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 September 7, 2012 at 12:11pm

 SPEAR - call for creative practitioners

Surrey Practitioners Educational Arts Resource

Arts Partnership Surrey has developed a new online resource ‘SPEAR’, which provides vital provision for creative practitioners in Surrey. The aim is to link creative practitioners with educational providers to encourage a diverse high quality creative educational offer for young people in Surrey.

SPEAR will provide an online profile for creative practitioners, including previous experience, current creative projects, choice of medium they teach, references, and any relevant qualifications, insurances and certificates. SPEAR is free to join for the first year (a nominal fee thereafter). Creative practitioners who want to develop their work within the educational sector in Surrey are invited to join in summer 2012, SPEAR will be promoted to schools and in other educational settings in and around Surrey in September.

SPEAR will include toolkits on developing art projects for both creative practitioners and educational providers. To support creative practitioners in how to set up high quality workshops, all requirements needed to promote best practice, how to find funding and what can be expected in working in an educational setting. 

For educational providers the aim is to provide vital toolkits in how to set up creative workshops, how to commission creative practitioners, how to find funding and expectations in working with freelance practitioners.

SPEAR aims to actively encourage information sharing and in so doing provide a vital networking site to creative educational practitioners. SPEAR will feature a BLOG with links to social media including Facebook and Twitter, there will be an online EVENTS calendar profiling SPEAR initiatives and partnership initiatives in training, networking and arts events. 

SPEAR actively encourages ‘your voice’ concept to respond to the requirements and needs of both educational providers and creative practitioners, and to meet these needs as this resource develops.

For more information or to sign up please contact Aimee Fairhurst, Drama Development Officer for Surrey Arts at

Or Caroline Jackman, Visual Arts Officer for Surrey Arts at

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2012 at 12:11pm

 The Arc Craft Fairs - call for makers

This craft fair takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 10am - 4pm. Entry to is free to customers. Parking is free. There is a bistro and soft play centre. The majority of crafts are hand-made. 

Stall-holders can book a table for £25 or any three for £22.50. 

For more information or to book email

The Arc Box Office: 01883 330380

The Arc, 39 Weston Drive, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5XY

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2012 at 12:09pm

 Star Gazing Commissions for The National Trust, Mottisfont

For Christmas 2012, The National Trust at Mottisfont wishes to commission a number of ‘Stars’ to form a ‘trail’ within the grounds. Artists and makers are invited to submit proposals to create or exhibit a ‘Star’ for temporary installation at Mottisfont from 1 December 2012 to 27 January 2013.

This builds on the success of the ‘Angel Garden’ (Dec 2011 - Jan 2012), when 15,000 visitors enjoyed 8 sculptures on the theme of ‘Angels’ installed at various sites around the grounds at Mottisfont.

This is an opportunity for the selected artists/makers to produce a piece of work in response to a unique rural location with the potential for their work to be seen by a large audience. The selectors will also consider existing pieces of work for exhibition.

The ‘Star’ should ideally be a three-dimensional object, created from materials that are durable enough to survive a two-month long installation outdoors in winter.

Proposals should include:

- Your curriculum vitae / artist’s statement

- Up to 5 images of previous work. It is preferable for works to be submitted on CD. Please do not submit ORIGINAL artworks.

- A visual representation and brief explanation of your proposal, its dimensions, construction, materials and installation requirements.

If you are familiar with Mottisfont it would also be useful to know about any preference you may have for a specific location within the gardens at Mottisfont.

Deadline for proposals: 5pm, Friday 14 September 2012

The successful artists/makers will be informed by Monday 24 September 2012.

The ‘Star’ will need to be manufactured and delivered for installation no later than Friday, 16 November 2012.

For information and to download an application form click here.

If you would like any visual materials or disks to be returned, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope covering the cost of return postage. 

Please send your proposals to:

Star Gazing, c/o Louise Govier, Visitor Experience and Communities Manager, 

Mottisfont, Nr. Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2012 at 12:03pm
Come and see me next weekend as part of the Wokingham Arts Trail.
Venue 13: 43c Peach St, Wokingham RG40 1XJ
You will have an opportunity to see my new enamel range.
I will also be selling home made jams, chutneys and tea & cakes to fund raise
for my charity work in Nepal next year.
I look forward to seeing you!
Best wishes
Jane Tadrist
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2012 at 11:59am
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Manchester from 4 to 7 October showcasing the latest work by some of the UK’s most exciting designer-makers. This is a unique opportunity to buy direct from 150 selected makers in textiles, wood & furniture, lighting, mixed media, metal, jewellery, glass, ceramics, basketry and paper.

This year will also see a dedicated stand to showcase works from 15 alumni of the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme.

For further information,
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2012 at 11:56am

Striking Gold

We celebrated the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games with the launch of Striking Gold, our latest online exhibition which explores the work and inspirations of makers David Watkins and Lin Cheung – designers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals.

With the London 2012 Paralympic Games drawing to a close, Striking Gold lets you see the intricate detail of the medals and takes you behind the scenes with Paralympic medal designer Lin Cheung. You can also see the medals in person 
at the British Museum until the 9 September.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 4, 2012 at 2:21am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 27, 2012 at 4:34am

Venue: The Horsebridge Arts Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AF

Date: 12th September 2012  3-5pm

Are you a visual artist seeking info on insurance, funding and other professional matters?

Do you want to develop your networks and collaborations?

Locate like-minded artists and get timely advice from other artists and experts at this event, that is open to practising visual and applied artists in the South East of England region.

Is this event for you?

AIRTIME events provide information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters. You'll find out about areas such as insurance, promotion and supporting your practice, alongside opportunities to meet and network with like-minded artists. 

The events are busy and fast-paced. You'll have to decide quickly what sessions to select from all those on offer. You'll need to be proactive to get the kinds of information you need.

Contributors include Hencilla Canworth Insurance Brokers, artists and experts including representatives from AIR,  a-n, Engage and DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society) and other arts organisations from the region.

Event organised by a-n The Artists Information Company on behalf of AIR: Artists' Interaction and Representation, in partnership with Whitstable biennial.

To get an idea of what an AIR event is like please see our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Pre-booking is essential 

RSVP your name and address to with AIRTIME Whitstable in the subject box. Limited places available, that will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll email back to confirm your place and give you venue details and directions.

If you know of other artists who'd like to come along, just email us with their details and we'll send them an invite to book.

Additional needs

When booking for AIRTIME, please state any special arrangements you may require to enable you to participate. For example, we can provide a signer, material in large print and cover special transport costs.

There are currently over 16,400 artists signed up for AIR

For more information about AIR visit  

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 27, 2012 at 4:32am
An Evening with......
With 30 years experience in the jewellery industry, who better to spend an evening with than international jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy

Having begun her jewellery life as a sales assistant in Hatton Garden, Joanna developed a passion for jewellery that ultimately led to her gaining expert insider knowledge of all aspects of the jewellery trade, a knowledge which has seen her travel the globe and work for a managerie of exciting global jewellery companies.
Throughout her incredible career, Joanna has studied as a goldsmith, jewellery designer and gemmologist. She has also worked as a polished diamond dealer in Mumbai and Tel Aviv, a valuer at DeBeers, a senior specialist & auctioneer atSotheby’s and she is a regular on The Antiques Roadshow.

As always at Holts Academy speaker evenings, you can expect an intimate and relaxed experience, basking in enchanting stories and the rich words of wisdom from one the industry's finest professionals. 

Enjoy an inspirational evening with Joanna Hardy as she discusses her fascinating career and shares her extensive knowledge of the jewellery industry.

Tickets: £2 for Academy students and Alumni / £10 all others (wine and refreshments will be served).

Wednesday 12th September
Doors 18:30-20:30

For more details or to book your place please contact Kayum or Sarah at Holts Academy on 020 7405 0197 or BOOK ONLINE. 
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 27, 2012 at 4:16am


If you would like to be a part of the Lola Rose team, we are currently looking for people to fill the following positions:

Designer - 

A creative jewellery designer is required to join our team, working with core collections, diffusion ranges and new collections you will be working with semi-precious stones along with fashion pieces and creating new innovative ranges seasonally.

Working within a creative team you will be responsible for trend direction, designing, sample making and you will regularly liaise with factories.

Keeping up to date with current trends and creating new concepts seasonally is a key part of this role. 

You will also be required to travel as part of this role to meet with suppliers, find new manufacturers and get new inspiration.

As an established designer, you must have gained experience within a supplier or brand and have excellent creativity along with a commercial edge. We are looking for a candidate who has lots of passion and enthusiasm along with the skills to manage the range working closely with the rest of the design team and the Managing Director.

Your portfolio must contain reflective hand writing and demonstrate excellent CAD skills.

The Candidate must be open to working as part of a design team and helping with other accessory design projects, not just jewellery.

Must be proficient on Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

This role also offers a great challenge with plenty of variety.

Please contact with your CV and pictures of your current work.


Accessories Product Developer  - Please contact

Sales Account Manager - Please contact


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