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

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 November 11, 2017 at 10:18am

Jewelry of Ideas Symposium
Explore the world of contemporary jewelry design with esteemed scholars and renowned jewelers during this day-long symposium highlighting the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from The Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

The exhibition features more than 150 objects by over 100 modern and contemporary jewelry designers and makers from 18 countries, from the late 1940s to the present. Lewin, a preeminent collector in the field, has acquired many significant and unique pieces during 40-plus years of collecting.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 10:13am

Shaun Leane Speaks at New York Fashion Conference
10-11 November, New York
Amongst this year's guest speakers at IAC's Fashion, Jewellery and Design conference is UK jeweller Shaun Leane, widely known for his work with the late Alexander McQueen. Book tickets using the code GOLDSMITHSCOMPANY to receive a $150 discount.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 10:11am

Listen to Goldsmiths Podcast Channel
Experience the many facets of the Goldsmiths' Company through our podcast channel, available on: iTunes, Castbox and the Goldsmiths' Fair website.
Including: The Leekfrith Torcs with Dr. Julia Farley from the British Museum; Understanding the Surface of Silver with Catrin Jones of the Holburne Museum.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 10:09am

'Commerce with all the World': Being a Goldsmith in the 16th & 17th Centuries
19 January 2018, £45
To celebrate the landmark publication of Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London: Their Marks and Their Lives by Dr David Mitchell, the Goldsmiths’ Company is holding a symposium to explore the world in which early modern goldsmiths lived and worked.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 10:07am

The 20:20 Visions exhibition has moved to its final venue - The Crafts Study Centre (CSC) in Farnham. If you haven't seen it yet, the exhibition will be open until the 9th December. More details here. We also report on the great opening event at the CSC on the 31st October in our e-bulletin to full ACJ Members along with some other news items!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 10:05am

Art Jewelry Forum is pleased to present a short series of critical essays, collectively called Crafted Words, as a result of our partnership with Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial. Supported by AJF, Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne, Crafted Words encouraged craft writers from Victoria, Australia, to consider critical discourse around contemporary craft and supported critical reflection and discussion on work shown at Radiant Pavilion and issues in the field from a range of perspectives.
The theme, direction, and format was entirely up to the writers, but the four texts reflect on the event in some way--what they saw, issues that arose, discussions that were sparked, etc. Here's the results, a virtual tour of the Radiant Pavilion from four very different perspectives.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:58am

Craft Biennale Scotland: Call for Entries Open International Exhibition

Entries are invited for the inaugural exhibition 'Response to Place' which will be the centrepiece of a dynamic new bi-annual event.  It will take place at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh from 11 May - 8 July 2018.

The exhibition will be selected by: Grace Cochrane (Australia), Hyeyoung Cho (South Korea), Lars Sture (Norway) and Maeve Toal (Scotland).

Closing date for entries: Fri 1 December 2017, 5pm GMT 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:53am
08 December
Visual Arts Residencies 2018
In 2018 Cove Park will award a minimum of three funded Visual Arts Residencies of between one to three months each. Artists based throughout the UK are welcome to apply to this programme. With support from the Bridge Awards, Cove Park will also offer a four-week residency for an emerging visual artist based in Scotland. The above residencies will take place during May to September 2018. Within this period residency dates are negotiable. Please note, international artists are not eligible to apply for the above residencies in this round. Cove Park has established an International Visual Arts Advisory Board and residencies for international artists will be awarded through partnership projects and, with support of our Board, via direct invitation. Previous visual arts residents include: Laura Aldridge, Sara Barker, Jordan Baseman, Simon Bedwell, Tyler Coburn, Anne-Marie Copestake, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Kate Davis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Chris Evans, Ruth Ewan, Luke Fowler, Alex Frost, Michael Fullerton, Maria Fusco, Will Holder, Quinn Latimer, Dane Mitchell, Scott Myles, Katrina Palmer, Toby Paterson, Elizabeth Price, Margaret Salmon, Polly Staple, Simon Starling, Stephen Sutcliffe, Cara Tolmie, Alison Turnbull, Mark Vernon, Jan Verwoert. Application Guidelines are available to download here. The deadline for all visual arts applications is Friday 8 December 2017.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:50am

  Future Craft: Call for papers

IMAGE: Welded painted-tin bangle "Well, Well, Well"
By David Poston, photograph by David Poston; (the piece is in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).

Future Craft: Call for papers

Title: Future Craft
Conference Theme: Entrepreneurship or Enterprise?
Date: 14th March 2018
Venue: University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

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

The conference seeks to provide a framework for discussion around Jewellery and Silversmithing: ‘Entrepreneurship or Enterprise?’ It will celebrate and explore continual innovation within these industries; along with learning, development, business, context and markets.


We invite proposals from scholars, artists and research students and welcome a range of modes and formats, from academic papers, artist talks, performative interventions etc.

Details should include:

• author/s name
• title
• email address/s and number/s,
• type of paper: ‘academic papers’, ‘artist talk’, ‘performative’ etc
• abstract 150-200 words
• statement that this work is your own and that it has not been published elsewhere (or if work has already been published give reference of this publication and how much new original content submitted)
• any proposed costs, health and safety issues, equipment that may be required
• image of self (headshot) image of work (if appropriate).

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Team.
The team will include jewellery and silversmithing researchers. Submissions are not to be anonymized for review; reviewers will be required to declare any conflict of interest over reviewed work.

Please contact Rebecca Skeels with any queries about submissions Successful applications will be notified by December 8th 2017.

Proposal submissions might include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

• Conserving the industry for future generations
• Learning, developing and innovating
• Past, Present and Future
• Global Issues


The University for the Creative Arts
Queensland College of Art Griffith University in Australia
Festival of Silver

Deadline 30th November 2017

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2017 at 9:43am

 Craft Connecting Architecture at the Building Centre later this month and the Heritage Crafts conference next March.


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