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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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 December 10, 2012 at 4:08pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:57am

 New Premises Appeal from The Old Fire Station Creative Studios

The Farnham Maltings has successfully supported a group of Art and Craft Practitioners at The Old Fire Station Studios, Godalming for a number of years and the studio is now a vibrant space from which many New Businesses have grown and flourished.

The Fire Station has also been a vital resource for the community of Godalming providing a much needed arts hub and workshop facility.

Sadly the Building is County Council owned and they have decided to sell the property for re-development in early 2013, which leaves the artists in residence looking for a new home. 

All the Artists concerned now wish to create a creative space within new premises and work towards making an Artist Co-operative where they can support each other.

Currently they are asking for help in the form of any offers of Rentable property and will consider many different usage buildings such as industrial and Farm out buildings of any size, the only constraints are reasonable budget limitations.

If you think you can help or if you need studio space yourself please also get in touch.

Please contact either Charlie Rickett at or Gina McAdam at

For more information visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:56am

 Christmas Fair

Join us at our annual Farnham Maltings Christmas event, full of festive charm. Browse over 150 stalls featuring handmade gifts, crafts, vintage and food & drink. Visit Santa’s grotto or enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie from our café whilst solving all your Christmas present problems!

Tuesday 11 December, 4pm-10pm

Admission £1 (under 15s & members free)

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:55am

 GIFTED in Guildford

Selected work from the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen at Guildford House Gallery.

Meet the makers and discover that special gift.

Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

Thu 29 November – Mon 24 December 2012, 10am – 4.45pm daily

Closed Sundays (10 – 2pm 24th Dec)

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:54am

 Call for Artists and makers based in and around Surrey 

Surrey Artists Open Studios summer event 8 - 23 June 2013 

If you are interested in publicising your artwork; networking with other artists; gaining access to opportunities and creative events and gaining the opportunity to sell your work direct to the public then register to take part in our annual summer Surrey Artists Open Studios event. 

The Surrey Open Studios event is open to all artists and makers based in and on the borders of Surrey. All participating artists are offered the opportunity to take part in our extra promotional events including our launch and taster exhibitions. 

All participating studios are provided with marketing material to help promote themselves, this includes a professionally produced brochure, posters, postcards and studio signage. 

To take part, we require all of our artists and makers to join our annual membership: SAOS. SAOS offers artists and makers in the county of Surrey vital support to develop and sustain their art practice. The membership fee is just £40, you receive monthly bulletins on opportunities and events, your own webpage promoted on Find A Surrey Artist, access to a programme of events coordinated by the SAOS team, including: training, networking and professional artwork photo shoots. 

For more information about SAOS and our Open Studios events and how to register, please download our Artists Information Booklet at All registrations are done online. Information can also be found on the automated phone line: 01483 519285

Deadline for registration of studios for summer event is 14 December 2012.

(Once registered, there is a design deadline in January giving studios more time to prepare all studio information) 

Any queries please contact Caroline Jackman, SAOS coordinator on 01483 519281 or email 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 5, 2012 at 6:00am

A Sense of Place and Culture
An exhibition of narrative contemporary jewellery

8 January – 2 March 2013
Exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre
University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
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A touring exhibition of contemporary narrative jewellery by artists based in Britain and Australia curated by Professor Norman Cherry, University of Lincoln in conjunction with The National Centre for Craft & Design. Supported by Arts Council England.

Jewellery is art form which records memory and experience in a portable and wearable form. Through jewellery it is possible to express ideas, thoughts, and concerns, which isn’t achievable in any other way. Twelve contemporary jewellery artists from the UK and Australia have been selected to new work which articulates the idea of transplantation.

Even jewellers whose work is not illustrative often have a story to tell. In some cases participants’ existing reputations are already built on narrative and metaphor. Each artist in this exhibition has their own experience of cultural, familial and artistic transplantation of one sort or another.  Each has drawn on those experiences to create work which is powerful, engaging and thought-provoking and which, it is hoped will encourage viewers to reflect seriously on the topic and consider how it relates to themselves.

Jivan Astfalck, London
Norman Cherry, Lincoln
Jack Cunningham, Birmingham
Laura Potter, London
Lin Cheung, London
Jo Pond, Derby
Anna Davern, Melbourne
Rosanne Bartley, Melbourne
Joung-Mee Do, Sydney
Nick Bastin, Melbourne
Sheridan Kennedy, Sydney
Bridie Lander, Sydney/Birmingham

Notes for Editors
The Crafts Study Centre is a charity created by artist-makers and educators to protect the best of modern British crafts. It is a specialist university museum open free to the public as well as a research centre of the University for the Creative Arts. The Centre's acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as makers' diaries, working notes and photographs dating from the 1920s. The Centre's research library is available by appointment. Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS, 01252 891450, font color="#0000FF">

Images: (left to right) Bridie Lander, The Grass is Always Greener, (middle) Norman Cherry, Bed or Board, (right) Jack Cunningham, Great Barrier series. Photos: David Withycombe.

Press enquiries contact: Hannah Prothero
t: 01647 252017, m: 0794 127 0246 email:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 4, 2012 at 12:38pm


New Ashgate Gallery Trust

Waggon Yard

Farnham GU9 7PS

01252 713208

Registered charity no. 274326


Rising Stars 2013: Call for artists and makers


Rising Stars 2013 at the New Ashgate Gallery fosters and champions students and recent graduates of BA and MA Fine and Applied Arts programmes across the UK. The Rising Stars exhibition aims to enable new artists and makers to access the market place and customers during these challenging economic times. The programme includes a national symposium with top speakers and small group practical workshops for skills development. There will also be a Rising Stars catalogue and an educational film that may be used as promotional tools and to find other opportunities after the Rising Stars project.


Rising Stars takes place on 22 March – 4 May 2013 and is supported by the Billmier Charitable Trust.


Submissions are invited from:

• undergraduates

• postgraduates

• recent graduates (who completed study within the past 18 months)

• artists with a significant career break, relaunching their career.


Apply by email:

• CV (max. 2 pages)

• Statement (two paragraphs about you and your practice, max. 300 words.)

• 3-4 images of work (JPEG, max. 1MB in size, include titles in file names).


Email your application to Director at with Rising Starts 2013 in the subject field.


The deadline is Sunday 20 January 2013.



For more than fifty years, the New Ashgate Gallery Trust has been dedicated to promote and champion contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond. We raise aspirations and inspire excellence. We foster emerging artists through professional practice seminars and partnerships. We deliver art workshops and projects in the gallery and the community, supporting widening and diverse participation in arts. As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on sales from exhibitions and donations. The gallery holds exhibitions of painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, metal, furniture, silverware, ceramics, and besides these, the craft shop and craft gallery offer ranges of jewellery, craft, textiles and tableware for sale, s well as books, magazines and art cards.


For enquiries, please contact Outi at



Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 2, 2012 at 11:21am

You are invited to our Festive Open Studios event this weekend, featuring Design, craft and visual arts by:

Peter Levy (Ceramics and Painting), Kate O'Connell (Glass) and Tracy McEachran (Photography) and MAKING IT Studio Award Winners - Deryn Relph (Textile Design) and Alex Archbold (Kiln form glass).
Guest Makers include - Rachel Reynolds (Printed Textile Designer), Anita Bell (Textiles), Chloe Morgan (Designer Jeweller) and Agata Wojcieskzkiewicz (Painter and new tenant from January 2013).

We're also very lucky as pupils from Front Lawn Junior School here in Leigh Park will be singing carols at 1.30 on both days.

So even if the weather looks chilly, slightly dull or uninviting, be brave! Venture out our way for a mince pie, a warming drink and some creative viewing and socialising.

Best wishes to all,


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 2, 2012 at 11:06am
nvitation to Root5 Pop-up design store launch
root5 are excited to present their seasonal pop-up store, showcasing new and old work from established talent and recent graduates, in a new exhibition space right in the heart of Clerkenwell. Featuring a selection of unique gifts or fabulous self-indulgences, from jewellery and accessories, to pr…

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 28, 2012 at 2:54pm
The webpage for selling our Christmas Decorations exhibition is finally up! Hooray. Exhibition opens 4th December

Christmas decorations at the Goldsmiths' Centre
Christmas decorations for sale

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