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: on Sunday

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 March 28, 2016 at 7:10am
ACJ Members... please take a minute or two to complete this survey!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 7:09am

Contemporary Jewellery Exchange 2016?
Details can be found here

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 7:06am

“Green” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent

Deadline April 30, 2016

Date: 1 June 2016, 12:06 — 1 June 2018, 12:06

Theme: Green can mean environmental, envious, inexperienced, natural, youthful, a leafy hue... It can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. Share your interpretation of Green.

Eligible Submissions: Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Apply using the online form.

Highlights: Be profiled, get published, and shine on! Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition.

About ArtAscent: The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers.

Call application:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 7:05am
Harriet Kelsall's reply:
There are all sorts of different ways to learn whilst being paid and all sorts of useful courses. You can do anything if you want to enough – you just have to find a way. Here are a couple of ideas to get you thinking...
You could work full time in the jewellery field in order to get relevant experience whilst studying in the evenings. For example you could work in a jewellery shop or helping set up a show like IJL, or working in an administrational or operational role at a local jewellery company. You will learn loads in any of these fields which will be relevant to you as a goldsmith later. And whilst you work there, study a local evening course in silversmithing and jewellery making to make a start on your bench skills and see where that takes you.
You could consider an apprenticeship. You co... ...
Good luck – I’m sure you will find a way to get the skills you need in a way which suits you.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:59am
This is a Voice
This is a Voice traces the material quality of the voice by looking inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to capture its complex psychological and physiological origins.
Conceived as an acoustic journey, the exhibition focuses on the emotions that resonate in the voice through rhythm, pitch and tone, as well as non-verbal forms of communication.
Voicings, a series of live vocalisations, will take place in the gallery every day (Tuesday to Sunday) at 12.00.
All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:59am
How often do you find yourself doodling in a meeting? Does doodling help us to concentrate or take our minds elsewhere? Why are colouring books suddenly hugely popular for adults? Join broadcaster Claudia Hammond for an exploration of doodles.

Sandi Mann, senior lecturer in psychology, University of Central Lancashire
Tamarin Norwood, artist and writer
Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, composer
Claudia Hammond, Hubbub Associate Director and BBC Radio 4 presenter
This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Thursday 24 March.
(Image credit: based on blind drawings by Hubbub collaborator Tamarin Norwood)
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:57am
States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness
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 examines 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 features a series of changing installations. The first is The Whisper Heard by Imogen Stidworthy, until 24 April. On 26 April, this will be replaced by H.M. by Kerry Tribe. Find out more about the installations.
All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.
› States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness – find out more
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:54am
Explore more of West Dean Gardens with the NEW Spring Pass
Hooray for the equinox and extra daylight! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and spring bulbs so what better way than with our NEW Spring Pass? For just £17 you can visit the Gardens as often as you like for a six week period. Come and see the changes in the Gardens and get some fresh air and exercise, enjoy a walk up to the Arboretum or admire the new flint work in the Spring Garden. The shop is full of fabulous flowers and for fruit-stained fingers and berry-blushed lips the soft fruit plants are now in too!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:51am
Only one week left to apply...
The deadline for the international contemporary craft event, Handmade at Kew is now only one week away. If you're interested in applying then we encourage you complete our online form as soon as possible for a chance to be a part of this fantastic retail event in the heart of
Kew Gardens.
In 2015, the teams at Handmade in Britain & Kew Gardens delivered a stunning event, with over 7,500 visitors and 150 talented exhibitors, and the show this year looks set to be even bigger and better! Have a look at our Application Pack for more information and details on how to apply.
*Please note that the deadline for applications is next week, on Thursday 31st March 2016.*
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 28, 2016 at 6:47am
2016 THEME
For 2016, 100% Design will explore the theme of 'Experience'. The visual identity for this year's show highlights the experience of visiting 100% Design, and celebrates the importance of attending the UK's design trade event. Throughout the campaign, and at the show, visitors and exhibitors will be invited to share their design experiences. How do we feel, explore, discover, see and connect with design?
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