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

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 May 7, 2016 at 11:11am

09 Apr - 04 Jun 2016
The Civic, Barnsley
Portable art, wearable objects; author jewellery from 1970
I AM HERE looks at author jewellery across five decades and reflects the complex and challenging nature of making objects that have a relationship with the human form. The exhibition showcases significant jewellers held in the Crafts Council Collection, eg Wendy Ramshaw, Caroline Broadhead, David Watkins and David Poston, loans from key national and international lenders, including MIMA and Galerie Marzee, new commissions, and voices and views from a range of individuals from across the sector.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 11:03am

HS Walsh are giving ACJ members a 10% discount when using the code on the members section and in the bulletin.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 10:59am

Call for Entries: ACJ 2016 Members' Show at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

By popular request, this year’s exhibition is an un-themed selling show of new work. Entry is open to all members, both from the UK and overseas.

A maximum of 40 ACJ members will each show a small collection of pieces at the well-respected New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey, near the University of Creative Arts.

Dates: Deadline for applications 30th June Delivery of work: 1st September
Show open 16
th September to 5th November

Costs: no application fee. Participants will pay £40, which includes return postage. Commission: 50% of retail price goes to the Gallery, so the maker’s price is doubled.
Pricing: retail prices from £30 to about £1,000, with a good selection of the lower price points.

The work: a coherent collection of up to 10 pieces made within the last two years.

This year there will be no print catalogue, but an online catalogue will be published on our website from members’ own photos.

Please contact for an application form and terms of reference. Deadline for applications 30th June. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 7, 2016 at 10:59am

Jewellery Unlimited Professional Development Award

There is an exciting opportunity for an ACJ group or ACJ member to apply for a Jewellery Unlimited Award.

This award is to assist an individual or group to enable them to undertake a form of professional development. Groups should be all ACJ members. The benefits include publishing your report or video on the event/activity/course in one or more of the following: the ACJ website, the e-newsletter, Findings magazine, at a symposium or conference.

Thanks to the Bristol ACJ group and their Jewellery Unlimited exhibition for their kind donation of funds to make this opportunity available. The award is open to individuals or groups, and the board hopes that the award will benefit as wide an audience as possible.

Please see the application forms in 'grants for groups' in the member section of the website (or email the administrator to request copies) and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Deadline for applications is 31st May 2016. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2016 at 6:03am

A Jewel Made in Greece

Our exhibition 'A Jewel From Greece' is now on and looking fabulous! The work is a striking collection of contemporary design that combines traditional and modern skills.


This is a great chance to celebrate the ancient holiday of May Day which in Greece marks the beginning of Spring. Come along and enjoy this wonderfully diverse range of jewellery by 16 Greek makers, on until 4 June.


Margarita Chryssaki, Gold plated silver ring


Sarina Beza, Oxidised and Gold Plated Silver Bangles


We look forward to seeing you.


Outi, Alison & Loucia 

New Ashgate Gallery

Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS


Tel: 01252 713208


Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm

Registered Charitable Trust No. 274326


For more than 50 years, New Ashgate Gallery has been a window into arts and crafts, supporting artists and makers. It is dedicated to champion the best contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2016 at 6:01am
Jewels by Michael Becker and Sculptures by Doris Becker
15Apr2016 - 22May2016
Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
A duo show with jewellery and sculpture by 2 well known german artists.
Chemins croisés EXHIBITION
Chemins croisés
19Apr2016 - 14Aug2016
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2016 at 5:55am

Showcasing internationally

If you've ever considered working internationally then our one day workshop for makers, taking place in London on 23 May 2016 will help.

On top of expert advice and guidance you'll also get to meet fellow makers already working internationally. 

Book your tickets now

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2016 at 5:54am

British Craft Pavilion 

The British Craft Pavilion is a new showcase presented by the Crafts Council and London Design Fair at Tent & Super Brands London from 22-25 September 2016.

The pavilion will place British craft in the spotlight at this year's London Design Festival whilst connecting makers with the 25,000 visitors. We're looking for 25 individual makers to take part.

Apply online by 5pm, 30 May 2016.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2016 at 5:52am


COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, presented by the Crafts Council, is returning to the Saatchi Gallery from 3 to 6 February 2017.

Collect Open offers an unique opportunity to individual artists or collaborations to exhibit alongside international galleries showing the very best contemporary craft from around the world.

Collect Open has been a rich addition to the fair since 2011 and encourages artists to show work which challenges traditional perceptions of craft and design.

We are looking for exciting proposals to show new ambitious works by individuals or collaborations. This is a unique opportunity to present the unexpected to an influential and high-profile audience. 

We are interested in receiving proposals to present large scale, conceptual, installation based work.

Criteria for the brief:

  • New direction from the applicant / focusing on ambitious, challenging and risk taking work 
  • New body of work / first showing is mandatory
  • Strong theming and curation by the applicant 
  • Aesthetics and coherence of the work proposed

Note: Collect Open is principally for contemporary design and applied arts, therefore applications will not be accepted for painting, drawing, graphic design, print-making, photography or fine art sculpture.

Read the COLLECT Open blog to be inspired by the selected makers from the last Collect Open. 

How to Apply

To apply you need to create a Crafts Council website account and apply through your dashboard.

Deadline for applications is 26 May 2016.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 2, 2016 at 5:51am
April Policy Brief

There are three main themes to our brief this month:
Local government and the arts: new reports on working with local government from the New Local Government Network and the New Economics Foundation, plus select committee calls for changes to planning policy and Welsh government support for museums
International studies on the creative industries: Creative Economy Employment in the US, Canada and the UK; the maker movement in China
Recent parliamentary debates on apprenticeships and on intellectual property, plus the forthcoming debate on creative subjects and the Ebacc
Plus a report on the economics of touring exhibitions, live surveys on private philanthropy in arts and culture and on entrepreneurs and start-ups in the EU and the Crafts Council’s responses to the Countries of Culture inquiry and the DCMS consultation on its economic estimates approach


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