The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 67
Latest Activity: yesterday

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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• 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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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: info@poppyporter.co.uk. 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: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Jewellery 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: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 5:12am

Arts Council England (ACE) has increased the number of National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) it funds by 183, and increased funding across its portfolio by £42.5m a year, in what it has billed as the “largest ever investment” in its national portfolio.

The NPO investment for 2018-22 also sees a combined cut to the four highest-funded NPOs of around £2.5m a year, and the readmission of the troubled English National Opera (ENO) into the portfolio on standstill funding.
https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/arts-funding-183-new-npos-l...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 5:07am


Material of the Year
Gallery Feature

Few things unlock the creativity of a designer more than a material. The in-depth exploration of how a material can be used or how a material is created is all part of the process - the joy of design.

For 2017 we are putting a material in the spotlight.

We thought long and hard, and finally, our ignorance yielded our decision. Over the last twelve months, we have most often been surprised to find that Jesmonite has been the medium for some of the most vivid colour displays and fine detail in the products we have been most intrigued by.

Jesmonite is the ultimate chameleon material of the building industry – it can be used to replicate the appearance and texture of any surface finish in any number of colours.

The combination of natural raw materials with a special blend of water-based pure acrylic polymers create a unique family of materials that have a number of product benefits that make Jesmonite superior to other building materials.
http://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/features/material-year?utm_source...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 5:05am

Blog by Amarette Gregor: Conference Chat with Aurelie Guillaume

Hello again, fellow intrepid makers! Today I’m sharing some tidbits and insights from a lovely conversation I had with Aurélie Guillaume, a fabulous art jeweler and enamelist from Montréal, Canada. Currently she is the artist in residence at Lillstreet Gallery, and will be their featured jewelry artist for the month of July.

I spoke with her about her work, her current career path, and her thoughts on making a living in the “art jewelry world.” I’ve snagged some pictures for this post from her website, and her fab Instagram feed. Seriously, go check them out for yourself. (Aurélie's website has photos of the BACKS of her work, which are as stunning as the fronts! I stole a couple to share here, but trust me -- you want to see the rest.) Her work is incredible and her Instagram is full of process shots. Aurelie is an incredible craftsperson and artist, and should definitely be on your radar.
Here's the interview: Conference Chat with Aurelie Guillaume
http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/nosy-in-new-orleans-tell-me-all-you...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 4:55am

National Trust Retail Opportunity Open Call

National Trust has partnered with the Crafts Council - Britain's national development agency for contemporary craft - to sponsor the 2017 National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call. In addition to developing a range exclusively for the National Trust, the winner of the open call will receive a profile on the Crafts Council Directory for the best UK makers, the opportunity to develop their professional practice at a Crafts Council professional development workshop and a one year subscription to Crafts magazine - the magazine for contemporary craft, that brings together the best craft from the UK and around the world.
How to Apply

Please submit applications via the Crafts Council Submission page : www.craftscouncil.org.uk/account/application-national-trust

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 4:50am

Hello and welcome to this week’s jewelcrowd.com weekly roundup http://www.jewelcrowd.com/?utm_campaign=JewelCrowd&utm_source=h...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 4:48am

New DCMS figures on Gross Value Added (GVA) by type of industry reveal that GVA for the ‘manufacture of jewellery and related articles’ has increased by 40% increase in 5 years. The biggest increases are in the north east and south east (see line 41 on the data tab). Following representations from the Crafts Council and others, DCMS started measuring industry outputs, but solely for this discipline. In our report, Measuring the Craft Economy, we set out a fuller range of measurements we still seek to see represented in national statistics.

Mapping the Creative Value Chains, a study for the European Commission, looks at the impact of the digital revolution on the different creative value chains, including craft. The findings confirm that collaborations between cultural actors and non-cultural actors are common but suggest that craft shows lower levels of openness to and integration with value chains in other sectors. However, the Crafts Council’s report Innovation through Craft: Opportunities for growth, presents some successful examples and illustrates that where this is not the case, there are barriers to collaboration which we are recommending are addressed in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

As part of our collaborative project with King’s College London on how craft students in higher education learn the professional and entrepreneurial skills they need to continue their creative practice once out of education, Lauren England publishes a third blog about her research. Here Lauren focuses on the different influences shaping graduates’ perceptions of their own practice and understanding of business.

Camden Council, in partnership with the Knowledge Quarter, has launched its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) Commission findings. The report sets out a specific menu of actions to ensure a future pipeline of local talent.
http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-brief-june-2017#J...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 4:42am

Vision for Scotland

Craft professionals in Scotland are co-creating a vision for craft in Scotland for the next ten years, following an event promoted by the Craft Curators’ Network and funded by Creative Scotland. The intention is to develop a manifesto for Craft in Scotland.

http://www.craftscotland.org/about-us/our-work/craftworldcafe.html

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 4:38am

offsite end-of-year exhibition for the City Lit Jewellery department celebrating the work of students who have completed our new year-long courses, Beginner’s Jewellery, Contemporary Jewellery and Fine Jewellery.
 
With the support of the Elliot Foundation we are taking over a beautiful East London showroom, 6th – 9th July, at 234 Brick Lane, London E2 7EB. The preview will be held on Thursday 6th July 5 – 8pm.
 
We really hope this exhibition will be an opportunity for our students to showcase their creativity and diversity, an exciting variety of materials and processes and unique ideas for the future of jewellery design and making.
 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 4:34am

De Beers Group announced the creation of a new arm, De Beers Ventures, to actively consider the acquisition of minority equity stakes in start-ups and growth companies.

The new initiative will consider small investments in areas that may include downstream distribution, consumer brands, marketing platforms, security, cutting and polishing, and imaging technologies. The objectives of the investments will be to generate returns that are both strategic and financial.

De Beers Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Tom Montgomery said, “Not all good ideas can be generated or executed by a large corporation. We believe that harnessing the energy of entrepreneurs to pursue strategic opportunities that benefit De Beers and the diamond industry can be a cost-effective, risk-reduced way to pursue innovation.”
https://www.gemkonnect.com/news/de-beers-invest-industry-start-ups

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 1, 2017 at 4:25am

seeking proposals for speaker presentations at the 2018 Portland, Oregon Conference, MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage.

MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage focuses on materials, art, design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. While celebrating traditional and innovative techniques alike, we seek to engage makers and other creative individuals who push the boundaries of our field with a cross-media sensibility.

Portland is a city that has a strong sense of community and is home to entrepreneurs and craftspeople alike. In response to this, we invite makers who work across disciplines to explore the unforeseen directions, inventiveness, and ingenuity within the metalsmithing field.

Applicants can apply for Main Stage, Rapid Fire, or Early Career Artist Presentations.

Deadline: July 31, 2017

http://www.snagmetalsmith.org/conferences/made/

 

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Spring Fair is upon us again, so off we trouped to the NEC with the students in tow for the biggest jewellery event in the UK calendar. The main reason for us going is that we take the opportunity to promote the students at the event in conjunction…See More
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"LAUNCH OF NEW REDESIGNED WEBSITE new website, www.goldsmiths-centre.org, offers comprehensive online access to programmes, resources and information for the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries as well as interested members of the…"
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"Apprenticeship to Masterpiece - The Work of Goldsmiths' Company Apprentices   Date12 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018 · Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pmPriceFree admissionVenueAtrium   This exhibition explores the history of…"
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"During the month of February, become a member of AJF and be entered in a raffle to receive one of five copies of Jewellery…"
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"92Y Jewelry Residency Program https://www.92y.org/jewelry-residency"
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"The Fashion Institute of Technology, in partnership with the Politecnico di Milano, will hold an international symposium called Digital Meets Handmade: Jewelry in the 21st Century on May 15-17, 2018. https://www.fitnyc.edu/jewelry-design/symposium/"
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