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 October 15, 2017 at 4:36am
Get hands-on with craft and technology
On 27 and 28 October, makerspaces, fablabs, museums, galleries, and libraries nationwide will be throwing open their doors for Make:Shift:Do, our festival of digital making that combines traditional craft with technology and new materials - offering a tinker-tastic range of making workshops and activities.
Transform a plastic milk bottle into a heart shaped decoration; create a 3D printed wheelchair or heart monitor; explore digital embroidery and much more. Find a venue near you and get involved.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:59am

Future Craft: Call for papers Entrepreneurship or Enterprise? 14th March 2018 University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Call for Papers The University for the Creative Arts invites speakers to take part in the 'Future Craft' Conference. This is the first of a series of biennial conferences will offer an opportunity for discussion, engagement and debate across a broad continuum of jewellery and silversmithing, whilst looking forward to exploring what the future might hold Supporters The University for the Creative Arts Queensland College of Art Griffith University in Australia Festival of Silver Please contact Rebecca Skeels with any queries about submissions page one of the call is posted in the previous announcement. Successful applications will be notified by December 8th 2017.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:45am

Arts Council England (ACE) has opened a public consultation on the future of the visual arts in Bristol as it prepares to make a £3.34m investment in the artform in the city by 2022.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:44am

The Craft & Design Collective and Craft Northern Ireland have been working in partnership for six months and have now formed Craft NI, which aims to strengthen the input of those working in craft on a national and international level.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Head of Visual Arts, Suzanne Lyle, described the merger as a “smart solution” for two organisations contributing valuable services to the development of craft in the country.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:42am

Arts Council joins forces with London authorities to promote culture in the capital

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:41am

Public donations to arts projects increase and fundraising skills improve when crowdfunding campaigns are matched with other funds, new research shows.

This form of fundraising – combining public and private funding with smaller donations from the public raised through online platforms – was trialled amongst arts organisations in a nine-month pilot programme backed by Arts Council England (ACE), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and online platform Crowdfunder.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:39am

CALL: Françoise van den Bosch Foundation Artist in Residence programme 2018 at Studio Rian de Jong

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:37am

The 2017 edition of Sieraad Jewellery Art Fair opens the doors in November 9th. The direct contact with the designers is one of the most attractive aspects for visitors. The enormous variety in styles, ranging from the more traditional to explicitly artistic and experimental, also forms an inspiration for each visitor to find something to their own taste.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:32am

Members look out for their October e-bulletin in their email boxes:

Highlights include:
The ACJ held it's 20th AGM on the 5th October at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. Followed by a fabulous 20th birthday party! Read the ACJ chair's report from the AGM and see more about the event here.

Join us at 5pm on 31st October for the opening of the 20:20 Visions exhibition at the Craft Study Centre in Farnham.

There will be a special evening programme, with a private view of the exhibition followed by a talk by Dr Lynne Bartlett about Colouring Titanium. (Tickets for the talk are £5. Advance booking is essential either in person or by calling 01252 891450. The private view and entrance to the exhibitions is free).

And as usual lots of member news, opportunities, calls for entry, jobs, exhibitions and courses!

Any questions please email

A copy of this e-bulletin is also available in the members section of the website

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 14, 2017 at 4:27am


October 11, 2017, San Francisco, California, USA--Art Jewelry Forum is pleased to present a short series of critical essays, collectively called Crafted Words, as a result of a partnership with Radiant Pavilion.

Supported by Art Jewelry Forum, Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne, Crafted Words encourages craft writers from Victoria, Australia, to consider critical discourse around contemporary craft. The goal is to support critical reflection and discussion about work shown at Radiant Pavilion, which was held from August 26 through September 3, 2017, as well as issues in the field from a range of perspectives.

Crafted Words asked emerging writers to submit proposals that were then juried, with two proposals selected. In addition, two established writers were invited to participate. The theme, direction, and format was entirely up to the writers, but the texts reflect on the event in some way--what they saw, issues that arose, discussions that were sparked, etc.

The four essays will be published on Art Jewelry Forum once a week starting on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. ...

About AJF

Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. AJF advocates for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and financial support. It commissions critical writing that sets the standard for excellence in the field and publishes, an online resource for original content on art jewelry.

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