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
Members: 75
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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. 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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The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 65 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists

To see the map and list of our 16 schemes with links to their application information, please visit:

For full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply, please visit:

• Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2015 and April 2016
• AA2A has a Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits providing support of up to £200
• Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2015
• Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2013 to 2014 or before can now reapply
• All applicants must have at least one year’s professional practice
• M.A. students with at least one year's experience as an artist, can apply in the same year they graduate
• Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

To see current AA2A artists' work go to

Please Note: Application packs are only available directly from the host institutions

AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday

Calling All Creatives!

We are inviting proposals for our sixth Christmas window display giving artists/designers/makers the opportunity to dress the double fronted art nouveau style windows at MOSTYN.

Are you a designer/maker with imaginative ideas about displaying your own work? We invite proposals from you on how you would create a dramatic display within a large/given space. This opportunity is open for collaboration work with other artists and designers. Saleable items made by the successful candidate, included in the display, must be agreed with the Retail Manager beforehand.
Or do you have visual merchandising ideas?

Are you an individual with the creative vision to produce a striking display that incorporates merchandise from the retail space? We invite you to propose and create a display that is visually stunning. This opportunity involves liaison with the Retail Manager regarding the selection of stock items to be displayed.

Full brief and details are avaliable to download on this page, or email

Deadline: 13th September 2015.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday

Study rooms and group visits

As the new academic term approaches, did you know that study rooms are available in the Library for members? Or that sessions with expert interpretation can be provided for undergraduate and graduate classes and special interest groups?

for more details.

Contact us

020 7611 8722

Wellcome Library
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE

Mon 10.00-18.00
Tue 10.00-18.00
Wed 10.00-18.00
Thu 10.00-20.00
Fri 10.00-18.00
Sat 10.00-16.00
Sun Closed

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday

We are now inviting applications for our Desire Fairs in Chelsea and Winchester from silversmiths and jewellers working in any media. Demand for spaces is expected to be extremely high so you are urged to apply early.

Click here to download application forms.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday

Architecture and Jewellery Talk

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Gerda Flockinger’s 14 carat Gold necklace with cabochon smoky quartz, a cabochon aquamarine and pearl blisters 1963 © The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

Date:  Friday 29th October 2015, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost:  £10
Venue: Exhibition Room at The Goldsmiths Centre

Hear leading architect Eva Jiřičná CBE RA discuss her experience of working on the design of The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2008.

Eva worked in partnership with a team of specialist consultants, educators, conservators and curators, and it now displays more than 3,500 jewels from the V&A’s Jewellery collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world.

This talk is part of the A Sense of Jewellery exhibition programme.

To book visit the website, call 020 7566 7560 or email 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday

Micro-Setting: Tips and Tricks Taster Day

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Date: Monday 14th September 2015

Times: 45 minute sessions run at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm

Cost: £20 per person

Venue: Micro-Setting Workshop at The Goldsmiths’ Centre

A fantastic opportunity to experience the Centre’s new micro-setting facility, the Taster Day will give you a basic understanding in how to efficiently use a microscope, specialised applications of tools in the metal carving and engraving processes as well as an insight into how to modify standard tools for micro-pavé.

Sponsored by the Trustees of The Goldsmiths’ Centre, this session will help you to assess your level of expertise and give you a flavour of upcoming micro-setting courses with experienced tutor Harry Foster-Stringer.

To book, visit the website, call 020 7566 7560 or email

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday

Goldsmiths’ Fair will once again be showcasing the best in contemporary designer jewellery and silver. Running from 22nd September until 4th October, it's a fabulous opportunity to see the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent in one place.

In addition to the 168 exhibitors displaying their latest collections at this year's Goldsmiths' Fair, there will be a series of exciting Breakfast Talks hosted by high-profile names from the world of jewellery and design.

Speakers include renowned gems specialist and director of GIA’s London Campus, Edward Johnson, who will present What is gemmology? on Wednesday 23rd September at 9:30am. Jewellery Editor of British Vogue, Carol Woolton, will focus on how flowers have inspired and challenged jewellers through the ages. Her talk is on Thursday 1st October at 9:30am.

To buy your tickets for the Fair, please click


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