The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 70
Latest Activity: on Saturday

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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• 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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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: info@poppyporter.co.uk. 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: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Jewellery 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: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

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: https://is.gd/qhlXfz

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

Goldsmith
 
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
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:55pm

http://www.velvetdavinci.com/
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 http://www.guildofenamellers.org/ 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 comms@craftscouncil.org.uk

Many thanks, 

Rosy Greenlees
Executive Director
Crafts Council 

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

Handmade Edinburgh
28 - 30 October
http://www.thehub-edinburgh.com/
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!
http://www.artsawardvoice.com/magazine/opportunities/the-creative-d...

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!

FIVE WORKSHOPS - THREE FANTASTIC VENUES - FIVE DAYS EACH

Gilding and Marquetry Fully Booked
Mural Painting
Stone Working
Woodwork
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 info@workshopuk.org to apply.

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

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:32pm

MADE BRIGHTON - The Design and Craft Fair
23rd - 25 September, 10am - 5pm

MADE BRIGHTON – The Design and Craft Fair will be running alongside Brighton Art Fair and will present fifty of the best contemporary designer makers in the country, selling work ranging from cutting edge ceramics and contemporary jewellery to blown and kiln formed glass as well as wood and textiles.

Tickets are just £7.50 and are reduced online in advance.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:31pm

http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/opportunities/call-for-entries-make...

Crafts council Opportunities

Call for entries: Make 16 - Contemporary Crafts for Christmas
Deadline: 25 July

Paid Craft Internships in Spain (Ceramic & glass studios, fashion & art)
Deadline: 30 July

Letter Carving Apprenticeship
Deadline: 31 July

Make:Shift:Do 2016 - Open Call
Deadline: 8 August

Rosy James Memorial Trust award for craft makers
Deadline: 26 August

COLLECT galleries call for applications
Deadline: 23 September

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on July 20, 2016 at 2:24pm

http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/things-to-do/museums-and-galleries/exhib...


Knowsley has two of the best contemporary art galleries in Merseyside and the North West of England. The first floor of The Kirkby Centre (L32 8XY) is home to the stunning Kirkby Gallery and Huyton Gallery is located within the Huyton Library building (L36 9GD). In addition to the galleries, Prescot Museum is located within The Prescot Centre building in Prescot’s Indoor Shopping Centre (L34 5GA) and focuses on the local history of the area including the important clock and watch making industry.
Knowsley Galleries logo

The galleries display work by local, regional, national and international artists including touring exhibitions from the Hayward Gallery, Knowsley’s Annual Open Exhibitions, schools, and community arts projects. Knowsley council also works in partnership with other arts agencies to deliver exhibitions such as Liverpool Biennial and pan-Merseyside projects.

'Crafted' exhibitionCrafted 2016 exhibition
31 May - 24 September: Huyton Gallery
31 May - 13 August: Kirkby Gallery

The ‘Crafted’ exhibition is a biennial show, presenting the work of makers from areas of contemporary craft, design, sculpture and fine art. For the first time, ‘Crafted’ will be shown in both Kirkby Gallery and Huyton Gallery simultaneously, offering more opportunity to see some of the best artwork from across the UK. Another special feature to this exhibition is that central to the arm of the show in Kirkby Gallery, are the work of nine UK designers, on loan from The Crafts Council, setting the tone for this stunning exhibition.

 

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