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

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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 28, 2014 at 11:16am
Rising Stars 2014
Symposium for Emerging Makers
Friday 21 March
University for the Creative Arts Room W612
Falkner Road
Farnham GU9 7DS
Free admission
Booking required: 01252 713208,

9.45 Registration

10.15 Welcome
Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate
Rebecca Skeels, Subject Leader for Post Graduate School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts

10.20 Keynote: Portfolio Careers: Contemporary Crafts over the Past Thirty Years
Dr Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre
Making the most of career opportunities that present themselves, and examining emerging contemporary makers career patterns.

11.30 Signpost guide for new artists
Emilia Telese, Artist and Writer, a-n The Artists Information Company Signpost, a-n’s guide for new graduates is aimed at helping new graduates ‘negotiate the first few years out of higher education’. Signpost is a practical guide pointing to all the information and advice new artists need to get started in their chosen creative profession.

1.00 Lunch (to be organised independently)

2.00 Exciting taxation
Alison Branagan, Creative Industries Consultant
When you start selling your craftworks, accept commissions, run workshops or take on other creative freelance opportunities you must register yourself as a sole-trader (self-employed), partnership or as a limited company. This talk covers the gripping and exciting topic of tax for self-employed practitioners. We will embark on a thrilling journey where all that groovy accountancy jargon is explained. If you are presently a bit bewildered by what we mean by net profit and 'off-setting' business expenses, then by the end of this talk you will leave with a whole new enthusiasm for calculators, plastic wallets, box files and more.

3.00 Crafts Council and Hothouse programme
Madeleine Furness, Maker Development Officer, Crafts Council Introduction to the Craft Council and the Hothouse programme that supports emerging makers across the UK. Hothouse provides makers within two years of setting up their business and who already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality, with a tailor-made six-month programme of business and creative support.

3.30 Getting started - setting up a studio
Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space
Getting started and setting up a studio space, developing skills with a focus on what the Making Space does to support makers, in terms of business development touching on special projects which have provided employment and commissioning opportunities.

4.00 Visual Arts in Surrey
Ali Clarke, Visual Arts Officer, Surrey Arts
An overview of the work of Surrey Arts (Surrey County Council) and Arts Partnership Surrey including support for emerging artists, local opportunities and a selection of local arts projects.

4.30 CLOSE and drinks in a pub.
The Wheatsheaf, 19 West Street,
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 25, 2014 at 11:30am

Dear All,
At Ardington we’re gearing up for our new season, which starts next month.  Work is underway in the garden, to create an outdoor studio for the summer months. We will hold willow, flower arranging and watercolour courses under the shade of a lovely wooden pergola.
This year we’re offering almost 200 courses – just to make choosing particularly tricky! These include everything from jewellery cast in colourful resin and making paper from textiles, to upholstery and printmaking.
Our team of leading tutors just keeps growing. New-comers for 2014 include award-winning paper engineer and pop-up book artist Paul Johnson; Dave Venables, past-president of the British Origami Society; and acclaimed experimental paper-maker Jonathan Korejko. And that’s just in the paper people….
You can browse all our courses here:
See you at Ardington!
Faith Pritchard
Ardington School of Crafts
Office hours: Wed – Sun, 9am – 5pm

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 24, 2014 at 4:18pm
I have a few (very few!) spaces for our private views on Wednesday 19th March and Thursday 20th March, so if you're still thinking about applying for tickets, now is your chance. Here's the information again. If you'd like to come, please email and I will reserve a place for you.

This winter has seen the opening of the spectacular exhibition of Tudor and Stuart jewellery which forms the Cheapside Hoard. Curated by Hazel Forsyth, this exhibition throws a spotlight on the activities and work of the London goldsmiths of this period. It also draws on detailed archive research by Hazel which reveals the extensive trading patterns which brought some of these jewels to London.

By courtesy of the Museum of London, members of ACJ are invited to attend a private view of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition on either Wednesday 19th March, or Thursday 20th March, 2014, at 9.15 for 9.30 am. It will be an excellent opportunity for members to hear about the Hoard at first hand from Hazel, who will give members a brief introduction. Members will be able to stay on afterwards during the public opening time for as long as they like. Everyone is asked to arrive by 9.15, at the latest, to deposit coats and bags.

Please note: The Museum has a strict cloakroom policy, and no coats or bags will be allowed into the exhibition. There are lockers for all luggage.

Tickets are £12.00 per member. Members may bring a non-member guest at a cost of £15, if applications allow. Numbers are limited to 20 per visit.

If you would like to attend, please let me know and I will send you an application form.

Best wishes,
Sue Hyams
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 24, 2014 at 5:51am

HOLD IT! The Art of the Modern Medal


Saturday 8 March – Saturday 19 April 2014


Private view and announcements of the 2013 winners:

Friday 7 March, 6-8pm - all welcome


The Student Medal Project, now in its 21st year, is a success story for bringing the art of the modern medal into the art college curriculum, whether in sculpture, metal work or jewellery. It is an introduction to the age-old art of bronze casting, where students themselves each create a small but powerful work of two-sided relief sculpture, which can be held in the hand.


This exhibition takes us from the political to the personal, the abstract to the mainstream, as the students – and some professional makers – express their creativity and craftsmanship in the surprising medium of the modern art medal.


The British Art Medal Society, which is behind this Project, is based at the British Museum. It also commissions medals every year for sale to its members, arranges lectures and conferences. At the British Museum can be found the country’s wide-ranging collection of modern art medals, including student medals it has purchased. Each year colleges around the UK are invited to participate, plus an academy from abroad, this year, the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. The culmination of the Project is the annual exhibition, which in 2014 will be held at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey.




Press images:


Prize-winners from the 2012 British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project


1.  Are you who you say you are?, 2012,  Bo Behan, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (bronze on copper plate, 8mm x 8mm)

This prize-winning medal tackles the questions surrounding social media, where anonymity gives protection to the one who sends out falsehoods, but causes others to build their beliefs on an identity that may be non-existent.  However, the medal also champions this networking site, as it can be used by those who are repressed to support their causes. 






2.  Fleeting Moment, 2013, Alice Ellis-Bray, Falmouth University (cast bronze, 9.5mm diam.)

The artist won a prize for this medal, which captures a personal moment, when a butterfly came to rest against her cheek.  The butterfly and the chrysalis are used metaphorically, to suggest change may come, and patience and time are required for any form of transformation.  We learn from mistakes and overcoming obstacles.






The New Ashgate Gallery is a destination for viewing and buying the best of affordable contemporary art and craft by established and emerging artists and makers. New Ashgate is dedicated to promote and champion the best contemporary art and craft in the market place and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond. The Gallery curates an exciting programme of changing exhibitions and has an affordable gift shop. As a not-for-profit charity, it also fosters emerging artists and makers through mentoring and touring exhibitions, working in partnership with organisations such as the University for the Creative Arts and the Crafts Council.


The Gallery will also organise and host the touring Rising Stars 2014 exhibition, 8 March – 19 April, that showcases the best of emerging craft talent in the UK.


Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm.


For more information and images, contact Dr Outi Remes,

Gallery Director:


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 23, 2014 at 11:27am
Call for Designer-Makers

Handmade in Britain 14: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
14th-16th November
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

The Event
Now in its 8th year, our annual winter event returns to Chelsea this November to showcase contemporary work from 100 designer-makers.
Handmade in Britain 14: The Contemporary Crafts and Design Fair begins the Christmas Season on 14th – 16th November at the historic and beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Call for Entries
We have now launched our call for entries.  Applications are invited from designer-makers of contemporary craft who create by hand in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  We welcome interest from makers working in the following areas: Fashion design & accessories, interior design & accessories, stationery, glass, ceramics, metalwork, paper, textiles, woodwork, jewellery, furniture, prints and etchings. Approximately 100 makers will be selected to exhibit by an independent panel of judges.

For more information and to apply please see our application pack, as a download hereand available through our website
The deadline for applications is 30th April 2014.

Our Chelsea Shows
You can view images from our previous events here, the exhibitor list from last year's show in Chelsea here and meet last year's new graduate exhibitors here.

If you are interested in general info & tickets for our may time show in Chelsea Spring Edition see our website.  Our call for applications to exhibit at Spring Edition is closed, but you may join our reserve list by emailing Anna on
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 23, 2014 at 11:23am 

We are seeking up to about 20 exhibitors from all areas of craft/art that, as well as having their work displayed for sale, can offer an interesting and informative demonstration, and in particular, those who are to able run small workshops for the visitors.


Workshops may be short, drop in and go, perhaps contributing to a collective work (this is an area both RHS and Craft In Focus are keen to stage), or structured and more formal with a finished piece to take away.


It is difficult to state an exact cost to participate, as some demonstrations/workshops will be more involved than others. However as a guide, for a very simple demonstration using a 3m x 3m marquee supplied by us, the cost would be no more than £350, whereas for a larger workshop based exhibit the full cost could be minimal. Electricity and tables will be included in the overall cost and will all be exempt from VAT.


If there are high material costs involved, the RHS have indicated they may make available an allowance towards this, but in return they will keep any charge made for each participant. Structured workshops, for instance a batik workshop, would be available to book in advance via the RHS, so it is important that capacity of workshop is stated, and how many workshops per day.  



Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 21, 2014 at 2:43pm
Ever fancied learning a new skill? We have new course dates for evening and intensive courses. Find them all here:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 20, 2014 at 3:37pm
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Group: The UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014
Subject: Only 9 days left to enter the UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014
The UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014 close for entries in nine days – don’t miss your chance to shine at the only industry-judged awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in the UK Watch and Jewellery business.

Why enter the UK Watch and Jewellery Awards?

• They're the only awards for the industry, judged by the industry
• Being a finalist is a mark of excellence you can use to prove to customers and industry peers you are the best in your field
• The rigorous judging process for the awards, which includes mystery shopping and official editorial visits, will help you understand your business better
• Raise your profile and gain industry recognition for your outstanding business and staff
• Increase your exposure -– all finalists are showcased in Retail Jeweller and online

Don’t miss your chance to shine in 2014. With no entry fee you have nothing to lose - enter here today:

Entry deadline: 28 February 2014

Need help with your entry? Contact our award entry specialist, Lucy Trevor on +44 (0)20 3033 2661 or email her at

We look forward to seeing your entries.
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 20, 2014 at 3:26pm
Interview to Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School

by: Klimt02

Barcelona, Klimt02, 2014
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 20, 2014 at 3:10am

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