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ACJ members' themed selling show for 2019

Gill Wing Jewellery, London

4 October - 6 November

With origins in dreams, thoughts and the subconscious, a great array of unusual jewellery for sale


Call for Entries

ACJ 2019 Members’ Show at Gill Wing Jewellery
Tales of the subconscious

Gill Wing Jewellery will host a themed selling show of new work in October 2019.
A maximum of 40 ACJ members will each show a small collection of pieces at this well-respected gallery in London.

The theme is Tales of the subconscious
Exploring the magical world of the jeweller's subconscious.
Concepts that have come to you like a bolt from the blue, patterns in forgotten memories or dreamscapes which hold the key to your waking thoughts.
Challenges that reveal their solutions to you in the dead of night, ready to blossom into new designs by day. Your wildest ambitions made into reality. Creations you wondered could ever come to be.
Secret stories of the unconscious mind, an insight into an artist’s psyche, or exaggerations of your everyday anxieties.
We are keen to see work that is colourful, conceptual, mysterious or all of the above.

1st August Deadline for applications
20th August Selection announced
19th Sept Work delivered to Gill Wing, contract & stock sheets supplied
3rd October PV 6.00 to 8.00pm, all welcome
4th October Show open. Mon - Sat 10 - 6, Sun 12 – 6
6th November Last day of opening

Costs: application is free. Selected participants will pay £40, which includes return postage.
Commission: the maker’s price is multiplied by 2.2 (to include VAT).
Pricing: retail prices from £200 to about £1,500, with a majority of lower priced pieces.
The work: a coherent collection of up to 5 pieces made within the last two years, linked to the theme.

Deadline 1st August 2019


Terms and conditions of participation

a maximum of 40 members will be selected and makers notified by 20th August.
A small group of up to 5 related pieces from each maker.

Parameters for submission:
• Clear photos of each piece proposed
• Relatively new work, made in the last two years
• Related to the theme Tales of the subconscious
• A clear connection and relevance between the pieces in your proposed group
• High quality of design & making, as usual with ACJ exhibitions

Application procedure:
A maximum of 5 clear photographs of different pieces to be uploaded to a special Dropbox link (see application form).
A photo of a group of pieces is acceptable, as long as each piece may be clearly seen; in this case send fewer photos.
For selection purposes we don’t need professional images, but make sure that the photos are clear: ensure correct focus, use a plain background (please no grass, flowers, pebbles, stones or confusing background). Model shots are acceptable IF they clearly show the piece better than a product-type shot.
Please try to keep to the format requested in the application form – jpg only, 300dpi, physical size between 8cm & 15cm longest side. Maximum file size 1Mb.
Photographs MUST be labelled with your surname & initial, photo number and title of piece. We regret we cannot use images without appropriate label. Eg BrownA 1 carapace ring.jpg

Up to 5 pieces may be selected, forming a coherent collection.
Your photos may be used for publicity if the standard is high enough, and your permission is part of these terms.
A short statement of no more than 2 paragraphs is needed, for use in publicity.

Display and sales:
Pieces will be sold from the cabinets and taken away by the customer. Not all pieces will be initially displayed, some will be kept in storage to replace sold pieces.
The right to withdraw or not display work rests with Gill Wing Jewellery staff. Pieces of a poor standard or those not initially selected may be returned to the maker.
The work is supplied by the maker on a sale or return basis.

The participation fee is £40, to be paid to ACJ by 7th September latest, or the work will not be displayed.
This includes return postage of up to £10 per maker (Special Delivery, insured). For return postage totalling more than £10 (including return of any rejected pieces), the excess above £10 will be charged to the maker concerned; this is in case of very high insurance or large or heavy parcels.
Makers will pay their own delivery/ postage costs to the Gallery.

Commission: Gill Wing Jewellery will mark up your stated maker’s price (trade/ wholesale/ artist price) by 2.2, to include their commission and VAT. So if your maker price is £100.00, retail will be £220.00. (The gallery will get £83.33, VAT is £36.67)
There is a clause to allow up to 10% discount on the retail price to close the sale, split between Gill Wing Jewellery & the maker – in this case you would receive 90% of your maker price.
(10% discount on £220 means £198.00, divide by 2.2 = £90.00, the Gallery would get £75 with VAT being £33.00).

Pricing: A selection of price points is advised, from £200 to approx. £1,500 retail. A lower price is allowed for a small number of pieces. Most pieces should be in the £200 to £500 range.

Payment: Makers will be paid for sold work within eight weeks of the end of the show (ie by mid January).

Branding: the makers’ contact details, logo and packaging will not be shown by Gill Wing Jewellery. Packaging of sold work will be the Gallery’s own. Do not send business cards, do not put contact details on labels.

Stock sheet and labelling: makers will provide a stock sheet and each piece sent should have a small tag label with your initials, stock number and retail price.

Sending your parcel: Since your own boxes will not be used, secure and protective parcelling is needed. Please do NOT use polystyrene ‘peanuts’ or an excess of sticky tape. Individual poly bags or bubble wrap with masking tape should suffice. The outer box should be sturdy, and will be used to return work. Do not include business cards or display materials. Do include a stock list (to be provided).

Hallmarking: standard British Hallmarking regulations apply.

Your application includes acceptance of these terms.
The selected makers will provide stock sheets and sign a contract with Gill Wing Jewellery.

Application forms will be emailed to members. Ask for one if you haven't received yours : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Exciting news of ACJ's exhibition programme for the next two years.

2019 - 20 Connections/Connessioni, a touring exhibition with our Italian sister organisation AGC; 2019 a members' selling show at Gill Wing Jewellery in London.

For 2020 the Members' Exhibition theme is Glasshouses


Directors and Advisors met in London to discuss the future of ACJ.

Here are the results

You may make a donation in several ways.

1) Send your cheque, payable to the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, to ACJ, PO Box 71338, London SE17 9DY UK. Please add a note stating this is for the Fund.

2) Via Bank transfer if you are a member, you will have the payment details on your renewal notice.

3) Via Paypal, send money as a gift (choose the option "Muriel Wilson Fund" or add a brief message saying MWF)  




In memory of our Founder member, Findings Editor and Secretary Muriel Wilson, ACJ has set up the Muriel Wilson Fund. This will be used for bursaries to ACJ members to support travel with the purpose of research into contemporary jewellery.

How to donate to the Muriel Wilson Fund

The first round of applications resulted in two bursary awards, and articles will be published in Findings.

There will be another invitation to apply in January 2020.


Adorned 2018 1Our display at the SNAG 2018 conference, the Adorned Spaces Salon

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Jo McAllister 9Our 20th anniversary exhibition 20:20 Visions toured to six venues from January to December 2017
The full colour catalogue is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information in the Vaults

Our 20:20 Visions conference was held in July 2017 at SHU, Sheffield.

See our Conference section. You can also read many articles on past conferences, events, exhibitions and jewellery news in the Vaults

Dr Lynne Bartlett explains how to colour titaniumLynne titanium crop

To accompany our exhibition, a screening & handling session explaining how to use heat or anodisation for great effects with titanium was arranged at the Crafts Study Centre.

The videos may be seen on ACJ's YouTube channel


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