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
Members: 67
Latest Activity: May 20

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 October 9, 2016 at 9:22am
The findings present a picture of a sector at risk, facing an unsustainable model for educating and training our current and future makers. Detailed findings for each stage of education are set out in the report. The following points stand out in particular:
Schools: the number of students studying craft GCSEs have fallen by 23% since 2007/08 (compared to a fall in all GCSE student numbers of only 6%), with those taking Design & Technology GCSEs falling at a much faster rate (41%) than those taking Art & Design. One possible reason for this may be that where Design & Technology GCSE is no longer being offered, young people are encouraged to take Art & Design instead, even though the subject may not have such a strong focus on three dimensional work.
The number of sixth formers studying craft continues to fall, although the Year 13 A Level cohort is slowly increasing again since 2012/13, suggesting that there may be fewer students giving up craft subjects after AS Levels.
In Further Education (FE) there is significant growth over the period of the study in student numbers taking Entry Level and Level 1 courses. However, the increase in participation in the last two years is mostly in non-regulated courses (courses not accredited by an external awarding body). FE is also likely to produce fewer skilled professionals as only 8% progress to the advanced Level 3 or Level 4 courses. Growth is mainly among older learners who may be less likely to convert their skills into professional making.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 9:00am

Are you an artist in the areas of contemporary jewelery, ceramics or glass?

You can apply to participate at the exhibition that will be on show from 12 December 2016 to 31 January 2017 at Alliages Gallery, Lille, France.

The theme for this exhibition will be (Lost) Paradises: Artificial paradise, inanimate paradise, lost paradise …Where is your paradise ?

Please submit the following information in the following formats.
1. Two different views of each work are mandatory (brooches & pendants : front & back). Pictures can be in any format (1:1 or 4/3), about 1500-2000px/side, 75dpi, jpeg|jpg extension. Maximum size for each picture is 500kb. Over this size, upload form will give an error and pictures will not be uploaded. You can use a software like Photoshop, Gimp, iPhoto, etc ... to work the file in order to fit format, size and weight. Rename the pics this way : yourname-title_x where x is the order number. Do not use espaces in the filename, use dash or underscore instead. Pics not having good naming will not be good and proposals related will be discarted.

Read these tips for the images formats

2. Captions for the works, max 500 characters, in English.
Caption must have next information as follows :
line 1 : jewel type, title, year
line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
line 3 : techniques used
line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 8:54am
Professor Friedrich Becker
(1922–1997) was one of the outstanding artistic luminaries of our time. As an internationally renowned goldsmith, as a creator of kinetic objects and designer within the Düsseldorf art scene, he had a formative influence on the goldsmiths’ art of the second half of the twentieth century. He was awarded prizes for his work and received the highest accolades worldwide. Prestigious museums have included his work in their collections and haveshown them in numerous exhibitions. in awarding the
Friedrich Becker Prize
donated by Hildegard Becker – the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (Association for Goldsmiths’ Art), Hanau wishes to commemorate Friedrich Becker as an extraordinary individual and important designer, and in accordance with his spirit, to recognize the best of the succeeding generation of designers.
The Friedrich Becker Prize is endowed with 5.000,00 euros and
has been awarded every three years since 1999 by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau, for outstanding, independent design with highest-quality execution.
Theme and Materials:
Submissions can be jewelry or hollow/flatware, either one-of-a-kind or a prototype for serial production produced within the last three years with an innovative character typical of Friedrich Becker’s work. The inclusion of new materials and techniques is equally as desirable as the utilization of the classic materials for jewelry, hollow- and flatware design.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 8:44am
While 30th anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with lilies and pearls, Gray Street Workshop partners Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine and Catherine Truman entice us with a more adventurous material vocabulary. Accomplished and inventive makers, the trio’s deep research into new languages and knowledge unites these adventurous bodies of work. / Melinda Rackham 2015
Gray Street Workshop was established in 1985, has been providing support, opportunities, promotion, mentoring and studio space to emerging, mid career and established artists working in the field of contemporary jewellery and object making for three-decades. The philosophy of the current partnership is to encourage a rich and thought-provoking range of professional experiences and exchanges.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 8:31am

Past Present Future. In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. With this forward-looking initiative, LOEWE seeks to recognise uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will to innovate will set a new standard for the future of craft. The incentive for the prize goes back to the roots of LOEWE, a leading luxury house that started as a collective of artisans in 1846.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 8:17am
Every other year, crafthaus awards a micro grant to a craft artist regardless of their location, professional background, or chosen craft field.
$500 plus a 1-year free membership to crafthaus.
Voting Period:
October 4 - 10, 2016 (12noon EST)
Recipient Announcement:
Oct 11, 2016
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 8:05am

As an internationally recognized art jewelry maker and scholar, Iris Eichenberg knows that it takes more than creativity and passion to create stellar works. It also takes the right resources, which is why she is offering her support to mid-career artists by serving as a juror for the new Susan Beech $20,000 artist grant. The international grant will provide support to an established jewelry artist between the ages of 35 and 55. This largest grant of its kind will be awarded for the first time in 2017.  

As an artist and academic, Eichenberg's background both contrasts and complements those of the other grant jurors. Grant founder Susan Beech is a passionate art collector and art jewelry advocate. Cindi Strauss is a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. All three women will bring a unique perspective to evaluating artistic proposals.

Proposed projects must be completed within the grant's two-year timeframe and have a specific outcome. A project's focus must be on art jewelry, but art jewelry can be loosely defined. Examples include a new body of jewelry, performance art related to jewelry, a book, catalog or other publication, or another undertaking related to art jewelry.

Grant submittals should include an artist bio, project proposal and outline, detailed budget, and portfolio. For more information and specific guidelines, visit here. Grant proposals are due by midnight, MST, January 16, 2017. There is no entry fee to submit.


About AJF
Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. AJF advocates for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and financial support. It commissions critical writing that sets the standard for excellence in the field and publishes, an online resource for original content on art jewelry.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 7:59am

festival of crafts 2016
    Start: Saturday 15 October - 10:00
    Estimated End: Saturday 15 October - 17:00
    Auditorium: Whole Building

Admission: £3, under 15s free

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October 2016, 10am-5pm

Celebrating its’ twentieth year, this contemporary craft festival showcases works by a selection of the UK’s leading craftspeople. Buy from over 70 designer/makers in a marketplace featuring homewares, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and more. Expect some special happenings to mark the anniversary as well as workshops and demonstrations.

Part of Farnham Craft Month.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 7:56am

Design Manchester
12-23 October

DM16, Manchester’s fourth annual festival of design, kicks off next week for ten days of exhibitions, workshops, conferences, debates, movies and parties at iconic locations throughout the city. Find out more at:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 9, 2016 at 7:43am

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style Open until 1st May at IWM North From 'onesies' to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, IWM Norths latest major exhibition Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.


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