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.


Location: UK
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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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Hello ACJ followers, Likers and Members. Could you comment on this post and let us know the one thing you like to see on our networks and the one thing you would prefer not to see! Thank you.

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 21, 2013 at 4:32pm
Our spring exhibition brings together more than 300 works for the first major display of Japanese Outsider Art in the UK. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day attendees at social welfare institutions across Honshu, Japan's largest island. The wonderfully diverse collection comprises ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings.

'Souzou' has no direct translation in English but a dual meaning in Japanese: written one way, it means creation, and in another it means imagination. Both meanings allude to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world.

The exhibition has been organised in association with Het Dolhuys, the Museum of Psychiatry in Haarlem (the Netherlands) and the Social Welfare Organisation Aiseikai (Tokyo). It reflects the growing acclaim for Outsider Art – often defined as works made by self-taught artists perceived to be at the margins of society – while questioning assumptions about the category itself.

Eschewing a purely biographical approach, the show will be object-led, with a startling array of works offering singular and affecting explorations of culture, memory and creativity.

A series of documentary films featuring a selection of the exhibiting artists will play at the end of the exhibition.

A full programme of events will run alongside the exhibition.

This will be our last major exhibition before our exciting development project kicks off in summer 2013.

Lead image: Shoichi Koga, Seitenmodoki (Ganesha (Nandikeshvara)-oid), 2006.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 20, 2013 at 2:33pm
Dear Sir/Madam ,

I’m glad to introduce you the next edition of AF-L’Artigiano in Fiera, the biggest crafts selling exhibition, which will be held in Milan Fair from the 30th November until the 8th December 2013.

AF is the “trade fair of work”, the event which exalts quality of hand made products, increasing the value of creativity and tradition of typical productions from all over the world.

150,000 sqm exhibition area - 2,900 exhibitors - 110 countries of five continents: these figures are the best proof of the importance of this event.

Please find attached a participation project completely devoted to UK, hoping to include you amongst the numerous countries represented in our show this year.

I’m planning a visit in UK by the end of March, I’m at your disposal to arrange a meeting and for any other further information you may need.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

Best regards.

Roberta Roffi

Area Internazionale/International Department
AF-L'Artigiano in Fiera
Viale Achille Papa 30
20149 Milano – Italy
Tel. +39.02.31911961
Fax +39.02.70058857
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 20, 2013 at 2:29pm
An extraordinary opportunity for emerging craft businesses

Farnham Maltings is working with Ann Foster who has an ambition to develop a community of crafts makers from three studio spaces that she has created in her garden
in Rowledge, Farnham. Offered rent free on a yearly license, these fully serviced spaces are to be made available to crafts people in the early stages of establishing
themselves as businesses. The only cost is to cover heating, water and insurance with each studio providing space for two people.

· Studio 1 (Clay Cottage) measures 3.3m x 4.5m and has a kiln and wheel installed
· Studio 2 (Peppercorn) measures 3m x 3.6m and is currently used as a metal/jewellery studio
· Studio 3 (Threadbare) is in 2 sections measuring 2.7m x 1.9m & 2.2m x 3.2m.
This space was designated for textiles but use could be changed.

Should you be interested then Ann is hosting an open afternoon on Friday 1 March for potential crafts people. Please contact Amy Collins on 01252 745474 or email for more details and address.
To view photos of the studios and location please click here.
Open Afternoon: Friday 1 March
Deadline for applications: Friday 8 March
To apply please send a CV, images of your work and a short description of how you have and intend to develop your business over the coming year to
Interviews will be held late March (date tbc) at Farnham Maltings who will be offering on-going support to the successful applicants.

Amy Collins
Craft & Exhibitions Officer
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR
t: +44 (0)1252 745474
Comment by Brigitte Martin on February 20, 2013 at 10:04am

Call for Artists in Residence!

The School of Jewellery is pleased to announce its Artist in Residence (AIR) mentoring scheme and invites you to express interest directly to Jo Pond, Lecturer and Artist in Residence Coordinator.

The residency position is in essence, space and facilities in exchange for a small studio mentoring input. You would be given access to bench space and facilities within the School’s outstanding workshops for the duration of the residency, for which there would be no charge.

This should be viewed as an opportunity for you to develop your own work and technical skills in a creative environment, without the constraints of set course work or timetable. It would also allow you to positively extend your CV.

For the full details please watch the School of Jewellery website - info' coming soon!

Deadline date for applications: 1 April 2013

I look forward to hearing from you.

Jo Pond
Artist in Residence Coordinator

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 19, 2013 at 11:49am

Please be aware that the fast-approaching deadline for returning your Goldsmiths’ Fair 2013 application is Thursday 28th February at 5pm!

Applications should be posted for my attention to Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN or hand delivered to the reception desk at Goldsmiths’ Hall. If you have any queries or require the application form to be sent to you via email, please give me a call on 0207 606 7010 or email me on
We look forward to receiving your Goldsmiths’ Fair applications.

Joanne Dodd
Promotion Administrator
T +44(0)20 7606 7010 ext 2044
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2013 at 10:17am
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We are delighted to announce that the on-line application for exhibiting at Great Northern Contempory Craft Fair 2013 is now live.
2013 sees the show return to the popular location of Hardman Square, the main public square of Spinningfields, surrounded by trendy bars, street cafes and the commercial offices of some of the UK's leading financial and legal companies.
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
10-13th October 2013
The Pavilion, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

150 of the most innovative and influential designer–makers in the UK – both established and emerging – will be selected by an independent panel to showcase and sell their work directly to the public and trade.

We welcome applications from professional designer-makers working in ceramics, glass, fashion and interior textiles, jewellery, wood and furniture, product design, metal, plastics, paper, basket–making and print-making.

Exhibition stands from £375 (2m x1.5m). Shared applications from two makers welcome.

For further details, application guidelines and to apply on line please visit

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at

The deadline for applications
is 2nd April 2013

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields is organised by Great Northern Events (NW) Ltd, a not for profit organisation, developed to champion contemporary craft in the North and promote designer–makers.

Angela and Ann–Marie
Show Organisers

Great Northern Events
23 Belfield Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6BJ
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2013 at 10:01am
AJF Website Update

Dear (Contact First Name),

Did you know that we regularly update the Art Jewelry Forum website and blog? We strive to provide provocative, interesting, and relevant content and are sending you this compilation of what we've been up to in the past month.

We hope you will like what you see and be moved to support the work by joining.

I will be in Munich from March 6-12 this year for Schmuck. Let me know if you will be there so we can connect. And please join us for dinner on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30 at the Georgenhof
restaurant if you can. Sign up on our website!

Susan Cummins
Chair, AJF

Friend us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter & Pinterest, too!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 15, 2013 at 9:55am

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair - 15-17 March 2013
Take a look at our Facebook album for a small sample of the type of work that can be viewed and purchased at this event.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 10, 2013 at 8:03am
festival of crafts - call for applications
Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 October 2013
This annual event is a major craft festival showcasing over 70 leading designer makers. The festival is recognised by Arts Council South East as one of the premier craft events in the region. Applications are welcome from makers producing original work. The show offers opportunities to well established craft practitioners as well as first time exhibitors and graduates. The selection process aims to offer visitors a variety of contemporary craft by innovative makers.
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 7 May 2013 Download an application form via our website, here.
For more information please contact Lynsey Nichols on 01252 745405 or email
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 10, 2013 at 7:59am
START-UP STUDIO - call for applications
Quay Arts Start-Up Studio aims to support two new, or recently graduated artists, craftspeople or designers set up in business by providing them with free shared workspace and mentoring in the early stages of their creative career for one year, at Quay Arts’ Jubilee Stores. To download a Start-Up Studio application form and guidelines, please click here.
Deadline for applications: Sunday 3 March 2013
If you have any queries or require further information, please contact Quay Arts Start-Up Studio Coordinator: Georgia Newman on 01983 824160 or email /

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