Details of the theme & development of this 2020 members' show, ACJ's first online exhibition


Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not for every man’s greed - Ghandi

The most pressing issue of our modern world is that of the climate emergency. With a continually increasing population, diminishing resources and the uncomfortable warming of the planet we call home, we must respond.

Through an exploration of materials, processes and/or concepts, members have interpreted the theme glasshouses with a wide variety of starting points, including considerations of growth, sustainability, fragility and transparency.

Any materials were permitted, with sustainably sourced and recycled materials encouraged. All the work is wearable.

This exhibition was planned to be shown in September & October at the Vittoria Street Gallery, part of the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. Like so many events in 2020, the physical exhibition was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Instead, we present the exhibition here online. All of the photographs shown were supplied by the makers.

The Selection Panel:
Elizabeth Moignard, Professor of Classics, University of Glasgow, ACJ member since 1997
Katy Tromans, BA & HND Lecturer at the School of Jewellery and co-ordinator of the Vittoria Street Gallery
Tamizan Savill, Chief Executive ACJ and exhibition manager

The Panel examined: the strength of the design, quality of making, and relevance to the theme, also the quality of the photographs supplied was important. In most years ACJ contracts a professional photographer to produce catalogue images, but that was not possible this year.

Thanks to the Panel, and to all the members who sent in applications.