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 April 18, 2012 at 2:39pm

Residency offered to visual artists whose work, through research or practice, is informed by Gaelic language, culture or environment or, to artists working in a complementary field who wish to extend their professional development by exploring aspects of visual culture in relation to Gaelic. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a proven record of working to a high professional standard within the visual arts.
Deadline: 04 May 2012
Creative Scotland
Ideally applicants would be Gaelic speakers but is open to learners and to artists whose work isinformed by aspects of the Gaelic language and material culture. It is expected that the artist will spend a minimum of 50% of the residency working within SMO. Applicants should be aware that Sabhal Mòr has a language policy that staff are required to follow which makes a commitment to the learning and using of Gaelic at the College. Duration negotiable, but no less than 6 months. May be offered to one artist for 1 year or 2 artists for 6 months each. £18,000 for 1 year residency/ £9,000 for 6 month residency. For more information check the website.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 18, 2012 at 2:36pm

Are you: A designer-maker/craftsperson/applied artist? Resident in the South West (Bath, Bristol & Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire). Are you a recent graduate? Self-taught and starting your career? If so then please apply. This popular exhibition has been running at the Devon Guild’s spacious contemporary craft gallery for 10 years. We would like to make the 2013 exhibition the strongest yet! The show acts as a platform to promote and sell new SW creative talent. Associate Membership is awarded to selected exhibitors.
Deadline: 20 July 2012
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Bovey Tracey
Dates of exhibition: 12 January – 24 February 2013 at Devon Guild gallery. Please supply: 6 digital images, CV, artist's statement and price list. are considered and chosen by an expert panel.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 18, 2012 at 2:19pm

Craft in an Age of Change

Craft in an Age of Change is a major survey of contemporary craft at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, examining the place of craft in the creative economy and the working patterns of makers and other craft professionals today. 

Following its publication in February 2012, the Crafts Council in association with CraftNet, is holding a series of workshops around the country to present highlights from the report, discuss the findings and share ideas about their implications for the future development of contemporary craft. See below for details of events in London and Bristol. There will be two further events in Cambridge and Liverpool in June/July with further details to be announced.

Read Craft in an Age of Change here

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 17, 2012 at 1:29pm

UNEXPECTED PLEASURES THE ART AND DESIGN OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY 5 DECEMBER 2012 – 3 MARCH 2013 Unexpected Pleasures is a celebration of current jewellery design and examines what we mean by jewellery from a number of different perspectives. The exhibition traces the radical experiments of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design. The exhibition also explores the essential meanings of jewellery, celebrating jewellery from the point of view of both wearer and maker. The exhibition will also bring together important work from around the world, demonstrating the relationship between jewellery, art and design.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2012 at 5:20pm

Every year the trust selects a single outstanding project, which is awarded a ‘jack-pot’ prize of one thousand pounds. This is given to the best application regardless of the amount applied for. Most project awards are between £500 and £750. The 2012 project categories are: participation and engagement, the emotional figure, dementia and glass. Work in any medium will be considered. There is no age limit.
Deadline: 29 April 2012
Juliet Gomperts awards
Work in all media will be considered. Please read carefully how to apply on the

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2012 at 5:18pm

Contemporary artists, working in any medium, at any stage in their career. Wilson Williams Gallery is an artist-run contemporary gallery & project space established in 2008 in a converted Victorian terraced house in Hackney, East London. The WW SOLO Award is a structured opportunity, created to provide support and development for contemporary artists working in any medium and at all stages in their career.
Deadline: 18 June 2012
Wilson Williams Gallery
A group show of longlisted artists will take place in August 2012 from which 6 artists will be shortlisted for the award. The award consists os a Solo exhibition in January 2013 and 3 residencies between Oct - Dec 2012 with prize money of £1000. Online entry fee of £25 Artists are invited to submit work that has not been previously exhibited and that has been created since January 2011.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2012 at 5:11pm

Crafts Shop and Galleries Guide 2012  - Call for Entries

Following the success of the Crafts Shops and Galleries Guide 2011, Crafts Magazine is delighted to announce the publication of the new 2012 guide, which will again provide readers with the definitive guide to regional craft outlets. The pocket-sized supplement is open to galleries, group studios and individual makers with a retail outlet and is scheduled for inclusion in Crafts magazine's July/August 2012 edition. Additional copies will be distributed at various events that Crafts magazine attends during the year.

We are delighted to invite you to be included in the next edition, please contact me to register your interest.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Charlotte Hollingshead
+44(0)1395 576 829

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2012 at 5:08pm

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2012 sees the show return to a temporary hard sided pavilion. This year, for the first time, the fair will be situated in the main public square: a vibrant area, surrounded by trendy bars, street cafes and the commercial offices of some of the UK’s leading financial and legal companies.

4-7th October 2012

The Pavilion, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 13, 2012 at 4:59pm
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 11, 2012 at 8:54am



Art/ research jewellery is a growing disipline, with many countries steadily developing, educating and exhibiting a wealth of talented new jewellers, who are increasingly subject[ing] the traditionally decorative function of jewellery to a critical examination and question[s] its assumptions. of jewellery to a critical examination and question[s] its assumptions.

Thousands of people travel to Munich every year to see the best of the best, exhibiting alongside the rising stars within art jewellery from all over the world, as part of the annual Schmuck Show, which is now in its 64th year. Symposiums and fairs are regularly held in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, to name but a few.
But where are all the Irish?
We have a rich history of art and culture, and yet, the Irish preseace is vertually non-existant within this disipline. 
If I can paraphrase the [in]famous words of Alan Partridge; “ Der must be more to Ireland dan dis”.

This brand new collective is seeking members. The criteria is that you are an Irish Citizen- regardless of where you live currently.
We are seeking active members to be part in this collective, people who are interested in seeking opportunities, collaborating, exhibiting, and generally creating lots of noise about how great Irish Art Jewellery can be to a wider public.

for an application form please email: hello(at)
Application deadline is the 10th of June.

Please forward!


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