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 August 4, 2012 at 6:43am

Supporting Artists Newsletter - STOP PRESS!


Call to Artists and Crafts people in Surrey to take part in Surrey Artists Open Studios Art for Christmas 

Deadline to register for Christmas Surrey Artists Open Studios is 24 August 2012 

For more information and to sign up visit or call 01483 519285. 
Please note, to take part in Surrey's Christmas Open Studios you need to be a paid SAOS member

What is SAOS? 
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 join SAOS.  

We are a unique member organisation supporting artists in Surrey and on Surrey borders. 
Being a SAOS member means you will also be eligible to participate in the Surrey Artists Open Studios summer 2013 event.


Amy Collins

Craft & Exhibitions Officer

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR

t:   +44 (0)1252 745474




Sign-up for our e-newsletter or join us on Facebook and Twitter

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 4, 2012 at 6:41am


Call for submissions: Sell online with Seek & Adore this Christmas


Seek & Adore is looking for the best British designer-makers who want to sell their exceptional and distinctive art pieces, homewares, accessories and jewellery online this Christmas. 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 piece tells a story. Customers meet the people behind the pieces, learn about their skills, get inspired by their work and share their passion.

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

All our designer-makers are handpicked for the quality and originality of their work. We are currently taking submissions from designer-makers who want to be selling online by the end of September in order to benefit from our extensive Christmas marketing.  Please register online by 21st September for consideration.
Register here:

We will either ask you to send us samples of your work or arrange to view it at an upcoming exhibition or craft fair.

Contact details:

Daniel Goode, Chief Seeker and Rebecca Strain, Maker Cherisher


T: 0845 519 6276 (local call charges apply)



Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2012 at 9:27am

Accepting Submissions for The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry and More 2013 
Deadline: Now - Aug. 15, 2012
Release date: Late - October 2012

We are seeking images to feature in our next annual calendar, The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry and More 2013. In addition to including jewelry as in the past, this year ALL Metal Clay forms will be included - necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches, vessels, objects and other items will be considered. Unique and diverse design styles and techniques are desired. Metal Clay should be the predominant material and all types and brands of Metal Clay will be considered, but other media - resin, gems, metals, enamel, and more may be incorporated into the design. High digital images will be accepted by mail or e-mail:
Christine Norton 
c/o Calendar Submission 2013
13754 Knight Court, Gainesville, VA 20155

Artwork submitted must represent work that is unique and original in design. New unpublished/unseen work is preferred. Group shots or individual pictures will be accepted. Limit 3 entries, no more then 2 shots per entry. Please don't send actual pieces. Professional photo quality is a MUST. Please consider the fact that viewers will only see your photo, not your original work, so clear, uncluttered photos with an accurate representation will be priority for the selection process. Images should be 300 dpi, in tiff, jpg or psd format with no compression. The image size should be no smaller than 5". However ONLY large format photos 8 1/2 x 11" can be considered for the prominent cover position.

Artwork for inclusion will be selected based on:
- Design
- Innovation
- Craftsmanship
- High degree of excitement
- Unique use of metal clay and degree of challenge
Hint: The above is a great checklist for submissions. Artists retain copyright of their work and receive a free copy of the calendar if selected.
Each calendar page measures 8.5” x 11” and measures 11” x 17” when opened.

Please include the following information with your submission. Missing information may forfeit your position in the calendar: (Please consider over 300 photos arrive for review)
1. Name
2. Address
3. Website or e-mail (indicate if this information should be included on the calendar)
4. Title of piece
5. Materials used
6. Dimensions in millimeters
7. Brief Description of process and/or motivation to how it was conceived. An interesting, well written statement is encouraged, 50 words or less. (This information will be published so put your best foot forward. Entries may be edited.)
8. File name
9. Has your file been retouched
10. Is your file 300 dpi

Please direct all inquires to:
To see a sample of last year’s calendar go to:

Gage Designs
P. O. Box 614 
Bowmansville, PA 17507

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2012 at 9:20am


Join us for an exciting evening with Laura McCreddie, editor of Retail Jeweller, the UK’s leading trade publication for the watch and jewellery industry. 

Having worked on a variety of magazines previously, Laura got ‘the best job in the world’ as editor of Retail Jeweller and has first-hand knowledge of the jewellery industry. Laura has also confessed to having a rather unhealthy obsession with jewellery, particularly with British designed pieces. 

Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend an evening with Laura McCreddie as she discusses her experiences of the jewellery industry as editor of Retail Jeweller magazine, shedding light on current trends, up and coming talent and how she thinks the industry is changing. 

Tickets: £5 for Academy students and Alumni / £10 all others (wine and refreshments will be served). Doors 18:30-20:30 

For more details or to book your place please contact Kayum or Sarah at Holts Academy on 020 7405 0197. LIMITED SPACES!!! 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2012 at 9:08am

Wellcome Image Awards

21 June - 31 December 2012

Wellcome Image Awards 2012 celebrates the most informative, striking and technically excellent images acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past eighteen months. This year’s winners have used techniques ranging from medical photography to scanning electron microscopy encompassing a breadth of topics across medicine and the life sciences.

From a beautiful confocal micrograph of a bacterial biofilm, to a photograph of open cardiothoracic surgery, the sixteen winning images showcase the quality and diversity of images available for public use through the Wellcome Library’s image repository, Wellcome Images.

Each image has been carefully selected by a panel of judges including Fergus Walsh (Medical correspondent for the BBC), Alice Roberts (anatomist and science broadcaster), Adam Rutherford (science writer and presenter) and Eric Hilaire (Picture Editor at The Guardian).

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2012 at 9:05am

Join us tonight for the 20th Pecha Kucha Portland at

Port City Music Hall
504 Congress Street
Portland, Maine
7:20pm (doors 6:30pm)
$5 at the door

20 is a big number in the PK world, so this is going to be an extra special show, in a great venue! You won't want to miss it!!

The line up includes:

MCs Leah Whalen & Kyo Bannai
Andrew M Volk - The Perfect Old Fashioned 
Liz Newman - Moonlight in Kathmandu
James Chute - Talking & Drawing
Briana Bononcini - A Field Guide to Yelp
Richard McFaul - Life of a Gemini
Beth Taylor - The Black Story
Elizabeth Redstone - Painter
Kaitlyn Hunter - Sculptor
Steve Hrehovcik - How Colorful Can B&W Be
Han Ji Chang - Politically Incorrect
Scott Dorrance - Not For Sale
Lady Zen
Greg Daly
Special Tribute to Dave Poole

Pecha Kucha Portland's 20th Show!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2012 at 9:03am

Call for Artists:
Ferrous - Steel, iron and pig iron: materials used by mankind for thousands of years. The Chinese were already making pig iron by the late Zhou Dynasty (1122-256 BC) and the usage of iron (Berlin Iron) in jewelry has been well documented.

Velvet Da Vinci Gallery and crafthaus are joining forces to create a new exhibition of jewelry that brings ferrous materials into the contemporary realm. We are looking for artists from all countries who create jewelry in ferrous materials (iron, steel, stainless steel and other iron alloys) or incorporate ferrous elements into their jewelry work.

There will be a catalog of the exhibition produced by Velvet Da Vinci with an essay by Jillian Moore. All participating artists will receive a complimentary copy. Additional copies can be purchased via the gallery.

How to apply:
Email up to 5 high resolution images, your submission form and your jurying fee by October 1, 2012 (midnight EST) to

Jurying fee:
$35 per artist payable via, send payments to or pay directly here:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2012 at 8:57am

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals

London 2012 Paralympic gold medal. Image courtesy of LOCOG Striking Gold

This online exhibition features previous work by David Watkins and Lin Cheung (including those held in the Crafts Council Collection) to illustrate and explore how they developed the medal designs that will be seen by billions of people worldwide during the Games. 

8 February – 9 September 2012

Supported by Rio Tinto

This display is part of the 
London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2012 at 8:52am
Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 25, 2012 at 7:52am

Apply for Made In Scotland from ACS Jewellery Studio
From: 19/07/2012 To: 10/08/2012 09:00 - 12:00

"Made in Scotland" will celebrate the very best in contemporary design from Jewellers currently residing in Scotland.

ACS Jewellery Studio are passionate about supporting fledgling careers and are keen to receive applications from Scottish graduates in the early stages of their career. Established jewellers are also welcome to apply.

The aim of this exhibition is to promote & celebrate the wealth of talent we have in Scotland and will offer successful applicants an excellent opportunity showcase their work.

The Exhibition will run from the 14th of September through to the 30th October. If you would like to apply then please read through our criteria below.

* You are a jeweller currently residing in Scotland.
* Your work is original in design and finished to a high standard.
* Work must not be mass produced.
* You make jewellery from any of the following: precious metal, glass, wood, resin, mixed media.
* Closing date for applications - 12:00 on Friday the 10th August
* Successful designers will be contacted by the 17th of August.

Download an application form (PDF).


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