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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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 September 17, 2017 at 6:18am

The Collectives Fair 2018 is now open for applications

Part of the hugely successful Select Festival, The Collectives Fair returns for 2018 and is now open for applications. The Collectives Fair brings a curated range of handmade contemporary craft, desirable textiles and baskets lovingly sourced to the public The Select Festival, brought to you by SIT select is now in it's 12th year and has regular attendance of over 15,000 visitors coming from far and wide. The Festival has an outstanding reputation for delivering excellence and The Collectives Fair will continue to promote the very best of high quality contemporary craft through this three day event. The Collectives Fair spans the weekend of 11th-13th May with a Private View on the evening of Thursday 10th May. It will be open to the public 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday and 11-2pm Sunday. Delivering 3 days of contemporary craft with a sprinkle of vintage and ethnic, plus the brilliant Chrome Yellow Books .

Artists and makers wishing to participate are required to submit an online application. You will then be notified if you have been selected to be a part of this exciting event. It will be held at Lansdown Hall in the centre of Stroud, Gloucestershire. Selected participants will have the option of one or two tables within the gallery space. Prices for participants are £175 for one table and £200 for two tables. To apply now, please visit:
How to Apply

To apply now, please visit:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 6:17am

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 September 17, 2017 at 6:14am

Studio Space Available at the Olympic ParkSituated on London’s historic Greenway, the former View Tube of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is being repurposed as a new community of makers, gardeners, chefs, bike hire companies and events spaces. The View Tube is constructed from shipping containers, which are the perfect size and shape to become dual-purpose spaces in which makers can both show and sell their work. These spaces are designed for makers, creatives and crafts people who also want to open their studio as a space to show and sell their work – these are not pure retail / show-spaces – we want people to be working at the site and to be a real part of the community. There are currently two spaces available. Both are 127sq ft and cost £216 per month all inclusive.
How to Apply

If you would like to know more or may be interested in a space, please email with ‘View Tube’ in the subject line. Please tell us a bit of information about your practice, how you would like to use the space and what you feel you could bring to the community. You will then be invited to a viewing.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 6:12am

Commission for the creation of a work of public art at The Buckley War Memorial site, north Wales.

Who: The commission is open internationally to both professional artists or groups of artists that have sufficient proven experience to manage the process of design, fabrication and installation of a work of public art.

When: Deadline for initial proposal - 22 September 2017

Fee: An inclusive fee of £500 is available to each short-listed artist as payment for a fully worked- up proposal. A further inclusive fee of £35,000 is available to the selected artist.

Details: To apply for this commission, we require a short proposal containing:

    An initial sketch or design
    An artist’s statement describing the theme / idea
    A description of the materials you are proposing to use
    A brief description of fabrication and installation methods
    An initial budget
    A CV and/or evidence of previous work

Artists should be minded to ensure the initial sketch or design along with the artist statement describing the theme consist of no more than 2 sheets of A4 or 1 sheet of A3 in total.
How to Apply

Apply: See full brief for details- Contact: Michael Powell | Commissioner : Flintshire County Council Deadline: 22nd September 2017

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 6:11am

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is seeking an outstanding individual with strong leadership and management skills to drive forward the strategic, artistic and operational development of the organisation. You will be passionate and knowledgeable about contemporary crafts, with entrepreneurial flair and an eye for new opportunities.

With experience of working with a range of stakeholders and developing successful partnerships, you will be able to lead on the business planning process, combining the development of a high quality artistic and educational programme with appropriate fundraising and income generating strategies. The ability to lead a small but diverse team and monitor business performance is key to the role, as is an understanding of audience development in the arts. You will also be directing the organisation through a time of change as it undertakes an exciting capital (build or relocation) project to ensure long term sustainability. For information about the Devon Guild of Craftsmen see £34,183 - £42,911 Deadline for applications: 12 noon Wednesday 27 September Interviews: 10 October 2017 Devon Guild of Craftsmen is an equal opportunities employer. Note: this is re-advertisement
How to Apply

To download an application pack, go to

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 6:09am


DEADLINE 22 SEPTEMBER 2017 North Lands Creative Annual Open Exhibition of fine and applied arts. Submissions may be in any discipline: painting, sculpture, new media, printmaking, ceramics, glass, photography and jewellery. This open submission is an opportunity for graduates, emerging and established artists from Highlands & Islands and nationally in Scotland to exhibit their work in our Quatre Bras Gallery space. The overall winner of the People’s Choice Award will be awarded a solo show at North Lands Creative at some point during the ensuing 12 month period. The People’s Choice Award is determined by a public vote from visitors to the exhibition, the winner will receive marketing and preview support towards their exhibition.
How to Apply

Please complete an application form which can be found on our website and submit 3 images of your work with a 50-word story about your work and practice to

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 6:08am

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

12 - 15 October 2017
The North’s most established and anticipated contemporary craft fair celebrates its 10th edition with over 150 designer-makers, all selected for their excellence, selling their work directly to the public and trade.

From new graduate work to collectors’ pieces, the GNCCF 2017 boasts a fresh line up with many makers exhibiting for their first time, plus artist demos and workshops.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 17, 2017 at 6:05am

A Crafts Council showcase presented at Tresor Craft fair in Basel, 21-24 September 2017.

Seven artists with an innovative approach to materials have been selected to show new works, each using their chosen materials to communicate ideas and research, whether it be commenting on the growing refugee crisis, the availability of raw materials in the future, exploring new ways of dying textiles in a sustainable way, creating pattern or discovering new forms for furniture. The New Materiality is the third showcase of the A Future Made programme and will take place at the TRESOR contemporary craft fair.

The Crafts Council stand at Tresor will be designed by the London-based practice Julia with graphics by London designers BCMH.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 9, 2017 at 6:09am

Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery  Now on show: Architectural Jewellery

A showcase of bold constructed, modernist and architecturally-inspired jewellery by CAA maker members. On display until 23 September 2017.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 9, 2017 at 6:03am

I have been making new work for several upcoming exhibitions this autumn...
Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea
I'm delighted to be invited by The Crafts Council and The British Council to take part in the UK Pavilion of Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea, 13 September - 22 October.
read more about it in the following links:
Tresor contemporary craft fair, Basel
I'll be traveling to Switzerland to exhibit at Tresor contemporary craft fair with Metal Project - a collective of five UK based metalsmiths. I will also have some work on show at the stand of Taste Contemporary Craft. The fair's opening is on 20 September and it runs until the 24, in Messe Basel. More details here:
Goldsmiths' Fair, London
Looking forward to seeing some of you at Goldsmiths' Fair week 2, stand 32. I will also take part in two specially curated displays at the entrance of the hall, 2-8 October at Goldsmiths' Hall, London EC2V 6BN:
Colourful Volume now out on display at the V&A
If you happen to visit The Victoria and Albert museum in London have a look for Colourful Volume that was recently acquired for the collection and is now out on display at the Silver Galleries:
please save the date for my exhibition at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh One Drop Plus One Drop Makes One Drop, PV on 31 October and runs until 29 November. I'll be in Scotland from 30 October - 1 November for a talk and a workshop - more details coming soon!


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