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: 76
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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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"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 Sunday

ResonanceFM Broadcasts

Making Conversations is a series that originally aired on Resonance104.4fm.

Episode 1: Professor Andrew Prescott, AHRC Digital Transformations Research Fellow, talks to Jon Rogers and Justin Marshall about how using digital technology playfully and creatively and treating it as a craft can humanise our increasingly technocentric world.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
At the Bench
Andrew is off filming for a few days this week. He is filming one of UK's best loved precious metal recycling companies. Still a bit hush hush at the moment but an interested collection of films will be going live next year showing the process of precious metal reclamation.

Regulars to At The Bench will remember the live webcasts we broadcast once a month. We we are starting them back up in the New Year. We will be going over the basics again, this being how to choose the right piercing saw and how to pierce. Soldering and the various techniques involved and many more. What we are asking of you is to ask us questions that we can answer live on air. Anything you want as long as it's jewellery related. Just email us with your questions. Perhaps you have a problem with soldering fine wire. Is a pendant motor worth its money? What burrs and polishing mops do I need? I have trouble getting a successful casting using Delft Clay.

Email us anything you want because if you have a question I bet somone else has exactly the same question too but is afraid to ask. So ask away even if it sounds trivial.....we want to help you in a way that no book or magazine can. You will be able to watch Andrew, live and ask questions dusing the Webcasts too.

And best of all, all of our Webcast are totally FREE so look out on Twitter and Facebook in the New Year for details and encourage your friends to watch too. You don't even have to be a members of At The Bench, so spread the word. There will be FREE giveaways too, At The Bench aprons, mugs, books.......

Have a great weekend everyone.

Andrew and the At The Bench Team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Head of School - Conservation
West Dean College
Location: Chichester
Salary: Circa £47,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 19th November 2014
Closes: 12th December 2014
Part of The Edward James Foundation Ltd, a registered charity

Location: West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ

Salary: Circa £47,000

Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week)

Contract: Permanent

West Dean College has an international reputation for excellence in conservation and creative arts. The College specialises in the practical teaching of conservation (of objects and materials) and the creative and visual arts at post graduate level. The College is part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable educational trust located on the 6,400 acre West Dean Estate in beautiful West Sussex countryside near Chichester. The College is affiliated to the University of Sussex.

We have recently reorganised our full time courses, creating disciplinary Schools and are now wishing to recruit a Head of School - Conservation to take responsibility for the academic leadership, development and management of our conservation courses. Currently, the School has approximately 50 full time students across five subject specialisms and additionally supports a range of specialist short courses and CPD programmes.

Reporting to the Director of Education you will provide effective academic leadership and operational management for the School, further building its’ reputation as a centre of excellence across the existing courses whilst developing new areas of curriculum particularly in relation to collections care and conservation management. You will be expected to make a significant contribution to teaching and research within the field.

To be successful in this role you will have recent and relevant higher education experience in a programme or departmental management role in conservation or an allied subject. You’ll also be an experienced people manager with a track record of building effective teams, an expert communicator with the ability to influence and build relationships at all levels. You will need to have academic and professional credibility evidenced by personal achievement in research, consultancy or professional practice together with experience of curriculum and course development.

For the full job description, person specification and terms and conditions of employment, please contact Deborah Marshall, HR Officer - Education,, 01243 818313 or go onto the website

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 December 2014 at 5pm. Interviews will take place on 9.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 16, 2014 at 10:01am
some great articles..and some ACJ members you'll recognise! Do sign up to receive them all!!

At this busy time of year, why not take a few minutes out and enjoy a bit of a break reading through our latest online newsletter. It's free for you to download and has all the latest news about what's going on in the run up to the Festive Season.

Download your newsletter here!

We hope you enjoy it!

With best wishes

Angie and Paul
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 16, 2014 at 5:01am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 14, 2014 at 5:46pm
Dear artist, designer, maker,

We’re pleased to see that you expressed an interest in the opportunity to exhibit at COLLECT Open through our newsletter; and as such I wanted to get in touch with a reminder of the deadline in case you decide that this opportunity is something you would like to apply for.

Below you can see a few testimonials from previous exhibitors:

‘Taking part in last year's edition of COLLECT Project Space (COLLECT Open), was an exciting opportunity, a rewarding professional achievement and a stimulus to further develop my practice-led research. The impressive venue together with Crafts Council's curatorial effort made for an exceptional setting to present new body of work to a diverse and engaged audience.’ Designer-maker Giovanni Marmont

'Collect was an opportunity to show a large body of work in a London Gallery. Many people saw the show including other makers, gallery directors and potential buyers and I am still having conversations months later about the work. Although I did not have any direct sales or immediate commissions I have had two further solo shows from galleries who knew my work and this exhibition spurred them on to book my work at their venues in 2015 and 2016. I am also negotiating a potential sale of a large piece that may go to Moscow this autumn.’ Mosaic artist Cleo Mussi

'The honour to be showings work in such a great venue and a great organisation was too good to not try to be part of and so once accepted, I embraced the opportunity with gusto! Taking part with a group of diverse artists attracted a wonderful array of visitors. It is challenging to be 'on the ball' everyday but I truly can say that taking part in every opportunity offered I got to experience so many wonderful times that have kept me motivated in the following months. Also the offers of future opportunities are still coming in.’ Contemporary tapestry artist Jilly Edwards
In terms of practicalities, the deadline for applications is approaching - 21November, 5pm - all application material and background information (including information on fees and logistics for exhibitors) is available to download from our website.

We look forward to receiving any pending applications and in the meantime should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

With best regards

Julia Ravenscroft
COLLECT 2015 Project Manager

The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
Saatchi Gallery, London
8-11 May 2015
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 14, 2014 at 5:37pm
Now in its 5th year:

The SNAG/crafthaus Conference scholarship is awarded every January to a crafthaus member and is intended to enable his/her attendance at the annual SNAG conference!

Application deadline via email: January 10, 2015


The recipient must have finished their education and work in the general field of jewelry or metalsmithing. Application for the scholarship is open to all current, enrolled crafthaus and SNAG members (must be current members of both organizations) regardless of location or background.

Entry Fee: NONE.

Past Recipients:

2011 Timothy McMahon

2012 Bifei Cao

2013 Rebecca Rose

2014: Parker Brown

Juror: Brigitte Martin, Crafthaus Editor

More information and Entry Form.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 14, 2014 at 5:32pm

Klimt02 offers students on a Masters degree the opportunity to undertake internships for a period of 4 to 6 months; the exact time will be agreed with the applicant.

We offer different positions depending on the candidate's skills and profile.
Work at Klimt02 isn’t a “bench work” and most of the time will be spent in front of a computer / thinking. For this role it is very important to be aware of what is currently happening in the jewellery field, how the industry works but also it’s a theoretical work. We work with databases, contact artists, discuss new ways of publication...

Internship positions:

Internship with the Klimt02 website
Under the guidance of the Content Director you will be required to:

_ Retrieve and structure information (via email), following the info fields of the Klimt02 database
_ Research for more complete information to add to items (web & email)
_ Edit images, under the guidelines established for the website (using Photoshop)
_ Upload contents (using CRM)
_ Edit intro texts for the items (CRM)
_ Search for and implement elements relative to Klimt02’s contents + tags for these items (CRM)
_ Check online the updated items throughout the process
_ Email the Content Director to check once work is completed
_ Email members/ contacts to check items
_ Track the whole process

Internship with Klimt02 Publishers
Under the guidance of the Content Director you will be required to:

_ Control stock
_ Upload the contents (using CRM) for new items
_ Edit the intro texts for items (CRM)
_ Search for and implement elements relative to Klimt02’s contents + tags for these items (CRM)
_ Check online the updated items throughout the process
_ Email the Content Director to check once work is completed
_ Email members/ contacts to check items
_ Check all the contents sections and assist in improving the contents, images, related elements and tags (CRM)
_ Research & contact for collaboration proposals relating to Publishers & Magazines (web & email)
_ Assist in the promotion of Klimt02’s publications

Internship with Klimt02 Audiovisual
Under the guidance of the Art and Technology Director you will be required to:

_ Record and edit videos
_ Upload videos onto the Klimt02 Vimeo & YouTube channels
_ Upload videos onto (CRM)
_ Create intro texts, cataloguing the videos, related elements, tags (CRM)
_ Photography of pieces of the gallery
_ Edition of the images (photoshop)
_ Contextualization of jewels with models

Internship at the Klimt02 Gallery
Under the guidance of the Art and Technology Director you will be required to:

_ Work on communication: texts about artists, pieces and exhibitions
_ Assist with the communication of press and social media
_ Perform research into client’s targets

Marketing with the Klimt02 Community
Under the guidance of the Art and Technology Director & the Content Director you will be required to:

_ Campaigns to get new members
_ Campaigns to get new advertisers
_ Campaigns directed to clients of the Klimt02 Gallery
_ Campaigns to look for Sponsoring
_ Campaigns to get new Partners & Collaborators

>> Contacts us for detailed information about the conditions and benefits of our internships
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 14, 2014 at 5:28pm
The competition has two categories: Jewelry and Objects. All entries must be originally created by the entrant, and metallic material should be the core of the entries. The competition results will be published in an electronic book, while the prize winning artworks will be exhibited in the Exhibition of “2015 Taiwan International Metal Craft Competition.”

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