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 Jul 12. 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 September 28, 2014 at 2:04pm

Clarion Events and Handmade in Britain
have created CRAFT to provide a commercial
platform for designer makers who wish to reach
an audience of professional retailers and
collectors. CRAFT is a new trade event for
leading contemporary makers which will take
place alongside Home and Top Drawer from the
11-13 January 2015 at Olympia, London.
The Event
The launch of CRAFT was in response to
increasing demand from retailers searching for
high quality products with provenance; items
which are truly unique and original; objects
with heart, soul and individuality. CRAFT
is the place where professional buyers will
discover just such products. CRAFT fills a gap
in the UK market for a high quality, juried
trade event which will enable leading Makers
and Artisans to meet a substantial audience of
international retailers, galleries, museums,
professional buyers and collectors within a
dedicated trade event in London.
Located alongside Home and Top Drawer at
Olympia, CRAFT is the most recent addition to
Clarion’s rapidly growing portfolio of events.
Housed in its own specially created space,
CRAFT will be home to over 150 contemporary
makers who will be carefully selected by the
CRAFT advisory panel.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 1:58pm

craft&design magazine, which celebrated its 30th year in 2013, is published 6 times a year by a small family business owned by Angie and Paul Boyer. craft&design features work in all media by makers working in the UK, together with news and information about craft fairs, galleries, exhibitions, suppliers of materials and equipment, courses, workshops, guilds and associations. With Business Tips for students and graduates through to experienced professionals, craft&design offers up to the minute advice in a practical, down to earth way.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 1:56pm
Make:Shift banner
The future is in the making

Make:Shift is a two-day Crafts Council conference exploring innovation in craft practice and how makers contribute to innovation in science, engineering and medicine through new materials, processes and technologies.

20 to 21 November
Greenwich Penninsula

SE10 0EW

Make:Shift is part of the Crafts Council's Innovation programme 

Visit to find out up-to-date information on the conference including speakers and sessions. 

The Innovation programme also includes Make:Shift:Do, a two-day festival of open events and workshops taking place from 21 to 22 November and a number of partnership projects.

Buy tickets - Early bird offer ends 5 October

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 1:52pm

There's a lot going on in craft and design right now, especially in London, with the spectacular Goldsmiths' Fair running now until 5th October, The Knitting & Stitching Show and MADE London next month and Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall in November - there's a great ticket offer in our latest newsletter for the Chelsea event too!

It's not all about London though, we feature Gallery Exhibitions, Fairs & Shows and Open Studios around the country- and there's some hot news for small creative businesses about Creative Business Finance.

Simply download our September Newsletter to find out more!

With best wishes
Angie & Paul

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 1:33pm
The September 30 deadline for the AJF AA is fast approaching. The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award (AJF AA) is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist, and to help to advance the artist's career. Now is the time to apply or spread the word!

All five finalists of Art Jewelry Forum's Artist Award will exhibit work at Schmuck.

The announcement of the AJF AA winner will take place during the Schmuck jewelry fair in Munich, Germany in March 2015. In addition to the cash award of $7500 for the winner, the five finalists (including the winner) will show at this fabulous annual event. Work will be displayed at either Galerie Marzee, Galerie Ra, or Platina gallery in the Frame part of the exhibition hall.

For all details and information about the award, visit AJF's website.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2014 at 1:27pm
Our annual prize for the most exciting talents in architecture and design takes place on 4 December. You have until 6 October to nominate a practice or project
Nominations are now open for the third annual Icon awards, which recognise the best in architecture and design from around the world. We are assembling another expert panel to choose winners in 11 categories, the shortlists for which will be finalised in October.
The awards ceremony will be held in St Mary’s Church, Marylebone, London, on Thursday, 4 December, and once again we will be presenting the winners with bespoke trophies – this year created by Swiss-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez.
Last year, more than 600 people gathered at Oval Space in east London to see designers and architects such as Thomas Thwaites, Metahaven, Rural Urban Framework and Margaret Calvert pick up their awards.
Entry is free, and we invite you to nominate work that has been completed or realised during the last 12 months and falls into one of the following ten categories:
Emerging design studio of the year
Design studio of the year
Emerging architecture practice of the year
Architecture practice of the year
Socially responsible design of the year
Technology of the year
Building of the year
Interior of the year
Product design of the year
Furniture design of the year
We will also be awarding the special Icon of the Year award in recognition of a lifetime achievement in architecture or design.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 21, 2014 at 12:35pm
call for entries
An exhibition traveling to the following locations:
Pop-Up during SNAG Conference, Boston - May 20-23, 2015 (details to follow)
Crafthaus, online exhibition (excerpts from core exhibition) - June 15 - July 15, 2015
Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015
Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015
Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016
Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016
Additional venues currently under deliberation.


A garnish can be anything from an adornment that adds or enhances the body (human or animal) to a functional or nonfunctional object that decorates and spices up a room. This exhibition will ask viewers and participants to examine the idea of a garnish made by 2 different subsets of makers who have come together to create an embellishment that satisfies both. We are looking for an element of surprise in the resulting work. Display of humor is encouraged.

1. To provide or supply with something ornamental; adorn; decorate.
2. To provide (a food) with something that adds flavor, decorative color, etc.
3. Law
a. to attach (as money due or property belonging to a debtor) by garnishment; garnishee.
b. to summon in, so as to take part in litigation already pending between others.

4. Something placed around or on a food or in a beverage to add flavor, decorative color, etc.
5. Adornment or decoration.
6. Chiefly British: a fee formerly demanded of a new convict or worker by the warden, boss, or fellow prisoners or workers.

Middle English (in the sense ‘equip, arm’): from Old French garnir, probably of Germanic origin and related to warn. Sense 1 of the verb dates from the late 17th century.

2. What are we looking for?
Metalsmith and jewelry artists are asked to form two-person working partnerships.

Each pairing should consist of a maker who self-describes as “traditional,” the other self-describing as using nontraditional materials and/or decidedly current techniques. In essence: 2 diverse approaches should be clearly evident in the resulting work.
Some artists may find it difficult to fit their work within a predefined category, in those cases we suggest they aim to cooperate with an artist whose material choices are decidedly different from their own, i.e. someone works in metals mostly, how about teaming up with an artist who works with fibers predominantly, enamels - CAD, functional - nonfunctional... The combination possibilities are endless if you are open to new possibilities and experiences.
While the exhibition organizers have their own opinions on what they feel classifies as "traditional" or nontraditional, other people view things differently, some of our opinions may match up, and some not. In the end it's not the organizers' call to put work into categories. We hope that folks will genuinely stretch themselves to pick a partner whose work is outside their own comfort zone, someone they would typically never consider working with (simply based on the differences listed above) under any other circumstances. As an example: Brigitte (classically trained goldsmith) and Rachel (maker of strange mixed media adornments) will also collaboratively create a piece as an example of a possible partnership. They are excited about the opportunity and you can follow their progress along in this blog once they get started.

3. Documentation
An important part of any collaboration is the communication/work phase itself. The organizers are interested to receive a joint statement from the makers as to how the collaborative process worked out. If there is enough room at the exhibition locale, that information will accompany the exhibited pieces.

4. How to find a partner:
This is meant to be a FUN project. If you ever wanted to work with someone whose work is completely different from yours: This is your chance !

Option 1: Artists are invited to self-select their partners based on prior knowledge and interest.

Option 2: Artists can register with the exhibition organizers and be paired with someone who works on the opposite end of the making spectrum.

5. Exhibition Details:

a. Core Group
The Core Exhibition Group will travel to every exhibiting venue.

Core Group Jurors:
Brigitte Martin and Rachel Timmins

b. Gallery Choice Group
The Gallery Choice Group will be chosen by the participating galleries and shown in addition to the “Core Exhibition Group” at the specific gallery’s location. Each gallery determines the final scope of their own exhibition.

Gallery Choice Jurors:
Velvet da Vinci: Mike Holmes
Equinox Gallery: Alejandro Sifuentes
Baltimore Jewelry: April Wood

As additional venues are secured, additional jurors will be added to the list.

The jurying process ensures that the work submitted is of the highest quality and follows the curatorial mission outlined in the proposal. Craftsmanship, dedication to the concept of the show, diversity, intrigue, and interpretation of the call will be considered.

This exhibition is an open call to all metals and/or jewelry artists. If there are questions as to whether artist teams are sufficiently different in background, style, material choice, and/or expression, please contact the exhibition organizers via before you embark on creating a collaborative object for inclusion.

7. Application Fee:
$30 per submitted piece sent via paypal to

8. Submission Entry Form

9. Ownership/Sale:
Finished work is owned jointly by the artists.
All work must be for sale.

In case of a sale during the exhibition cycle, the following split of proceeds applies to all venues:

50% of retail sale goes to artists. Artists split their proceeds between each other in whichever way seems appropriate based on material cost and other factors.

50% of retail sale goes to exhibiting venue.

10. Insurance:
All venues will provide insurance coverage at wholesale value of the work.

11. Shipping

Core Group Shipping:
The artists pay for the shipping of their work to the initial location (Boston conference). Artists attending the conference are encouraged to transport their work to the conference and to pick it up after the pop up exhibition. Artists unable to attend the conference will receive a shipping address closer to the conference date and the work will be sent on to the next venue at the artists’ expense.

Shipment and insurance from gallery-to-gallery will be paid by the gallery organizing the shipment to the next location. All returned artwork will be shipped back to the artists at the gallery's expense, and insured at wholesale during the transport.
Notice SNAG Pop-Up Exhibition: Core Group artists attending the conference are asked to take their Garnish Object with them and turn it in to Brigitte Martin or Rachel Timmins for the Pop-Up Garnish Exhibition. The work will be returned to the artists after the conference event. Artists unable to attend the conference will receive a shipping address closer to the conference date and the work will be sent on to the next venue at the artists’ expense.

Gallery Choice Shipping:
Incoming artists pay for the shipping and insurance of their work to the gallery. All returned artwork will be shipped back to the artists at the gallery’s expense, and insured at wholesale.

12. Exhibition Contracts
Each gallery is responsible for their own contractual agreements with artists exhibiting at their venues.

Deadline for submission entry: Feb 15, 2015
(via DropBox to )

Artist Notification (Core Group): March 1, 2015
Artist Notification (Gallery Choice Groups): April 15, 2015.
Artists chosen for the gallery choice group will be notified separately and directly by the galleries.

Delivery to first location: On or before May 1, 2015
Address to be confirmed with participating artists.

14. Initial Exhibition Opening during SNAG conference:
Exact date to be confirmed with participating artists.

15. Contact Information:
Please do NOT contact individual galleries for questions regarding your entry.
Please direct all questions to Rachel Timmins or Brigitte Martin via:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 21, 2014 at 12:32pm
call for applications: artist residences, the observatory, spud - winchester

Following on from the success of the Exbury Egg ( SPUD is continuing to develop residency opportunities for artists to engage with specific areas of our environment and the landscape.

The Observatory is a sculpture, a workspace, a shelter and a look-out, for artist residencies over 2 years in 4 locations. The Observatory will enable artists to interact with the landscape and develop a body of work connected to each place and context. Artists will be drawn from a broad range of disciplines and will need to be prepared to share their practice with the public.

SPUD has secured funding for the first 6 residencies which will begin in Winchester in January 2015 for six months before moving to Lymington in July 2015.
3 artists will undertake residencies in each location. The work produced will form part of an exhibition or presentation to audiences in each location.
Closing date for submission of proposals Friday 3rd of October 2014

Brief and applications online at:

Deadline: Friday 3 October 2014

Contact Phil Smith:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 21, 2014 at 12:29pm
Institute of Making

The History of Robots

Date: Friday 3rd October 2014
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
Book: Booking open on Friday 19th Sep, at 1pm. Click here to book.
Iain Duncan has been involved with robotics, automation and control systems for most of his long career. Even now in 'retirement' he runs a company that is involved in some of the latest developments in the robot world.

Iain's talk will cover a brief history of robots, from the origins of the name right through to the technologies that enable robot and bots to become a part of our everyday language. He will be giving first hand experience of what robots and autonomous systems he has built and he will also be attempting to answer the question of the future of robots.

More info: Click here

Materials Library Evening

Date: Thursday 30th October 2014
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
Book: Booking open on Tuesday 14th Oct, at 1pm. Click here to book.
Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.
The evening will include an introduction by our Creative Director & Curator of Materials Zoe Laughlin, opportunities for hands-on engagement with the collection, material consultancy and, most excitingly, the launch of the Materials Library App.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 21, 2014 at 12:27pm

The aim of the Crafts Council is to support the growth of a robust British craft sector in a global marketplace with the current focus on development work in the UAE.

The Crafts Council is once again supporting a group of makers to present at Design Days Dubai in March 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for contemporary craft makers or studios interested in generating a network and promoting their work in this vibrant market.

About Design Days Dubai fair

The 4th edition of Design Days Dubai (DDD) will be presented from 16 to 20 March 2015 and is the first and only product and collectable design fair in the Middle East and South Asia. DDD is held as part of Art Week, which includes the established Art Dubai fair.

For information on last year's fair and the selected makers, please refer to the blog post by Show Curator Daniella Wells and see the selected makers on our dedicated Pinterest board.

Eligibility and Brief

This opportunity is for those that are new to exporting and are keen to explore this market in a supported way.

DDD is primarily for professional buyers commissioning works for interiors, whilst also attracting a variety of private and public collectors. Smaller (domestic scale) works will be considered although the majority of the display will be focused on larger works inviting commission.

For more information, please read the Exhibitor Information document and FAQs.

How to Apply

Kindly submit a completed Application Form agreeing to the commitments outlined in the Exhibitor Information. You are also asked to provide a short rationale in support of your application covering:

A brief description of your work (no more than 100 words) and reference for further information (e.g. website, CVs, press releases).
A detailed description of the work you intend to present (including materials, dimensions, weight and relevant diagrams or installation notes).
Where applicable a brief summary explaining any influences or connections with the Middle East – either relating to your practice in general or specifically to the work you would like to show. Please note this is not a prerequisite for selection.
Six images of your work, including the work you intend to present (jpeg or TIFF file, high resolution images of A4 size, approx.1Meg). Please note clearly the work proposed for inclusion. Images to be sent as a zipped file via We Transfer.

Submissions need to be received by midnight BST 20 October 2014

Please email queries and applications to

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