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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 75
Latest Activity: on Monday

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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• 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 July 27, 2013 at 3:07am
Newsletter
July 2013


Hello Craft Seeker
July stands for joy. This is not only because of our exciting summer competition themed around ‘joy’, or even the inspiring new makers we’ve welcomed to Craft Finder, but because of all you lovely people we met at Art in Action.

One or two of you expressed your regret for not hearing about us before you went on holiday. Sorry! But next time you go away remember to use the Find Craft search – save bags of time and plan exciting things to do, galleries to see and beautiful objects to buy.

A warm welcome to all the new subscribers to our joyful July newsletter.



#click&collect competition
Our new makers
Sarah Morpeth wins Best of the Best at Art In Action
Blog: Meet the maker interviews
Potfest
Unravelling The Vyne




Maker: Ella Robinson
Photo: the artist

#click&collect competition
Our summer competition is in full swing. To win £100 craft from one of 10 makers, we’re asking you to curate a personal collection around the theme of ‘joy’ and submit it here by the 12th August. Own Art and the Crafts Council will be judging the competition. We’ve got some fabulous entries already, such as this by Lizzie Hoeppner who chose Ella Robinson’s ‘One Little Lie' as one of the pieces in her joyful collection. Get your collection going - don't miss out!

Our new makers
Sam Photic is a contemporary jeweller with a passion for abstract forms and bright, bold colours. Modernist graphic patterns and primary colours are repeated throughout Sam’s work in a nod to Mondrian and his contemporaries. We think that these would look great against monochrome for a high summer 1930s look.

Kate Rattray makes mosaics informed by nature and myth. Often working in a narrative series, we see birds, trees, skies and suns represented in pleasing motifs and gorgeous earthy colours. You can see all the latest makers on Pinterest.

Maker: Sam Photic
Photo: the artist
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 27, 2013 at 3:00am
July Public Open Day -
Foams

Hello rebecca skeels,
This is your invite to our next Public Open Day, this Saturday afternoon.

Date: Saturday 27 July 2013
Time: 1pm-4pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
Map

The Institute of Making will be opening its doors this Saturday, 27th July. Come along to explore and get hands on with foam.

Foam is formed of a collection of tiny bubbles which form on the surface of a liquid. Explore Aerogel, developed by NASA and used to catch stardust, it's the lightest solid on earth (99% air). Take a nibble on some Bio Packaging chips that are made from wheat starch. Try your hand at foam carving and moulding with air-dough in the MakeSpace. Investigate what happens when you add sugar, salt, fat or acid whilst whisking egg whites: what forms the perfect egg white foam?

Drop in from 1pm - 4pm.
Doors close at 4pm.
Space is limited.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 26, 2013 at 11:39am
The crafthaus project grant is awarded every September to a crafthaus member, regardless of location, professional background or craft field. It is intended to provide assistance/funding for a personal or group project.
This is how it works:
Crafthaus members send in their proposed projects via email (no entry fee.) The general crafthaus membership and their supporters decide by popular vote which project they want to see supported. Crafthaus provides the project funding. The recipient blogs about the project from start to finish as a 'thank you' back to the crafthaus community.

All submitted projects will be proposed to the crafthaus membership early September and will be up for public vote for 15 days. All projects are proposed anonymously, without revealing personal information (name) about the submitting party. That way the project idea is front and center, not the person who is submitting.

Information given to crafthaus voters:
a) Outline of project, purpose/goal
b) Start date of project and duration
c) Location of project
d) Requested funding amount
e) Other information, e.g. images or other relevant (visual) documentation to further illustrate project


What is the payoff for the crafthaus membership ?
The satisfaction of knowing that their vote enabled a fellow crafthauser get funding for a great project. In addition the recipient will regularly update the crafthaus membership on the progress of the winning project. The membership is invited to follow the project from beginning to end, ask questions and discuss the project with the artist/artist group during the implementation phase.

Funding Amount: $400 max.

Submission Deadline: August 15 annually (email received.)

Submission Information. http://crafthaus.ning.com/page/crafthaus-project-grant?xg_source=ms...
Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 25, 2013 at 9:42am
  • The Crafts Council and Holts Academy have paired up to start the Contemporary Craft Enterprise Diploma, and a jolly good thing it is too. A new and exclusive nationally-recognised qualification, the programme will help makers take their first steps in starting their own craft business.
    http://www.holtsacademy.com/qualifications/Creative-Enterprise
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 25, 2013 at 9:06am
Does anyone have or know of a reasonably priced new/secondhand/being thrown away:
"an extractor to suit a workshop aprrox. 500-1000sqft for fumes at the forge - soldering/annealing/pitch/lead etc."
Please comment or message Phil Jordan https://www.facebook.com/philjordan86
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 25, 2013 at 7:56am

Hi,

We issue our newsletters on alternate months to publishing craft&design magazine, so we can always keep you up to date with everything. Here we have news of some amazing accolades and awards for our industry, plus gallery exhibitions & craft shows, artists working in ceramics, jewellery, textiles, sculpture and woodturning.

And if you're thinking about taking up a craft, there's an exciting opportunity for you to learn a new skill - and be on television as you do it!

Download your July Newsletter here
http://www.craftanddesign.net/newsletter/craft-and-design-newslette...

Best wishes from the craft&design team

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 25, 2013 at 7:53am
For those of you that didn't make it to the Institute of Making opening a couple of months ago!
http://video.stv.tv/bc/334233_This_Morning_230513_ITV1_wonder_stuff...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2013 at 11:34am
Salary: £16,134 - £22,304 per annum
Location: Rochester
Ref: 13-KENT295-01
The University for the Creative Arts has campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is home to 7,000 students from over 70 countries studying on courses in fashion, graphics, design, media, fine art and architecture.
The School of Crafts and Design is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Jewellery Design to contribute to our BA(Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery and BA(Hons) Contemporary Jewellery courses.
You will be expected to have broad creative and technical experience within jewellery design, a good Honours and Masters degree in a related subject and appropriate professional and academic experience at HE level. Ideally you will also have an established research profile within the subject area.
You should be familiar with contemporary educational issues, be a team player and be able to inspire and motivate students. You will have an understanding of quality assurance, curriculum development, and effective academic and administrative management at undergraduate level.
Application forms, Vacancy Summary and further information relating to the University for the Creative Arts are available for download or alternatively contact the Human Resources Department via email HR@ucreative.ac.uk or on 01252 892681 (24 hours -quoting the relevant reference). Please note any CVs submitted without a completed application form will not be considered for shortlisting.
No Agencies Please.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 July 2013.
Interviews will be held on the 15 August 2013.
We value the diversity of our organisation and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2013 at 11:31am
Cultural Programme Curator
Full Time Post: 36.25 hours per week
Salary: £32,267 - £37,382 per annum
Location: Surrey (Farnham & Epsom)
Ref: 13-SURRCPC-01
The University for the Creative Arts has campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is home to 7,000 students from over 70 countries studying on courses in fashion, graphics, design, media, fine art and architecture.
We are seeking to appoint a Cultural Programme Curator to take forward the exhibition, events and public programmes of the campuses. The University has established gallery spaces (James Hockey Gallery, Farnham and Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury) and extensive external and internal curatorial spaces.
The post of Cultural Programme Curator provide an exceptional opportunity for you to lead on the curating of work connected with and arising from the world class outputs of contemporary practitioners, staff and students of the University. We are looking for individuals that will generate original concepts for programming and will work with community, professional and internal colleagues to a unique approach for each campus. You will have an appropriate postgraduate qualification and curatorial experience in a professional gallery/public art setting as well as a portfolio of curatorial outputs (publications, catalogues, on-line platforms etc). You will need to familiarise yourself with portfolios of the University and the galleries at Farnham and Canterbury. Interviews for both posts will take place at the Epsom campus.
For information about the posts and to make an appointment to visit the campus please contact Cheryl Kirk on 01372-202488 or e-mail cjkirk@ucreative.ac.uk.
Application forms, Vacancy Summary and further information relating to the University for the Creative Arts are available for download or alternatively contact the Human Resources Department via email HR@ucreative.ac.uk or on 01252 892681 (24 hours -quoting the relevant reference). Please note any CVs submitted without a completed application form will not be considered for shortlisting.
No Agencies Please.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 August 2013.
Interviews will be held in early September 2013.
We value the diversity of our organisation and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 19, 2013 at 4:07am
WEEKLY NEWS

Hi Rebecca
We are starting a New Series of Webcasts shortly called Talking Tools. We all need tools for our craft but the best tool for you might not be the best for someone else. With these films it is hoped Andrew can shed some light of the different varieties of tools and why some work better than others. The tool catalogues never tell you the pros and cons of the tools. Andrew is going to be honest and tell it exactly like it is.

The first Talking Tools Webcast is going to be on Saturday August 3rd at 14:30 British Summer Time. Please visit www.new.livestream.com/atthebench and click FOLLOW to be kept informed of when we release details on our WebCasts.

Finally there is only 1 place left on the Jewellery Summer School in Sedbergh, Cumbria, UK. I have seen the Programme for the 4 days and they are certainly well worth the money as there is £100 worth of materials supplied as well as BBQ's, local trips to the sights and plenty of refreshments and hot meals provided. Call Simon on 07816 292351 for more information.

Three films have gone live this week
 

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Mantel Box 230 x 330 x 45 mm

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A piece about childhood, forgotten toys, favorite stories and the loss of innocence as the future beckons, inspired by ‘Garden of Love’ by William Blake.

Image Credit: Diana Greenwood

www.diana-greenwood.com

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