Applications are invited for the first bursary from the Muriel Wilson Fund, closing date 4 January 2019.

A grant of up to £500 (being no more than 50% of the total costs) is available for travel with the purpose of research connected with contemporary jewellery.

All ACJ members may apply, whether you are a maker, or a non maker: curator, educator, collector or any other sort of member.
Writing an article for Findings is required, and the Panel is hoping for imaginative proposals which will result in interesting and informative articles.

To apply, please read the terms, then copy the tables below, provide the information requested and proof of costs,  and email these to our Administrator Haru Sakai This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Terms and conditions:

Applications will be invited once a year. The deadline is Friday 4th January 2019, decisions will be made by 10th February.
ACJ members may apply for a grant of up to £500.00, being no more than 50% of their itinerary costs, for travel with the purpose of research.
This research must be connected with some aspect of contemporary jewellery.
Applications may not be made retrospectively: for this round of applications the voyage must start later than 10th February.

Within three months of return, submission of an article for Findings is required, on the research conducted, with suitable photographs or illustrations where possible.
20% of the bursary total will be retained until the article is submitted.
Maker and non-maker members are welcome to apply.
Funds will not be granted for participation in any craft show, trade show or similar.
No ACJ member may receive more than one grant from any ACJ source within three years.

The decisions reached by the Selection Panel are final and the panel will not be required to provide details of how they came to their decisions in awarding funds.
The panel will not be expected to enter into any correspondence with applicants, successful or otherwise.

Applicants must produce a justified budget in advance covering the costs of travel, accommodation and entrance, registration or similar fees, but not subsistence.
This budget must be supported by documents produced by third parties, which will normally be the organizers and travel companies.
Any further funding from other sources, being sought or already agreed, must be declared.

The bursary will be paid in £GBP to the successful applicant.



You may expand if needed. Please supply the info as a Word .doc, .docx or text file, NOT as a PDF or mac .pages  (If you have real problems formatting, then put all of the information in an email. A Word document is vastly preferred if possible.)

About you, the voyage, and the research
name & title  
postal address  


60 words max

Please describe your planned voyage – destination & dates (60 words max)



150 words max

Outline the planned research & its connection to the field of contemporary jewellery (150 words max)                  











Your Budget
Item Description Cost in £GBP              
Travel costs Airfare/ train / mileage @45p a mile / other  - specify here                                                   
Accommodation   Hotel/ hostel etc  
Entry fees eg Museum entry / registration / other  
Other costs specify for what  
  DEDUCT any grants from other sources  
  50% of this NET TOTAL  
  AMOUNT REQUESTED AS ACJ BURSARY (max 50% of costs, max £500)  
  ATTACH EVIDENCE OF COSTS eg  flight receipts, booking confirmations etc to your email  

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 Paypal, send money as a gift (with brief message stating "MWF") Our Paypal account is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3) Bank transfer: please put "MWF" with your name in the reference:



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.

Maker and non-maker members may apply.

How to donate to the Muriel Wilson Fund

The first round of applications for the 2019 bursary closes 4 January 2019.

Bursary terms and application form here

Poppy Porter is standing down as Editor after the next issue of ACJ's Findings magazine, and we thank her for five years of sterling work.

ACJ is now seeking a Leading Editor for 5 issues. This is a voluntary position with a strong support framework.

Closing date for applications 14 January 2019

wendy Ramshaw David WatkinsThe innovative jeweller Wendy Ramshaw CBE died in December 2018, aged 79. Known especially for her geometric designs and her trademark ring stacks, Wendy's work influenced several generations of UK jewellers since the 1960s.

POster and Rebecca2ACJ Director, Rebecca Skeels recently attended the 2018 Triple Parade event (see image). Here’s what she has to say about the event and a few pictures too.

Morley College winners1We are pleased to announce the winners of the new ACJ student award scheme

Image: Morley College winners Leana Kasapis and Olympia Dumbuya

ND2018 Mark Fenn AwardThe winner of the Mark Fenn Award 2018 is Ailsa Morrant

Image: Left to right - Sarah Burns, Ailsa Morrant, Terry Hunt, Melanie Eddy.

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

Muriel Wilson AGM 2016Sad news of the death of Muriel, 8 June 2018

She was a Founder Member and for 15 years was Editor of our Findings magazine

Self-confessed "aspiring collector of contemporary jewellery and passionate devotee of beautiful things in all media", she will be much missed by many, especially her friends in ACJ.

ACJ Adorned spaces SNAG2Last month, ACJ Chair Terry Hunt and Director Anastasia Young attended the 49th annual Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Image: Kim Harrell, Terry Hunt, Anastasia Young, and Janice Derrick at the ACJ’s display at the Adorned Spaces exhibition.

Gill Forsbrook bangle croppedThe New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham hosted our 2018 members' selling show, a lovely collection.

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Our full privacy policy is explained below, but the main points are:

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For our internal processes, the ACJ will retain a list of unsuccessful applicants for ACJ awards or exhibitions but all other details regarding your application will be destroyed within 2 months of the selection process.

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DunedinDunedin School of Art in New Zealand offers Artist-in-Residence opportunities, with excellent facilities. These are offered by invitation. For more information see this link

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 nad 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


peter changWith deep regret we report the death of Peter Chang on 25th October 2017, one of the world's great innovative jewellers

Peter Chang yellow bracelet









Birmingham talkThe ACJ held our 20th Annual General Meeting on 5th October 2017 at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham.

Narrative Book cover largeACJ member Mark Fenn's new book "Narrative Jewelry: tales from the toolbox”

available to order from www.markfenn.co.uk