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

Discussion Forum

What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 13, 2015 at 8:40am
Natural Makers
sharon adams silver spoon by simon millsSaturday 12 December 2015 - Saturday 27 February 2016
Celebrating the artwork of four artists working with natural materials, and through doing so exploring the natural environments which inspire their practice. Laura Ellen Bacon, Adam Buick, Sharon Adams and Stuart Cairns’ work comes together in an exhibition that looks at the beauty of natural materials, shapes and forms, and an immersion in the sensory experience of making.
Touchstones Rochdale offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Heritage Gallery and the Art Gallery's four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the borough's impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 13, 2015 at 8:27am The exciting contemporary jewellery selling exhibition, returns to gallery@oxo for 2015/16 with the usual benchmark line-up of handpicked graduate discoveries alongside big name designers, launching new collections, new talent, and trailblazing new materials. This year unusually for a Dazzle, the feature will be DAZZLE EXTRA showing wonderful textiles by EKTA KAUL and KNIT KNOT KNIT, the unique leather bags of STEVEN HARKIN and one off utensils by THIS IS PEWTER .
For 34 years, the Dazzle contemporary jewellery exhibitions have been an annual barometer for all that is happening in the contemporary jewellery world. It has launched some of the sector’s biggest designers and continues to provide a much coveted launch pad for emerging talent. The result is an unique showcase for the serious contemporary jewellery collector, as well as a literal treasure trove of truly unique Christmas gifts.
Opening dates and times:
Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm
Sundays, 11am-6pm
Closed 25-28 December and 1 January. Closing early at 4pm, Christmas and New Years Eve
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 7, 2015 at 1:42am
Apply for the Arts Center's world-renowned Arts/Industry residency program! Up to sixteen exceptional artists from around the world are chosen each year for two- to six-month residencies in the Pottery or Iron/Brass Foundry and Enamel shop in Kohler Co.'s Kohler, Wisconsin, plant. With the guidance of an excellent staff, artists of all disciplines can explore new ideas and technologies in order to create a body of work impossible in their own studio as well as new ways of thinking and working. Previous experience with clay or metal sculpture is not required.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 6, 2015 at 10:09am
keeping you up to date! Chairs report! two sections....
I’m pleased to report another year of continuing achievement and development.
Membership has remained stable at over 400; members enjoying an increase in benefits and discounts. We are grateful to Cooksongold, H S Walsh, Sutton Tools, Bellore, TH March and Clear Insurance, who all provide significant discounts to members.
Our annual members’ exhibitions provide opportunities for publicity and promotion for individuals as well as the Association. Over the last four years we have staged exhibitions at various locations across the UK. This year Sleight of Hand was shown in three venues: Burton on Trent, Edinburgh and Plymouth. Supporting seminars and workshops were arranged for two of the venues. The Board appreciate the benefits of annual exhibitions and have made arrangements with other venues covering the next two years!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 6, 2015 at 10:09am
section two
The Association is pleased to have links with the following, some of which previously existed and others newly established:
• New Designers; through our Mark Fenn Award
• Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards; as a Contributor
• National Skills Academy; as a Supporter
• Heritage Crafts Association; as an Affiliate Member
• Bishopsland; as a Supporter
• National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford; as an Exhibition Partner
• All Assay Offices, the British Jewellers' Association, Holts Academy and Benchpeg; as Corporate
Members, and At The Bench as a Small Business Member
The Association continues with its wide range of communication options. The e-bulletin, produced by Sue Hyams provides a monthly update for all members; Rebecca Skeels manages our Crafthaus site, our Twitter feed, our Facebook page, and the LinkedIn network. I’m pleased to say that our web-site has been up-dated and improved, both visually and in its functionality.
And, of course, we still have our print magazine, Findings, sent to all members twice a year, which has benefited from our grant from the Goldsmiths’ Company.
My thanks to our part-time staff, Sue and Tamizan, who have enabled all that has taken place this year, to our active and supportive Board of Directors and also our Advisors who have been there when we wanted them!
Terry Hunt, Chair
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 6, 2015 at 6:31am


RawMinds: Creative Merchandise

Know any artists, designers or entrepreneurs aged 14–19?
We have 15 places available for our RawMinds: Creative Merchandise project and we’re looking for a group of talented and enthusiastic individuals to take part. The team will be working together to develop, design and prototype merchandise to create a new product or range of products to sell in the Wellcome Shop. Everybody involved will have the opportunity to work with professionals from the worlds of design, retail, communications and production, and potentially to visit professional design studios and production warehouses.
Applications will open on Monday 7 December.

› RawMinds: Creative Merchandise – find out more

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 6, 2015 at 6:29am
Ann Veronica Janssens: yellowbluepink
15 October 2015 - 3 January 2016
This new installation by Ann Veronica Janssens explores light and colour as she invades the gallery with coloured mist. Colour is caught in a state of suspension, obscuring any detail of surface or depth. Instead, attention is focussed on the process of perception itself. Janssens’s work is both disorienting and uplifting as the daily wonder of conscious experience is given renewed emphasis.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 6, 2015 at 6:28am

Some show highlights...

For 9 years, the Handmade in Britain shows have been an annual celebration of the very best of contemporary fine crafts. The fairs have showcased some of the sector’s biggest talents and continue to provide a launch pad for new graduates and emerging designers. The result is a truly unique and festive event, set to the glamourous backdrop of the Chelsea Old Town Hall. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, visitors this year were once again treated to a dazzling variety of form, function and style from over 120 highly skilled designer-makers.
Some wonderful creative talent...

This year, Handmade in Britain 15 welcomed an exceptional calibre of work from over 120 exhibitors, each handpicked by our panel of industry experts which included Marianne Lumholdt, Mar Mar Co; Kate Bentley, Bils & Rye Gallery; Dan Goode, Home of Artisans; Ian Rudge, Clarion Events and Judith Harris, The Conran Shop. The exhibitors demonstrated extraordinary talent across fashion and interiors, offering an exciting variety of absolute craftsmanship from all four corners of the UK.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 6, 2015 at 6:26am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 6, 2015 at 6:24am


We invite speakers to take part in the Beyond Jewellery symposium to coincide with the exhibition flockOmania2, an exhibition and live performance event which crosses boundaries between jewellery and dance (please see further info below).  Located within the field of contemporary art jewellery and with a keynote presentation from Di Mainstone, this symposium explores the relationships between sculptural objects, the body and performance.  In doing so, Beyond Jewellery offers a space to interrogate and reflect upon interdisciplinary projects interested in the body as a meeting place or nexus for collaboration.

Proposal submissions might include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • OBJECTS – embodied objects, wearable objects in motion and in performance, artefact as performance, experiments with scale and materiality
  • BODY – notions of the post-human body, inter-subjectivity in performance, the mediated body and haptic knowing
  • COLLABORATION – creative partnerships, co-creating and emerging process orientated making practices
  • BOUNDARIES – interdisciplinary adventures, blurring boundaries and disciplinary rule-breaking
  • PERFORMANCE – composing the object, activating objects through performance, sonic landscapes, sites of sensorial investigation and temporal relationships
  • AUDIENCE – engagement and interaction, performative making, playful encounters and audience as co-creators

The symposium will offer a space for discussion, engagement, debate and experimentation, and aims to initiate dialogue around the role of the body in creative practice. We invite proposals from scholars, artists and research students in a range of modes and formats including: 20 minute papers, curated panels, artists talks, film, performance lectures, 10 min lightning talks, and performative interventions.



Key dates:


  • Abstract submission: deadline 8th January 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: 1st February 2016
  • Registration opens: 15th February 2016
  • The symposium: Thursday 17th March 2016


Please ensure your proposal includes:

  • Name(s) of contributors
  • Email contact address
  • Title of proposal
  • Indication of presentation type
  • Outline proposal (250 words max, with up to 3 images if appropriate, jpeg 72dpi)
  • Indication of any technical requirements. Please note due to the nature of the event we are not able to offer space or technical support for full scale performances.
  • Short biography of contributors (150 words), including web links
  • Formatted as a word doc



The Beyond Jewellery symposium will be held at Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD.


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