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
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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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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 July 29, 2016 at 6:56am


Date: Monday 19th September to Thursday 22nd September 2016

What are the future rules of luxury? How is the merging of technology and materials enhancing the art of making? First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival (LDF) is one of the world’s most important annual design events. The Goldsmiths’ Centre joins over 400 events and exhibition stages across the design spectrum and celebrates the future of design and craft – from digital innovation and scale-modelling to consumer behaviour.

To see our full programme of talks and taster workshops and to book tickets, please visit our website, call our box office on 020 7566 7650 or email us.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2016 at 6:53am

Tickets are now available to purchase for Goldsmiths’ Fair, and for the comprehensive talks programme which runs throughout the Fair, including informative Breakfast Talks hosted by industry specialists.

This year speakers include renowned silversmith Richard Fox who will speak about his career designing trophies for Formula One, World Rally and NASCAR, and Asian Department Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Susan Stronge who will discuss the Bejwelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection exhibition. We also have Clyde Tabiner from Cartier speaking on Maison Cartier Style and History. Please click here for the full programme.

We also have a selection of free afternoon talks during the Fair, and for the first year, jewellery authority and curator Corinne Julius will lead small group tours around the Fair in both weeks one and two.

For more information, please visit the website.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 29, 2016 at 6:51am

Celebrating 700 years of Marking History

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Beakers by Stuart Jenkins, image Julia Skupny

We are extremely excited to be launching a brand new competition at this year's Make Your Mark event.   

The Make Your Mark Awards will be open initially to apprentices, and current or recently graduated students of precious metal related courses in the UK, with prizes being awarded for the best design of a precious metal piece incorporating a UK hallmark within the design. Both artistry and the way that the hallmark is used will be considered by the judging panel.

The Awards will be presented at a special event on the first evening of Make Your Mark, which runs on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd November. Make Your Mark is in its third year and is fast-becoming the go-to industry event for students on precious metal courses in the UK. This year’s Benchpeg Awards will also be presented on the same evening.

More information and details on how to enter will be available shortly. Entries can be in the form of designs, models or finished pieces and there will be an exhibition of entries at Make Your Mark. There are some fantastic prizes on offer, so make sure you don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 23, 2016 at 6:46am

Every other year, crafthaus awards a micro grant to a craft artist regardless of their location, professional background, or chosen craft field.

The grant is unrestricted and intended to provide assistance for an interesting new personal or group project.

Since 2011, crafthaus supported diverse projects such as a women-led craft cooperative in Southeastern Turkey and an international group exhibition for artists with invisible disabilities.

2016 Submission period opens: September 6, 2016

Deadline to submit proposals: September 30, 2016.

Eligibility and additional information:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 3:03pm

Goldsmiths specialise in working with precious metals, particularly gold.
As a goldsmith, you will need to be someone who takes pleasure in practical work and enjoys working with their hands. Photo: Holts Academy


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:55pm
Shared Concerns: Melissa Cameron, Aran Galligan, Dan DiCaprio, Kaori Juzu, Jill Hermans, Caitie Sellers, Lynn Batchelder, and Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro
July 1-31, 2016
Artists’ Reception: Friday July 1, 6-8pm

An exhibition documenting the meeting of eight international artists, brought together to work in the Penland studios in the mountains of North Carolina. As a group, the artists were asked to share a word that encapsulated the main concern of their practice. Words were then swapped at random so that each person received a different word, and used it as a part of the inspiration for their new work, by interpreting the ‘concern’ of another group member.

The pieces begun during their Winter Residency at Penland and were finished in studios across the United States as well as in Australia and Denmark, where this diverse group of jewelry artists call home. Shared Concerns is curated by Melissa Cameron and Aran Galligan.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:42pm

Call for Applications – The Guild of Enamellers’ 2017 Bursary Award

The Guild of Enamellers’ 2017 Bursary Award is now open for applications. This prestigious award strives to encourage, support and develop the skills of the next generation of enamellers, and thus exert a progressive influence on standards of workmanship and design in enamelling. The Award (worth over £1,000) will allow new enamellers to further develop their enamelling skills and exploration of the medium within the supportive networks offered by the generous sponsorship package.

The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Magazine, Vitrum Signum and Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Limited for supporting the Award. Sponsorship benefits include conference, workshop and masterclass attendance, printed and digital resources, Guild teaching DVDs, free editorial and promotion in craft&design Magazine, a year’s subscription to craft&design, one to one business mentoring, sample enamel sets, enamel equipment and supplies vouchers and one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers.

Digital applications can be submitted via the website with a closing date for applications of 31st July 2016. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:40pm

Dear Rebecca,

Living and working in the UK has become a very different prospect over the last three weeks. As much as is possible at this stage I wanted to let you know what the Crafts Council’s immediate plans are in these uncertain times. 

We know the power of craft is that it exists in all communities and it connects and empowers. 

The strength of the craft sector in the UK is that it constantly evolves and has a rich history of encompassing craft techniques, skills, knowledge and makers from all over the globe. We are confident it will continue to do this and as an organisation we will certainly retain our outward-looking and inclusive attitude. 

On many fronts it is business as usual for the Crafts Council. We will continue to run our talent development programmes, work to increase young people’s access to craft, create exhibitions, develop how craft can lead to innovation and build the market through the directory, our international programme and events like COLLECT.

But there are challenging times ahead and we are already looking at what the critical issues may be for the sector - be that change to free movement or a potential economic downturn. And some of our pre-Brexit concerns come into sharper focus now. The pipeline of future makers may well be reduced due to fewer EU nationals and the very realistic prospect of less funding for the arts. 

However we are already uniting with the rest of creative industries to ensure that as a sector our voice, compassion and creativity can play a part in making the future as bright as possible. Working with Arts Council England, Creative Industries Federation and many other organisations across the UK we will continue to talk to government about how we can play a vital role in this. 

At this point we want to hear your thoughts and concerns, and of course your constructive ideas. In time we will be sending out a survey but for now please do email us at

Many thanks, 

Rosy Greenlees
Executive Director
Crafts Council 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:37pm

Handmade Edinburgh
28 - 30 October
Calling all makers, in Scotland and beyond! Applications are open for the first edition of Handmade Edinburgh, which will take place at The Hub from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016.

Open to all contemporary craft makers working in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, furniture and more! To apply, simply submit some details about yourself via our online form plus four images of your work.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:34pm

Free Craft Masterclasses this summer - open for ages 14-18

by Chris Webb

The Creative Dimension - Workshops

Earn your Bronze or Silver Arts Award and learn a new craft skill this summer, with The Crafts Council and The Creative Dimension. Work with master crafters and learn from their expertise!

The Creative Dimension - Workshop

Earn your Bronze or Silver Arts Award and learn a new craft skill this summer, with The Creative Dimension. Work with master crafters and learn from their expertise!


Gilding and Marquetry Fully Booked
Mural Painting
Stone Working
Hand Engraving Fully Booked

All places are fully funded. Courses are led by master craftsmen who are world-leaders in their field. You will be pushed, stretched and challenged as you learn new skills.

You know the future is in your hands. Make it happen!

For more information download our flyer or email to apply.

*Update* Deadline extended to July 22 - please apply as soon as possible to ensure you receive a free place!


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