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 October 7, 2012 at 1:02pm

 Call for applications: Public Art Commission - BUPA Care Home

BUPA, in association with Brighton & Hove City Council, are offering a £20,000 art commission for design of an exterior creative fencing/boundary solution for the new BUPA Care Home in Woodingdean. The commission is for a creative vision and practical solution that will include a participatory element working with local community groups. Please download the brief here for further details. 

Deadline for applications Friday 12th October 2012

If you have any questions regarding this commission, please email

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 7, 2012 at 12:54pm

This November Handmade in Britain are returning to Chelsea for the sixth year running, beginning the Christmas season with more than 90 designer makers from a range of disciplines showcasing their handcrafted products for purchase or commission.  Handmade in Britain 12 is a celebration of British Craft and Design, with makers in the fields of fashion design & accessories, interiors, textiles, glass, jewellery, woodwork, paper, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture and furniture.

Handmade in Britain are incredibly proud to welcome some of the most innovative talent in contemporary design to this year’s show, with established designer makers exhibiting alongside talented new designers and recent graduates in what promises to be a very special weekend for visitors and designers alike.

We are pleased to invite you to Handmade in Britain 12: the Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall.Click here for information on this year’s exhibitors, and to purchase tickets.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 7, 2012 at 12:49pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2012 at 8:09am


As was the case with the two previous Digital Aesthetic events (2001 and 2007) Digital Aesthetic³ 2012 will include a two-day conference featuring special presentations by a diverse range of invited international artists, curators and academics. The conference, which will take place over two days on Friday Oct 5th and Saturday Oct 6th will be held at the University of Central Lancashire and will be jointly chaired by Sean Cubitt, Professor of Film and Television Studies, Goldsmith’s College, London and Dr Sarah Cookof CRUMB (Curatorial Research for Upstart Media Bliss), University of Sunderland.

The participating speakers will discuss and explore concepts, ideas, approaches and concerns related to fine art practice in the digital domain within a contemporary critical context. The presentations will vary widely in format, style and approach ranging from traditional academic papers and visual displays through to live performances and demonstrations, but all will focus on the general themes of the event and the exhibitions. Speakers will explore and discuss how digital imaging techniques can empower and engage with issues and notions of place, location and geography, particularly in relation to identity and the physical body.

Artists working with the ever-expanding and proliferating manifestations of digital media that include the moving image, lens-based media, print-making, interactive media, virtual and augmented space have created works and approaches that have challenged and clashed with more established media and traditional notions of what art is or could be. It is important to acknowledge that, whilst digital media art has the power to redefine the role and scope of art to create new opportunities and potentials, it has also presented new challenges and difficulties for curators and galleries, as well as for the public and gallery visitor.

Digital Aesthetic³ 2012 will extend and enrich this on-going and proliferating debate and promises to be a lively and stimulating addition to the contributions made by the participants of the two previous events. I look forward to welcoming you to this unique and stimulating event, a concluding element of the Digital Aesthetic Project.

Dr. Chris Meigh-Andrews
Emeritus Professor of Electronic & Digital Art
University of Central Lancashire.
Co-curator of the Digital Aesthetic Project: 2001-2012

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2012 at 8:08am

Autonomatic are working collaboratively with the Crafts Council,  i-Dat, University of Plymouth, and Watershed Bristol to deliver 3 craft and technology residencies running from Jan - March 2013. Deadline for applications, 9am Mon 22nd October.

For more information please see the flyer attached or go to:

Dr Katie Bunnell
Associate Professor of Design
Autonomatic Research Group
Research Studio
University College Falmouth
TR10 9EZ

tel: +44(0)1326 370497

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2012 at 8:06am


Sat 13 October 7pm Café foyer of Winchester Discovery Centre.

Joseph Hartley
Joseph Hartley


World Café is a welcoming, creative and lively way of bringing people together to share ideas. Tapas is a Spanish way of eating that brings people together and encourages conversation.

World Café Live will combine both traditions - sparkling conversation and great food, catered by Earl Alfresco, Winchester.

Facilitated by Professor Bill Lucas; with contributions from Laura Ellen BaconAlice Kettle, creator ofLooking Forwards to the Past, and Joseph Hartley, winner of the New Designer of the Year award 2012. Joseph will create a unique addition to the World Café Event using flour, wood, clay and cloth; exploring his interest in the similarities between design and food and between materials and ingredients.

£20 inc. soft drinks. Cash bar available. Music

To book your space please click here or call Winchester Discover Centre Box Office 01962 873603

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2012 at 8:05am


Winchester Discover Centre • Friday 12 October • 10.00am – 5.30pm

Alice Kettle


The morning facilitated by Professor Alice Kettle, textile artist. Presentations from Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, Director Craftspace and Rachel Lichtenstein, oral historian and writer. Followed by advice and guidance from professional mentors, by choosing from 3 sessions:

  1. Craft portfolio and mentoring
  2. Writing about craft
  3. Building audiences for your work and social media and networking.

Contributors include a-n the artists information company; Timandra Gustafson, arts and heritage specialist;Hen Norton, co-founder; Professor Simon Olding, Craft Study Centre.

£50 (£40 for Winchester/Hampshire makers)
Day ticket includes entrance to two sessions and lunch. 

To book your space please click here or call Winchester Discover Centre Box Office 01962 873603

After Making It Professional we have a Petcha Kutcha networking event, available to Winchester and Hampshire Makers. 

Craft portfolio mentors, these sessions are on a first come first serve basis. 

Simon Taylor, Head of Learning, Ikon Gallery; How to support your practice through residencies and public art commissions.

Rachel Lichtenstein, Oral Historian and Writer; Rachel can offer advice and support on: preparing work for publication, public speaking, organising an exhibition or event, putting together a proposal for a large project.

Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, Director, Craftspace; Deirdre has curatorial and production experience of commissioning artists for exhibition, public art, residencies and for participatory/public engagement projects. She has been a selector for craft fairs and exhibitions including Origin, Lustre and Nottingham Castle Open. 

Liz Whitehead, Director, Fabrica; Liz's experience working with artists with an applied arts focus at Fabrica, advising artists on working on a larger scale, makeing an impact, the practicalities of working in a gallery space.

Timandra Gustafson, Arts and heritage specialist; Timandra is a visual arts specialist with experience in strategic planning, support for artists in developing their business, commissioning in the public realm and heritage sites, fundraising and audience development.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2012 at 8:03am


Deryn Relph. 'Winnie Chair'

The Making It project presents two twelve month residencies for makers at Making Space. Makers will have time to reflect and formulate their thinking and approach to their practice and to explore how the craft of making is linked to ways of looking at and valuing craft. Making Space will support each maker in developing events, which could take the form of an exhibition or installation, and talks and workshops to engage peers and public.

The first studio award has been made to Deryn Relph, knit designer, who will take up residence from 1st September.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2012 at 10:00am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 28, 2012 at 9:58am
Entries Invited -  
"Winter Wonders" 
- 9 Nov - 2 Jan
Artists and makers are invited to submit entries for a selling exhibition to be held at Obsidian Art Gallery in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks 


We are inviting entries for our upcoming Christmas exhibition - "Winter Wonders".
This exhibition is loosely themed around WINTER and CHRISTMAS - be it just the feel, the colours, or the subject or theme, and we welcome work from any British makers & artists working in any medium. We are also looking for hand-crafted CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
If in doubt about the suitability of your work just email or call.
No entry fee or hanging fee.

The gallery commission is 45% on sales of original art and 50% on sales of reproduction prints & cards.
All work must be for sale and the artist must be based in the UK.
EntryDeadlineEntry Deadline : Wednesday 10 October

The exhibition runs from Friday 9 November to Wednesday 2 January.

Hand-In dates for accepted work : Sunday 4 November or Monday 5 November.

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