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

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Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Dec 1, 2019. 3 Replies

ACJ welcomes to its membership makers, collectors, curators, educators, gallerists and all who have in interest in or passion for contemporary jewellery. ACJ organises exhibitions, conferences, events, talks and workshops for its members and the public. We publish our print magazine Findings twice a year, send a monthly e-bulletin to members, packed with news, information & opportunities, and we run social media accounts which reach over 10,000 people with news and information - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. We do all this on an annual budget of about £25,000, funded by membership subscriptions. Would you like to donate to help us further this work? Any amount is welcome! PayPal donations can be made here:…Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 22, 2013 at 4:52pm
Mark Fenn is starting the ACJ Kent regional group and that anyone interested in joining should contact him at
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 20, 2013 at 1:54pm

I'm not sure if any of you might be interested in the South Hill Park Silversmithing/Jewellery Artist in Residence???
I've attached the details, applications are open now.

An exciting opportunity has opened to join the busy visual arts team at South Hill Park.
South Hill Park has five artists’ residencies for the visual arts, each of which is for up to two years. There is one residency for Printmaking, two for Silversmithing and one for Ceramics. These residencies are an important part of Visual Art activities at South Hill Park. The next Silversmithing residency is due to start in September 2013.
The application pack includes the following info:
Residencies information pack Job description
Sample studio timetable Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form
For the current brochure see
Informal enquiries:
Kate Ratcliffe, Visual Arts Coordinator Tel: 01344 416240
How to apply:
Please return the following documents to the Visual Arts Department:
Application form
Covering letter (max 2 pages) CV (max 4 pages)
For the covering letter, think about what evidence you can provide to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience. Explaining your current (and previous) jobs to someone else may help you uncover ‘hidden’ skills that you take for granted. You may also want to include voluntary/unpaid work experience, or experiencegained via a role of responsibility in one of your leisure pursuits if this is relevant to the requirements of the vacancy.
by post:
Kate Ratcliffe
Visual Arts
South Hill Park Arts Centre Ringmead
RG12 7PA
by email:
Deadline for application: 13 July 2013 , 5pm Interviews: Fri 21 June 2013
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 19, 2013 at 2:08pm

UCA Farnham preview is this Thursday and show is open up to and including the 1st June! Jewellery and Metalwork in the foyer and James Hockey Gallery!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 19, 2013 at 2:05pm
College shows coming up!!! any of you exhibiting this year and when?
the J stands are the jewellery zone stands at New Designers!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 19, 2013 at 1:54pm
Following the success of our fairs at RHS Garden Wisley, we are delighted to have been invited to stage another event at a RHS venue.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, Essex. 
We shall be staging the event alongside the already established 'Taste of Autumn' fair. This event usually attracts
in the region of 5000 visitors, giving us a ready-made audience to which we can add our own visitors.  Application forms are attached (left) , or can be downloaded here

We would be particularly keen to hear from anyone wishing to demonstrate or run a workshop at this event.  
Applications Forms for this event are being sent by email only
on this occasion.   
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 19, 2013 at 1:48pm

This year South Hill Park’s annual Student Open evolves into the SHP Summer Open 2013, inviting Berkshire-based artists and makers to submit their latest work in this opportunity to exhibit. Student work from South Hill Park’s courses will be displayed in the Mansion Galleries and the best entries from Berkshire artists will be exhibited in the Bracknell Gallery this August and September.

South Hill Park would like to invite all artists and makers who are living, working or studying in Berkshire to take part in the first open exhibition of its kind at the arts centre, which is set to showcase talent from across the county.

If you would like to be part of this fantastic exhibition, please download an application pack from our website and submit it to by Mon 15 July.

Exhibition dates are Sat 3 Aug – Sun 22 Sept in South Hill Park's Bracknell Gallery.

With Best Wishes
Kate Ratcliffe
Visual Arts Coordinator
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 19, 2013 at 1:10pm
Registration for International Jewellery London is now open.

You have been pre-qualified for FAST TRACK registration. A fast track pass gives you access to the International Jewellery London Trade Exhibition from 1- 4 September 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at IJL!

Best Wishes,
The IJL Team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 11, 2013 at 10:32am
Free Workshop Places at The Chununga Tree This Month Only

It's Craft & Design Month
We are showing our support with lots of offers this month.
In celebration we have put up some FREE places on a couple of courses but you'd better be quick as there are only a few places left!!

Book our Beginners Silver Clay Day (usually £130 per person) on either 18 or 24 May and bring your friend for FREE!

Simply visit our website, put two spaces for either day in your basket and then enter voucher code FRIEND and one place will be absolutely FREE!

Take this opportunity and come along and learn all about silver clay. You will make two pieces of silver jewellery, one in fine silver and the other sterling silver and you will go away with enough knowledge to carry on your new hobby from home knowing you have our excellent staff for support once you have left our studio.

If you are already a silver clay creative, then why not share this this wonderful offer with your friends - just don't miss out!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 11, 2013 at 10:22am
Invitation to Making Space Open Studios
I would like to invite you to visit Making Space Open Studios on the 18th and 19th May from 11am to 5pm on both days.

Open studios tenants will be featuring textile design, photography, painting, ceramics and glass. Workshops for adults and families. MAKING IT artists - Deryn Relph and Alex Archbold will be in their studios. Plus an Inspired exhibition of work by our students, and a display of work by Heads of Art and Design from some of Hampshire's schools. See for more information.

We do hope you can join us. (Our next Open Studios event will be in 2014.)
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 11, 2013 at 10:14am
‘spectrum’ is an exhibition that celebrates and highlights the diversity of the Jewellery & Silversmithing world. It showcases the work of 13 artists and designers all currently participating in the ‘Artist in Residence’ scheme at the School of Jewellery, which is part of Birmingham City University.
For one creative discipline to allow for such a wide array of outcomes is truly extraordinary and reflects the way in which the field of Jewellery & Silversmithing is forever growing and changing. ‘spectrum’ is a rare opportunity to see a comprehensive cross-section of the current emerging and established designers within this field. Each resident has a specialist interest within the discipline and chooses to convey their ideas in a myriad of different ways. Traditional precious materials sit alongside concrete, wood and even condoms, provoking a discussion of tastes, styles, identity and sense of place.
‘spectrum’ includes the work of:
Drew Markou, Hannah Fewtrell-Bolton, Laura Bradshaw Heap, Francesca Antonello, Ruth Laird, Grace Page, Julie Legault, Owen Condon, Rhianne Hutchinson, Christine Davies, Joanna Candlish, Zehava Hashai-Spellman and Amanda Trimmer
Private View
Tuesday 7th May, 6-8pm
School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PA
General Viewing Times
8-24th May
Monday-Thursday: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
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