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 3, 2014 at 4:12pm
Looking Forward to Year 2
Application Deadline Wednesday 30th April 2014

Co- Located with Home and Top Drawer, the highly successful homewares, interiors and gift shows, CRAFT returns for a 2nd year presenting a celebration of handmade in January 2015, with the return of a bigger enhanced show at Olympia, London.

"CRAFT was a stunning event and all the makers exhibiting that I spoke with were absolutely thrilled with it"
Dan Goode, Chief Seeker, Seek & Adore Ltd

Run for Clarion Events by Piyush Suri, Founder and Director of Handmade in Britain with close support from Ian Rudge, Development Director at Clarion Events and Co-Founder of 100% Design and Tent London, Craft will feature the work of 150 designer makers, all vetted by jury. The event will embrace exhibitors from a range of disciplines from textiles, jewellery, glass to woodwork & ceramics working in both traditional and contemporary idioms.

Apply to Exhibit
Applications are invited from designer makers working in the following areas:
fashion design & accessories, interior design and accessories, glass, jewellery, furniture, stationary, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings.
To view CRAFT 2014 Exhibitors click here.

Apply Now
We are now accepting applications to exhibit at
CRAFT. The application deadline is Wednesday 30th April 2014.
Click here to download your application pack.
Places are limited so apply now.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 3, 2014 at 1:25pm

Only 5 weeks left until COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
Saatchi Gallery, London, 9-12 May 2014

Visit to plan your visit. Read more about the high-profile artists you can expect to discover at COLLECT including the eight Project Space artists creating new work for the fair.

Buy tickets in advance for £12 to save £5 on the door price.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 3, 2014 at 1:19pm

new summer leaflet for your information and circulation, as appropriate.
The leaflet is also online at:
Hard copies will be available within a week.
Our next private view will be on Friday 25 April. Norma will be in conversation with Emma Dunbar, 5.30-6pm prior to the PV.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 3, 2014 at 1:14pm

Thank you to all our Kickstarter supporters plus
our exhibition "Ceci n'est pas un bijou"
at Designersblock Milan Edition 14

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 3, 2014 at 1:08pm

The Museums and Heritage Show will have some interesting topics this year around retail.
In case you would like to attend, the event is free and please see the link below:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 2, 2014 at 3:35am

UCA hosts conference for new wave of UK craft-makers
University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham played host to Rising Stars 2014 symposium earlier this month, providing emerging craft-makers with expert tips from industry professionals and a chance to meet with other creatives.
The symposium attracted over 50 craft-makers from all over the country, including both students and professionals. Most attendees were at an early stage of their careers in craft-making or considering setting up businesses and the day was filled with practical advice from the Crafts Council, a-n The Artists Information Company, Surrey Arts, Making Space and suthor Alison Branagan. Topics included setting up your own studio, business advice and what opportunities there are for makers to sharpen their skills. Industry experts also reported on key trends in Crafts and the history of the industry.
The day’s keynote was given by Dr Maureen Bampton, Director of Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool, who gave an overview of Contemporary Crafts over the past 30 years.  Maureen has over 25 years’ experience working in the Contemporary Crafts industry, before which she had an interest in decorative arts and worked in antiques. She chose to pursue Contemporary Crafts due to its personal nature; she could meet with the makers and hear more about their inspiration and the story behind their pieces.
“It’s been brilliant to be part of Rising Stars 2014 – I’ve got a real interest in emerging makers so it’s really nice to meet more at the Symposium,” said Dr Maureen Bampton. “I love the freshness of new work, especially graduate work. This Symposium is a great opportunity for emerging makers to meet with each other and share experiences, but also hear what’s in store for them in the industry and some key advice that industry professionals have learnt over the years. The New Ashgate Gallery and UCA are very well connected, too, so there’s lots of information for the makers to take away with them that will benefit their careers in the long term.”
The Rising Stars 2014 programme has been established by the New Ashgate Gallery and UCA Farnham to showcase and support new emerging makers. The programme also includes a touring exhibition and AIRTIME, a networking event organized by a-n The Artists Information Company.
Elizabeth Ashdown, a woven textile designer from London attended the Symposium.
“My work is currently in an exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, so it was there that I heard about the Symposium,” said Elizabeth. “I was keen to attend as the talks and different speakers seemed very interesting. I was pleased that there was a tax and business skills talk, as this is an area I wanted more understanding of! The day was very good; there were a lot of different topics covered in a manageable and easy to understand manner.”
"The Rising Stars Symposium brought together outstanding entrepreneurs and outstanding speakers at Farnham,” said Bob Pulley, Head of the School of Crafts & Design at UCA. “UCA is committed to helping able makers and designers to turn invention into innovation through sustainable enterprise. Our aim is to integrate the creative talent of the Rising Stars and the business nous of experienced marketing and business advisors to help transform cultural capital into valuable ideas. We are delighted to have hosted such an important Symposium, dedicated to transforming the dreams of very able makers and designers into reality."
For more information on the Rising Stars 2014 programme, please visit:  

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 1, 2014 at 5:40am

Come and visit on the 30th April!

Postgraduate Open Days

New for 2014 we are running specialist Open Days at each of our campuses, dedicated for students who want to find out more about studying a postgraduate or research course at UCA.

These events offer you the chance to find out more about studying a postgraduate course at UCA, career development and to ask questions on an informal basis.

The date for this Open Day is:

UCA Farnham

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 3 - 5.30pm | Book your place

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 1, 2014 at 1:28am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2014 at 2:53pm
I do hope that you won't mind me forwarding you the information below regarding a bronze casting course that we are running at our base in Porthyrhyd, Carmarthenshire.

New British Art is a not-for-profit artists' organisation that makes and exhibits artworks and other collaborative projects. We recently received Arts Council of Wales funding towards a project 'the Exchange' where a recent graduate was mentored by a more experienced artist during a residency at our base in a former dairy farm. Part of this project also included a bronze casting course, open to the public, and subsidised by the grant. We were very encouraged by the response and as a consequence are developing a programme of courses to run here.

We are trying to expand the range of contacts we have and so I have found your details through the 'trusty' Google, and thought that you might be interested in this because of your own work. But please let me know if you'd rather I didn't contact you.

Kind regards, Caroline Taylor
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 31, 2014 at 1:48pm
'Final call for applicants to 2014 Bursary Scheme for start-ups and new businesses. See newsletter!'

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