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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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
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 23, 2012 at 2:14pm
Fabricated: An Exhibition of Wearable Art
Deadline for Entry: December 3rd, 2012
Exhibition Dates: February 2nd - March 3rd, 2013

Description: Fabricated is an all-media exhibition featuring “wearable art," which refers to individually designed pieces of handmade clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art. While the making of any article of clothing or other wearable object typically involves aesthetic considerations, the term wearable art implies that the work is intended to be accepted as a serious and unique artistic creation or statement. It is open to all artists nationally and internationally.

Juror: Rachel Timmins currently lives in Baltimore, MD, where she will complete her MFA in Studio Art at Towson University in 2012. She is a native of Buffalo, NY, where she received her BFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design in 2009. Rachel’s work speaks about otherness, finding value in the devalued and finding comfort in belonging. Her wearable and sculptural works have been featured at the Design Museum in London, UK, The Masur Museum of Art, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. You can view Rachel’s work in numerous publications such as Unexpected Pleasures published by Rizzoli Publications, Jewel Book published by Stichtingkunst Boek, Humor in Craft published by Schiffer Publishing and many of the Lark Books Showcase 500 series books.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 23, 2012 at 8:13am

Past Masters

28 November – 20 December 2012
Foyer Gallery, UCA Farnham

Private view 
Thursday 29 November 2012, 6.30–9pm

Postgraduate alumni of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham are joining forces for a special exhibition and lecture series.

Past Masters, which runs from 28 November to 20 December 2012 at UCA Farnham’s Foyer Gallery, will showcase artwork by graduates of UCA’s diverse range of Masters’ disciplines for the very first time.

The free exhibition, which features bronze and glass sculptures, photography, jewellery, ceramics and textiles, is a unique opportunity to see works that have been shown at the Victoria & Albert museum, Tate Modern, the Royal College of Art, Barbican and a variety of galleries and art fairs around the world.

MA course leader, Sarah Sutherland, said: “We are really excited to welcome back past Masters students to show their work in an interdisciplinary exhibition.

“This is a unique opportunity to celebrate their achievements since graduating from UCA and to be proud of these stunning exhibits, which have been shown in prestigious galleries internationally, through a free exhibition for the public to enjoy.”

The flexibility of postgraduate study – either, one year at full-time or two years part-time – is often attractive to mature students or professionals who need to balance other commitments.

Sarah Sutherland said: “Those who join a Masters course are often mature students who have changed career or overcome adversity and want to develop their passion for the Arts."

The nine Past Masters are: Ceramicist Ros Perton who has exhibited in Japan, Korea, USA and China; John Joyce, whose bronze work was recently shown at the RCA; Tom McDowell will showcase his award-winning jewellery, some of which is currently on display at the Barbican; Photographer Richard Brayshaw, who has exhibited at the Mall Gallery; successful glassblower Bruce Marks returns with conceptual pieces from his MA; Tara J Murphy will showcase her award-winning jewellery; fashion designer turned Textiles Artist, Louise Anderson, will share her Japanese inspired work; retired cancer specialist Roger Buchananexplores pinhole camera techniques; and, fresh from the British Glass Biennale, the public will get to see Emma Rawson’s thought-provoking glasswork before she takes up a residency position with the National Trust.


Past Masters will be complemented by a series of free lectures - both by senior members of the academic staff in lecture theatre W02, and an evening with the exhibiting artists in the Foyer Gallery.

Wednesday 5 December 2012, 6–8pm
Professor Anna Fox - 'Researching photography'

Wednesday 12 December 2012, 6–8pm
Professor Simon Olding - 'Bernard Leach and the fine art of pots'

Thursday 13 December 2012, 6–8pm
Meet the artists and hear them present their work in the Foyer Gallery. 
All are welcome - booking is not required.

Wednesday 19 December 2012, 6–8pm
Professor Lesley Millar - 'Where are we and how did we get here?'

To book a place on these talks please contact the Crafts Study Centre on 01252 891450. Admission is free.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 22, 2012 at 11:25am

Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion, Somerset House, 26-29 June 2013

Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion 2013 is now open for entries.  To further promote our craftsmen, we have initiated an enlarged Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion, a selling exhibition for jewellers and silversmiths at Somerset House, which I hope you will find useful and profitable.  This will be bigger and better than last year.
For those of you that exhibited as part of Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion last year (East Wing Galleries), our space this year will be a double suite of rooms in the West Wing.  Being considerably larger, it will allow for a group of rooms for silversmiths.  We hope to link up with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers to show our modern silver in context on modern furniture.
The spaces have been priced competitively (£950 ex. VAT) to encourage a cross section of craftsmen to apply.  Of course, the Promotion Department will be working very hard to drive clients, old and new, to visit us in these splendid new surroundings located in the West End.  Extra funds will be spent on making the whole event a destination.  Our marketing strategy will be overhauled and developed from the feedback we received from last year’s exhibitors.
Please find attached your application form and notes. The deadline is 5pm Monday 7 January 2013. Please follow these steps:

        Save the attached form to your computer
        Close down your email
        Open the form in Adobe Reader* (right click the mouse and choose “open with”, or if using a Mac, hold the Ctrl key down and click the mouse)
        Complete the form and save it
        Return as per instructions on the form

*You need Adobe Reader version 9.2 or above, if you don’t have it is available here
as a free and safe download:

Please take a little time to consider this opportunity for your business development and provide your response one way or the other by the deadline to allow us to gauge interest accurately.  Typed applications should be returned to Goldsmiths’ Hall by Monday 7 January, either by hand or by post (no applications will be accepted by email).  To apply please ensure that you read the attached Application Information.
If you have any queries about the application process, please contact Joanne Dodd (, or call 020 7606 7010 (ext.2044). We look forward to receiving your forms.
Good luck with your application.
Kind regards,

Paul Dyson
Director Promotion


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