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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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 December 15, 2012 at 4:07am
Marthe Le Van, Communications Director
Art Jewelry Forum
(828) 575-2294


Thai jewelry designer joins forces with Belgian fashion house
Capara to create prize-winning collection
Mill Valley, CA, December 11, 2012, Art Jewelry Forum---The top American prize for an emerging art jeweler has been awarded to Noon Passama Sanpatchayapong, a Thai designer currently studying in The Netherlands. In recognition of her originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship, Passama will be receiving a cash award of $7500 US from the Art Jewelry Forum and will be exhibited by Gallerie Ra at the 2013 Collect art fair in London.

The winning collection is a rare collaboration between an art jeweler and fashion designers. NoonPassama partnered with Capara, an Antwerp-based clothing line founded by sisters Vera and Olivera Capara. The Capara product is presented through video, photographs, or installation during women's fashion week in Paris. The Capara sisters collaborate with different artists to add other objects, such as furniture and art, to their clothing collections. The necklaces Noon Passama submitted to AJF were part of Capara's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Favorite Dreams.

Noon Passama's jewelry attracts worldwide attention. It has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Florence, London, Melbourne, Munich, Paris, Seoul, and Zurich and featured in major fashion magazines, such as Blend, Dazed and Confused (Japan), Items, L'Official Homme (China), Surface, Vogue (Italy and Turkey), Vogue Gioiello, Wallpaper, and Zoo. Music artist Rihanna wore a Passama necklace in the music video for Te Amo. Still less than 30 years old, Passama traverses the worlds of art jewelry and fashion with ease. The AJF award celebrates her achievement, her talent, and her promise.

"The chain is the classic backbone of the jewelry field," says AJF Emerging Artist Award juror Marjan Unger. "Everything that matters in a good chain lies in one element and the way it links with its neighbors. The series of chains Noon Passama developed is beautiful in its basic shapes and its proportions. It is a brave subject to choose. It takes a very good artist to reach this level of expression within all the limits of a chain, and to add something worthwhile to a very long history."

Jurors for the 2012 AJF Emerging Artist Award were: Kelly L'Ecuyer, Ellyn McColgan Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Marjan Unger, Dutch collector, curator, professor, and writer; and Farrah Al Dujaili, studio jeweler and 2012 AJF's Emerging Artist Award winner. Susan Kempin, Award Program chair, directs the Emerging Artist Award.

High-resolution photographs and interviews are available. Please direct inquiries and requests to Marthe Le Van.
Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1997 to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry through education, discourse, appreciation, and support. The organization includes collectors, critics, curators, designers, educators, gallery, makers, and writers worldwide.The Art Jewelry Forum website is the most dynamic, cerebral, timely, and trusted Internet resource for original content on contemporary art jewelry.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 14, 2012 at 5:33am

A small reminder before Christmas…
Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion 2013 at Somerset House is open for entries.

The Goldsmiths’ Company has initiated an enlarged Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion, 26-29 June 2013, a selling exhibition for jewellers and silversmiths at Somerset House to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event.
To be eligible, applicants must be UK residents and all the work must be made in the UK.  In addition, work must be designed and made by the applicant themselves and include precious metal(s).  
For more information and the opportunity to apply, please request an application form by emailing your name, your postal address and your email address to A form will then be emailed back to you.
Completed application forms, with accompanying images (details included in the application form) should be returned to Goldsmiths’ Hall by Monday 7 January 2013 either by hand or by post (no applications will be accepted by email).

Paul Dyson
Director Promotion

cc. Joanne Dodd
Promotion Administrator
T +44(0)20 7606 7010 ext 2044
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 12, 2012 at 5:04pm
The Craft Skills Awards acknowledge excellence in teaching, maintaining and developing craft skills.

Applications are now open until 15 February 2013. Individuals, companies, groups and organisations can apply or be nominated. The prize for each award is £2,500 which will be presented at an awards ceremony in May.

There are four categories:

• Award for encouraging craft skills in the workplace
• Award for encouraging craft skills in an educational setting
• Award for encouraging craft skills in other settings
• Award for engaging new and diverse audiences in craft skills

Applications can be completed online, or by post and any age or sub-sector of craft may apply.

For further information, please see or email
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 12, 2012 at 4:52pm
ACJ Magazine Findings needs an Editor!
Muriel Wilson has edited Findings since ACJ was set up in 1997, but feels now that it's time to hand over to a younger, fresher mind with a stronger grasp of the potential of new technological possibilities.
ACJ is now seeking a suitable editor or editorial panel to continue Muriel's good work. The post is concerned with the management of a production schedule of feature articles, reports and reviews of exhibitions and books, rather than with writing contributions for the magazine, and needs someone with experience of commissioning material and working with a designer and printer. Much of the work is normally concentrated into 2 intensive periods during the year (March-April and August- September), but necessitates an awareness of possible subjects for material throughout the year. If you feel that you have suitable experience, please contact with details. The post has been unpaid (although expenses can be claimed), but ACJ's plans for fundraising for this and other activities may mean that some remuneration will be
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 10, 2012 at 4:08pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:57am

 New Premises Appeal from The Old Fire Station Creative Studios

The Farnham Maltings has successfully supported a group of Art and Craft Practitioners at The Old Fire Station Studios, Godalming for a number of years and the studio is now a vibrant space from which many New Businesses have grown and flourished.

The Fire Station has also been a vital resource for the community of Godalming providing a much needed arts hub and workshop facility.

Sadly the Building is County Council owned and they have decided to sell the property for re-development in early 2013, which leaves the artists in residence looking for a new home. 

All the Artists concerned now wish to create a creative space within new premises and work towards making an Artist Co-operative where they can support each other.

Currently they are asking for help in the form of any offers of Rentable property and will consider many different usage buildings such as industrial and Farm out buildings of any size, the only constraints are reasonable budget limitations.

If you think you can help or if you need studio space yourself please also get in touch.

Please contact either Charlie Rickett at or Gina McAdam at

For more information visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:56am

 Christmas Fair

Join us at our annual Farnham Maltings Christmas event, full of festive charm. Browse over 150 stalls featuring handmade gifts, crafts, vintage and food & drink. Visit Santa’s grotto or enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie from our café whilst solving all your Christmas present problems!

Tuesday 11 December, 4pm-10pm

Admission £1 (under 15s & members free)

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:55am

 GIFTED in Guildford

Selected work from the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen at Guildford House Gallery.

Meet the makers and discover that special gift.

Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

Thu 29 November – Mon 24 December 2012, 10am – 4.45pm daily

Closed Sundays (10 – 2pm 24th Dec)

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 9, 2012 at 7:54am

 Call for Artists and makers based in and around Surrey 

Surrey Artists Open Studios summer event 8 - 23 June 2013 

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 register to take part in our annual summer Surrey Artists Open Studios event. 

The Surrey Open Studios event is open to all artists and makers based in and on the borders of Surrey. All participating artists are offered the opportunity to take part in our extra promotional events including our launch and taster exhibitions. 

All participating studios are provided with marketing material to help promote themselves, this includes a professionally produced brochure, posters, postcards and studio signage. 

To take part, we require all of our artists and makers to join our annual membership: SAOS. SAOS offers artists and makers in the county of Surrey vital support to develop and sustain their art practice. The membership fee is just £40, you receive monthly bulletins on opportunities and events, your own webpage promoted on Find A Surrey Artist, access to a programme of events coordinated by the SAOS team, including: training, networking and professional artwork photo shoots. 

For more information about SAOS and our Open Studios events and how to register, please download our Artists Information Booklet at All registrations are done online. Information can also be found on the automated phone line: 01483 519285

Deadline for registration of studios for summer event is 14 December 2012.

(Once registered, there is a design deadline in January giving studios more time to prepare all studio information) 

Any queries please contact Caroline Jackman, SAOS coordinator on 01483 519281 or email 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 5, 2012 at 6:00am

A Sense of Place and Culture
An exhibition of narrative contemporary jewellery

8 January – 2 March 2013
Exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre
University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
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A touring exhibition of contemporary narrative jewellery by artists based in Britain and Australia curated by Professor Norman Cherry, University of Lincoln in conjunction with The National Centre for Craft & Design. Supported by Arts Council England.

Jewellery is art form which records memory and experience in a portable and wearable form. Through jewellery it is possible to express ideas, thoughts, and concerns, which isn’t achievable in any other way. Twelve contemporary jewellery artists from the UK and Australia have been selected to new work which articulates the idea of transplantation.

Even jewellers whose work is not illustrative often have a story to tell. In some cases participants’ existing reputations are already built on narrative and metaphor. Each artist in this exhibition has their own experience of cultural, familial and artistic transplantation of one sort or another.  Each has drawn on those experiences to create work which is powerful, engaging and thought-provoking and which, it is hoped will encourage viewers to reflect seriously on the topic and consider how it relates to themselves.

Jivan Astfalck, London
Norman Cherry, Lincoln
Jack Cunningham, Birmingham
Laura Potter, London
Lin Cheung, London
Jo Pond, Derby
Anna Davern, Melbourne
Rosanne Bartley, Melbourne
Joung-Mee Do, Sydney
Nick Bastin, Melbourne
Sheridan Kennedy, Sydney
Bridie Lander, Sydney/Birmingham

Notes for Editors
The Crafts Study Centre is a charity created by artist-makers and educators to protect the best of modern British crafts. It is a specialist university museum open free to the public as well as a research centre of the University for the Creative Arts. The Centre's acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as makers' diaries, working notes and photographs dating from the 1920s. The Centre's research library is available by appointment. Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS, 01252 891450, font color="#0000FF">

Images: (left to right) Bridie Lander, The Grass is Always Greener, (middle) Norman Cherry, Bed or Board, (right) Jack Cunningham, Great Barrier series. Photos: David Withycombe.

Press enquiries contact: Hannah Prothero
t: 01647 252017, m: 0794 127 0246 email:


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