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A great opportunity for budding silversmiths

01 May 2015


Art spaceAre you a budding silversmith or jeweller looking for a supportive programme that offers workspace, equipment, technical and mentor support and business advice as well as commission and exhibition opportunities?

If so, we have some good news for you. Take a look at Yorkshire Artspace’s highly successful Starter Studio Programme which supports early career Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers as well as Ceramicists. Designed to help and support makers who are starting out and committed to further developing their skills and business models, this programme for silversmiths has been running for 14 years at the award-winning Persistence Works Studios in Sheffield. To date the programme has supported 30 designer silversmiths/jewellers and 80% of those who have completed the programme have since set up their own silversmith workshop, either in Sheffield or elsewhere in the UK.

The Sheffield Assay Office has been the regular sponsor of this programme for many years and has commissioned every silversmith to create a new work for the Little Gems Collection which is touring to The Goldsmiths Centre in London in 2015.

Yorkshire Artspace’s technical design expert and skills trainer Cameron Maxfield, who supports programme beneficiaries on a weekly basis, recently won the prestigious Marsh Heritage Skills Trainer award, a prize for passing on valuable traditional craft skills to new generations of silversmiths. In 2013 Yorkshire Artspace was also shortlisted for the inaugural Craft Skills Award.

Mentors for the programme are Brett Payne, Chris Knight, Maria Hanson, Rebecca Joselyn, Jennie Gill and Coilin O’Dubhgaill with design and technical skills advice delivered by Cameron Maxfield. All the mentors are experienced, nationally known silversmiths and/or jewellers and regularly exhibit and sell their work in the UK and abroad.

The programme costs £120 per month (including heating and power) plus one month’s rent in advance, to be repaid when you have completed the programme. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 July. Interviews will take place in the 2nd/3rd week of July and the programme starts in early October 2015.

Potential applicants are advised to visit the workshop and studio complex before applying. For more details or to arrange a visit, please contact programme manager Rachael Dodd by email – or by telephone on 0114 2761769 (Monday to Thursday).

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