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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Help us help Jewellers

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 January 27, 2013 at 4:08pm
The London office of Vivienne Westwood is currently recruiting an intern to assist in the Jewellery Department. This placement will be to assist the jewellery designers and jewellery product manager with all aspects of their jobs, offering a unique learning opportunity. You will obtain a valuable insight into the collection from design, initial research and ideas, through to design development. You will see the sampling stages from prototypes to final samples, and will be involved with assisting the designers and product manager in the preparation of show jewellery.
The applicant will be required to have suitable skills to fulfill the following tasks: - Marketing and trend research
- Researching new materials/components
- Practical skills are an asset when working on show jewellery
- General admin
You will need to be adaptable, and helpful and above all motivated. This position is for someone who is truly interested in learning and being part of a team. Good communicational skills are a must as should be the applicants spoken and written English. The candidate must have a good working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Word and Excel. The role will be for approximately 5 days a week, Monday to Friday between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm, although as this is a voluntary position, these requirements are flexible. Please also state your availability.
To apply for this internship please send your CV and covering letter here.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 27, 2013 at 4:07pm
Arts Residency, ISIS Arts - visual and media artists based in the North East of England (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside) to apply for a three-week research residency at ISIS Arts to take place anytime up until the end of March 2013.
We want to find out what artists in our region are thinking about, working on, and planning for the future. We will provide a regional artist with the space and time to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work; the emphasis for this residency is on research not on finished art works.
There is a bursary for the successful artist/collective of £800 for the minimum of a three-week residency (consecutive and non-consecutive weeks are both acceptable). Artists may apply individually or as part of a group (however the award per residency will not change).
We will also provide 2 media training sessions for the successful artist in an area of their choosing. Examples include: coding, film editing, website constructions, max msp, sound recording, software packages and many more. We will try to accommodate all training requests where possible. There is only one residency opportunity currently available but we are also interested in taking forward additional ideas and projects with regional artists to form part of our future programme. All artists will have access to ISIS studio, equipment, critical support and 2 media training sessions in an area of their choice.
Deadline: Thursday 31st January 5pm Bursary: £800 (+ 2 training sessions) [w]
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 27, 2013 at 1:56pm
Feel free to suggest some books or even do a full review to share. Here is a good one for some tips if you are starting out! Pocket business guide for artist and designers: 100 things you need to know. By Alison Branagan
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 19, 2013 at 6:55am
COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects

COLLECT is the premier destination for anyone passionate about buying the very best in contemporary craft.

Celebrating its 10th year in 2013, COLLECT will open its doors to the public from Friday 10 May – Monday 13 May, 2013.

COLLECT 2012 presented 31 of the world’s finest international galleries representing exceptional work of museum quality from their portfolio of artists.
The stellar line-up of artists occupied the ground and first floor of the Saatchi Gallery whilst the Project Space returned to the second floor, featuring ten installations by artists with a focus on textiles and furniture.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2013 at 10:30am

Welcome Weston Beamor to Facebook A fabulous presentation from Glen and Ed today at UCA Farnham about all of there services and the exciting brooch made for the Queen!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2013 at 10:20am
Our new training centre opens its doors in Dulwich at the end of the month. Courses are already recruiting and can be seen take a look!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 14, 2013 at 1:44pm
Jewellery and objects in-progress by Molly Perrin

Exhibition open 15–20 January
10am–5.30pm daily

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore London SW7 2EU
T: +44 (0)20 7590 4362

I am available by arrangement from Tuesday to Friday to show you round the exhibition, please contact me by email or phone.

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GSM&J, RCA, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2013 at 3:27am

Dear All,
 I am co-curating and making work for a contemporary craft project about mending with Walford Mill Crafts, which some of you will already be aware of. Things are now up and running well, and you may be interested to find out more. The project website is
On the site, as well as general information about the project, you will find pages about each of the five commissioned artists, some of whom are keeping a blog type diary of their work. Each of us are working with reference to mending in the context of different museum collections, which has sparked off wonderfully diverse starting points including the work of Anna Freud with bereaved children, a doll's broken leg, ethnic arm bracelets, and stapled ceramics.
The final stage of the project will be an exhibition at Walford Mill Crafts and the Priests House Museum in September 2013.

You will also find a 'mending stories' page on the site, where anyone can post text and images of a mending story of their own,  (it is extraordinary that just about everyone we have spoken with seems to have a story of some sort!). So do read what is already there, and it would be great if you also feel moved to make your own contributions.

You can follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook, and for those who don't go near social networking, if you click on the e-mail envelope icon next to the Facebook and Twitter buttons, you can sign up to an e-mail newsletter, which will be sent out from time to time, (not inundating your inbox I promise).

Many thanks to all those who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of getting this off the ground, and I hope some of you will enjoy following the project.

Very best wishes,

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 10, 2013 at 2:53pm
Ann Marie Shillito has sent you a message.
Date: 1/10/2013
Subject: "3D PRINT A MODEL”: 1 day course 25/01/2013 for NON CAD users
Anarkik3D is running a 1 day course on 25th January 2013 - Learn the basics to "3D PRINT A MODEL. This course is for NON CAD users as we will be using Cloud9 3D modelling software!
This course is being held in Edinburgh and the 25th January is special as it is Burn's Night!
This is the shortened 1+ day course so we will use Cloud9's standard primitives etc, plus some extra forms, with the easy functions of deform, scale, mirror, copy/paste, rotate and move to construct 3D printable models to understand the constraints and potential that 3D printing can offer for artists and designers makers.

We are offering this again at the special December price of £150 (+VAT). Email us if you are interested ( asap.

Please pass this on to friends and colleagues (and family) too.

All best wishes for a good 2013.
Ann Marie
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 9, 2013 at 2:41pm
Getting Started 2013

This year the graduate event 'Getting Started' will be located for the first time at The Goldsmiths' Centre. The selected delegates come from universities around the country and will participate in one week of interactive seminars, workshops and guest speaker events. Advice offered will include how to create an expert CV, understanding the retail and manufacturing industry, building a brand, pricing your work and much more. The graduates will also have the opportunity to visit the Goldsmiths' Hall where they will take part in library sessions, a tour around the assay office and a seminar on the registration process and logo services. For more information on this event please contact Helen Dobson:

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