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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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 28, 2013 at 12:15pm
I hope 2013 has started well for you & that you have a fun year planned ahead!
louisewalker designs had a very busy & exciting 2012; showcasing for the first time at Art in Action & the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair, amongst 6 other events & starting a new residency position. And this year has kick off with many wonderful exhibitions, both here and in Europe (full details can be found on my website
So here’s what’s planned for the rest of 2013 so far...
01st May - 31st May, Aesthetics of Manufacture/Galvanized Butcher Works Gallery, Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NS
04th May – 06th May, Henley Arts Trail (location 17) Shiplake Church Rooms, Shiplake Cross, RG9 4BW
04th May - 24th Aug, Summer Craft Collection New Ashgate Gallery, Wagon Yard, Lower Church Lane, Farnham GU9 7PS
11th May – 12th May, Waddesdon Manor Art Fair, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
03rd Jun – 16th Jun 2013, A Summer of Silver – Jewellery, Payne & Son Store, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1XL
18th Jul – 21st Jul 2013, Art In Action (in the Market marquee), Waterperry, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ
17th Aug – 31st Aug 2013, A Summer of Silver – Silversmithing, Payne & Son Store, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1XL
23rd Sep – 29th Sep - ’ Goldsmiths’ Fair’, The Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6HH
It was lovely to see so many of you last year & I hope to see many more of you soon. I would like to thank you all for your continued support and custom for louisewalker designs.
Kind regards,
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 26, 2013 at 4:18am

Made In The Middle Symposium event 


School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton

Friday 3rd May 2013 

9.30am - 4.30pm with exhibtion viewing 5.00 - 7.00pm. (Transport available.)

Click here to book your place now.

Here’s an outline of what will be taking place on the day:

  • 10.10am - 10.50am - Craft in an expanded field : Thinking across platforms, disciplines and ecologies - What is meant by craft as an expanded field? What is the potential to the craft sector and what examples are there of practitioners working across platforms and genres? New media and applied arts, a presentation by Tanya Harrod
  • 10.50am - 11.20am - New Approaches  - Exploring developments across the craft and media sectors in a discussion between Heidi Hinder (Artist Maker and recipient of a Watershed Craft and Technology Residency) &Victoria Tillotson, (producer, Pervasive Media Studio), in conversation with Tanya Harrod about Heidi’s project, ‘Money No Object’ in which she explores concepts of value and the role of material currency in the digital age.’ Followed by Q & A.


  • 11.35am - 12.05pm - Ongoing Conversations - The importance of talking through practice and understanding the value of tacit and material knowledge will be addressed in conversation between David Littler andHelen Carnac discussing how their work as makers has shifted considerably into new avenues, disciplines and their moves into performance as a vehicle for their work. They will consider how this has developed, changed and challenged their approach to making. As members of Intelligent Trouble along with other collectives independently, they will debate their different and shared experiences of working in this way.


  • 12.05pm - 12.35pm - Group Benefits - Maker collectives are on the rise. How and why are they initiated and what are the benefits? Discussing the potential of collaboration, Gareth Neal (furniture maker and member of Bodging Milano), will highlight craft presented in a performative manner, in addition to the potential of working with commercial industries through the group’s activities alongside his own practice. 
  • 12.35 - 1.05pm - A Question of Value - Luxury craft is a potential developing market for makers, both at home and abroad, reflected by schemes such as Walpole’s Crafted Mentoring Programme. Ndidi Ekubia(silversmith) will present her experience of the programme and the benefit of mentoring from Grant Macdonald (Grant Macdonald Silversmiths), in addition to the resulting maker network.    

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 26, 2013 at 4:15am

School of Jewellery Summer School has some great classes. There's a 10% discount for ACJ members, so check it out (discount code on ACJ site members area)

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 26, 2013 at 4:14am

ACJ STAIN-LESS start next Thursday. The Galvanize site is beginning to be busy - worth checking it out during the whole month of May!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 26, 2013 at 4:13am

There's a MAJOR discount improvement coming from Cookson Precious Metals for ACJ members. This one will knock your socks off. See the next e-bulletin for details. Another good reason to join ACJ!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 26, 2013 at 4:11am

Twenty entries have been shortlisted for the Craft Skills Awards 2013, to be presented at a ceremony on 2 May hosted by Kirstie Allsopp.

The shortlist including entrants’ biographies can be viewed here

Judges and ambassadors including Sir Christopher Frayling will attend the awards, which have been created to celebrate the passing on of craft skills.

Craft skills have played a key part in the heritage of our nation, and this remains evident in our surnames – who doesn’t know a Tanner, Carpenter, Potter or Smith? Yet despite this rich history, traditional and contemporary crafts in the UK are at risk of dying out if we don’t do more to pass on skills.

“Our craft skills are simply too important a resource for the UK economy to lose”, comments Catherine Large, Joint CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills.  “Learning these skills opens up aspirational and satisfying career options and sustains a valuable chunk of our economy, whilst fuelling our ability to innovate.  Fostering their growth has to be a key priority.”

Acting upon this belief, the Craft Skills Awards have been created by Creative & Cultural Skills in partnership with the Crafts Council, the Heritage Crafts Association, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. 

Entries have been welcomed from companies and institutions, teachers, tutors, workshop leaders, masters or individuals. Categories include “Encouraging Craft Skills in the Workplace”, “Encouraging Craft Skills in an Educational Setting”, and “Engaging New and Diverse Audiences in Craft Skills”.

The judges for the 2013 Awards are: Lida Cardozo Kindersley (letter carver and crafts apprenticeship training mentor),  Daniel Charny (Director, From Now On), Hank Dittmar (The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community), Lady Frances Sorrell (Sorrell Foundation and Jerwood Prize Judge), Peter Ting (Crafts Council Trustee and Ceramicist), Monica Gross-Hodge (Art Workers Guild) and Robin Wood (Heritage Crafts Association).

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 26, 2013 at 4:02am

Are you hankering to have your own retail space to merchandise and sell your designs in?

Would you like the opportunity to run a shop this summer in a World Heritage Site with a unique independent designer shopping experience ?

Well now's your chance..!

Three talented jewellers will win the opportunity to host a shop this June (2013) in Greenwich and experience retailing first-hand. They will also be given full membership of Jewellery Week 2013 for one year.

Interested entrants are invited to submit the following before closing deadline of 20 May 2013:

1. Photographs of up to five pieces of their current jewellery collection (photo size 15 cms or 72 dpi only)

2. A brief Curriculum Vitae
3. A4 sketch or mood board showing merchandising concept for the shop
4. 200 words on why you would like to have a shop in Greenwich
5. Enclose your full contact details – mobile, email and address

Please email entries to Anna Rakitina at

Entries will be judged by: Della Tinsley, Jewellery Week Director, Johnny Rocket Greenwich based Jewellery Designer, Sophia Afxentiou and Matt Savage of Sophia & Matt, Greenwich based handbag and accessory designers , Victoria Purcell ,Editor of The Guide Magazine and Gillie Bexson, Greenwich Hospital Estate Portfolio Manager .

Sponsored by Greenwich Hospital and Jewellery Week 2013.

Please see full terms & conditions for the competition on the Jewellery Week website.

For press information please contact:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2013 at 12:13pm

Bishopsland Educational Trust and the P&O Makower Trust


Projects for the Promotion of Contemporary Silver

Spring 2013 New spaces, new initiatives

Plans for the new Accommodation Block and Jewellery Workshop are proceeding well. We have had a helpful nod from the planners, while kind friends and generous Trusts are helping us reach our financial targets.

A year to be proud of

Congratulations to last year's gang. First to Kate Earlam for winning the Goldsmiths’ Young Designer Silversmith Award. Her design for an engraved bowl showed a delicacy of touch combined with an under- standing of form and balance that clearly entranced the judges. Her engraving is a salute to Malcolm Appleby whose inspirational teach- ing has opened doors for so many Bishopslanders. A tribute, too, to Clive Burr who godfathered the finished piece.

Then to Rachel Wood who won the Nadfas Award with her galloping horse trophy. And to Shaun Grace, Fiona McAlear, Laura Ngyou and KatherinePriest,winning com- mendations and prizes in national competitions.

We also congratulate those who achieved a significant post on leav- ing:Rebecca Boldra as Artist in Residence, Glasgow, Colette Bishop at Perseverance Works, Rachel Jones a fistful of work including a research project for Bishopsland, Joe Langshaw to take an MA at Bucks, Chloe Robertson who won a Cockpit Workshop, and Sophie Stamp as Man Friday to all the best jewel- lers in London. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2013 at 3:59am
This Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013
At 12:30pm
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, EC 1,London (Nearest Tube, Farringdon)
Marcy Leavitt Bourne will be giving an illustrated talk in conjunction with the Student Medal Project exhibition,
which is now on display at the Centre.
All students, friends, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the modern art medal
are cordially invited (a cafe is on the premises also)
Come and see the exhibition, and attend the talk.
Best wishes, Marcy
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2013 at 3:56am
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