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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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 April 20, 2013 at 2:56pm
UCA would like to invite you to attend the 2013 Degree shows

Please note there is limited parking at UCA but there are a number of car parks near each campus.
For a map and directions, please see our website:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 20, 2013 at 2:42pm
Heather Woof wins the Rising Stars 2013 Professional Development Award

Heather Woof wins the Rising Stars 2013
Professional Development Award

Jeweller Heather Woof has won the Rising Stars 2013 Professional Development Award. Rising Stars 2013 at the New Ashgate Gallery champions students and graduates of BA and MA fine and applied arts programmes. The Rising Stars exhibition enables new artists and makers to access the market place during these challenging economic times and runs at the New Ashgate Gallery until 4 May.

Heather was chosen from 32 artists in the exhibition who were selected from more than 200 applicants. Heather Woof’s Windswept collection is inspired by the wild Scottish weather and is reminiscent of the powerful natural forces which shape the landscape around us. Working with hand cut titanium and mild steel the artist aims to evoke a sense of dynamism in these otherwise static materials.

The runner up was Theo Brooks whose body of glass work explores the relationship between the handmade object and the body. Throughout the process of glassblowing, the hand does not come into direct contact with the molten glass. However, it is the human manipulation of tools and the echoes of breath that produces the glass object. Theo believes by lathe cutting to the different pieces, the evident trace of the ghosting hand becomes more apparent. It also allows Brooks to hand manipulate the object directly, which is of high significance within his work. By cutting the glass via the lathe, Brooks addresses elements such as pattern, texture and a play on light through the movement of his own hands.

The work by both artists is available in the gallery and online until 4 May.

The Award is also supported by a-n, the Artists Information Company and Billmeir Charitable Trust

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS
Tel: 01252 713208

Open Tue-Sat 10-5
Registered Charitable Trust No. 274326
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 18, 2013 at 1:39pm
What a great day for day one of the rising stars symposium. Thank you Outi, the Crafts Council, Lesley Millar, A-N, Waverly Council, Lynn Dick and UCA Farnham. Very much looking forward to tomorrow's workshops! I think those starting out, and writing changes to their businesses have a lot of links, info and food for thought to really get going now!
Comment by Brigitte Martin on April 18, 2013 at 7:00am

Job Opening:

Volunteer and Community Development Manager

The Design Museum is entering an exciting phase of development towards a new site in the former Commonwealth Institute in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC), due to open in November 2015. The Volunteer and Community Development Manager is a new key post which will deliver the museum’s HLF Activity Plan for Volunteering and Community Liaison. Volunteering and Community Liaison are just two parts of a wider detailed programme of activity which HLF are funding. The other strands include: Learning, Interpretation, Audience Development, Access, Collection and Training.

The role will suit a people person who is enthusiastic and positive, with an ability to manage and deliver a wide variety of activity. Experience of working with volunteers and community engagement programmes is essential.

The introduction of a programme of volunteering at the Design Museum is aimed at enriching the experience for visitors supporting the museum’s vision for everyone to understand the value of design. The volunteering programme will broaden the scope of activities at the museum and deepen our engagement with visitors and supporters.
The Design Museum’s four core values are to be Welcoming, Collaborative, Enterprising and Provocative.

Reports to: Project Programme Manager
Department: Project
Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Some weekends and evenings required
Contract: 2.5 years (with potential for renewal)
Salary: £25,000 p.a
Annual Leave: 25 days per annum

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 17, 2013 at 10:42am

Gold price hits two-year low of $1,300 per ounce
By Kathryn Bishop
Apr 17, 2013

Investors sold off gold earlier this week after a sudden price drop.
Gold prices crashed to US$1,300 (£852) per ounce this week in what has been described as the worst two-day performance for the yellow metal since 1983.

The crash marked the end of a decade-long boom for gold, with the slowing Chinese economy and current economic uncertainty in Cyprus said to have played their part in the sudden price decline.

The gold price has been bolstered in recent years due to investors seeking out bullion and coins as alternative forms of investment, while markets such as China have exhibited high demand for luxury goods including jewellery and watches, as well as raw materials used in industry.

According to London finance paper City AM gold lost more than 12% of its value on Monday and Tuesday and is now down more than 25% from its peak of $1,921 (£1,259), recorded after a summer of gains in September 2011.

Investors are said to have been selling off their gold amid the price dip, which in turn led to silver falling to its lowest price November 2010.

According to Reuters platinum fell to its its weakest price since August last year and palladium hit a three-month low as a result of the weakened gold price.

An analyst at French bank Societe Generale told Reuters that the decline was breathtaking, describing it as "like a knife through butter".

At the time of this story going live, the gold price gained slightly, reaching $1,383.55 ( £907).

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2013 at 3:28pm
Edinburgh College of Art Jewellery and Silversmithing Artist in Residence
scheme, academic year 2013/14
Application forms are now available for Artist in Residence opportunities in a range of disciplines across the school including Jewellery and silversmithing:
This is a voluntary scheme whereby emerging artists and designers are given access to ECA facilities and studio space, for which there would be no charge, and the opportunity to develop new skills and experiences through assisting staff with guiding students in developing their creative practice.
Opportunities are available in the following disciplines:
 Fashion
 Glass
 Graphic Design
 Illustration
 Jewellery and Silversmithing  Product Design
 Textiles
Many areas of the University of Edinburgh operate 24hr access to some facilities in the school of Design is however limited to typically 9.00am - 9.00pm Monday - Thursday and 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday.

Each residency will start in September and run either till the end of June or the end of August, with a maximum duration of 12 months (confirmed dates will be agreed with discipline areas).
Artists in Residence would normally be expected to provide teaching assistance for a minimum of 1 day per week pro rata the remaining time is available for their own practice development.
Skills/experience required
 A graduate in the specific discipline or a closely related area
 Good communication skills, including the ability to concisely explain/impart
knowledge, skills and a new perspective to students
 Enthusiasm and flexibility with regards to working within the subject area and ECA as
a whole
 It is also desirable that candidates have a skillset complementary to that of the staff
To apply
1. Complete the application form, including the names of two referees (who may be contacted if successful after interview)
2. Submit the application form together with a current CV and a covering letter noting your proposed area of development/enquiry in your creative practice
3. Complete and submit the Additional Personal Information and Equal Opportunities Monitoring forms
Applications can be submitted either online to:
 EmailJoanWallace Or by post to:
The closing date for applications is Friday 17 May 2013.
 Ms Joan Wallace, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, Evolution House, 78 Westport, Edinburgh EH1 2LE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2013 at 7:48am

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE  PROGRAMME  AT  University for the Creative Arts


The School of Crafts Glass, Jewellery, Ceramics and Metalwork course offer an Artist in Residence (AIR) programme and invites interested individuals to apply for a place in Forge work, silversmithing, and jewellery, ceramic hand building and throwing, hot glass, kilnwork and casting.  There are two spaces in each materials discipline available.


The residency position is in essence, space and facilities in exchange for curriculum support on the course.  You would be given access to the facilities within the School’s workshops for the duration of the residency, for which there would be no charge.


The position 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.




  • · Workshop access is between 9.30am - 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, with late nights and open day when available.


  • · Session dates run from September to the end of August (confirmed dates will be supplied)


  • · Artists in Residence would normally be expected to attend for a minimum of three days per week, for the full session


  • · The residency will normally terminate at the end of session, unless by special arrangement with the Course Leader.


  • · With an opportunity to exhibit with the other AIRs at the end of the Residency





If you would like to be considered for a place as Artist in Residence, please submit;


  • A CV with images (no more than 5) of current work


  • A short statement stating your academic strengths and how you would intend to develop your work/ careerthe residency, how you will be a benefit to the course.


If successful, you may be asked to supply an academic Reference of Support and if applicable, evidence of a valid visa. Overseas applicants are responsible for ensuring they have an independent visa in place to cover the academic year. The School cannot enter into any dialogue with the UK Border Agency in respect of visa applications. The Residency position is termed as ‘work experience’.

Please also be aware that you will need to provide insurance cover, we recommend you look into AN publications AIR programme and the insurance they supply free with subscriptions.


For further information regarding the AIR programme, please contact Colin Webster, Rebecca Skeels or Ashley Howard.,,



Deadline date for applications: 17th May 2013 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 16, 2013 at 2:05am
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 15, 2013 at 3:18pm
AJF Website Update

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Details on Top American Prize for an Emerging Art Jeweler Released

AJF is accepting applications for the 2013 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an Emerging Jeweler. This is the 14th year the organization is awarding a cash prize to a contemporary artist. The amount of the 2013 award is $7500. The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an Emerging Jeweler is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in a jeweler's work and to help advance her career.

Jurors selecting this year's prizewinner are: 2012 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award winner Noon Passama; Lindsay Pollack, Editor in Chief of Art in America and a collector of art jewelry; and Ruudt Peters, illustrious vanguard jeweler and professor at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy.

We encourage you to share this exciting opportunity with eligible jewelers. For detailed entry guidelines, please visit our website.

This month, we feature the following galleries on the AJF website:

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April 2 - 27, 2013

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May 18 - June 16, 2013

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April 20 - May 20, 2013




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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 15, 2013 at 12:23pm
Dear All
Henry and I have been busy today installing the BAMS Student Medal show at the Goldsmiths’ Centre today. Some photos are attached. The show runs from now until 16th May and is open Monday –Friday 9am – 5pm at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD.

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Photo: Dear All Henry and I have been busy today installing the BAMS Student Medal show at the Goldsmiths’ Centre today. Some photos are attached. The show runs from now until 16th May and is open Monday –Friday 9am – 5pm at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD. Get Tweeting! The Goldsmiths also Tweet and the details are – TheGoldsmithsCentre @GsmithsCentre Janet

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