The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

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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
Members: 75
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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

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 September 11, 2013 at 4:06am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 26, 2013 at 1:32pm
We need you!
We’re on the lookout for your photographs and wondrous tales of commissioning and buying from designer makers for our blog. Have you ever commissioned something that has changed your life? What’s the best gift you’ve ever bought for somebody? Anniversary presents? Perhaps you designed your own wedding ring? Get in touch with hello@craftfinder.org.uk and let us know.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 26, 2013 at 1:24pm
Dear Artist,

We would like to draw your attention to a new magazine specifically targeted to artists, Discover Art is a new magazine for practicing artists, it has been referred to as a "bookazine" by WHSmith and other retailers, it is a magazine format but has exceptionally high production values, it is content rich and will stay on sale for up to 12 months. The initial print run will be 10,000 copies to be sold in WHSmith with a further 1,000 copies being sold at events. Great Art will be circulating digital copies to their entire database of 75,000 artists in the UK which will be making the coverage of UK practicing artists, by far the highest of any practical art magazine. On top of this there will be a digital version available to download from various platforms such as iTunes and Kindle.

Discover Art aims to reveal the creative side of its readership not by presenting simplistic how-to formulas and rules to replicate its contributors' works, but by helping them to find their own distinctive and personal way of working through experimentation and experience.

Discover Art is being published by specialist publishers 'Discovery Media Group' who have teamed up with Great Art who is the UKs largest art material retailer.

Discover Art's first edition will be published in November 2013. Call the editorial team on +44 (0)1296631273 or email ben@dmgpublishing.co.uk for further insight into the exciting contents list, and how you can be featured in this exciting new publication.

There will be opportunities for carefully selected artists that provide products and services to other artists through Discover Art, they will be delighted to broadcast these messages on your behalf. To read the full media information click here and the online booking form click here.

b Gallery feel this is an ideal opportunity for artists and designers to further promote themselves.

Julie Boyle
Director of bgallery
info@bgallery.co.uk
+44 (0)1525 877020
For more information on becoming a part of bgallery Art Directory
Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 20, 2013 at 10:15am
Clore Duffield Foundation is researching the skills and development needs of Cultural leaders/aspiring leaders in England. The research aims to provide information that will help ensure leadership development opportunities are relevant and accessible to those who will benefit from them.

This includes the visual and performing arts, film, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, creative industries and cultural policy and administration. In craft of course includes those leading through practice, education, curation etc

The survey is currently live and will close in early September.

A high response rate is essential to ensure that the findings are of value to the sector and the results of this survey will be shared in order to ensure that the sector benefits from the survey results.
If you'd like to have your say, then take part now at:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1300282/Leadership.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 17, 2013 at 12:37pm
Hallmarking Information Day - Monday 21 October


Those of you who haven’t yet attended one of our Hallmarking Information Seminars will be pleased to hear that we are now taking bookings for our next event which is on Monday 21 October.

This seminar offers a practical and comprehensive guide to hallmarking. Delegates will learn about the legal requirements of assaying and hallmarking precious metal articles sold in the UK.

There will also be a series of practical hands-on sessions including the opportunity to have a go at hand marking and the chance to have a personal item of silver or jewellery tested for its precious metal content. Other topics will include:

- The history of hallmarking
- What a hallmark actually means
- Amendments to the Hallmarking Act
- The International Convention
- Using hallmarks to enhance your
business
- Spotting fake marks

All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

Limited places available
Cost £35 includes lunch with wine

Monday 21 October 2013
Goldsmiths’ Hall, London EC2V 8AQ
More information and booking details can be found www.assayofficelondon.co.uk
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 17, 2013 at 12:34pm
Find out more:
T: 020 7606 8971
E: info@assayofficelondon.co.uk
www.assayofficelondon.co.uk

August Bank Holiday Closing

Please be aware of our closing times for the August Bank Holiday:

GOLDSMITHS' HALL
This office will close at 4pm on Friday 23 August and will re-open at 8am on Tuesday 27 August 2013

GREVILLE STREET
This office will close at 4pm on Friday 23 August and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 27 August 2013
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 17, 2013 at 12:24pm
www.desirefair.com
01622 747325

Ones To Watch.
Offer To New Makers
As part of their pledge to support new makers Craft In Focus is offering this subsidised space at Desire Fair. So we are again staging a "Ones To Watch" area within our next Desire Fair.
This space is being subsidised by Craft in Focus to allow new and upcoming talent to get a foot on the ladder and show their work to an appreciative audience.

If you know of a new silversmith or jeweller who you feel would benefit, perhaps someone you have been mentoring recently, please forward this email to them and ask them to get in touch. Closing date for enquiries is 16 August.

Criteria.
Selection for the space will be carried out from 17 August, and will be completed by the end of the month. To qualify, makers should be new graduates or new to the industry and must have not exhibited at an event before. This would be a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to meet the public and receive feedback about their work, to understand the processes involved in participating in a fair of this nature and to meet established makers for networking and advice.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 17, 2013 at 12:21pm
NEW! 3D Scanning and Bespoke Shaped Wedding Ring service!
Euromounts are pleased to announce the latest addition to our services - 3D Scanning and Bespoke Wedding Ring production.
Using cutting edge technology, Euromounts can create a digital replica of your customers engagement ring and with CAD we can produce a perfect, individual, shaped Wedding Ring and provide you with either a wax model or a casting.

Prices start at just £30 for a Digital Copy of the engagement ring, with the full service of a scan, Wedding Ring design and production of a wax model starting from just £90. For more information, email cad@eurofindings.com.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 17, 2013 at 12:19pm
Hampshire Open Studios
Tour round Hampshire visiting artists studios, galleries, potteries, jewellery workshops, village halls and more!
Saturday 17-Monday 26 August 2013
Full guide and map available at www.hampshireopenstudios.com
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 13, 2013 at 2:16am
It was with great sadness that we learnt about the loss of Rachel Gogerly who died on Saturday.

Her career spanned many years, and during this time she had earned many prestigious awards, became a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths', and was also Chairman of the Guild of Enamellers during their 30th year.

Such a popular and talented woman who will be very much missed by us all.
 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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