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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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 5, 2012 at 9:03am

 festival of crafts – last chance to apply!

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October 2012

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 8 May 2012

For further information or an application form please contact Pauline Smith on 01252 745405, or visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 5, 2012 at 8:54am

It's not too late!! Register today!!

The Creative Toolbox Series: DESIGN SCIENCE! will take place on May 9th from 6:00 – 8:00pm in Room 102 at the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. Parking is free.

USM Professor Raphael DiLuzio ( and Joseph S. Giordano from Synecticsworld (, Cambridge, MA will be discussing design science in relationship to businesses, a cross-discipline method for individuals to dynamically engage in collaborative groups for creative problem stating and solving.

Design Science draws from the core synectics, visual and process thinking into a combined theoretical approach, tool set and coherent cognitive method. Elements of all these, especially design and visual thinking are innate aspects of how we perceive the world. Unfortunately, both design and visual thinking are neither developed nor nurtured as we grow from childhood to adulthood. Many aspects of our life require visual thought, and design is directly or indirectly a part of many disciplines or field of study.

This will be a really interesting evening with great speakers you won't want to miss!!

Space is limited and this event will sell out! Please register today by emailing or calling 207-730-0694. The price of admission for this event is $15 for MCC members & USM Alumni. $35 for non-members and free to USM students.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Check out these great articles:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 5, 2012 at 8:52am


May 9 - June 17, 2012 Jewelry by Twenty-Six International Artists WOOD seeks to explore the exciting new jewelry using wood as the primary material. Ideas of sustainability, preciousness and the sensuality of this humble material are the focus of this new exhibition. Participating artists: Agelio Batle, USA • Garry Knox Bennett, USA • Daniel DiCaprio, USA • Thomas Gentille, USA • Katy Hackney, UK • Julia Harrison, USA • Sachiyo Higaki, Japan • Tom Hill, UK/USA • Leonor Hipólito, Portugal • Deukhee Ka, Korea • Kenta Katakura, Japan • Djurdjica Kesic, Yugoslavia/Australia • Beppe Kessler, Netherlands • Edgar Mosa, USA • Nick Mullins, USA • Jacob Nyberg, Sweden • Gitte Nygaard, Denmark • Lina Peterson, UK • Auba Pont, Spain • Fliss Quick, UK • Gustav Reyes, USA • Catherine Truman, Australia • Julia Turner USA • Flóra Vági, Hungary • Manuel Vilhena, Portugal • Luzia Vogt, Switzerland

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 4, 2012 at 4:30am

Seek & Adore is looking for exceptional British designer-makers who want to sell their exceptional and distinctive homewares, accessories and jewellery online. If you design and make all your own work and want the added bonus of expert help in raising your profile, we can help you. is a website that brings together the work of designer-makers with people looking to discover and buy unique and beautiful things. Everything we sell is made by a real artist, each product tells a story. Customers have the opportunity to meet the people behind the products, learn about their skills and share their passion. 

To find out more about selling with Seek & Adore download our introductory guide:

All our designer-makers are hand-picked for the quality and originality of their work. We are currently taking submissions from designer-makers who want to be selling online by this summer, please register online by 31st May 2012 for consideration.

Register here:

Contact details:

Daniel Goode, Chief Seeker and Rebecca Strain, Maker Cherisher


T: 0845 519 6276 (local call charges apply)



Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 4, 2012 at 4:19am

Natural Expressions is an exhibition displaying works of contemporary design with subjects linking towards everything natural. These works are by seven designers who study 3D Design at University for the Creative Arts Farnham. The Materials practices on display include Glass, Ceramics, Metalwork and Jewellery.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2012 at 4:00pm
Wisley 2012 MayContemporary Craft & Design Fair
RHS Garden Wisley
3-7 May 2012
If you wish to go to the best craft event this week visit RHS Garden Wisley from 3-7 May and don't let the weather put you off!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2012 at 3:57pm

The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. The Crafts Council’s Development Manager specialises in individual giving to maximise income by developing and extending its current fundraising strategy. The post-holder will also undertake some elements of fundraising work with Trusts and Foundations.
Deadline: 09 May 2012
Crafts council
Salary: £30,000-£35,000 pro rata - part time, 3 days per week; 0.6 FTE For more information and to apply, visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2012 at 3:54pm

Could it be your turn to exhibit at Centrespace? Centrespace Gallery are inviting artists, crafts people and community groups to submit a proposal for exhibition. Get in contact and let us know what you can do with the space. This fantastic exhibition space in the heart of Bristol has availability to hire from 5th July - 19th July 2012 9th August - 6th September 2012
Deadline: 18 May 2012
Centrespace Gallery
Contact us on

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2012 at 3:53pm

Artists: Opportunity to exhibit in a new space in Coventry
Deadline: 04 April 2013
Matthew Macaulay
Email the gallery with idea proposal and image portfolio of 10 images in PDF

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2012 at 3:51pm

Anyone: In June 2012 TROVE, with Antonio Roberts, are hosting an exhibition about toys. TROVE are looking for toys, as is the current understanding of the word, that have been altered, hacked, modified or electronically changed. Notes for application: - please make sure you can deliver and collect your toys from TROVE; 11th/12th June for drop off and 24th June for collection. - we will only be accepting applications where toys are battery powered
Deadline: 06 May 2012
Charlie Levine
Submit examples of your modified toys to: Please email Antonio and include: - your CV and a short personal statement - a short description of the work/toys - links to online footage of the toy is available - max 6 photographs of the toy/s you are proposing


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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ACJ has launched a new webshop here. You can purchase the Connections | Connessioni exhibition catalogue, paper & PDF copies of the latest issue of Findings and the Marjan Unger book "Jewellery in Context - A multi-disciplinary framework…"
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Call for entries for the ACJ 2020 exhibition Glasshouses. The exhibition will be hosted by the Vittoria Street Gallery at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, in September & October. More details…"
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Connected to the Connections exhibition there will be a special one-day jesmonite course on 5 March at the City of Glasgow College. Cost £60 including materials. The course is nearly full so email soon to book your place…"
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Connections Connessioni special opening event on the 19th February. Anne Walker and Simone Nolden will be giving presentations about their work and practice. Tickets: £8 for ACJ members…"


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