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 April 23, 2012 at 1:06pm

We invite artists, designers and makers from the Island and beyond to exhibit in this years OPEN exhibition responding to the theme, STANDPOINT where we aim to reflect on and interpret the world around us, from our own unique standpoint. Standpoint (definition: a physical or mental position from which things are viewed, considered or judged; a point of view).
Deadline: 30 April 2012
Georgia Newman
Isle of Wight
This years OPEN Exhibition allows you to make a statement from your standpoint. Submissions can be individual or collaborative, work can be reflective, refer to new ideas, techniques or ways of looking on any subject or by responding to any of the themes addressed in our STANDPOINT programme. Work can be of any form, 2D, 3D, installation, multi-media and there is no size restriction or age restriction in order to enter. £10 flat rate fee, no restrictions, no limits. Application forms can be downloaded from the website or can be collected from Quay Arts Box Office. The application process is fairly loose with only an outline of your idea required. After filling out the application form, please send or 'Standpoint OPEN', Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BD

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 23, 2012 at 1:01pm

Public art commission comprising of three enamel panels at Newport, Isle of Wight, themed on John Milne. Victorian polymath and geologist, John Milne lived on the Isle of Wight and revolutionised the study of earthquakes. 2013 is Milne’s commemorative year, with further events being planned to raise his profile. Shortlisted applicants must be available at end of May/beginning June to work up designs. Winning artist must be available to finalise their design mid July/mid August, for studio production in Aug/Sep. Some flexibility is required. Three shortlisted artists to receive £200 each to develop designs. Winning artist’s fee £2500 to include research, design and studio time at AJ Wells. Travel budget up to £200 for mainland artists and accommodation allowance.
Deadline: 18 May 2012
Georgia Newman
Isle of Wight
Follow the link to download an application pack: To submit, send initial design concept/images, taking into consideration differing dimensions of the three panels (this can be one triptych-style design, or as a separate design for each panel.) Short written outline of your concept (max 250 words). Your CV.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2012 at 7:06am

I am writing on behalf of craft&design magazine and NIACE to invite a representative from your organisation to attend the official launch of a new Craft Toolkit at 9.30am on Friday 11th May at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, on the eve of Adult Learners' Week.  
This has been developed as part of the government's, and in particular Skills Minister John Hayes,' craft initiative.  
The toolkit is an online resource for those who have a passion for craft and want to know how to earn a living from it.  It features a wealth of valuable information for those within the industry collected from those already working in it.  
The location for the launch has been carefully selected as it plays host to one of Europe's longest running and most prestigious craft events, Living Crafts, from 10th through to 13th May; hence the show will be underway on the day of the launch and offers a super opportunity to see first hand the high standard of British craftsmanship.
Following the launch, guests will receive a complimentary ticket to visit the show and perhaps try one of the many activities on offer.
In addition there will be literally hundreds of designer makers selling or demonstrating their craft, many of whom have spent their lives working as craftsmen and women.  By contrast craft&design magazine sponsors the 'emerging designers' pavilion which features a fine array of craft from some of the newest designer makers working today.
I do hope you will be able to join us.
With very best wishes,
Jan Lasnon
T 023 9236 7329
M 07971 669606
RSVP with the name of your representative by 20th April 2012 to

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2012 at 6:11am
Here's some information about upcoming exhibitions and the Craftspace Residency, 'Making Moves', which I'm about to begin work on.
The Lina Peterson jewellery facebook page is up and running properly now: so 'like' if you would like to keep updated with I'm up to.
All the best,

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 18, 2012 at 2:39pm

Residency offered to visual artists whose work, through research or practice, is informed by Gaelic language, culture or environment or, to artists working in a complementary field who wish to extend their professional development by exploring aspects of visual culture in relation to Gaelic. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a proven record of working to a high professional standard within the visual arts.
Deadline: 04 May 2012
Creative Scotland
Ideally applicants would be Gaelic speakers but is open to learners and to artists whose work isinformed by aspects of the Gaelic language and material culture. It is expected that the artist will spend a minimum of 50% of the residency working within SMO. Applicants should be aware that Sabhal Mòr has a language policy that staff are required to follow which makes a commitment to the learning and using of Gaelic at the College. Duration negotiable, but no less than 6 months. May be offered to one artist for 1 year or 2 artists for 6 months each. £18,000 for 1 year residency/ £9,000 for 6 month residency. For more information check the website.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 18, 2012 at 2:36pm

Are you: A designer-maker/craftsperson/applied artist? Resident in the South West (Bath, Bristol & Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire). Are you a recent graduate? Self-taught and starting your career? If so then please apply. This popular exhibition has been running at the Devon Guild’s spacious contemporary craft gallery for 10 years. We would like to make the 2013 exhibition the strongest yet! The show acts as a platform to promote and sell new SW creative talent. Associate Membership is awarded to selected exhibitors.
Deadline: 20 July 2012
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Bovey Tracey
Dates of exhibition: 12 January – 24 February 2013 at Devon Guild gallery. Please supply: 6 digital images, CV, artist's statement and price list. are considered and chosen by an expert panel.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 18, 2012 at 2:19pm

Craft in an Age of Change

Craft in an Age of Change is a major survey of contemporary craft at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, examining the place of craft in the creative economy and the working patterns of makers and other craft professionals today. 

Following its publication in February 2012, the Crafts Council in association with CraftNet, is holding a series of workshops around the country to present highlights from the report, discuss the findings and share ideas about their implications for the future development of contemporary craft. See below for details of events in London and Bristol. There will be two further events in Cambridge and Liverpool in June/July with further details to be announced.

Read Craft in an Age of Change here

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 17, 2012 at 1:29pm

UNEXPECTED PLEASURES THE ART AND DESIGN OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY 5 DECEMBER 2012 – 3 MARCH 2013 Unexpected Pleasures is a celebration of current jewellery design and examines what we mean by jewellery from a number of different perspectives. The exhibition traces the radical experiments of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design. The exhibition also explores the essential meanings of jewellery, celebrating jewellery from the point of view of both wearer and maker. The exhibition will also bring together important work from around the world, demonstrating the relationship between jewellery, art and design.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2012 at 5:20pm

Every year the trust selects a single outstanding project, which is awarded a ‘jack-pot’ prize of one thousand pounds. This is given to the best application regardless of the amount applied for. Most project awards are between £500 and £750. The 2012 project categories are: participation and engagement, the emotional figure, dementia and glass. Work in any medium will be considered. There is no age limit.
Deadline: 29 April 2012
Juliet Gomperts awards
Work in all media will be considered. Please read carefully how to apply on the

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2012 at 5:18pm

Contemporary artists, working in any medium, at any stage in their career. Wilson Williams Gallery is an artist-run contemporary gallery & project space established in 2008 in a converted Victorian terraced house in Hackney, East London. The WW SOLO Award is a structured opportunity, created to provide support and development for contemporary artists working in any medium and at all stages in their career.
Deadline: 18 June 2012
Wilson Williams Gallery
A group show of longlisted artists will take place in August 2012 from which 6 artists will be shortlisted for the award. The award consists os a Solo exhibition in January 2013 and 3 residencies between Oct - Dec 2012 with prize money of £1000. Online entry fee of £25 Artists are invited to submit work that has not been previously exhibited and that has been created since January 2011.


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