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

"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

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 16, 2014 at 1:46pm
Great Northern
Contemporary Craft Fair
The on-line application for exhibiting at Great Northern
Contemporary Craft Fair 2014 is now live.
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
9-12th October 2014
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 16, 2014 at 1:44pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 16, 2014 at 1:29pm
The one ring to control them all: Smart jewellery that could replace your keyboard - and your light switches
Bluetooth ring can be programmed with different gestures to replicate keyboard commands
Raising funds on Indiegogo for $130 ring
Can be set to control everything from a car to a light switch with a hand gesture
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 13, 2014 at 7:22am

Director of Stour Valley Arts in Kent, where we work with artists in the natural environment.

We have transformed our Forest Office into a simple but brilliant Forest Studio, to be used by artists working in any art form. If you want to explore King’s Wood and be inspired, test a new idea or way of working, or just get some distance of the day-to-day routine of the studio, this could be for you.

For 2014, use of the Forest Studio is free of charge and can be booked for periods between 2 and 6 weeks. For further information and how to apply, please see <a href="">SVA_Forest_Studio_app1</a>

King's Wood is at the heart of Kent, near Ashford International train station. Ashford International is 38 minutes from London St Pancras, and close to the coastal towns of Margate, Whitstable, Folkestone and Dover, and on mainline train routes to Brighton and Hastings.


Huttson Lo


Stour Valley Arts
Elwick House

Elwick Road, Ashford,
Kent TN23 1NR
01233 664987>;>;

Forest Commissions
King's Wood, Challock
Kent TN25 4AR

Stour Valley Arts Limited is a registered charity in England, No. 1086297 and a Limited Company registered in England No. 4062269

Registered office: King's Wood Forest Office, Buck Street, Challock, Kent TN25 4AR

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 13, 2014 at 7:12am

Smiths Row is running a series of professional development days for makers. 

The sessions are designed for those with 5+ years experience but would also be suitable for those with 2+ years experience. 

We are also happy to consider applications from artists as well as makers.

The first session will be on 17 February - and will focus on business development - we still have places available for this session - please call us directly and ask to speak to Lisa King to register interest.

The following sessions will look at writing about your work for the press and working on commissioned projects.

Full details of all three sessions is attached along with an application form to apply for a place on the 2nd and 3rd sessions.

I would be really gratefully if you could forward this email to artists or makers that may be interested in this programme.

With best wishes


Niki Braithwaite

Smiths Row
The Market Cross, Cornhill
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1BT
+ 44 (0) 1284 762081
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 10, 2014 at 5:16pm
Goldsmiths’ Fair '14 Application Deadline Fast Approaching!

The application deadline to return your Goldsmiths’ Fair 2014 application is now less than a month away.

If you haven't already received your Goldsmiths' Fair application pack please check the eligibility requirements below, then email your name and postal address to:

Remember to return your completed applications to Goldsmiths’ Hall by 5pm, Friday 28th February 2014, either by hand or by post (no applications will be accepted by email).

Spread the word and forward this email to others!


Jewellers and silversmiths can apply to be in the Fair if they are all of the following:

Applying with work where each piece includes precious metal(s)
UK resident
Employing six people or less at the bench
Applying with work that has been designed and made in the UK by the applicants themselves
If the applicant has used the specialist techniques of another tradesman these should be noted
Not in full time education at the time of application
Able to attend their stand at all times during their allocated week at the Fair
Compliant with the UK Hallmarking Act 1973
We’re re-committing to making Goldsmiths’ Fair a showcase for new work. Of course there’s room for existing work, however we urge returning exhibitors to feature their latest work in their applications, and if they are selected, on their stands.

Graduate Bursary Scheme

Once again we will be offering ten free graduate stands with bursaries. To be eligible for a graduate stand, you must be all of the following:

• 30 years or under on 30th September 2014
• Have graduated (from an HND/BA/MA or Goldsmiths’ Apprenticeship) during or after 2009

• Have not exhibited at the Fair before

Unless requested otherwise, we will automatically add your details to the Goldsmiths’ Company mailing list, or if you are already listed, the details you provide will overwrite any previous information we may have.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 9, 2014 at 4:29pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 9, 2014 at 12:13pm
do check out all of the other articles and opportunities in this weeks Benchpeg!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 8, 2014 at 9:38am
It's our first Birthday

Hello rebecca skeels,
We would like to invite you to our first Birthday Celebrations at the Institute of Making for a Public Open day!

Date: Saturday 15 March 2014
Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
It's free, no need to book, just drop in from 1pm.
Door close at 5pm and there is limited space.

Birthday Celebrations

We will be one year old! You only turn one once, so we will be celebrating in style!
Join us for some compulsory 99' ice cream and watch the magic unfold when making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. We will have some traditional party games such as Pass-the-Parcel, but be prepared to be surprised, they will all be material inspired!
From the science of making and throwing that perfect paper aeroplane, to suspending helium balloons in mid air.
Finally there always has to be a party gift to take home, the first 300 people you will receive a surprise material inspired party gift, who knows what you will receive!

App-y Birthday

We will be launching a very special present for all you material lovers, our Materials Library app (which will be available to download via iTunes). On the day we will have an iPad on hand to help guide you through the library to explore the wondrous materials we have. Search for the best wax to make the perfect Birthday candle, one that doesn't drip on your birthday cake, smell to strongly, can be coloured easily and has a good flame which can be blown out!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 8, 2014 at 9:24am
Call for Applications - a-n bursary programme
In 2013, a-n launched what proved to be a timely portfolio of professional development bursaries, offered exclusively to artist members. Designed to be as light touch as possible, this scheme has already received 258 applications seeking nearly £165,000 of funding, perhaps identifying a level of genuine need currently not being met by existing artists’ support schemes. Deadlines and details of bursaries:
Go and see bursaries
Deadline for applications: Monday 17 February 2014
Specifically for artists working collectively and through artists’ initiatives. The bursaries enable artists to visit other initiatives, to improve communication and knowledge exchange, and foster joint developments.
New Collaborations
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 18 March 2014
Supporting artists’ critical and artistic development through buying time to research into new collaborations.

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