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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• 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 July 8, 2013 at 10:45am

 Grants for the Arts Changes

Artists should be aware that from 1 July 2013 the application and assessment process for Grants for the arts will be changing. The changes include:

the threshold for small grants - this has been raised from £10,000 to £15,000

the application process

the way we appraise applications

the way we make decisions

Grants for the arts will continue to be an open-application funding programme responding to new ideas and new talent. The changes will mean that more of the Arts Council’s time is spent providing a range of development and pre application support to applicants. They hope this will raise the number of new applicants to the programme and the quality of applications. The changes will have no negative impact on success rates for applicants.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:43am

 Mottisfont Open Exhibition

Mottisfont is now accepting applications for their Open Exhibition ‘Open Spaces’ which runs from 28th September to 17th November. Visit the link below for more information, deadline 23rd August 2013.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 23 August

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:41am

 Opportunity to showcase artwork in a prominent public site in Waverley

Waverley Borough Council is offering artists the opportunity to showcase artwork on a plinth located at the entrance of Waverley Borough Council’s offices in Godalming.

The Council encourages expressions of interest from individual artists as well as groups seeking to develop a changing programme of work. 

The plinth is outside and in a prominent public position so the work must be suitable for external conditions and pose no risk to the public.

The Council is unable to pay a fee but can provide expenses up to £500 per annum for the transportation and installation of work(s). We will also work with the artist to attract as much publicity as possible during the loan period including:

• Official press announcement 

• Private view / launch presided by the Mayor 

• plaque naming the creator of the work

• assistance with health & safety and installation

The plinth is offered by Open Competition and Waverley will consider both existing and new work. 

Criteria:

The Artist agrees to:

• loan the work to Waverley Borough Council for a period of one year at no cost other than expenses

• accept that the Council shall not be responsible for any damage or loss of the work howsoever caused

• arrange for the installation and removal of the work in liaison with the Council

• repair or remove the work should it become hazardous 

• liaise with the Council’s health and safety officer to ensure the work is safe and securely fixed to the plinth

Waverley Borough Council agrees to:

• provide public liability cover against public injury once the work is in place

• identify the artist as the creator of the work in any press or public announcements

• display the work on the plinth for the period of one year unless otherwise agreed by the artist

• support and assist the artist in-kind so he/she is able to gain as much as possible from the opportunity

• advise on any health and safety issues that may arise from the placement of the work

• manage the selection process fairly

For consideration, please send the following:

• Up to 5 photographs or drawings of the proposed artwork

• If creating a new work, include 2 photographs of previous works

• Current CV or tutor reference

• Written proposal outlining the concept of the work, the materials and any practical considerations including scale, durability, timescale, installation and expenses

Deadline for submission: Friday 9 August 2013

To: charlotte.hall@waverley.gov.uk or Charlotte Hall, Community Development Arts Officer, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR

For more information call 01483 523390 or email charlotte.hall@waverley.gov.uk

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:39am
Residency Opportunity
The maker-in-residence is aimed at a maker based in England. The aim of the residency is to offer a unique opportunity for a selected maker to take dedicated time to develop new work, re-assess his/her practice, and see their work in a different context during the residency period; 21 September – 10 November 2013.

Our residency programmes are themed and this year we are exploring how structures, some visible and others implied, might be used to uncover meaning, narrative, paradox or certainty.

The title for this year’s program, Convention T, refers to logician, mathematician and philosopher Alfred Tarski (1901-1983) who applied logic to sentence structure in order to make the truth visible through language. Tarski created a structure, a meta-language, that could be applied to real, everyday, language in order to generate true statements, defined by the sentence 'Snow is white if and only if snow is white.'

It is expected that the maker-in-residence will actively contribute to ongoing discussions on this theme with the other artists-in-residence as well as visitors to Wysing and Wysing staff.

The residency will take place from 21 September – 10 November 2013.

Residency application process:
There is no form to fill in to apply for residency. Instead Wysing asks applicants to provide the information listed below. We prefer emailed applications as a single PDF file (for this we recommend PDF Forge http://www.pdfforge.org/) and will only accept applications below 3mb in size. We are happy to receive MP3/4 files or CDs/DVDs instead of written applications.
• A statement on the theme and how you would aim to respond during a residency at Wysing under the theme Convention T (max 500 words)
• A general statement on your practice (max 500 words)
• A current CV
• A selection of 6 images or other relevant material (CDs, DVDs, etc)

The artist’s fee, travel and production for the residency is a total of £4,000 alongside free shared accommodation, a studio and curatorial support during the 8 weeks.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:35am
Escalator Retreat at Wysing Arts Centre - call for proposals
Wysing Arts Centre invites proposals for the artistic retreat How We Make and How We Might Make.
Open to any artist, maker, writer and curator living and working in England. Wysing invite participants to explore underlying concepts around processes of making, materiality and craft.
During five immersive and reflexive days selected participants will lead their own workshop, take part in the activities led by others and join in talks by invited speakers as a means of exploring their practice, sharing ideas, and approaching their work from other perspectives.
The retreat will take place from Monday 9 - Friday 13 September
Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 22 July
For more information and how to apply please visit Wysing’s website
http://www.wysingartscentre.org/whats_on/retreats/escalator_retreat_14
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:33am
Call to Artists: Torch Relay Legacy Public Art project
Brief for Lead Artist
Aim
To create site specific piece of public art to be located by the venue: GLive, London Road, Guildford
Background
Guildford Borough Council has accumulated a public art contribution to use near Holy Trinity Ward in order to enhance the local area for residents and visitors. Parks & Leisure Services wish to use the funding to provide a Torch Legacy sculpture celebrating the route of the Olympic Torch through Guildford on Friday 20 July 2012.
Brief for artwork and workshops
The designs and proposal should reflect the legacy of the Torch Relay coming to Guildford, the importance of this opportunity to the borough and its residents. To consider other factors including 2012 Olympic Games and the legacy of having Guildford as one of the key routes for the torch relay, and the last town before London
Lead artist to work with Arts Officer, Parks Leisure Services, Guildford Borough Council, to create overall design proposals for the site.
The lead artist will need to take into account considerations such as: collaboration with other artist(s), the long-term impact of artwork/s, and other constraints such as health & safety, maintenance (consider use of materials, i.e. requiring low maintenance) and vandalism risks.
Location of artwork
The public art will be located by the outside amphitheatre of GLive, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
Scale:
Maximum diameter of sculpture: 6x6m
The map is reproduced from Ordnance Survey mapping with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf ofHer Majestys Stationery Office Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and maylead to prosecution or civil proceedings. Guildford Borough Council, Licence No. 100019625, 2013This plan is for identification purposes only, it should not be relied upon for accuracyCopyright GBC 2013GLive London RoadDate GLiveLondon Road, Guildford, GU1 2AALondon Road
Community engagement
The artist can include in the proposal, opportunities to engage with one or more local community groups. This engagement can be simple consultation with local residents, or visitors of GLive through surveys or more engaging with the use of creative workshops.
Local community Groups include conservation volunteers, a school or other locally based community group. The Arts Officer will liaise with GLive to suggested potential groups to work with.
Selection process:
Artists should respond with
• A CV and images of previous work,
• A brief response to the Torch Relay legacy theme.
• Sketch concepts of proposed designs would be welcome to aid in selection.
• The proposal should indicate proposed materials and estimated budget.
Artist’s proposals will be presented to the Public Arts Advisory Group for selection. The group includes Council’s Arts Officer, Planning Officer, member of Environmental Team projects, local ward councilors and representative from GLive.
If a decision in selecting one artist is not made by the selection panel, then a shortlist of three will be drawn. This shortlist will be asked to offer more comprehensive designs or maquettes, whereupon a fee of £250 will be paid to each shortlisted artist.
Budget
The total project budget secured is £17,000
Health and Safety
Lead artist to complete risk assessment for artwork, workshop(s) and installation.
The lead artist must consider public safety and possibility of vandalism when designing artwork and choosing materials. Artist to give recommendations for repair and cleaning and estimate costs of maintenance.
The lead artist must have public liability insurance of £5 million in place.
If any workshops carried out with young or vulnerable people, the lead artist will be expected to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) through Guildford Borough Council prior to delivery.
Timescale and Deadlines
• CVs and expressions of interest to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 17 July 2013
• Selection takes place on Friday 19 July 2013
• Lead artist appointed in August 2013
• Community engagement and creation of artwork to take place autumn 2013
• Artwork to be installed by Spring 2014
Deadline for submissions
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Contact and expressions for return:
Caroline Jackman,
Arts Officer
Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford. GU2 4BB
Email: caroline.jackman@guildford.gov.uk
Tel: 01483 444767
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:11am
Valuation Day at the Hall

Our next Valuation Day is on Friday 19 July.

These ever popular events, held in the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall, offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation with our expert valuer.

Places are limited and by reservation only. For more information or to reserve your place contact the valuations department on 020 7606 8971 or valuations@assayofficelondon.co.uk.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:10am
Last Chance to View Goldsmiths' Company Summer Exhibition


Ultra Vanities - Bejewelled make-up boxes - from the ages of glamour

This exhibition celebrates a unique, private collection and provides a window on a glamorous world of luxury that is evocative of the Great Gatsby. More than 300 pieces dating from the 1920s through to the 1970s will be on display including examples by leading jewellery houses such as Cartier, Boucheron,Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chaumet. Aside from being stunning objets d’art, made from precious materials, the boxes are also miracles of miniature engineering and reflect the social and design history of the times.

Goldsmiths' Hall
10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday
Closes Saturday 20 July 2013
ADMISSION FREE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:09am
New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award Winners are Announced

We were delighted to announce the winners of The Goldsmiths’ Company Awards at this year’s New Designers exhibition (Part 1):

The New Designers Goldsmiths' Company Award for Silversmithing went to Florence Carter from Sheffield Hallam University for her original candle holders. The Goldsmiths' Company Award for Jewellery went to Kelly Munro from Edinburgh College of Art for her innovative jewellery designs inspired by her heritage and homeland - the far north coast of Scotland.

Both winners will receive one week silversmithing or jewellery work experience focusing on developing and commercialising their own work and free registration and £200 worth of credit for their hallmarking account.

New Designers is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, showcasing over 3,000 of the most talented emerging jewellery and silverware designers.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 8, 2013 at 10:05am
 

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