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

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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 January 30, 2016 at 7:53am
Applications now open...
Welcome to the second edition of Handmade at Kew at the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew! The craft event will take place from Thursday 6th October to Sunday 9th October 2016 (Private View opening on Wednesday 5th October).
Handmade at Kew welcomes online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:41am

London Regeneration Fund supports new creative spaces

Arts organisations including South London Gallery and Cell Studios are among those to receive a share of a new £20m fund, which is tackling a shortage of affordable creative workspaces in the capital. Arts Professional's Liz Hill reports.

Cultural organisations and creative businesses are among those to benefit from a new £20m fund announced by Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP. The London Regeneration Fund has awarded grants to projects aimed at tackling the shortage of affordable creative workspaces for artists and creative entrepreneurs.

The successful proposals create new open workspaces such as incubators, co-working spaces, maker-spaces and artists’ studios, or secure their long-term affordability, which Johnson sees as “key to the continued growth of London’s creative economy and its global reputation as a leading city for creativity”.

Successful applicants include South London Gallery, which will receive £600,000 towards restoring the former Peckham Road Fire Station, which is situated just 120 metres from the gallery’s main site.

The building, gifted to SLG by an anonymous donor, dates from 1867 and will become a mixed use cultural centre and art gallery. “The Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund grant will go towards unlocking a further £1.5m earmarked for the project by the Heritage Lottery Fund,” said the gallery, which expects to open the new space in 2018.

The Battersea Arts Centre will be awarded over £500,000 towards a new incubator hub for start-up and early-stage creative businesses within the arts centre. The hub will include an open studio for flexible working and each member will be required to offer two hours of their time and skills per month to other hub members and to participants of complementary initiatives.

Artists’ studios

Other recipients include Cell Studios, which will receive match funding of £75k to provide artists’ studios in Hackney Wick, converting 650m2 of workspace in a vacant heritage building.

The Bow Packing works site in the borough of Tower Hamlets – previously vacant for over ten years – will be refurbished for co-working space, artist studios, workshops, event space and a bar/restaurant, unlocking 7,600m2 of new workspace.

In Enfield, two industrial sheds will be transformed into open workshops for makers and artist studios, with shared facilities; in Richmond, the ground floor car park of a 1970s Magistrate’s Count will be converted for creative making uses.

The programme was established by the London Enterprise Panel using funds secured as part of London’s ‘Growth Deal’. It will grant £20m in capital funding between 2016 and 2018 to support regeneration of London’s high streets and places of work.

Additional reporting by Chris Sharratt

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:39am
Draft Exhibition Fee Framework and Guidelines published


Last year 70% of galleries and 80% of artists wanted to see an accepted standard exhibition fee framework for paying artists who exhibit in publicly-funded galleries, and guidelines to benchmark a fee range. 


Titled Building a clearer relationship between artists and galleries, a-n/AIR’s draft Exhibition Fee Framework and Guidelines is a starting point for further discussion with artists, galleries and funders.


Speaking about the report, a-n’s Executive Director Jeanie Scott said “It’s important we end up with a flexible tool for negotiating fees – not a straitjacket – and we’re looking forward to working with artists, galleries and funders to finalise that in the coming months”Read more​


Visit for more on the Paying Artists campaign.


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:37am
The Crime Museum Uncovered
Open until 10 April 2016
Please note, due to high demand we strongly advise pre-booking tickets before you travel in order to guarantee entry.
Late opening: the exhibition is next open late on Friday 5 February (until 9.30pm, last entry 7.30pm)
For the first time ever, never-before-seen objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum are on public display in this major exhibition at the Museum of London.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:35am
Saturday Studio: Life Drawing
SATURDAY 27 FEB, 14.00–15.00, 15.00–16.00, 16.00–17.00
Aged 14-19? Drop by to try out or develop your skills at drawing the human body in our life drawing sessions led by London Drawing. All materials will be provided and there will be a nude life model.
› Saturday Studio: Life Drawing – find out more
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:32am



This evolving exhibition will examine perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience.

Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, mesmerism, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition will examine ideas about the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.

States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness will feature a series of changing installations. The first one will be The Whisper Heard by Imogen Stidworthy, from 4 February until 24 April. Find out more about this and future installations.

› States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness – find out more

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:26am

The gallery will finally be closing 4:00pm Jan 31. Final reductions in the gallery!

After 22 years in business and lots of great fun along the way, the time has come for us to hang up our hats, kick off our shoes, relax and… retire!

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with literally hundreds of really great British makers.

Our long years in Eton have seen couples choosing engagement rings and coming back for wedding bands. We have observed families develop, grow and the next generation becoming our customers!

Jam will finally close its doors on January 31st. 2016 but before then, we will be having a super retirement sale. The web site will show the available stock until the end of January with items available for purchase “in store” ONLY.

We would like to thank you all for your business, loyalty and friendliness. If you are passing by do pop in, have a browse and say goodbye.

Jacqueline and Mike 

Last few items on sale!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:24am

2016 Events for Your Diary

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Valuation Day

Venue: Goldsmiths' Hall

Date: Friday 11 March 2016 

Time: Bookings available between 9am-4pm

Cost: From £49.95

Have you ever wanted to discover the true value of that treasured jewellery or silverware piece?

Valuation Days offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation and professional appraisal by our expert valuer. You will also receive a comprehensive portfolio of your items.

Places are limited. To book, please contact Alison Byne on 020 7606 8971 or click here to email her.

New Customer Tours

If you are newly registered with us, don’t forget to book your complimentary tour.

All tours take place on a Monday morning from 10.30am and last approximately two hours. If you haven’t booked your place, please click here to email Karen in Registrations quoting your account number and she will send you a list of available dates. Dates are booking up fast, so make sure you book early.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:22am

Vacancy – Assay Office Apprentice

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Image: Apprentices Robert Grant and Robert Hinson with their Master Dave Merry meeting The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall 

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has a vacancy for an Apprentice technician. 

This four year apprenticeship scheme offers fully mentored training in all areas of assaying and hallmarking.  The job is very hands-on and requires a high level of commitment from the right individual.  Internal and external training will be provided in order to achieve a City and Guilds qualification at the end of the four years.

We are looking for someone who would be dedicated to a long term career within the Assay Office.

You will need to be aged between 16 and 18 and live within a commutable distance of the City of London. Please contact Dave Merry for further information.

Closing date: Friday 26 February 2016

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 30, 2016 at 7:19am


Dates: Tue 19 January 2016 to Tue 8 March 2016

Time: 8am – 6pm

Cost: Free

Venue: The Atrium at the Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is the flagship organisation for the precious metal industry. It promotes, supports and enhances skills and excellence across the profession through a unique annual national competition for UK based designers and craftsmen.

Over 700 entries are judged by industry experts at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, which culminates in a prestigious awards ceremony and public exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall. This showcase celebrates the winners from 2015, their outstanding craftsmanship, creativity and originality, and brings together, for the first time, a selection of work by the Council’s important Ambassadors, Leo De Vroomen, Shaun Leane & Stephen Webster.

For more info, please visit


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2016 Crafthaus Project Grant

Every other year, crafthaus awards a micro grant to a craft artist regardless of their location, professional background, or chosen craft field.

2016 Submission period

September 6 - 30, 2016.

Eligibility and additional information:

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