians are treated to features on Sir Hugh Myddelton and Ralph Robynson, the Tudor scholar and Goldsmiths’ liveryman. The review also details important developments across the Company's activities.

The Review can be delivered to the UK for £6 and overseas for £10.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 25, 2014 at 2:20am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 23, 2014 at 3:21pm
See below from School of Jewellery. Please return any info to Gay Penfold at Birmingham, not to ACJ.

Calling all Birmingham School of Jewellery trained jewellers!!

In 2015 the School of Jewellery Birmingham is celebrating its 125th Birthday. We are at the early stages of planning a series of events which will take place throughout 2015 to celebrate. One of our 2015 activities centres on our alumni. We want to try to identify as many people who trained at the School of Jewellery as possible and also any identify items of their work which are on public display. We will be asking alumni to complete a questionnaire about their time at the School and then, from the responses we receive, Alumni will be selected and contacted via the internet. They will then be asked to post a short description of themselves and their practice via a Video collection package called Miituu. They also present, via the camera, an Artefact to represent themselves and their work. This may be a piece of work, a picture of their studio, the view from their studio window or their bench, or a drawing – we are giving participants pretty free licence on this! The result will be a video “wall” of mini presentations from alumni.

If members of the Association of Contemporary Jewellers are interested please can they fill in the boxes below and return to me at


Company and position

Contact info

Studied? Date and Course

Product? Displayed where?

In addition we have a pin competition which is only open to alumni may be of interest – pin competition deadline is Friday 27th June – next week... email for more info

We want to hear from as many alumni as possible!

Many thanks for your time and best regards


Gay Penfold

Centre Manager

Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre

Birmingham School of Jewellery

Birmingham City University

Vittoria Street

Birmingham B1 3PA
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 17, 2014 at 6:16pm
Spring Fling 2015 Young Artist Bursary

Spring Fling is offering 3 x Young Artists Bursaries for artist and maker graduates of UK art schools who are originally from or have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. This bursary of £1000 will encourage young artists to work in the region. Spring Fling will offer a mentoring program with an established practitioner in a related discipline, £1000 to fund the creation of new work, and funded and automatic entry into Spring Fling 23 – 25 May 2015. The £1000 bursary will be used to cover the cost of materials, and expenses incurred in creating the new work and participating in the programme.

Deadline: 25th August 2014 5pm.

Guidelines for the bursary programme can be downloaded Spring Fling Young Artists Guidelines 2015 [PDF]. Please fill in the form below to apply. We highly recommend all applicants read through the application form to make sure you have all required documents and information before filling the form.

[Apply Here]

Here's what 2013/14 participant, Emma Kerr, had to say about the experience:

"The opportunity to have a mentor, who you can relate to, has been a key factor in making my experience of being a young artist great.

This has expanded my network and relating my work to someone with such vast experience, has allowed a fresh new perspective. Working with a mentor of a different discipline has been extremely rewarding, pushing the boundaries of my own creative practice and seeing the design process as a whole collection and range.

Having Spring Fling to work towards has allowed milestones for my work and the opportunity to be part of such a wide ranging exhibition in such a beautiful part of the region is totally unique, This experience has allowed my work to grow and develop by giving me the foundations of real practice, exhibitions and experience."
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 17, 2014 at 6:01pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2014 at 2:50pm
Summer and Fall 2014
Home Classes with Celie Fago

Hello all,

I'm writing to let you know that I still have a few seats open in the following Home Classes at my studio in Central Vermont this Summer and Fall:

Summer 2014 classes
Book Lockets and Hinged Books: June 27-30th
New Inlay Techniques: July 11-14th
Ring Making Techniques: July 18-21st

Fall 2014 classes
Story Locket: Sept 12-15th
Hollow Forms and Keum Boo: Sept 19-22nd
Carved Bracelet with PMC Adornments: Sept 26-29th

These classes are described on my website under "schedule", or click this link.

If you have any questions, please write me at

I hope to see you!

Celie Fago
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2014 at 2:48pm
Come and be inspired by great British innovations

If you want to find out about how the UK’s most innovative and successful companies made it, hear about the cutting-edge technologies set to make a real difference to everyday life, develop relationships to help your company grow and identify new sources of funding, Innovate UK 2014 is the only event you’ll need to attend.

The event, organised by the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment, takes place on the 5th and 6th November 2014 at Old Billingsgate, London.

Take advantage of Innovate UK 2014's powerful international networking opportunities and enjoy unmatched access to peers from around the world and leaders from a host of the UK’s most innovative business sectors.

Early Bird Tickets are available now and they are available only for a limited time – so make sure you register your place at

Ticket Prices : £95.00 (ex Vat) per day – Early Bird Rate

£125.00 (ex Vat) for two days – Early Bird Rate

(Expires 30th June 2014)

For more information, please click here or email

Kind Regards,

David Phillips
Head of International Campaigns

Trade Development Group
UK Trade & Investment
Level 1 Victoria 3
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET Natalie Coomber
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2014 at 1:39pm
How to Overcome Rejection as You Seek Gallery Representation

by JASON HOREJS on MAY 9, 2014 · 76 COMMENTS

Let’s just be frank – as an artist trying to get your art out to the world and into galleries, you are going to run into some rejection. Few artists have found success in the art world without first enduring failure. Not every gallery is going to see the merit of your work, and some of them are going to be pretty forthright in telling you what’s wrong with it. You’re going to have to face some “no’s” to get to that much anticipated “yes.”

As an artist, you would be well served to begin developing a thick skin. Don’t let criticism or rejection stop you from pursuing your passion. Remember, any opinion given by a gallery owner or director is just that, an opinion.

I’ve met too many artists who, after facing two or three harsh rejections, have retreated to their studios where they will hide in their work for months or even years before venturing out into the world again. “I just need to create more work and get a little better before I’m ready to go back out there,” they might say.

If you are creating the best work you can, and if you’ve prepared yourself following the principles I’ve been laying out over the last several months in this course, you are ready for gallery representation. Don’t be afraid to pursue it.

There are many ways to increase your odds for success and reduce the likelihood of rejection (may I humbly suggest reading or rereading “Starving” to Successful), but some level of rejection is inevitable. I would like to spend just a minute sharing some quick tips on how to prepare for and overcome the inevitable rejection you will face as you share your art with the world. These are tips that have helped me when I face rejection with clients, but they will also help you overcome rejection as you attempt to show your work to galleries.

Tips for Overcoming Rejection

1. Know the odds. It sounds counter intuitive, but knowing that most attempts to find gallery representation are going to fail, can help you feel less dejected when a gallery says “no thanks!” The number of rejections you are going to face before being accepted can vary depending on your style of work, your personality, your preparation and any number of other factors, but if you tell yourself to expect 20 rejections before you have success, each rejection will feel like a step down the road to success, instead of a stinging defeat.

2. Force yourself to keep going. As you prepare to approach galleries, make a list of galleries that are possibilities and commit to approach all of them, no matter what happens. It’s unlikely the first gallery you approach will accept your work, so make sure you have a plan b, a plan c and so on. As soon as one gallery let’s you know their not interested, roll on to the next one.

3. Don’t take rejection personally. Even though some gallery owners may feel a need to reject you in a very personal way, criticizing you and your work, there’s no need to take the rejection to heart.

4. Talk to other artists and learn how they’ve overcome rejection. It’s very easy to feel like you’re the only artist whose ever been rejected so resoundingly. Talking to other artists about their experience can help you realize you are far from alone. Start by reading the comments below!

We all fear rejection, but as you gain experience and wisdom in the art business, you’ll come to see that rejection is just another part of the process of building a successful art career.

Help an Artist – Share your Experiences!

Have you encountered a particularly harsh rejection from a gallery? How did you overcome it? What have you done to develop a thicker skin in the face of rejection? Share your experience and thoughts in the comments below.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 15, 2014 at 12:58pm
Please tell us your view - Towards an Education Manifesto for Craft and Making.

The Crafts Council would like to hear your views and ideas towards developing an education manifesto for craft and making in the UK which will be launched in the House of Commons in November 2014.

We invite you to help shape and develop an inspiring and dynamic vision to which you would lend your active support.

Contribute by 30 June
More information and questionnaire

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