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 November 9, 2012 at 6:07pm
Opening at: Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City: May 2 – July 14, 2013
Then travelling to Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco: August 7 – September 15, 2013
There will be an Exhibition Catalog
Submission Deadline:
Contemporary Jewelry
Beginning May 2, 2013
Lorena Lazard, Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt January 30, 2013
“Borders separate but also unite.” (Octavio Paz)
Historically the relationship between Mexico and the United States has been complicated, deep, and conflicted. Due to geography, this relationship is unavoidable and comprised of many underlying currents: economic, political, social, cultural, ecologic and ideological.
La Frontera (The Borderlands) is the physical space where the relationship between Mexico and the U.S is most evident. In recent years, drug trafficking and violence have made it the focus of almost daily news. However, the extremely porous nature of the border allows not only the illegal passage of arms and drugs, but also ideas, money, projects, families, and culture.
The border is an environment of opportunity both legal and not. Nearly 2000 miles long, the U.S. – Mexico border is the most frequently crossed international border in the world. Companies use differences in labor and environmental regulations to their advantage and create discontent on both sides of the border. Since the 1980s economic and political refugees from Central America have swelled populations at the border and migrations across it. The construction of the 700-mile U.S. – Mexico Border Fence of the past several years is the most tangible symbol of failed politics.
The exhibition LA FRONTERA seeks to explore this physical space and what it represents. This is why we want jewelry artists to express how they understand this border.
Museo Franz Mayer ( houses Latin America’s largest collection of decorative arts. Opened in 1986, the museum is located in the historic center of Mexico City in the former San Juan de Dios monastery and hospital, an 18th-century structure which was rehabilitated for the museum. The Museum specializes in exhibitions of historic and contemporary decorative and fine arts.
Velvet da Vinci gallery ( specializes in contemporary jewelry and craft- based sculpture. Established in 1991, the gallery is currently housed in a converted furniture factory on San Francisco’s Russian Hill.
Eligible Artists
All jewelers who have something to say about issues surrounding the U.S./Mexican border are encouraged to submit entries of original artwork. We will jury from images of actual pieces made for this exhibition.
Submission Requirement
You are welcome to submit one to three pieces. The materials and size are your choice. We prefer you send the submission by email or Dropbox but CDs will also be accepted.
Jurors will review submissions from digital images only.
Image Specifications
Please be sure the images accurately portray the artwork. The jurors reserve the right to reject accepted entries, if the work does not contain the same qualities as indicated by the image(s).
Digital images must be in jpg format, 300 dpi. Each file name must follow this precise format: your last name, first name, the image number (1–3) as it corresponds to the entry form on the application. Detail images should be numbered 1a, 1b, 2a, etc.
Each artist may submit up to three (3) entries (one entry equals one work of art). Additional images (up to two (2)) may include detail shots, shots of the reverse side, etc.
Images must include the following information on a separate sheet of paper (see attached form):
1. artist’s name
2. email address
3. artist’s address
4. title of work
5. medium (please be specific)
6. dimensions
7. year piece was made
8. a short paragraph referencing why you made this piece and its relationship to the U.S./Mexico
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2012 at 4:57am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 5, 2012 at 8:28pm
Studio Space & Hiring Space

As well as a wide range of courses, Making Space also offers space for hire, whether it’s for a team building event or private hire, and we can organise a bespoke creative event for birthday parties, a celebratory event or a work away day. If you are a maker, you can hire specialist equipment at competitive rates - or come along to our Open Access Saturdays to use workshop space and have the opportunity to network with other makers. See the brochure for Open Access dates.

We now offer short-term leases on our individual studios as well as normal longer rentals. Prices range from £125-£200 a month – ideal if you need more space for a big show or event or want to trial a professional studio set up.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at Making Space in 2013!

Kind regards
Catharine Russell
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2012 at 4:06pm
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
The Guild will be showing at spacious new venue, Midhurst Rother College. Highly skilled designer makers will provide a colourful feast of creativity. The show is perfectly timed for Christmas shopping and, with about fifty members of the Sussex Guild showing their beautiful and varied work, visitors will be spoilt for choice.
Saturday 1 December - Sunday 2 December, 10am - 5pm
Admission £1.50, children free
Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9DT
Free parking, refreshments available
For more information call 01273 479565 or visit
The Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery, The North Wing, Southover Grange, Southover Rd, Lewes East Sussex BN7 1TP. Open everyday (except Christmas Day) 10am - 5pm.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2012 at 4:03pm
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 November 2, 2012 at 3:54pm
Other events at Making Space

24 November - Circle Brooches with Sarah Macrae: There are still places available for this exciting one-day workshop on Saturday 24 November. Participants will learn new skills and come away with a beautiful finished roller printed brooch (see image). Sarah will explain and teach you all the stages to design and make a stunning piece of jewellery. All materials supplied. The workshop runs from 10am–3pm, price £48.

Saturday 1 December (11am-4pm) & Sunday 2 December (12pm-4pm) - Making Space Christmas Craft & Design Fair: Making Space will be transformed into a gallery and selling space giving you the chance to purchase some extra special Christmas presents. All of our resident makers will be in their studios, joined by some hand picked guest makers showcasing a range of design and crafts including jewellery, ceramics, textiles and glass.

Saturday 26 January - Stone Set Ring with Sarah Macrae: Spend a day learning how to make a simple stone set ring with a cabochon setting from a selection of stones provided by the tutor. For beginners or intermediate jewellers. The workshop runs from 10am-3pm, price £48.

Saturday 27 April – Sgraffitto Enamelling on Copper with Linda Connelly: Enamelling is the art of fusing glass to metal - learn the technique and make items such as pendants and earrings. Suitable for beginners or more experienced learners.

Date to be confirmed – Moving Jewellery with Kate Groombridge: Spend the day making a stylish pendant or ring using simple silversmith techniques. Create a stunning piece which incorporates moving elements. The course is suitable for beginners and intermediate level participants and will include cutting, soldering and shaping. The workshop will run from 10am-3pm, price £48.

For further information or to book a place on any of the above courses please email or telephone 02392 472491.

Kind regards
Catharine Russell
Administration & Operations Coordinator (part-time)

Making Space
Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BN
p: 02392 472491
Facebook: Search Making Space
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2012 at 3:49pm
Open Access Saturdays

Just a reminder that there will be Open Access sessions at Making Space on Saturday 17 November and Saturday 15 December.

Our Open Access sessions are a fantastic opportunity for you to come and get on with your own work at your own pace, networking with like-minded creative people and getting time and space to further your skills. The sessions are about enabling people with some experience the freedom to get on with their own self-directed work. Open Access is also the perfect opportunity to practice skills including those learnt on previous Making Space courses. While these sessions are untaught, an experienced jeweller will be on hand throughout the day should you require technical advice or assistance.

We ask that all attendees complete a check-list of requirements to confirm that they have the skills and knowledge required to use the tools and equipment in the jewellery studio safely and without supervision. You will need to bring your own materials but the use of the space, equipment and a technician is covered in your booking fee.

The session cost is £30 per Saturday for which the space will be available from 10am to 3pm. Parking is free behind Making Space on a Saturday. Alternatively you can book three sessions for just £81 (to be taken within a five month period) - recommended if you are working on a larger project that will take more than one session to complete.

Future dates for Open Access sessions are:
Saturday 19 January 2013
Saturday 16 February 2013
Saturday 16 March 2013
Saturday 20 April 2013.

If you wish to book a place, or have any queries about Open Access, please email or telephone 02392 472491.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 1, 2012 at 1:38pm
Join us November 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Wishcamper Center, USM Portland for an exciting evening exploring Product Design!

Are you interested in Product Design? Does your company need Product Design? Could your company use the services of an industrial “product” designer? Find out why you can’t ignore Product Design if you want to stay competitive in an increasingly complex marketplace.

The design process is a physical transformation of an idea based upon needs or wants by consumers or the marketplace at large, into a product that is appropriate to its purpose. Product designers take a systematic and creative approach to conceptualizing and evaluating ideas before turning them into tangible products. Product design is vital in creating loyal customers for businesses large and small, local and international.

We have a great group of speakers lined up:

Moderator Patric Santerre, of ARCADIA designworks will give a brief overview of the definition of Industrial “Product” Design, and weave in its history in Maine.

We will hear from a local start up, Bitzy Baby, whose founders Whitney and Seabren Reeves decided to re-design a product when the existing marketplace was not meeting their needs as parents.

Nicholas Yardy Ph.D. the Director of Marketing and Technical Service at SAPPI, a global pulp and paper company with mills in Maine, and a commitment to creating new operations through innovation and design throughout the world, will share their growth story and the importance of product design for the business to business market.

Space is limited! Reserve your seat today.

To register contact:

$35 for non-members.
$15 dollars for MCC members and USM alumni; students get in free.
Become a member of the Maine Center for Creativity for $35 and get free admission!

Product Design
November 14, 2012
Lee Hall, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland
5:30 pm -7:30 pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 31, 2012 at 8:22am
Focus Gallery Nottingham will be exhibiting some fantastic jewellery from 1st November 2012 until 15th January 2013 from the members of ACJ East Midlands.

The exhibition will feature several jewellers based in The East Midlands, and will include Helen Shere (ShereDesign - Contemporary Silver Jewellery), Kate Bajic Hand Made JewelleryRuth Gordon JewelleryRuth Wood Jewellery, Gail Ferriman, and Karen Mckinley.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 30, 2012 at 4:11pm
The Guildhall, Winchester
16-18 November 2012
Our next Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair will take place in Winchester from 16-18 November. This year the event features 80 designer makers including a display by a talented group of British silversmiths under the banner of 'Festival of Silver'. There is an enormous variety of jewellery available and the event features jewellers working in gold, silver, aluminium, brass, titanium, niobium, copper, bronze and platinum and incorporate glass, enamelwork, gemstones, pearls and beads into their work. All exhbibitors have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.

Anyone celebrating a special occasion may also like to speak to the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware. Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.

View our Facebook gallery to see examples of the type of work being presented

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