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 November 9, 2013 at 7:39am

Studio Space at the Forge Gallery
Are you looking for a studio or workshop in Worthing? The Forge have three that will be ready for long term hire very soon! Get in touch if you, or anyone you know is interested. Approx 100sq ft each with many perks, all inclusive and fully serviced’
Please contact or call 01903 216425 for more information.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2013 at 7:37am

 Call for stallholders at Fleet Christmas Market

Wednesday 20 November 2013, 4pm-9pm

Over 8,000 people are expected to attend, so don’t miss this wonderful chance to advertise your offerings. The Fleet Christmas Festival will include the Christmas lights switch on, Father Christmas’s arrival and a festive market of Christmas gifts, foods and street foods. Stalls start at a special price of £35. 

For more information visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2013 at 7:37am

 In summer 2014, Applause Rural Touring will be programming outdoor performances into existing, locally-organised village fetes, community festivals and similar events in Sussex and Kent. These events take place almost exclusively at weekends from May to September.

They are looking for companies / artists with an established interest and track record of working outdoors and interactively who would like to be part of this programme. They are seeking work which is currently fully realised and available for touring in summer 2014 AND work which is in need of some development. Some funding to provide Development Awards is available, please see the full Brief.

Deadline for proposals: Wednesday 20 November 2013

Applicants for Development Awards will be invited to discuss their proposals in detail with a small panel on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

Applause Rural Touring Ltd: The Yard, 2a Speldhurst Rd, Southborough, Kent, TN4 0DD

For more information and the full brief please email:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2013 at 7:32am
Marianne Anderson - Flavour of the Month

Introducing Marianne Anderson - working within a restrained palette of oxidised silver, 18ct gold, red garnets and white pearls she creates luxurious and wearable collections that reference ornamental detailing and all things decorative.

Katharina Klug

Our window focus for November is Katharina Klug. Drawn to creating vessels of all kinds, Katharina is inspired by the elemental colour and shape of ancient Korean pottery. To decorate, Katharina uses natural forms and rudimentary patterns which are pressed, scraped, or stuck to the pot’s surface.

Christmas Exhibition

Saturday November 9th until Tuesday December 24th.

Tania Clarke Hall - leather jewellery, Myia Bonner - diamond shaped jewellery, Melanie Tomlinson - brooches and metal diorama, Julia Davey - robot ceramics, Anna Calvert - leather jewellery, Hannah Louise Lamb - silver jewellery

Now Showing: Bird, Boat, Fish John Maltby

An exhibition of small sculpture by John Maltby on until Sunday November 27.

John will be scaling down the amount of work he produces from 2014 so this might be our last exhibition of his ceramics. Don't miss out!

These little penguins were so popular, they sold out! So we got a few more - pack of 12 for £11.50 - get them while supplies last!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 5:11am
Masterclass: Smell and the City

Booking for the Smell and the City masterclass open, there is limited space!

Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:53am
You are invited to attend an open, forum-based discussion about what taking on an apprentice or an intern could mean for your business, and how it could help you expand professionally.

Making Space is hosting two events as part of an Arts Council England funded project that aims to support Craft Apprenticeships in the South East of England.

Become part of this exciting project that will offer ten established designer-makers the opportunity to receive free, professional help in taking on an apprentice or intern and will act as a pilot for future projects.

For a more details information sheet about the project, please click here.

Discover and discuss how you can:
Be part of skilling up the next generation
Expand your business and increase production
Seek funding sources that can help you take on an apprentice or an intern.

Images: Billy Lloyd and Julian Stair.

Monday 4 November 2013
Facilitated by Frances Lord and Lynne Dick

at Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BN. Please click here for a draft agenda for the day.

Tuesday 5 November 2013
Facilitated by Amanda Game and Lynne Dick

at The Panel Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s. Oxford, OX1 1BX. Please click here for a draft agenda for the day.

Guest speakers at the two events include:

Sara Whybrew; Director, Creative Employment Programme at Creative & Cultural Skills

Ceramics; Julian Stair & Billy Lloyd

Chief Excutive at Artswork, Jane Bryant

James Ryan. Designer at the Edward Barnsley Workshop

More information on these individuals will be coming soon, in the mean time, please feel free to follow the links to their own websites.

Both events run 10am – 2.30pm | FREE EVENT | Includes Lunch
As there is a limited number of seats for both of these free events booking is essentials.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:49am
Art Jewelry Forum can turn mute material into something meaningful and significant. Every art jewel has a personal story (like a pearl is the oyster's autobiography!), and AJF can unfold these stories.

Tanel Veenre
Maker and AJF member
Tallinn, Estonia

Please support us so we can keep telling the story of the jewel.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:32am
After a successful first edition, Materia will be back at the May Design Series, the London design show, in 2014.
The May Design Series is a commercial show for designers, architects and specifiers which is held, as the name suggests, every May.
Our exhibition will feature the latest materials for architecture and design. The Material Xperience on Tour format also includes a select group of partners who present their innovations on site. For more information please contact our advisor:
The May Design Series will be held from May 18 – 20, 2014 at the London ExCeL venue.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:28am
Artists in conversation
Thursday 14 November 2013, 19.00-20.30

What does it feel like to be a 'foreign body' in a medical research centre? Hear from some of the artists whose work features in the 'Foreign Bodies' exhibition as they reflect on the experience of responding to medical research. Explore the challenges, contrasts and commonalities of art and science.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:21am
Beating the Bounds
Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery: 2013 Episode 2 of 4
Duration: 42 minutes
First broadcast: Tuesday 22 October 2013
The award-winning artist Grayson Perry asks whether it is really true that anything can be art. We live in an age when many contemporary artists follow the example of Marcel Duchamp, who famously declared that a urinal was a work of art. It sometimes seems that anything qualifies, from a pile of sweets on a gallery floor to an Oscar-winning actress asleep in a box. How does the ordinary art lover decide?
In a lecture delivered amidst the Victorian splendour of St. George's Hall in Liverpool, Perry analyses with characteristic wit the common tests - from commercial worth to public popularity to aesthetic value. He admits the inadequacies of such yardsticks, especially when applied to much conceptual and performance art. And he concludes that in his opinion, the quality most valued in the art world is seriousness.
Producer: Jim Frank.

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