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

Discussion Forum

What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:41am

The BBC launched a teacher survey about the creative arts as they continue to be side-lined in schools.

Teachers in schools survey here:

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Apply for a studio space - Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London. We support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally.

The offer of a studio at Cockpit Arts is by selection and there is a two stage process. Full details including selection criteria, services and charges can be found in the Application Pack on the Cockpit Arts website. Cockpit Arts is committed to equality of opportunity for all and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.
How to Apply

We conduct interviews for places at Cockpit Arts four times a year.

2017 ROUND ONE Deadline: 1 January; Interviews 26 January Start: 1 March

ROUND TWO Deadline: 1 March; Interviews: 22-23 March Start: 1 May

ROUND THREE Deadline: 1 July; Interviews: 19-20 July Start: 1 September

ROUND FOUR Deadline: 1 November; Interviews: 15-16 November Start: 1 January 2018

For further information and to download the Application Pack please visit... Please also visit our Awards Page to see the key dates for Award applications.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:26am

Craftspeople urged to apply for awards and bursaries recognising traditional skills

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills
How to Apply

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:25am


We would like to welcome you to the first edition of Handmade Oxford, the contemporary crafts & design fair at the elegant and historic Oxford Town Hall.

The event will take place from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2018, with a private view evening reception on Thursday 17 May. For the past decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer makers in UK. This three day showcase sees the industry’s biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, visitors are treated to a unique event, set to the beautiful backdrop of Oxford Town Hall. The Town Hall is located at the heart of Oxford. It is a centre of local government in the city and also houses the Museum of Oxford.

The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of local and UK consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent corporate and public sector buyers. The consumer audience includes local residents; tourists; shoppers and craft/design collectors. Selected press, trade buyers, media and VIPs are also invited to attend.
How to Apply

Handmade Oxford welcomes applications from individual makers, groups and galleries of contemporary craft working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture. Please see the application pack for more details and apply online by Thursday 30 November 2017 at

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:17am

CALL FOR ENTRIES:  The Contemporary Craft Festival 8 - 10 June 2018
Applications are open for the multi award-winning Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey.

One of the UK's largest and most loved craft events, The Festival brings 200 diverse and talented makers to 10,000 members of the public in beautiful Devon. Open to makers from the UK and Ireland working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, paper and recycled materials. No paintings, photography of musical instruments. The Festival is selected by an independent panel of industry professionals. Stand Sharing is not permitted.
How to Apply

online applications only via Online applications only, via Enquiries:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:16am
  • Workshop Manager


    Workshop Manager at Bronzework - Woodbridge, Suffolk

    Bronzework is a small firm making bespoke metalwork. We convert designer's ideas into reality, using a combination of traditional and modern methods. Our pieces vary in scale from balconies and handrails to door furniture and find their way into historic and modern situations.

  • You should have at least five years of experience of managing a team to deliver several technical fabrication/construction projects simultaneously in a professional environment
  • You must be able to work in a creative environment.
  • You must show you have delivered projects on time and on budget
  • You should have experience as a designer able to design for manufacture
  • You should be able to engage confidently with clients and specifiers It would be helpful if you were familiar with Rhino 3d (or similar)
  • You will need to gain the trust of the workshop cat
  • There is also the possibility for you to use the facilities here for your own projects.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK, and the salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • We are looking for someone to start immediately.

How to Apply

If that sounds interesting, please get in touch with a CV and a digital portfolio (max 10 Mb) showing your work and skills sent to

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2017 at 3:56pm

Made For The Table, Free
4 November 2017 – 7 January 2017
The Goldsmiths' Company is showcasing a range of historic and contemporary pieces from its collection in an exhibition
at the Harley Gallery focused on modern table settings. Made for the Table explores how contemporary silversmiths continue to be inspired to make precious handmade objects for the table.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 5, 2017 at 11:47am

2017 Northern Design Festival

Material​ ​Matters,​ 3-8​ ​November​ ​2017

The 2017 Festival theme is Material Matters, opening on 3 November with the Design NOW symposium featuring a stellar line-up of speakers including Anthony Burrill and Sarah Hyndman.

Now firmly established in the national design calendar, the Festival is a showcase of the best in contemporary design by leading northern, national and international designers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting.

Ranging from internationally renowned designers like Giles Miller and Jimmy Turrell to some of the UK’s hottest emerging makers, this year’s Northern Design Festival has nine exhibitions featuring work by more than 50 designers, plus a programme of special events, tours and talks from some of the world’s leading creatives.


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