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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: 78
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

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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 January 18, 2014 at 9:32am

Southsea Makers head to Making Space...
We're excited to be opening our doors to two incredibly talented makers who both happen to live and create in Southsea. On Saturday 15 February we will be running two workshops which focus on our Spring themed brochure.

The wonderful Georgina Giles will be teaching two traditional textile crafts which encourage you to make use of your stash of unwanted fabric and clothes. The perfect chance for an early spring clean, Georgina will demonstrate how to create rag rugs and also how to create a decorative ruffle ball garland. You can then enjoy the rest of the day creating some wonderful, colourful and creative home decor items.

Next door the talented Laura Bennett will be leading a silver jewellery workshop entitled 'Forage and Form'. Using nature as an inspiration starting point, Laura will lead you through the design and making process to create your very own silver band ring or bangle. Both courses cost just £48.
http://www.makingspace.org/workshops/booking-guidelines/

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 18, 2014 at 9:21am
What could you do with £100
to spend on a Craft Finder maker?

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How would you spend £100 on a Craft Finder maker? Filling your home with beauty? Sprucing up your kitchen? Read on for some more of our ideas.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 18, 2014 at 9:08am
Happy New Year! Just to let you know that our January Newsletter is online now and ready for you to download.
http://www.craftanddesign.net/newsletter/craft-and-design-newslette...

With Calls for Entries for some of this year's most prestigious events, plus a very special invitation for Glass Artists worldwide, there are some exciting opportunities for both emerging and established designer makers.

It's always good to start a new year on a positive note and this year it's great to be able to report on some very special Awards, including our own craft&design Selected Maker Awards, now in their 6th year. Find out more in our latest Newsletter (remember to vote for your favourite maker now!).

Our Newsletter if free to download, so why not take some time out and enjoy catching up on what's going on in the UK craft industry at the start of 2014.

With best wishes

The craft&design team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 18, 2014 at 9:05am
Happy New Year! Just to let you know that our January Newsletter is online now and ready for you to download.

With Calls for Entries for some of this year's most prestigious events, plus a very special invitation for Glass Artists worldwide, there are some exciting opportunities for both emerging and established designer makers.

It's always good to start a new year on a positive note and this year it's great to be able to report on some very special Awards, including our own craft&design Selected Maker Awards, now in their 6th year. Find out more in our latest Newsletter (remember to vote for your favourite maker now!).

Our Newsletter if free to download, so why not take some time out and enjoy catching up on what's going on in the UK craft industry at the start of 2014.

With best wishes

The craft&design team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 18, 2014 at 8:21am
"The Art of Poetry"
Artist & Maker Entries Invited
http://www.obsidianart.co.uk/for_artists.html

Following on from the success of our 2013 poetry themed exhibition, we're delighted to be running again this year a poetry inspired exhibition to coincide World Book Night.
Once again, a self-published book will accompany the exhibition with poems illustrated by selected work.

See last year's book.



We're inviting entries in any media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, jewellery, etc.

You can choose any poem that inspires you, as long as it is out of copyright (if the poet died more than 70 years ago), or you have obtained copyright permission, or you can use your own poetry. Here's a list of some suggested classic poems that are out of copyright, so fine to use (but we'd rather you chose your own, as many of these featured last year, and we'd rather have different poems this year please!). So if you have a particular favourite poet that is not on the list, check the WATCH database to find out if they are out of copyright.

The entry deadline is February 5th.

Click here for full details and the entry form.

If in doubt about the suitability of your work just email or call.

There are no entry or hanging fees for this show.

The gallery commission is 45% on sales of original art and 50% on sales of reproduction prints & cards.

All work must be for sale and the artist must be based in the UK.

We would also love artists to apply to take part in World Book Night and use the gallery as a base to distribute books on April 23rd - we will host a special evening. The entry deadline for applying to be World Book Night giver is very soon - 23rd Jan - so PLEASE apply quickly - see the World Book Night site for full details.
TO APPLY :
Email image(s) (max 2MB per email please) along with details on
Medium;
Approximate Size;
Poem & name of Poet (see entry form for guidance on copyright)
& Price Guide
or print out & complete the entry form (which also includes fuller entry details).
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 15, 2014 at 4:38pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 15, 2014 at 6:01am

Call for a Findings piece from any student, post grad, academic, researcher or maker that has any new technique or research they'd like to publish in the technical section of Findings.  An abstract of about 4-500 words and a few images: deadline 10th March.  

Do you know of anyone and can you spread the word amongst your contacts:

Poppy Porter ACJ Findings Editor. info@poppyporter.co.uk

 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 14, 2014 at 10:20am

Dear artist,
 
I am extremely pleased to announce that applications for Richmond upon Thames ARThouse Open Studios 2014 are now open.
 
ARThouse is Richmond’s annual Open Studios that celebrates the vast creative talent that exists within the borough, and this years’ open studios will take place between the 27th – 29th of June and the 4th - 6th July.  Subject to funding, ARThouse 2014 may also include the opportunity to exhibit in a temporary pop-up exhibition in Twickenham. We are also working on developing a new website for ARThouse, and more information on these developments will follow in due course.
 
ARThouse welcomes individual artists, artist and community groups, colleges and schools. Application forms for each category are attached along with guidelines for entry. Please do read the guidelines carefully before submitting your application.
Application forms can also be downloaded from the website: www.richmond.gov.uk/arthouse where you can also find more information on the festival and making payment online.
 
The deadline for receiving applications and payment is Friday 28 February 2014
 
I am very excited to work with you all, and should you have any queries at all please don't hesitate to send me an email. I look forward to receiving your applications and starting ARThouse 2014!
 
Best Wishes,
Carla Bromhead
 
ARThouse Co-ordinator
Richmond upon Thames Arts Service
Orleans House Gallery
Riverside
Twickenham
TW1 3DJ
0208 831 6000 / 07866715172
 
If you use social media, please like our ARThouse Facebook pageor follow @ARThouse_LBRUT on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest ongoings
 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 12, 2014 at 3:17am
From prehistoric cave paintings to current digital art, animals have provided creative inspiration across the centuries. “Animal Instincts,” the 2014 Juried Exhibition in Print by SNAG and produced by Metalsmith, will showcase a diverse range of animal-related work from the metalsmithing field. We are seeking works that are about animals, of animals, and even for animals. Let your animal instincts run wild!

Eligibility:
• Open to all SNAG members 18 years of age or older, including jewelers, designers, metalsmiths, and students.
• Applicants need not reside in the United States.
• All work must be original and produced within the last three years (2010 or later).
• Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are NOT ELIGIBLE.
• Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to apply with images that have not been widely circulated in Metalsmith or other publications.

Requirements:
• Applications must be received by midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time, January 31, 2014.
• Applications are being taken through the CaFÉ™ website. Go to CaFE now.
• The application fee of $35 is non-refundable.
• Payments are made via CaFÉ™ website with Visa or MasterCard. Checks are not an acceptable form of payment.
• All applicants MUST be a member of SNAG in order to be eligible to apply. If you are not a current member at the time of application, please go here to join or go here to renew.
• For each application, please submit both a detail and a general shot of your original work. Artists may submit up to 2 applications to show 2 separate pieces (use code ’2ndApp’ to avoid being charged for 2nd application). Instructions on how to format images can be found on the CaFE™ website under Image Preparation. Entries submitted by any method other than through www.callforentry.org will not be accepted.
• All works must be accompanied by title, material, dimensions, and year of completion.
• Artists must submit an artist statement (1000 character limit).
• Artists must submit a one-page resume.
• All decisions of the jurors are final.
• All work must be original. By completing this application artist agrees that he/she is responsible for the creation of submitted works.

• By submitting images for possible publication in Metalsmith’s Exhibition in Print 2014, the artist agrees to the following:
- That SNAG and Metalsmith have the right to retain and duplicate these images for the purpose of marketing and publishing the Exhibition in Print 2014, and for display on the SNAG website and e-newsletters
- That the artist requires no compensation or further contact from SNAG or Metalsmith magazine.
- That the artist agrees to all terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.

2014 Jurors:
• David Bielander, Jeweler
• David C. Freda, Metalsmith and Enamelist
• Bruce Metcalf, Jeweler and Writer

Calendar:
Please note, phone calls regarding status of submitted entries cannot be accepted.
• Submission deadline: January 31, 2014
• Notification (by email): by February 28 , 2014
• High-Quality jpegs of accepted work (as specified by email) due to Editor: March 10, 2014
• Exhibition in Print published
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2014 at 8:56am

 Creative Business Workshops at 318 Ceramics

These workshops are designed for anyone who is either looking to start up or currently in a creative or craft based business or for those of you who are: 

• wanting to turn your craft into a full-time job, but don’t know where to begin

• wanting to take better photographs of your creations for your website, blog or publicity materials

• have goals in mind but don’t know how to turn them into reality

• love making and would like to make money from your creations

• have started selling but want to expand your customer base

• your business needs a bit of a refocus / refresh

Numbers are limited to a maximum of eight people, and unless otherwise stated, run from 10am - 4pm and include a light lunch and refreshments. 

Ideas, Plans, Hopes & Dreams, Thursday 13 February

This workshop is perfect for those of you who have been running your business for a little while and feel you need to spend some time refocussing on where you are heading or if you have an idea bubbling away and don’t know where to start. 

Photography for Creative Businesses, Wednesday 5 March

This workshop focuses on simple concepts that will dramatically improve your product photos; just by understanding lighting, composition, and the best settings to use on your camera.

Exhibiting for Creative Businesses, Thursday 10 April

This workshop is perfect for those of you new to exhibiting or showing off your work. Its also great if you’ve been around for a little while and feel you need a fresh injection of creativity to help you show your work off to its best potential.

For more information and how to book click here.

 

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