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

"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

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 14, 2014 at 10:20am

Dear artist,
I am extremely pleased to announce that applications for Richmond upon Thames ARThouse Open Studios 2014 are now open.
ARThouse is Richmond’s annual Open Studios that celebrates the vast creative talent that exists within the borough, and this years’ open studios will take place between the 27th – 29th of June and the 4th - 6th July.  Subject to funding, ARThouse 2014 may also include the opportunity to exhibit in a temporary pop-up exhibition in Twickenham. We are also working on developing a new website for ARThouse, and more information on these developments will follow in due course.
ARThouse welcomes individual artists, artist and community groups, colleges and schools. Application forms for each category are attached along with guidelines for entry. Please do read the guidelines carefully before submitting your application.
Application forms can also be downloaded from the website: where you can also find more information on the festival and making payment online.
The deadline for receiving applications and payment is Friday 28 February 2014
I am very excited to work with you all, and should you have any queries at all please don't hesitate to send me an email. I look forward to receiving your applications and starting ARThouse 2014!
Best Wishes,
Carla Bromhead
ARThouse Co-ordinator
Richmond upon Thames Arts Service
Orleans House Gallery
0208 831 6000 / 07866715172
If you use social media, please like our ARThouse Facebook pageor follow @ARThouse_LBRUT on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest ongoings

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 12, 2014 at 3:17am
From prehistoric cave paintings to current digital art, animals have provided creative inspiration across the centuries. “Animal Instincts,” the 2014 Juried Exhibition in Print by SNAG and produced by Metalsmith, will showcase a diverse range of animal-related work from the metalsmithing field. We are seeking works that are about animals, of animals, and even for animals. Let your animal instincts run wild!

• Open to all SNAG members 18 years of age or older, including jewelers, designers, metalsmiths, and students.
• Applicants need not reside in the United States.
• All work must be original and produced within the last three years (2010 or later).
• Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are NOT ELIGIBLE.
• Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to apply with images that have not been widely circulated in Metalsmith or other publications.

• Applications must be received by midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time, January 31, 2014.
• Applications are being taken through the CaFÉ™ website. Go to CaFE now.
• The application fee of $35 is non-refundable.
• Payments are made via CaFÉ™ website with Visa or MasterCard. Checks are not an acceptable form of payment.
• All applicants MUST be a member of SNAG in order to be eligible to apply. If you are not a current member at the time of application, please go here to join or go here to renew.
• For each application, please submit both a detail and a general shot of your original work. Artists may submit up to 2 applications to show 2 separate pieces (use code ’2ndApp’ to avoid being charged for 2nd application). Instructions on how to format images can be found on the CaFE™ website under Image Preparation. Entries submitted by any method other than through will not be accepted.
• All works must be accompanied by title, material, dimensions, and year of completion.
• Artists must submit an artist statement (1000 character limit).
• Artists must submit a one-page resume.
• All decisions of the jurors are final.
• All work must be original. By completing this application artist agrees that he/she is responsible for the creation of submitted works.

• By submitting images for possible publication in Metalsmith’s Exhibition in Print 2014, the artist agrees to the following:
- That SNAG and Metalsmith have the right to retain and duplicate these images for the purpose of marketing and publishing the Exhibition in Print 2014, and for display on the SNAG website and e-newsletters
- That the artist requires no compensation or further contact from SNAG or Metalsmith magazine.
- That the artist agrees to all terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.

2014 Jurors:
• David Bielander, Jeweler
• David C. Freda, Metalsmith and Enamelist
• Bruce Metcalf, Jeweler and Writer

Please note, phone calls regarding status of submitted entries cannot be accepted.
• Submission deadline: January 31, 2014
• Notification (by email): by February 28 , 2014
• High-Quality jpegs of accepted work (as specified by email) due to Editor: March 10, 2014
• Exhibition in Print published
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2014 at 8:56am

 Creative Business Workshops at 318 Ceramics

These workshops are designed for anyone who is either looking to start up or currently in a creative or craft based business or for those of you who are: 

• wanting to turn your craft into a full-time job, but don’t know where to begin

• wanting to take better photographs of your creations for your website, blog or publicity materials

• have goals in mind but don’t know how to turn them into reality

• love making and would like to make money from your creations

• have started selling but want to expand your customer base

• your business needs a bit of a refocus / refresh

Numbers are limited to a maximum of eight people, and unless otherwise stated, run from 10am - 4pm and include a light lunch and refreshments. 

Ideas, Plans, Hopes & Dreams, Thursday 13 February

This workshop is perfect for those of you who have been running your business for a little while and feel you need to spend some time refocussing on where you are heading or if you have an idea bubbling away and don’t know where to start. 

Photography for Creative Businesses, Wednesday 5 March

This workshop focuses on simple concepts that will dramatically improve your product photos; just by understanding lighting, composition, and the best settings to use on your camera.

Exhibiting for Creative Businesses, Thursday 10 April

This workshop is perfect for those of you new to exhibiting or showing off your work. Its also great if you’ve been around for a little while and feel you need a fresh injection of creativity to help you show your work off to its best potential.

For more information and how to book click here.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2014 at 8:55am

 Sussex Guild - call for applications

Calling all designer makers living in Sussex or the surrounding counties who may wish to joinThe Sussex Guild. 

Members are selected, requiring high standards of design, innovation and craftsmanship. The Guild are a registered charity that annually organise six craft shows across East and West Sussex by and for their members and also run the Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery in Lewes.

If you would like to apply pleae visit: and contact Deborah Timperley, Chairman of the Selection Committee at 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2014 at 8:48am

 Mottisfont artist-in-residence scheme - call for applications

Mottisfont is a National Trust property near Romsey in Hampshire. Having successfully completed three artists’ residencies during 2013 in the project ‘A Place for Art’ they are now looking to appoint three more artists-in-residence during 2014.

Residencies are for a period 12 weeks and artists are expected to engage with the place and the people to create a site responsive work that can be installed for a period of 3-6 months on site.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 17 January 2014

For more information and artists’ brief please click here or contact Abi Morris at

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2014 at 8:46am

 Creative Libraries - Participation Programme Opportunities

Creative Libraries is a new project for Wiltshire, led by the Library and Arts Services of Wiltshire Council and jointly funded by the Arts Council of England South West. It aims to deliver an ambitious programme within the library network that connects communities and explores the potential for long term collaboration and new business opportunities for creatives, and to establish and animate a countywide partnership of arts organisations exploring the potential for libraries to be the creative heart of local communities. This is being delivered in a number of ways through; networking and sharing events, five large scale commissions, ten Micro Commissions and a participation programme.

The Participation programme is an opportunities for artists and arts organisations to develop new creative working relationships within the Wiltshire library service. They are looking for projects and workshops that allow communities to take part in ‘hands on’ arts activities, perhaps trying something new and learn new skills. Applicants should give thought to the communities they want to work in and the appropriateness of the activity, and how they will use the resources and inspirations from the libraries they choose to base the work in, to enhance or inform the sessions. 

You can download details about the participation programme here.

For more information, if you have any questions or to find out if your idea is eligible please email 

Deadline for applications: 12pm, Friday 17 January 2014

Also find out about the Micro Commissions here.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2014 at 8:19am
This January we are calling for exhibitors for our new show, Handmade in Britain 14: Spring Edition and looking forward to CRAFT, the new trade show from Clarion Events beginning this Sunday...
Call for Designer-Makers!

Handmade in Britain 14: Spring Edition
9th-11th May 2014

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 11, 2014 at 7:52am
At The Bench


Hi Rebecca

Just incase any members have not realised, you are able to download the Video Project Films and most of the Techniques films for viewing on your PC and other media device. Paid up members only pay £1.49 per film and FreeView members pay £3.99. This means that you can download a typical 4 part Video Project for as little as £5.96 (paid members) or £15.96 (FreeView members). This means you can play them on your media device as an when you desire and keep them for a lifetime, even if you do not have internet connection.

Three films are live this week, including a new series on using Checkerboard cut gemstones.

A FREE webcast is planned for laterthis month and we would like your suggestions, so just drop us a line and let us know what you would like Andrew to demonstrate.

No other online Jewellery tuition website can offer you all of this and more!

Have a great weekend and enjoy your jewellery making

Andrew and the At The Bench Team

Three films have gone live this week
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 9, 2014 at 10:13am

My workshop is being emptied this month and is available for jewellers and silversmiths. Based on Fullers Road, Rowledge (near farnham) in beautiful garden setting. A basic wooden studio but insulated with electric and sink - 2 bench spaces and approx 13 x 13ft. Cheap as you only pay utilities and insurance (approx. £10-15 a month). Use of band saw and wood lathe. Painter and ceramicist in two other studios in the garden. Loads of parking, near bus stop from farnham. Contact for more details. Please pass onto others, will put a post up on benchpeg and if anyone else can think of anywhere else to advertise? It really has been an invaluable space to me when I haven't had the luxury of space at home so I'm sure someone else would benefit from it too.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 9, 2014 at 10:08am

Call for Exhibitors

aspex is holding its first Contemporary Makers Fair in February 2014 and we are looking for contemporary fine-craft artists and designers to exhibit with us. The fair will take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.

This is a professional development opportunity for craft artists and makers which will include a curated showcase of exhibited works, the chance to sell direct to the public and a feature in a zine featuring all the exhibiting artists for further distribution. aspex will promote this event through our website, social media and printed media.

Cost to participants are £25 for a single day or £40 for the whole weekend.  To apply for this opportunity please send an email containing 5 images of your work and your contact details to before Midday on Friday 17 January 2014.


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