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 July 30, 2017 at 5:02pm

Congratulations to Isla Christie, winner of the ACJ Mark Fenn award at New Designers this summer. Isla's geometric silver and paper jewellery collection particularly impressed the judging panel, including Nicola Bond and Chris Cursley of Cursley & Bond Gallery in Folkestone. See more of Isla's gorgeous work on her website:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 27, 2017 at 5:31am

Jeweller Melissa Cameron initiated a thoughtful debate among delegates at the ACJ's recent 20:20 Visions conference in Sheffield earlier this month, with her provocative and intriguing talk about 'Jewellery in a post truth world'.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:59am

As part of our 10th-anniversary celebrations, join us for a weekend of making, at our special new free event:


Over the weekend of 28th-30th July, eight designer-makers, who will be exhibiting at the GNCCF in October, will set up pop-up studios in PLANT NOMA, a new neighbourhood design space in central Manchester.  Drop in from 10 til 6 to see them in action, chat with them about their work, and have a go at making something yourself to take home, in free workshops running each afternoon.


Make a ring or screen-print a tea-towel, sculpt your own clay character or make a personalised leather key ring, make and decorate a ceramic bowl or try your hand at glass engraving.

Workshops run daily 1-3pm - see below for details. Drop in, but to guarantee your place we recommend you sign up here.

GNCCF LIVE is suitable for visitors of all ages. Families are welcome but children will need to be supervised by parent/carer.


Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July 2017, 10am – 6pm

PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic St, Manchester M60 0AE (behind Printworks)

Friday 28th July 1-3pm
Make and slip decorate a ceramic bowl with Victoria Dawes
Design & screen print a tea-towel with Lydia Mary

Saturday 29th July 1-3pm
Make a personalised leather key ring with Catherine Edwards
Hand-pierce a decorative metal plate with Rosie Deegan
Sculpt a mini character from clay with Chris Turrell-Watts

Sunday 30th July 1-3pm
Make a ring with Jo Lavelle (material charge may apply)
Hand-braid a necklace/bracelet using thread with Lauren Taylor
Learn to engrave glass and make your very own tea-light holder with Heather Gillespie


GNCCF LIVE is a collaboration with OHOK Ltd & PLANT NOMA.


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:53am

Profile Exhibition: Open Call

Ma-Wah is a brand new gallery and concept boutique based in Waltham Forest. Ma-Wah celebrates contemporary art and design in all its many shapes, colours and forms. We are looking for illustrators, photographers, jewellers and makers who have created work that relates to the theme: Profile. This exhibition will explore contemporary artist’s reinterpretations of portraiture in a post-digital age; examining how Photoshop, Instagram filters and body modification has redefined our understanding of both fine art aesthetics and the human form. Each piece is sold on consignment and the gallery retains 20% commission on any piece sold. Artwork should be no larger than 100 cm x 100cm. Your art will be on display for 6 weeks, and there will be a series of events in conjunction with the main exhibition including a private view, artist talks, and workshops. Please do not hesitate to contact us with further questions. Ma-Wah a Gallery
How to Apply

Please send a photo or render of your work and a short description describing how your project relates to the brief to

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:50am

Creative Practitioner

We are seeking creative practitioners that have great experience with young people going through behavioural challenges - 6-11 year olds, class sizes of 7/ 8 young people. We need practitioners for Wed afternoons for the next 6 weeks. Paid opportunities. The arts experiences we seek include art, music, crafts and other 'outside the box' exciting experiences. We are looking to engage practitioners now to start asap. The students are all boys with challenging backgrounds. Practitioners will need to have a calm temperament, great with rapport building, consistent in attendance and aspirational in their expectations - meaning even if the young people (and maybe the schools staff) doubt their abilities, we stay positive, encourage them and get them to achieve their personal bests. Please feel free to feedback with any questions. If interested please inform us of how you would shape your sessions, and which resources you may need and your hourly rates etc.

How to Apply

Please feel free to feedback with any questions. If interested please inform us of how you would shape your sessions, and which resources you may need and your hourly rates etc. Send an email to with subject line 'Creative Practitioner'

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:47am

Trish Woods works predominately in pewter and silver exploring aspects of form, colour and contrasting surfaces. Having studied at Loughborough University, she has also taught in the USA and for many years was a lecturer and course leader in 3D Design and Metals at South Devon College. Her PhD research centered on investigation into new processes for the artificial colouring of Tin and Pewter. The results of the research, developed through a now patented process, aim to utilise those colours inherent but hidden in the material. She is now based at Unit 6, Seachange Craft Studios, Cockington, Torquay, Devon where you can view her work.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:44am

Lindsey Mann

‘Drawing inspiration from themes of collecting memories I create playful jewellery which might explore a fleeting moment, a chance encounter or a material souvenir charged with meaning. Referencing shape, form, colour and pattern to realise each piece of jewellery I hope to create something which has both familiar and yet foreign associations, perhaps triggering a vague memory for the viewer and hopefully raising a smile!’

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:43am
“By creating jewellery, I start to problem solve.” An interview with Rachel Butlin.
Posted July 22, 2017

Rachel Butlin seeks to challenge the concepts of contemporary interactive and wearable jewellery, producing a range of high end, mixed material pieces. We represent makers with so many different styles and backgrounds on our website, so it’s always fascinating to learn more about them. In this interview we catch up with Rachel to find out more about her development and experiences as a professional jeweller…

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:38am

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is launching an exciting new publication, the Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS). This publication will be a broad, annual survey of jewelry and metals, highlighting the best work currently made in the field.

SNAG invites artists, craftspeople, designers, public artists, and architects worldwide to submit images of new works focusing on metal and/or jewelry. Everyone from any sector of the field at any level of experience is encouraged to apply. Curators are welcome to submit recent work purchased by their institution as well.

Deadline September 1, 2017.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2017 at 9:14am

 “Lost” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent
Deadline is August 31, 2017
Date: 4 July 2017, 14:13 — 31 August 2017, 14:13

Theme: What is it to be lost? To have lost? When something is taken away; something is wasted, destroyed, faded, hidden, missing. To feel disoriented and aimless; not knowing where to go, how to proceed, or where you came from. To wander, stray, disappear. How does it feel? What does it look like? What is its shape? Share your LOST story with words or imagery.

Eligible Submissions: Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Apply using the online form.

Highlights: Be profiled, get published, and shine on! Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition.

About ArtAscent: The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers. ArtAscent provides opportunity for the voice of writers and vision of artists to shared in a professional and accessible platform. We are a bright community of creatives and art lovers.

Call application:


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