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 March 2, 2013 at 9:51am

IJL - London, 1-4 September 2013 -

Deadline: Friday 15 March

Have you applied for KickStart yet?

Are you an up-and-coming jewellery designer, who potentially finds the thought of exhibiting at a large trade show overwhelming? Or do you just not know where to start. If the answer is yes then KickStart is the ideal opportunity to make sure your business is driven to the next level in 2013.

Now in it's fifth year KickStart brings together ten exceptionally talented UK designers on a group stand supported by the BJA. This year we have introduced the People's Choice Award where one of the 10 places will be voted for by the retailers and the industry. New online and social media voting options are being launched opening up the voting field and allowing you to campaign for votes. Find out more.

View last years winners

The deadline for KickStart is Friday 15 March, so apply now for the opportunity of exhibiting at IJL under the highly successful KickStart initiative.

Best wishes,

The IJL Team

Apply now »

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 1, 2013 at 2:07pm
Unexpected Pleasures
Until 3 March 2013
Design Museum

Last chance to see: Bringing together almost 200 peices of jewellery from around the world, Unexpected Pleasures celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of their field.

The exhibition, which explores the meaning of jewellery, closes 3 March.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 1, 2013 at 2:04pm

COLLECT celebrates 10 years

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects will bring together the world's finest galleries representing exceptional work from their portfolio of artists.

Thirty two international galleries and eleven Project Space artists will come together from 10-13 May 2013, all within the stunning setting of the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Tickets are now on sale for this highlight of the cultural calendar.

Booking tickets

Entry to COLLECT is £17 on the door but if you plan ahead and book by 9 May tickets are £12*

If you are bringing a friend, then make the most of our COLLECT for two advance ticket offer, which includes two tickets and a copy of the event catalogue for £30* when you book by 9 May.

BOOK ONLINE or call +44 (0)844 854 134

*Tickets subject to £1.95 transaction fee.

Planning your visit

Find all the information you need to plan your visit, including ticket prices, opening times, travel information and details about our partner hotels on the COLLECT website.

You'll also find gallery and Project Space listings, giving you an insight into the high-profile artists you can expect to discover at the event.

If you're thinking of bringing a group to COLLECT, email Neringa Stoskute to book in advance. Tickets for groups of 10 or more cost £12 per person, with the group leader receiving free entry and catalogue.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 26, 2013 at 8:11am

"Pilot Programme: UK Artist at Penland 2013" This UK Artist at Penland Fellowship that will cover roundtrip airfare from the UK, room, board and tuition is being made available for the first time. This unique opportunity will allow the successful candidate to choose from one of the Metal or Iron 2 week summer courses in the summer 2013. This beautiful campus brings together a community of artists whose main focus in life is to make. This historic school of craft allows everyone to learn with total immersion, and offers a diverse program of courses that support craft traditions. Each course is structured by the tutor, most are a mix of demonstrations, lectures and individual studio work. Location: In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina Who: Recent post graduate (10 years Maximum): Jewellers, Silversmiths and designer makers using metal as their main material. No age restriction. When: Courses are available in between May-August 2013 - 2 week duration Application: Submit a current CV, a CD with a selection of 6 jpeg or tiff images of your work to at least 300ppi (pixels per inch) with a physical size of at least 8cm along the longest edge of the image. You will also need to provide a printout of these images as a ‘Contact Sheet’ giving your name and title of piece. Also provide evidence of current development of work in 2D sketch form, giving the judges a picture of your background or ethos. Selection committee: Sarah Elson-Trustee of Penland School of crafts, Ndidi Ekubia- Silversmith, Leo De Vroomen -Jewellery, Ellen O'Hara-Head of Business Development at Cockpit Arts and a Crafts Council representative. Please send application to: UK Artist at Penland, Crafts Council, 44a Pentonville Road London N1 9BY, (Please ensure package is marked clearly and packed well as unfortunately we cannot be responsible any damages) Alternatively Please direct any queries to: Deadline: 5pm Monday 25th March Shortlisted makers will be invited for an interview 28th March 2013 which will be held at the Crafts Council Courses available are listed below: Iron 1 Toby Hickman—Power Hammer Techniques 2 Colby Brinkman and Haley Woodward—The Blacksmith and the Striker 3 Hoss Haley—Simple Machines 4 Mike Rossi—Contemporary Forging 5 Rebekah Frank—Steel and Skin 6 Stephen Yusko—The Dynamics of Steel 7 Jeffrey Funk—Forging Agrarian Tools Metals 1 Charity Hall—Enamel It, Set It! 1 Kyoung Ae Cho—Conversation With Nature 2 Raissa Bump—Bits and Pieces 2 Tom Muir—Metal: A Skin of Space 3 Shawn Decker—Activated Objects 3 April Wood—From Ferrous to Fine 4 Munya Avigail Upin—”Right” From the Beginning 4 Arthur Hash—One-Two Punch 5 Amir Friedman—Kinetic Adornments 5 Aaron Nelson—Movement, Mechanisms, and Microcontrollers 6 Anika Smulovitz—Unexpected Beauty: Material Transformation 6 Julia Harrison—New Growth: Exploring Wood Jewelry 7 Melanie Bilenker—Under the Lens 7 Fred Fenster and Hiroko Yamada—Pewtersmithing

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 23, 2013 at 1:31pm
We are taking enrolments now for the ICCD Fast Track course on the 27th March 2013 – 16th May 2013. Places are strictly limited and places cost just £134 - a saving of more than £800!

The ICCD Fast Track course takes the CAD/CAM elements from the full ICCD and presents them in an intensive format, for bench jewellers and designers keen to apply their existing knowledge of manufacturing and design drawing into Computer-Aided Design and rapid prototyping.
The full ICCD takes around 5 months to complete (on a two day per week basis) but if you already have advanced design drawing and bench skills, you will only need to do the 14 day fast track version, attending two days a week for 7 weeks.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 23, 2013 at 10:37am
CCA and the American Craft Council co-present an all-day symposium that explores the influence of the next generation of makers on the marketplace and crossover strategies for leaving the academic environment.

The symposium will feature guest speakers to address such topics as creative entrepreneurship, working in multiple worlds (from the gallery to social engagement to the marketplace), and how craft processes can feed diverse and sustainable practices.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 23, 2013 at 7:43am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 22, 2013 at 1:06am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 21, 2013 at 4:43pm
In January, Bristol's Watershed launched its inaugural Craft + Technology residencies. Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and run in collaboration with the Crafts Council, i-DAT in Plymouth and Autonomatic in Falmouth, the programme supports three UK makers to develop innovative projects, bringing together making and design with digital, networked technologies.

Heidi Hinder, Patrick Laing and Chloe Meineck are exploring the arena known as the internet of things, where physical objects become embedded with smart technologies, enabling communication between the objects themselves and users. Artist-maker Hinder looks at ideas of value in a digital age where obsolete monetary tokens may hold narrative capacity; 3D designer Meineck's Music Memory Box integrates audio triggers and objects as a means of stimulating memories for dementia sufferers; and product designer Laing hopes to develop large-scale, networked lampshades whose changing forms will create unfolding, physical dialogues in public spaces.

These residencies respond to the current global interest in interactive objects. Research and investment in the sector is high. However, questions regarding craft's contribution to this discussion have emerged. What can the material sensibilities of contemporary makers bring to this area?

"Governments and technology companies are investing heavily in the infrastructure of the internet of things," says Clare Reddington, Director of Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. "At Watershed, we think that exploring the potential of this area in terms of look, feel and experience design is also really important, and one way to do that is to invite makers to contribute to this emerging field."

Collaboration is key to the three residencies. The makers have been embedded within specialist supporting organisations and allocated a technology mentor to help navigate their projects. "The residencies support makers to work with technologists, exchange skills and knowledge, and turn ideas into tangible prototypes," explains Reddington.

Intricately made sculptures

Resident at Watershed, Hinder's desk is situated in the Pervasive Media Studio, a contemporary, open-plan hub. "The fluidity of ideas and the free information and knowledge that are within the Studio are really inspiring and really valuable," she says.

Coming from a silversmithing background, Hinder's making is small scale and she is encouraged to work physically in the space, generating much interest from her diverse neighbours, who include mobile app developers, artists, programmers, academics, a space scientist and a robotics specialist. The strong conceptual focus of her project will be manifested through crafted interactive coins. Three weeks into the residency, she is still at the research stage; conversations with the Curator of Modern Money at the British Museum, the Technology Manager at the Royal Mint and futurologist Bill Sharpe have provided important insight for her project development.

Hinder's prior experience of networked technology is limited; her exposure at Watershed to these new potentials will, she says, be key in directing her future practice. She is exploring the use of RFID, a system currently used in Oyster cards. This tag and reader technology will enable her to embed narrative data into her objects or perhaps track their social journeys. For Hinder, using networked technologies opens up the potential of her intricately made sculptures, while still maintaining the crucial sensory experience in the materiality of the handmade.

Hinder admits that there are challenges ahead. "It can be daunting as a craftsperson, technology is quite mysterious," she says. "Whilst in some ways this is a limitation, it is also an opportunity – I don't have inhibiting factors of 'I can't do that'. That can be a positive thing."
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 21, 2013 at 4:32pm
Our spring exhibition brings together more than 300 works for the first major display of Japanese Outsider Art in the UK. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day attendees at social welfare institutions across Honshu, Japan's largest island. The wonderfully diverse collection comprises ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings.

'Souzou' has no direct translation in English but a dual meaning in Japanese: written one way, it means creation, and in another it means imagination. Both meanings allude to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world.

The exhibition has been organised in association with Het Dolhuys, the Museum of Psychiatry in Haarlem (the Netherlands) and the Social Welfare Organisation Aiseikai (Tokyo). It reflects the growing acclaim for Outsider Art – often defined as works made by self-taught artists perceived to be at the margins of society – while questioning assumptions about the category itself.

Eschewing a purely biographical approach, the show will be object-led, with a startling array of works offering singular and affecting explorations of culture, memory and creativity.

A series of documentary films featuring a selection of the exhibiting artists will play at the end of the exhibition.

A full programme of events will run alongside the exhibition.

This will be our last major exhibition before our exciting development project kicks off in summer 2013.

Lead image: Shoichi Koga, Seitenmodoki (Ganesha (Nandikeshvara)-oid), 2006.

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