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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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 March 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
Dear Rebecca,

Did you know that we regularly update the Art Jewelry Forum website and blog? We strive to provide provocative, interesting, and relevant content and are sending you this compilation of what we've been up to in the past month.

We hope you will like what you see and be moved to support the work by joining.

Susan Cummins
Chair, AJF

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SNAG Conference, Toronto

The Society of North American Goldsmiths is holding their annual conference in Toronto, Canada from May 15-18, 2013.

The conference, titled "Meta-Mosaic," celebrates diverse activity in jewelry and metalsmithing in the twenty-first century.

For a conference overview and registration, visit
the SNAG website, and make your plans to go now.

Of special note: former AJF editor Damian Skinner will deliver a talk at the conference.

Don't miss it.

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

Galerie Spektrum
Mia Maljojoki
March 8 - April 27, 2013

Jewelers'Werk Galerie
Sally Marsland
March 16 - April 5, 2013

Lynn Kelly
Feb 25 - March 12, 2013

Gallery Funaki
Julie Blyfield
Feb 5 - March 2, 2013




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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 17, 2013 at 2:24pm
Arts Council England is investing nearly £30k in Craft Finder.

Our March 2013 newsletter
Dear Fellow craft business

I want you share our good news with you - Arts Council England is investing £30k in Craft Finder to help develop our audiences. We are delighted they recognise that we're meeting a need for contemporary craft lovers but also that there is a way to go before we are fully self-sustaining. We will be recruiting to a part time post shortly and the investment means that we will be able to attend events such as Art in Action this year. Here's a press release with more information.

Our latest makers ....
220 designer-makers have now joined us and we have over 600 places for you to find in the UK, from the Scillies to Shetland and from Haverfordwest to Southwold. Here are some of the latest to have joined us.

Crispian Heath Skye 111 (cast glass, 10 X 32 X20cm) Photo the artist

Ruth Lyne Aqua Trace panel (45cm x 68cm Metal edge fixings to hold it slightly away from the wall.) Photo Simon Bruntnell

Ekta Kaul Lyrics Multiway Scarf (Handprinted silk scarf.) Photo the artist

Sarah Perry Blue grid ellipse (Slab built stoneware vessel 15cm high) Photo MA Lobb

Julia Parry-Jones Berry brooch (Silver, vintage millinery berry & leaves, silk ribbon) Photo the artist

Penny Seume Gull Abstract cushion (Printed on lustrous velvet with hand painted & printed streetlight linen reverse. 45X35cm) Photo the artist

Sally Reilly Sienna bowls (Hand thrown stoneware clay. Kaki glaze poured over tenmoku for deep oilspot finish.) Photo Roger Coleman

Karen Fox Silver ruffles necklace (sterling silver) Photo the artist
Going to the Desire Fair?
Janet's going to the Desire Fair this Friday. If you're going to be there perhaps we could meet up to say hello?

Best wishes
Janet & Lucia

0114 221 6494

Our mailing address is:
Craft Finder
Persistence Works
21 Brown Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2BS
United Kingdom
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 17, 2013 at 2:18pm
Re:view bursaries 2013 | Professional practice | Knowledge bank | a-n
Bursaries of £500-£1,000 designed to support the critical and artistic development of visual and applied artists - assisting them to move their practice forward....
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 17, 2013 at 2:16pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 13, 2013 at 6:09am

Four minute video on silversmith Miriam Hanid

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 11, 2013 at 2:15pm
Society of North American Goldsmiths
Material Witness Call for Entries
The Georgia chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art invites self-identified woman artists 18+, living in the U.S. to submit images of their work to this juried exhibition at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. All media welcome.

All the info you need to submit is on the Material Witness pages of the WCAGA website. The physical exhibit, in the Dalton Gallery, will be on display September 26 to November 15. Work in the exhibit will also be online for a year from the opening, and included in an exhibition catalog.

Deadline: April 1 through CaFE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 10, 2013 at 5:49am
HS Walsh have launched their new website this week
Free postage on orders over £50.00 in March.
Remember ACJ members get 10% discount on nearly all items - see the ACJ website Member Only section for codes & details on this and several other discounts , like some 8% off silver at Cookson Precious Metals. Well worth the ACJ membership subscription!!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 9, 2013 at 11:57am
Dear Designer,

Handmade in Britain is pleased to introduce you to exciting opportunities for designer makers coming up for 2013/14

Handmade in Britain 13: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair

8th - 10th November 2013

Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

This year we are looking forward to our 7th Handmade in Britain show, showcasing the best of contemporary craft & design in the stunning setting of Chelsea Old Town Hall. We are welcoming applications from all disciplines and from established makers and new talent alike. For information and to apply, please see the application pack, available on our website. The deadline for applications is 12th April 2013.

New for this year’s Chelsea Show, we celebrate exceptional new talent in our New Graduate Showcase. Open to designer-makers who graduated in 2012 or 2013, the showcase will form a dedicated gallery space in the main hall of Handmade in Britain 13. For more information, download the application pack. The deadline for applications is 12th April.

Looking further into the future, CRAFT will open its doors for the first time in January 2014.

CRAFT is a new trade show for contemporary craft & design from Clarion Events in association with Handmade in Britain. The launch of CRAFT is in response to increasing demand from retailers searching for high quality products with provenance; items which are truly unique and original; objects with heart, soul and individuality. CRAFT is the place where professional buyers will discover just such products.

We are now accepting applications to exhibit at CRAFT. You can find further information on the event on our website, and also within the application pack. We welcome interest from designer makers working in the UK and Europe, and the deadline for applications is 28th June. Please note that applications must be accompanied by an exhibition space contract, available on our website.

With best wishes from the Handmade in Britain team.

Handmade in Britain

020 7729 5704

4 Formosa Street W9 1EE

Follow Us @handmadebritain
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 9, 2013 at 11:55am

 Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award 2013 - call for entries

Applications are invited for The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award 2013 judged this year by British designer, Bill Amberg. Cockpit Arts is an award winning creative business incubator for designer-makers in London. Its prestigious annual Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award is intended for a talented designer-maker who is seeking business development support to take their business to the next level. For this award the focus is the innovative use of leather, with generous sponsorship from The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund. 

The Prize - free studio space and business development support for one year!

The Cockpit Arts Leathersellers’ Award recipient will be awarded a place at a Cockpit Arts incubator for a year, which includes the following benefits:

• Studio space for a year within the creative community of Cockpit Arts’ business incubator in central London 

• Business and professional development services including on-site coaching, a personalised development plan, access to finance, workshops and events

• A range of selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts Open Studios events

• Opportunity to collaborate with other designer-makers in the Cockpit community

• Access to office facilities and resource centre 

An application pack is available to download from

Deadline for applications: Friday 8 March 2013

Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held on Friday 22 March 2013

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 9, 2013 at 11:51am
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
Ditchling Village Hall & Church, Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 April
Designer makers of contemporary and traditional crafts. Visit their exhibiting members at Ditchling Village Hall this April or the Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery, where they also run craft workshops at:
Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP
Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm
For more information call 01273 479565 or visit

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