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.


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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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"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

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 6, 2014 at 2:38am
You are invited to an artists' event in Farnham
University for the Creative Arts
Wednesday 2 April 2014 at 3-5pm

Are you a visual artist seeking info on insurance, funding and other professional matters?

Do you want to develop your networks and collaborations?

Locate like-minded artists and get timely advice from other artists and experts at this event, that is open to practising visual and applied artists in the South East region.

Is this event for you?
AIRTIME events provide information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters. You'll find out about areas such as insurance, promotion and supporting your practice, alongside opportunities to meet and network with like-minded artists.

The events are busy and fast-paced. You'll have to decide quickly what topics to select from all those on offer. You'll need to be proactive to get the kinds of information you need.

Contributors to the topic tables include Hencilla Canworth» Insurance Brokers, artists and experts including representatives from AIR, a-n, Engage and DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society) and other arts organisations from the region. Please note that the line up may change on the day due to contributor availability.

Event organised by a-n The Artists Information Company on behalf of AIR: Artists' Interaction and Representation, in partnership with Rising Stars.

To get an idea of what an AIR event is like please see our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Pre-booking is essential
RSVP your name and address to with AIRTIME Farnham in the subject box. Limited places available, that will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll email back to confirm your place and give you venue details and directions.

If you know of other artists who'd like to come along, just email us with their details and we'll send them an invite to book.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 5, 2014 at 4:31pm
Looking Forward to Year 2
CRAFT:Redefining Handmade
Application Deadline 30th April 2014

Co- Located with Home and Top Drawer, the highly successful homewares, interiors and gift shows, CRAFT returns for a 2nd year presenting a celebration of handmade in January 2015, with the return of a bigger enhanced show at Olympia, London.

"CRAFT was a stunning event and all the makers exhibiting that I spoke with were absolutely thrilled with it"
Dan Goode, Chief Seeker, Seek & Adore Ltd

Run for Clarion Events by Piyush Suri, Founder and Director of Handmade in Britain with close support from Ian Rudge, Development Director at Clarion Events and Co-Founder of 100% Design and Tent London, Craft will feature the work of 150 designer makers, all vetted by jury. The event will embrace exhibitors from a range of disciplines from textiles, jewellery, glass to woodwork & ceramics working in both traditional and contemporary idioms.

Apply to Exhibit
Applications are invited from designer makers working in the following areas:
fashion design & accessories, interior design and accessories, glass, jewellery, furniture, stationary, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings.
To view CRAFT 2014 Exhibitors click here.

Apply Now
We are now accepting applications to exhibit at
CRAFT. The application deadline is Wednesday 30th April 2014.
Click here to download your application pack.
Places are limited so apply now.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 5, 2014 at 1:41am
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Volunteer Staff for COLLECT 2014


Do you want to be part of a fair showcasing the best in contemporary craft from around the world? The Crafts Council is recruiting volunteers to work at COLLECT – The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects held at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London, from 9-12 May 2014.

COLLECT is a key part of the Crafts Council’s work to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. To find out more about COLLECT and the Crafts Council, visit

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, professional individuals who are keen to gain experience in the world of art fairs, the craft and design sector, event management and marketing.

We would also like to speak to those looking for work experience as part of a related undergraduate course.

You will need to be available from Wednesday 7 May to Tuesday 13 May and you will be required to attend a briefing day at the Crafts Council’s offices on Wednesday 16 April. We will be asking some volunteers to provide assistance to the team in the lead up to the event at the Crafts Council’s offices as well as after the fair.

What do you get in return?

This is a great opportunity to be involved in the leading showcase of excellence in contemporary craft. There will be a line-up of 37 international galleries representing over 400 artists from countries including South Korea, Sweden, Japan, Italy and from all over the UK, with works ranging from ceramics and glassware to jewellery and wood. Working closely with the Crafts Council team, you will obtain a great overview of how a major art fair is organised as well as solid experience in front of house duties.

The position is unpaid: reasonable travel expenses and food allowances will be reimbursed.

The Crafts Council is committed to equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applicants from all members of society and promote diversity.

How to Apply
Please email Emily Beardow at with your CV of not more than two pages, and a short covering letter detailing your relevant experience and skills.
A full job description can be sent at your request.

The deadline for applications is Monday 17th March at 09:00.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 24th March 2014.

28 February 2014
Closing date
17 March 2014
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 4, 2014 at 1:11am
Centrepunch Announce Ground-Breaking Bursary scheme

An innovative new scheme has been announced by Centrepunch, the Lambeth based training and support centre aimed squarely at helping graduates launch their budding careers.

Continuing their mission to help recently graduated makers establish themselves in the hyper competitive world of Goldsmithing, Centrepunch, spearheaded by their inspirational Director of Education Beaulagh Brooks, are calling for applicants to fill 10 Bursary places that will provide a comprehensive package of support throughout 2014 and beyond. Open to graduates from 2012 and 2013.

"We have drawn upon our team's vast experience and knowledge of what fledgling businesses need to put together a wish-list support package, the highlight of which will be free business hours access to our workshops for a year, acknowledged as the best in London for quality of space and facilities", says Beaulagh.

Centrepunch is teaming up with influential industry players to provide invaluable opportunities for the successful applicants including free business training seminars, access to training courses and exhibitions to name just some of the features.

"We are determined to fill a vacuum in genuine support for graduates in the Goldsmithing industry and we are very proud to have been asked by Lambeth Council to become a partner in providing training and mentoring to businesses in the Borough and surrounding areas. In doing so we are encouraging new business growth and enterprise to West Norwood whilst providing much needed support to new designer makers," Brooks says.

Interested parties are invited to request an application form and further information:

Applications should be received by 4th April 2014, interviews week commencing 14th April.
Successful applicants will commence on the scheme in May 2014.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 3, 2014 at 12:10pm

International crafts Vantage Point magazine is a local monthly mag that’s delivered to residential addresses in Godalming, Farnham, Haslemere, Guildford and Dorking. This is in the Farnham edition and it’s also available here: It’s page 24!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 2, 2014 at 7:44am
A reciprocal exhibition of eco-jewellery from Queensland & California.
This is a juried exhibition.
Entry Deadline: 11th April, 2014

July 4th – 27th September
Gallery 1 Artisan, 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
SAN FRANCISCO USA, 2015 – Venue & Dates to be announced.
Entry is open to Queensland based members of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia Qld Chapter Inc (JMGQ) and members of the Metal Arts Guild – San Francisco (MAGSF). If you are not a member of these groups, you can apply for membership at or
Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Queensland |
We are The Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter Inc), otherwise known as JMGQ.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 28, 2014 at 11:16am
Rising Stars 2014
Symposium for Emerging Makers
Friday 21 March
University for the Creative Arts Room W612
Falkner Road
Farnham GU9 7DS
Free admission
Booking required: 01252 713208,

9.45 Registration

10.15 Welcome
Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate
Rebecca Skeels, Subject Leader for Post Graduate School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts

10.20 Keynote: Portfolio Careers: Contemporary Crafts over the Past Thirty Years
Dr Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre
Making the most of career opportunities that present themselves, and examining emerging contemporary makers career patterns.

11.30 Signpost guide for new artists
Emilia Telese, Artist and Writer, a-n The Artists Information Company Signpost, a-n’s guide for new graduates is aimed at helping new graduates ‘negotiate the first few years out of higher education’. Signpost is a practical guide pointing to all the information and advice new artists need to get started in their chosen creative profession.

1.00 Lunch (to be organised independently)

2.00 Exciting taxation
Alison Branagan, Creative Industries Consultant
When you start selling your craftworks, accept commissions, run workshops or take on other creative freelance opportunities you must register yourself as a sole-trader (self-employed), partnership or as a limited company. This talk covers the gripping and exciting topic of tax for self-employed practitioners. We will embark on a thrilling journey where all that groovy accountancy jargon is explained. If you are presently a bit bewildered by what we mean by net profit and 'off-setting' business expenses, then by the end of this talk you will leave with a whole new enthusiasm for calculators, plastic wallets, box files and more.

3.00 Crafts Council and Hothouse programme
Madeleine Furness, Maker Development Officer, Crafts Council Introduction to the Craft Council and the Hothouse programme that supports emerging makers across the UK. Hothouse provides makers within two years of setting up their business and who already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality, with a tailor-made six-month programme of business and creative support.

3.30 Getting started - setting up a studio
Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space
Getting started and setting up a studio space, developing skills with a focus on what the Making Space does to support makers, in terms of business development touching on special projects which have provided employment and commissioning opportunities.

4.00 Visual Arts in Surrey
Ali Clarke, Visual Arts Officer, Surrey Arts
An overview of the work of Surrey Arts (Surrey County Council) and Arts Partnership Surrey including support for emerging artists, local opportunities and a selection of local arts projects.

4.30 CLOSE and drinks in a pub.
The Wheatsheaf, 19 West Street,
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 25, 2014 at 11:30am

Dear All,
At Ardington we’re gearing up for our new season, which starts next month.  Work is underway in the garden, to create an outdoor studio for the summer months. We will hold willow, flower arranging and watercolour courses under the shade of a lovely wooden pergola.
This year we’re offering almost 200 courses – just to make choosing particularly tricky! These include everything from jewellery cast in colourful resin and making paper from textiles, to upholstery and printmaking.
Our team of leading tutors just keeps growing. New-comers for 2014 include award-winning paper engineer and pop-up book artist Paul Johnson; Dave Venables, past-president of the British Origami Society; and acclaimed experimental paper-maker Jonathan Korejko. And that’s just in the paper people….
You can browse all our courses here:
See you at Ardington!
Faith Pritchard
Ardington School of Crafts
Office hours: Wed – Sun, 9am – 5pm

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 24, 2014 at 4:18pm
I have a few (very few!) spaces for our private views on Wednesday 19th March and Thursday 20th March, so if you're still thinking about applying for tickets, now is your chance. Here's the information again. If you'd like to come, please email and I will reserve a place for you.

This winter has seen the opening of the spectacular exhibition of Tudor and Stuart jewellery which forms the Cheapside Hoard. Curated by Hazel Forsyth, this exhibition throws a spotlight on the activities and work of the London goldsmiths of this period. It also draws on detailed archive research by Hazel which reveals the extensive trading patterns which brought some of these jewels to London.

By courtesy of the Museum of London, members of ACJ are invited to attend a private view of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition on either Wednesday 19th March, or Thursday 20th March, 2014, at 9.15 for 9.30 am. It will be an excellent opportunity for members to hear about the Hoard at first hand from Hazel, who will give members a brief introduction. Members will be able to stay on afterwards during the public opening time for as long as they like. Everyone is asked to arrive by 9.15, at the latest, to deposit coats and bags.

Please note: The Museum has a strict cloakroom policy, and no coats or bags will be allowed into the exhibition. There are lockers for all luggage.

Tickets are £12.00 per member. Members may bring a non-member guest at a cost of £15, if applications allow. Numbers are limited to 20 per visit.

If you would like to attend, please let me know and I will send you an application form.

Best wishes,
Sue Hyams
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 24, 2014 at 5:51am

HOLD IT! The Art of the Modern Medal


Saturday 8 March – Saturday 19 April 2014


Private view and announcements of the 2013 winners:

Friday 7 March, 6-8pm - all welcome


The Student Medal Project, now in its 21st year, is a success story for bringing the art of the modern medal into the art college curriculum, whether in sculpture, metal work or jewellery. It is an introduction to the age-old art of bronze casting, where students themselves each create a small but powerful work of two-sided relief sculpture, which can be held in the hand.


This exhibition takes us from the political to the personal, the abstract to the mainstream, as the students – and some professional makers – express their creativity and craftsmanship in the surprising medium of the modern art medal.


The British Art Medal Society, which is behind this Project, is based at the British Museum. It also commissions medals every year for sale to its members, arranges lectures and conferences. At the British Museum can be found the country’s wide-ranging collection of modern art medals, including student medals it has purchased. Each year colleges around the UK are invited to participate, plus an academy from abroad, this year, the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. The culmination of the Project is the annual exhibition, which in 2014 will be held at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey.




Press images:


Prize-winners from the 2012 British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project


1.  Are you who you say you are?, 2012,  Bo Behan, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (bronze on copper plate, 8mm x 8mm)

This prize-winning medal tackles the questions surrounding social media, where anonymity gives protection to the one who sends out falsehoods, but causes others to build their beliefs on an identity that may be non-existent.  However, the medal also champions this networking site, as it can be used by those who are repressed to support their causes. 






2.  Fleeting Moment, 2013, Alice Ellis-Bray, Falmouth University (cast bronze, 9.5mm diam.)

The artist won a prize for this medal, which captures a personal moment, when a butterfly came to rest against her cheek.  The butterfly and the chrysalis are used metaphorically, to suggest change may come, and patience and time are required for any form of transformation.  We learn from mistakes and overcoming obstacles.






The New Ashgate Gallery is a destination for viewing and buying the best of affordable contemporary art and craft by established and emerging artists and makers. New Ashgate is dedicated to promote and champion the best contemporary art and craft in the market place and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond. The Gallery curates an exciting programme of changing exhibitions and has an affordable gift shop. As a not-for-profit charity, it also fosters emerging artists and makers through mentoring and touring exhibitions, working in partnership with organisations such as the University for the Creative Arts and the Crafts Council.


The Gallery will also organise and host the touring Rising Stars 2014 exhibition, 8 March – 19 April, that showcases the best of emerging craft talent in the UK.


Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm.


For more information and images, contact Dr Outi Remes,

Gallery Director:



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