Beyond Silver: ACJ 2022 Conference

01 Jul 2022 - 03 Jul 2022 · Fri 2pm – 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am – 6pm, Sun 9.30am – 12.40pm
In person attendance from £40, live streaming from £20
Exeter University
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Join the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) in person or via live stream this summer for its 25th anniversary conference Beyond Silver and explore the position of contemporary jewellery in a changed society.

When we wear jewellery, we are communicating something about who we are and what is important to us. Contemporary jewellery does not just engage with the history of jewellery and the body, but also expands upon an array of associations. Inspired by Marjan Unger’s doctoral dissertation, Jewellery in Context: A multi-disciplinary frame-work for the study of jewellery, ACJ’s three-day conference will explore where contemporary jewellery has brought us over the last 25 years and how it will evolve over the next 25. 

You will have the opportunity to hear discussions and debates, exploring the topic of British Contemporary Jewellery and get answers to questions pertinent to the current global situation: What does the future of the British Jewellery look like in this post-Brexit and global pandemic landscape? While contemporary jewellery in Britain has evolved much over the last 25 years, how will jewellery evolve over the next 25?

To discover the full line-up of topics and speakers and to book your place today, 

Free admission to the conference is made possible through The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Access Grants. Please contact ACJ at to book onto the conference or to apply for a grant. 

The ACJ conference is supported by a number of organisations, including The Goldsmiths’ Centre:

Image credit: Terry Hunt will welcome the audience to the ACJ 2022 conference: Beyond Silver, Photographer: Anastasia Young