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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Latest Activity: Jun 21

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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Help us help Jewellers

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Dec 1, 2019. 3 Replies

ACJ welcomes to its membership makers, collectors, curators, educators, gallerists and all who have in interest in or passion for contemporary jewellery. ACJ organises exhibitions, conferences, events, talks and workshops for its members and the public. We publish our print magazine Findings twice a year, send a monthly e-bulletin to members, packed with news, information & opportunities, and we run social media accounts which reach over 10,000 people with news and information - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. We do all this on an annual budget of about £25,000, funded by membership subscriptions. Would you like to donate to help us further this work? Any amount is welcome! PayPal donations can be made here:…Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 2:27pm
We want to ensure that every young person across the UK has access to accurate information about working in the jewellery industry.
Get Into Jewellery belongs to a series of practical resources for young people interested getting into the creative and cultural industries.

What we offer

People In Jewelery
stories about real people: their advice, experiences and what a career in jewellery is really like
Careers In Jewellery
the different jobs in the jewellery industry: what skills you need and how you can get them
Ask An Expert
ask out panel of industry experts - and see what other people have asked
Jobs and opportunities
adverts for jobs and apprenticeships, information on training courses, and other opportunities to get started
Events and activities
We host a series of Creative Choices events. Industry venues across the country open their doors to young people aged 13-16, so they can see for themselves how the industries really operate.
Who we are

The website is maintained by a small editorial team. Our content comes from leaders, experts and practitioners, all working in the jewellery industry. We also signpost other websites, if they contain the best information and resources for your career.

Get Into Jewellery has been developed by Creative & Cultural Skills, the licensed Sector Skills Council for the UK’s creative and cultural industries.

Why we're doing this

We want to ensure that every young person across the UK has access to accurate information about working in the creative and cultural sector.

For those aspiring to get into the creative and cultural industries, half the problem is not knowing what opportunities are out there and what skills and experience are needed.

Get Into Jewellery is part of our careers programme, Creative Choices, which provides support through a combination of online resources and special events, designed by people who work in the creative and cultural industries.

About Creative & Cultural Skills

The Creative Choices website is owned and operated by Creative and Cultural Industries Limited, a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales.

Registered offices: Lafone House, The Leathermarket ,Weston Street, London, SE1 3HN.
Company no. 05122855
VAT no. 987725455
Creative and Cultural Industries Ltd is registered in England as Charity no. 1105974
Creative and Cultural Industries Ltd is registered with the Information Commissioners Office, registration no. Z9353021
Contact email
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 2:01pm
Entries Invited -

The Horse in Art 2013- 12 July to 11 August
Artists and makers are invited to submit entries for an equine
themed selling exhibition to be held at Obsidian Art Gallery in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks (with an opening weekend at The Horse Trust*)
Entry Deadline : Sunday 16 June

The exhibition runs from Friday 12 July to Sunday 11 August.

Hand-In dates for accepted work : Sunday 7 July or Monday 8 July.
We are really excited to be running this year's 'Horse in Art' Exhibition in conjunction with The Horse Trust charity. The opening weekend will take place at The Horse Trust's beautiful HQ just down the road from the gallery, near Speen, in a stunning recently renovated Tythe Barn. There will be 3 VIP events as well as a gallery PV.

We are delighted to be able to support The Horse Trust by donating half our commission on sales made suring the opening weekend, and as we don't charge an entry free to the gallery, we will also ask visitors to make a voluntary donation.

We want the exhibition to show the huge diversity in interpretation, style & media on one theme (equine). All media is welcome.

We are looking for diversity of subject as well as style - acceptable subjects include all breeds, equine sports, plus zebras, donkeys and more mythical pieces (e.g unicorns, Pegasus, etc).
As ever we are also keen to ensure the exhibition shows a wide range of styles from traditional to contemporary.

We are always happy to discuss the suitability of work - so just give us a call or drop us an e-mail if you're in any doubt.

No entry fee or hanging fee.

The gallery commission is 45% on sales of original art and 50% on sales of reproduction prints & cards.
All work must be for sale and the artist must be based in the UK.

Email images (max 2MB per email please)
along with details of
Size; &
Proposed Selling Price.
or complete the entry form - click HERE to download a PDF version (or email for a Word version).

For full terms & conditions e-mail , visit the gallery, or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Obsidian Art, Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, HP22 5XJ.
Enquiries : 01296 612150 or email
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 9:03am

Clarion Events and Handmade in Britain have created CRAFT to provide a commercial platform for designer

makers who wish to reach an audience of professional retailers and collectors. CRAFT is a new trade event

for leading contemporary makers which will take place alongside Home and Top Drawer from the 12-14

January 2014 at Earls Court, London.

Applications are invited from designer makers working in the following areas: fashion design & accessories,

textiles, interior design & accessories, glass, jewellery, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture,

woodwork, prints and etchings. The application deadline for this opportunity is 28th June 2013.

To apply please see or e-mail for more


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 8:33am

Don't forget those of you from Kent!
Mark Fenn is starting the ACJ Kent regional group anyone interested in joining should contact Mark at

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 8:19am

The craft&design Directory of Craft Guilds & Associations will be published in the September/October printed issue of craft&design magazine. To be sure that your Guild, Group or Association is included, simply reply by the closing date of 28th June. Listings are available FREE to Guilds, Groups or Associations that book display (boxed) advertising space in craft&design magazine. Alternatively there is a fee of £90 + VAT for a 'directory key' that includes:

  • A fifth of a page listing in the September/October printed issue with two images
  • An entry in our online directory of Craft Guilds and Associations at
  • The facility to log in and add dates and details for exhibitions, workshops, craft fairs and other craft-related events to our events list for the next twelve months

You'll find more information here:

I apologise if this email should have been sent to a different Guild member - if this is the case, please would you forward it to the appropriate person and notify me so that I can update our records. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

With kind regards, 
Michael Ball 
craft&design magazine

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 7:13am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 7:11am
Our next event, The Craft & Design Experience, will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here's a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 7:06am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 6:57am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 6:37am

Hi Everyone

Don't forget to add your exhibitions and shows, classes and facts and competitions that are related to contemporary jewellery here!

And do also paste related and useful links to items you find.

Please also feel free to comment on other peoples discussions and posts.

We have a continually growing digital network with todays numbers at

1195 people linked to the Facebook page

68 to the Crafthaus page

1545 to the linkedin page

So well worth sharing some information!

We also share information through our website:
and out e-newsletter and findings magazine
as well as exhibitions and events!

Have Fun.
Best Rebecca


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