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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension The UK Government recognises the continued impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the self-employed and has taken action to provide support. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. 1.  Who can claim To be eligible for the grant extension self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must: have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although they

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) 2020

AA2A Digital This year, in response to the current environment, AA2A are launching 'AA2A Digital', a fully digital version of the AA2A scheme. The package includes a programme of artist seminars, professional web profiles for students, a series of self-employment talk videos and tailored information pack, all designed to support students to help them develop a career as a creative practitioner. As last years' placements were cut short, AA2A will not be recruiting new artists in 2020.   Full student employability support package - £1,400 Watch our 4 minute video   Self-employment support Self-employment presentations  - 3 x 40 min videos

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced today, 5 November. businesses and people across the UK given certainty over winter months with further support announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak the furlough scheme will now be extended until the end of March – protecting millions of jobs across all nations the next self-employed income support grant will also increase from 55% to 80% of average profits - up to £7,500 Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension

Call for Applications: Two fully funded Graduate Apprentice Scheme residential scholarships

Call for Applications: Fully funded Graduate Apprentice Scheme Residential Scholarships South House Silver Workshop Trust Two fully funded Graduate Apprentice Scheme residential scholarships are being offered by the Trustees of the South House Silver Workshop Trust. The scholarships will give two silversmiths the opportunity to learn a variety of silversmithing skills in an intensive residential placement with leading silversmiths Rod Kelly and Brett Payne. Travel, accommodation and tuition fees will be covered by the grant. The placements will be divided into two periods of intensive residential workshop experience - one silversmith will spend two months in Shetland with Rod Kelly

Support For Starting A Business

The Princes Trust work with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they will be  with you every step of the way. Eligibility If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, the Enterprise Programme could be for you. Getting Started Kicking off with a free information session in your local area, The Princes Trust will tell you how they can support you

COVID-19 Business Support

We've compiled a round up of the most up to date Information for jewellery businesses... we hope its useful. Updated: 24 July 2020   Chancellor announces measures for economy in support package Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has unveiled a number of measures – including paying £1,000 to employers for each employee they bring back from furlough - to aid the UK’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The measures announced by the Chancellor today include: A jobs retention bonus of £1,000, per employer, for businesses bringing back employees from furlough and continuously employing them from November until January

COVID-19 Business Support

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The Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Graduate Bursary Scheme selects exciting new talent

Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s leading destination to buy original precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver direct from the makers, has announced this year's  graduate exhibitors. The Fair is the foremost platform to launch the careers of emerging precious metal designer-makers and these 10 exhibitors have promising futures.   Jewellery graduates : Evgeniia   Balashova   explores   repetition, movement and the manipulation of grids through  her high-tech geometric pieces. Margaux   Clavel   handcrafts precious metal resembling  cut gemstones. Stephanie  Holt  creates distinctive rings, cleverly bringing together precious and non-precious elements.   Elizabeth   Terzza  makes delicate work inspired by plant life.    

New Business Support Service - Winchester Businesses

Winchester City Council is working with Enterprise First to introduce a business support service for businesses located in the Winchester District.  The service will provide one to one business advice, training, networking and mentoring. The business support service offers help with writing business plans, securing funding or advice regarding expansion.  Funded by Winchester City Council the free service aims to remove the barriers that stop people from starting and growing a business in the District.  Networking Businesses who are you are keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area are invited to come

IJL 2017 Launch New Exhibitor Support Programme

International Jewellery London 2017 will be launching a special complementary support programme for all exhibitors this year to ensure that they maximise their experience and commercial success at this year’s show.  The programme is an integral part of the # withyou  campaign, designed to showcase IJL’s continuing commitment to provide year-round support to the UK and international jewellery sector.   Summer Masterclass A comprehensive programme of pre-show support includes online assistance, tailored blog content and webinars on exhibiting guidelines. The initiative comes together in a one day, free-to-attend, Summer Masterclass on 15 June, where all IJL exhibitors are invited to

Government extends support to stop business evictions this year

Commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of 2020 helping businesses to protect jobs. The government has extended support to prevent business evictions until the end of 2020 This move will help businesses over the coming months and protect people’s jobs This is an addition to the £160 billion package of support available for businesses during the pandemic Businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of year, providing commercial tenants with greater security and protecting vital jobs, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today (16 September 2020). Today’s measures

COVID-19 Business Support - Additional Funding Sources

We've compiled a round up of the most up to date Information for jewellery businesses... we hope its useful. Updated: 19 June 2020 Chancellor announces measures for economy in support package Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has unveiled a number of measures – including paying £1,000 to employers for each employee they bring back from furlough - to aid the UK’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The measures announced by the Chancellor today include: A jobs retention bonus of £1,000, per employer, for businesses bringing back employees from furlough and continuously employing them from November until January VAT

Domino marry new collection with improved retailer support

Dominos new wedding ring collection has launched, with not only new styles to satiate customers varied tastes but also a swiss-army knife of business support services for retailers. The 2019 ring collection is set to impress the most minimal of customers, with plain bands at different widths, to the most maximal; with engraving, signet rings, and bespoke diamond coverage- and everyone in-between.  The increase in variety ensures end customers should be able to find what they desire within the collection. New styles include three new delicate diamond set styles, five new plain profiles, twenty-two new shaped and decorative designs, twelve

IJL & Goldsmith's Centre partner to provide designer support

International Jewellery London and The Goldsmiths’ Centre have announced that they will have an official partnership for this year’s show. The sponsorship agreement will focus on providing invaluable support for exhibiting designers. This includes using The Goldsmiths’ Centre as the venue for the IJL Exhibitor Summer Masterclasses on June 15, when inspiring industry leaders will provide mentorship and guidance on getting the most out of IJL’s unique networking, PR and marketing opportunities. The expert tutors at the Centre will also participate in IJL’s Show Seminar programme, as well as sharing valuable mentoring advice in pre-show IJL online content.  Sam Willoughby,

The Brendoncare Foundation Commission

The Brendoncare Foundation is a registered charity providing care and support for older people. We are seeking to commission an artist to deliver a public art scheme at our innovative shared care scheme at Otterbourne Hill in Hampshire. We want the art to be accessible to residents living with dementia and integral to the design of the scheme and therefore propose to create a piece of art that can be transferred onto the façade glazing of the winter garden. The winter garden has a double height façade (approx. 3610mm x 5700mm). The aim is to bring the outside indoors and

Artist in Residence - School of Jewellery

Call for Applications: School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Scheme 2019-2020 This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new work and technical skills in a creative environment, working collaboratively within the Artist in Residence team. You will have an opportunity to exhibit your work in Vittoria Street gallery, and engage with the vibrant and rich community in the School. The residency scheme offer you access to facilities from September 2019 to August 2020 for no charge in exchange for student support one day per week. You will be expected to commit at least 2 to 3 days a week and

Artist in Residence Opportunity 2018, School of Jewellery

Call for Applications: Artist in Residence, School of Jewellery The School of Jewellery Artist in Residence (AiR) mentoring scheme is open for applications for 2018-19. The AiR mentoring scheme offers space and facilities in exchange for student support one day per week. You will be given access to bench space and the School's outstanding facilities for the duration of the residency, for which there is no charge. It is expected that you are able to commit to at least 2-3 days a week and agree to a common meeting day at least once a month. This is a fantastic opportunity

Creative Fellow, The Workhouse

The Creative Fellowship scheme is an annual programme of residencies with The National Trust at The Workhouse, Southwell. The scheme is intended to support the production of new creative work, in collaboration with researchers, responding to this fascinating site and engaging audiences in its history through creative means. About The Workhouse From its foundation, the workhouse system cared for those in need. It was a homeless shelter, a children’s home, a care home, a hospital, a school and a job centre; the Welfare State in embryonic form. Today we see the inheritance of this system all around us. The Project

Scientist-turned-Jewellery Designer wins support of Theo Paphitis & Kew Gardens

After beginning her working life as a lab-scientist, and spending 25 years in the NHS,  Sarah Greening now uses her science background to experiment with the chemistry of glass fusing in a kiln to create jewellery where each piece is completely unique, as are the techniques she uses. In its first year, Sarah's brand, Sarah Greening Glass, was one of the businesses selected for an award by Dragon’s Den Retail Entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, as part of his initiative which supports small businesses in the UK. Paphitas meets with Sarah and the other winners annually, providing business advice from both himself and

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers - Scotland

Creative Scotland Hardship Fund *Please note that applications open midday on 10 November, you will only be able to apply from then* What is this fund for? This fund has been provided by Scottish Government to support freelance craft practitioners working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund offers a one-off bursary to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19. This includes practitioners who operate using a personal service company (PSC) or ‘loan-out’ type structure, sole traders and

University Placements for 2019/20 with AA2A

University Placements available for 2019/20 - via AA2A AA2A and its host universities are offering over 50 placements, giving artists and designer-makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2019 & April 2020 AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 Closing dates for applications vary, but all are in Sept 2019 Artists on

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) 2018/9

53 AA2A places for artists and makers in 13 host universities across England The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering over 50 placements, giving artists and designer-makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops,   IT facilities, lending library, lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2018 and April 2019 AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 Closing dates for

How Do I Finance My Creative Business?

Pricing, costs and business plan: How do I finance my creative business?  Crafts Council Are you looking for advice on how to manage your finances? How to price your work? Looking for expertise on how to manage your cash flow finances or set up a budget? Looking for knowledge and support in seeking income for a project?  Why should you attend?  Find out about how to manage your finances for your creative practice  Find out about funding options for your business whether you are a start up or more established  Find out the top tips from experienced makers on costing

Foyle Foundation

Funding: Foyle Foundation Main Grants Scheme - Arts The Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. Our Arts programme has a twofold purpose to help sustain the arts and to support projects that help to deliver your artistic vision. We look for value for money, long term benefit and sustainability in projects that we support. Typical areas of support include: helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists; building projects

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges)

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 50 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists •       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2017 and April 2018 •       AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 •       Closing dates for applications vary but

Jewellery house Alessa announces annual charity campaign to support families, women and children

Alessa Jewelry was born out of a fairy tale romance between Yuvraj Pahuja and Alessandra Robles, after meeting at the Gemological Institute of America. Inspired by Alessandra’s Guatemalan ancestry and Yuvraj’s family experience within the jewellery industry, the brand boasts striking, vibrant and edgy designs for the modern woman, whilst nodding to both Latin-American and Indian heritage. Six years ago, Alessandra; born and raised in Guatemala launched ‘Give Wings,’ a year-long charity initiative on a mission to give back to the community. As part of this, the brand teams up with Not-For-Profits that not only provide housing, health and educational

School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Opportunity

School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Opportunity 2017 The School of Jewellery is pleased to announce that applications to the Artist in Residence (AiR) mentoring scheme scheduled for September 2017 to August 2018 is now open. About the Residency The position offers space and facilities in exchange for student support one day per week. You will be given access to bench space and the School’s outstanding facilities for the duration of the residency, for which there is no charge. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new work and technical skills in a creative environment, through collaboration with the Artist

Newgen - British Fashion Council 2021

Call for Applications: Newgen, British Fashion Council  The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, as Principal Partner of its longest and most internationally celebrated talent identification scheme, NEWGEN. The BFC and TikTok will work together to create a bespoke programme of activity for all NEWGEN recipients, including streaming support of designer shows, mentoring, masterclasses and digital support for the recipients. TikTok will host a NEWGEN venue during London Fashion Week September 2021, with designer shows, content creation and hospitality opportunities. This partnership will also enable even more innovative fashion content

Call for Applications: Setting Out, The Goldsmtihs’ Centre - Clerkenwell

Are you a jewellery or silversmithing start-up within your first two years of business? Are you looking for guidance on how take the next steps in business? The intensive year-long Setting Out business incubation scheme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell is designed to boost your knowledge with support from expert tutors, business consultants and specialist speakers. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s vibrant and diverse community, you and a small group of young goldsmithing businesses will have access to shared studio space, fully equipped workshops and tailored support to help you transition from a start-up into running a

British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Board announce cuts to NAJ,Giftware Association and Head Office

The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) has announced that measures are set to be put in place to ensure the finacial security and longevity of the trade body in the wake of Covid-19 and the resulting econonomic impact for 2021 going forward. A statement released by the NAJ from the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Board interim CEO reads: "As I am sure all of you are aware, the recent Covid-19 crisis has had a massive impact on the economy of the UK. The government has invested billions of pounds in the Furlough scheme to help support companies and individuals through this

2021 Bright Young Gems winners announced

The winners of Bright Young Gems® 2021 mentoring scheme for graduating and recently graduated jewellery designers have been announced. The talented line-up comprise Imogen Burch, Amber Doughty, Hannah Gower, Capucine Huguet and Andrea Jose Castro, all of whom will unveil their winning pieces as part of the National Association of Jeweller’s showcase at the one-day UK Jewellery Festival, The Brewery, London, on September 1, 2021.  Thanks to support from the  National Association of Jewellers, the winners  will also benefit from dedicated mentoring from  the NAJ jewellery experts before the event to ensure that they maximise the experience. The designers will

Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local interventions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks. scheme provides a safety net to further protect jobs where a business is required to close comes in addition to billions of pounds of existing loans, grants and tax breaks as well as the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs Ministers have today announced new funding to support businesses impacted by Covid 19. Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to

Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Networks

Small Business Support Schemes: Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Networks The Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Network scheme aim to enhance resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19, and enable SMEs to develop their potential for future growth and productivity. These complementary initiatives are designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in England improve their leadership skills and enable learning with peers. The 2 schemes represent a £20 million investment by BEIS. Small Business Leadership Programme The Small Business Leadership Programme is a fully-funded programme delivered by a consortium of leading university business schools. You will

School of Jewellery Artist in Residences 2020-2021

Call for Applications: School of Jewellery Artist in Residences 2020-2021 The School of Jewellery is welcoming portfolio applications for Artists in Residence. This is an opportunity for graduates to develop new work and technical skills in a creative environment, working collaboratively within the Artist in Residence team, engage with the vibrant and rich community in the School,in exchange for helping support students within studios and workshops. Subject to an evolving COVID-19 UK situation and our future position in 2021, the residency scheme aims to continue to offer agreed access to facilities from January 2021 to August 2021. To apply please

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000 With Centa Business Services Do you have a business idea, but need funding and support to get it off the ground? Centa can help you kick-start your business, with access of up to £25,000 low-cost loan through the Start Up Loans scheme. How do I apply? Please  click here  and complete the form. Once submitted, providing you are eligible, one of the Centa team will send you the full application form and details of the next steps. In addition we require a copy of some documentation prior to awarding the loan, a list

Alighieri set to grow brand after landing first NEWGEN award

British jeweller Alighieri has become the first jeweller to receive NEWGEN support from the British Fashion Council under the restructured sponsorship scheme. For the first time in 25 years, jewellery and fine jewellery have been incorporated into the annual womenswear and menswear designers awards as part of a new Accessories category, comprising also shoes, bags and hats.  Jewellery and millinery awards were previously made under the BFC’s Rock Vault and Headonism initiatives but as of 2018, these will cease to exist as the BFC seeks to group all Britain’s emerging talent across all designer fashion sectors into one category.  Previous

IJL Announce The Ten New Talented KickStarters for 2017

International Jewellery London has announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL  KickStart  initiative. T his annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent. All ten will exhibit under the  KickStart  umbrella at this year’s show and will also benefit from invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers, to help them grow their businesses. The scheme includes this year the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ award, which will reward one  KickStarter  with a complementary stand in

Studio Vacancy, Making Space - Havant, Hampshire

Studio Vacancy, Making Space Making Space has a vacancy in one of our seven individual studio spaces. Professional artists and makers looking to develop their practice and/or business can apply to rent a studio for an initial two years. As well as having a professional space to think and make, they have access to the knowledge and networks of staff, trustees and freelancers, as well as opportunities to earn income from teaching, project work, sales and commissions. Our studios are approximately 16 square metres, with 24/7 access, parking, heating, lighting, water, and internet/phone points. Prices range from £176 each (with

Berlin-based ethical jewellery brand, VIERI, launches in the UK

Berlin-based ethical jewellery brand, VIERI Fine Jewellery, this month celebrates its launch into the UK. Handcrafted jewellery made of ethically sourced and recycled gold, VIERI designs collections that illicit feelings of a warm Italian sky, interspersed with crisp white clouds and magical pops of colour.  A brand that truly believes fine jewellery and responsible practice cannot exist without each other, its designer Guya Merkle, founded the Earthbeat Foundation - an establishment that promotes better working conditions and alternative income solutions for gold miners world-wide.   “It is my vision to build a company that not only produces and acts responsibly, but

Reaching Your Market: Make the most of your online presentation, marketing...

Training: Reaching Your Market: Make the most of your online presentation, marketing and social media, Crafts Council Do you have a showcase, an open studio event or an exhibition coming up? Are you applying to grant organisations? To selected programmes or exhibitions? Do you wish to be successful in your showcases or applications? This workshop will offer a visual insight into how makers and designers can present themselves online and how to generate interest and income to their practice. Why it’s worth attending? Advice on understanding how to promote your unique offer Tips on developing a brand through your vision

UK £1M CNC Machine Tool ‘Servitisation’ Rolled Out

Innovate UK-funded scheme will see businesses purchasing the capacity to manufacture products whilst the ‘ servitisation  provider’ retains responsibility for the machinery and its smooth running  with the scheme particularly focused towards SMEs. THE University of Huddersfield has teamed up with top engineering companies and research institutes for a £1 million pound project that aims to bring about massive improvements in competitiveness and efficiency for UK manufacturers. The goal is to extend the principle of “ servitisation ” to firms that use CNC machinery for precision-engineered products.  This means that a manufacturer does not – in the conventional way –

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

Generation to Generation: Recent Graduates complete Mentorship with Award Winning Goldsmiths

Eight recent jewellery and silversmithing graduates have taken their first steps towards establishing promising careers by completing a pilot mentoring scheme with award winning members of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, made possible by a grant provided by the Goldsmiths' Centre.  Graduate silversmiths Danniella Wilde, Anna Peake, Will Romeril, Abigail Marsh and Jayne Rimington; as well as jewellery designer makers Hannah Viner and Louisa Warren were given time and advice by each of their experienced mentors, helping them to enhance their skills and expand their knowledge.  Over the eight months they gained confidence and deepened their understanding of useful technical

Jewellery Brand Fenton introduces luxury loyalty programme

Fine jewellery company Fenton has introduced a new reward based peer-to-peer recommendation initiative with exclusive fine jewellery as the prize. Fenton is offering its fans, followers and customers the opportunity to spread the word and share the love thanks to its ‘The Karma Club’ = a new loyalty programme from the digital first, direct-to-consumer, fine jewellery brand. The new scheme means everyone has the opportunity to own a fine jewellery collection simply by referring friends and before having even made a purchase, a first for a luxury brand that continues to innovate within its field.  Known for its colourful engagement

Bright Young Gems 2019

Call for Applications: Bright Young Gems 2019 Unveiling future stars in the contemporary jewellery arena. Bright Young Gems is a free launch pad scheme specifically for final year jewellery students and recent graduates. IJL's Bright Young Gems initiative has steadily grown into one of the most coveted platforms in the industry, spawning a string of high flying careers in particular Tomasz Donocik & Imogen Belfield. The Benevolent Society will be providing each BYG winner with a £200 travel and accommodation grant! Submissions for Bright Young Gems 2019 are now open. Final date for entry is 13 May 2019 To apply

Applications Open for Gold Membership

Call for Applications: Gold Membership The Goldsmiths’ Centre is welcoming new applications for its Gold membership this autumn. Open to established businesses in the jewellery, silversmithing or allied industries that have practiced for at least 2 years, the scheme gives unique access to central London facilities at the Goldsmiths’ Centre on a flexible basis. Successful applicants are encouraged to become a part of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s supportive and prestigious community, a stone’s throw away from Hatton Garden, gaining exclusive access to a range of benefits: Registration of their business and postal address at the Goldsmiths’ Centre with use of their

Alexander Wood's jewellery skills earn top ten in the world place

Young British jewellery maker Alexander Wood left Abu Dhabi with a champions medal after earning a coveted top 10 place at the 44th WorldSkills Competition recently. Alexander, a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme and currently earning his spurs with Ian Read Diamond Setters in Kent,  received a Medallion of Excellence for reaching the international standard in the Jewellery skills category.  His achievement was the result of three years worth of training,  honing his silversmithing, polishing, micro-setting and enamelling skills though he started his selection process for WorldSkills back in September 2015 when he became one of eight trainee

Appointment: Russell Lownsbrough elected as Chair of Institute of Professional Goldsmiths

The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths promotes and supports craftspeople of the highest calibre, who produce only the finest workmanship. The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) held it's 36th Annual General Meeting on the 26th of February where a new Chairman, Russell Lownsbrough FIPG, was appointed with universal approval by attendees.  Two new members were also admitted to the Executive Committee, Wayne Meeten FIPG and Danila Tarcinale FIPG. The members attending were informed of the IPG's activities and the efforts of the committee on their behalf. Most significant amongst these being the mentoring scheme recently set up with funding from the

Foundation Programme

Call for Applications: Foundation Programme The Goldsmiths’ Centre's Foundation Programme is a fully-funded programme for 16 to 19 year olds in London and the South East, who are seeking a career in jewellery or silversmithing, introducing them to a range of creative and technical skills specialisms, which can result in a City & Guilds qualification. The Foundation Programme is a also key gateway into the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme. Applications for 2019/2020 close on Sunday 5 May 2019.  Now in its 6th year, the Foundation Programme is unique to the UK and offers young people in London and the South

Goldsmiths' Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 Applications to exhibit at Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 have now opened and will close at midnight 28 February. Applications for the Graduate Bursary Scheme open for the same period.  The Fair Selection Committee will meet in March and applicants will be advised of the outcome thereafter. The 37th Goldsmiths’ Fair (23 September – 6 October) will once again showcase the finest new collections from the most talented UK-based designer-makers working in precious metals. Last year, 138 exhibitors took part and more than 9,000 people visited the event. To Apply Applicants must conform to the following

Award Bursaries British Allied Trades Federation (BATF)

Call for Applications: Award Bursaries British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Benevolent Society, charity of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Following A Hugely Successful Pilot Scheme, The Benevolent Society Are Awarding Further Bursaries For 2018 About the Award Bursaries In 2016 the Benevolent Society, charity of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), changed its constitution to allow the charity to award bursaries to help individuals enter the industries that fall under the BATF umbrella. This has enabled the Benevolent Society to assist not only those at the end of their careers but individuals who are embarking on careers in the

Hazel Thorn’s mixed-metal work garners “Best New Design” award at Goldsmiths’ Fair

Hazel Thorn's delicate and intricate works bear resemblance to shards of colourful, patterned eggshells. Her work in mixed-metal silversmithing has taken an interesting turn this year, after placements on an internship scheme run by the Goldsmiths’ Centre. During the 16 week placement, interns undergo intensive one-to-one tuition with master silversmiths, in this case Adrian Hope, Rauni Higson and Mary Ann Simmons. Thorn has credited this opportunity for expanding her skill set and “opening up new design possibilities.”  This new work (pictured below article) comes from learning the technique of seam-raising, where a flat sheet is formed into a cylinder or

MADE London at St Marys 2018

Call for Applications MADE London at St Marys 2018 MADE London at St Marys, our newest show, this show is just before Christmas, and is a 2 day tabletop show with space for about 80 exhibitors. We want MADE London - St Marys to have a relaxed 'village hall' feel whilst featuring the best makers in the country! Although there is no 'shell scheme' exhibitors are welcome to bring in their own display. MADE London at St Marys Dates 30 November - 1 December Venue St Mary’s, Wyndham Place, York Street, Marylebone, London W1H 1PQ Apply Apply at www.madelondon-st-marys.co.uk Application

Membership of the Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell has launched a new membership scheme for the goldsmithing industry and wider creative design field offering opportunities to link up and access a range of benefits and discounts. The network is free to join and forms a unique community for members to share ideas, collaborate, evolve and grow their businesses. Since 2012 the Goldsmiths’ Centre has brought together trainee and working goldsmiths and those interested in design, creativity and craftsmanship in its state-of-the-art building. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, subscribers are amongst the first to hear about upcoming and exclusive programmes via a dedicated members’

Commission, Southwark Council

Funding has been identified through Southwark Council’s Cleaner Greener Safer programme to commission an artist / arts organisation to produce a piece of public art near the entrance of the 109 Cossall Walk Sheltered Housing building, SE15 2SU. 109 Cossall Sheltered Housing is a council sheltered housing scheme providing accommodation for elderly and other vulnerable people. The unit was built towards the end of the 1970s and for almost 40 years has been a central part of the estate and neighbourhood. Based in Peckham it is home to residents from a wide variety of backgrounds and all employees consistently encourage

Public Art Commission: Western Expansion Area - Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Council and Gallagher Estates are looking to appoint an artist/creative practice to develop a proposal for a significant public realm commission, which explores and celebrates the heritage and future of the Western Expansion Area (WEA) – the largest development site in Milton Keynes. We are looking for an artist/creative practice with an excellent track record of working within the public realm and whose practice is directly engaged with place making. It is envisaged that the commission will address two intrinsically linked strands of place making which include: ‘way finding’ - the scheme should encourage an exploration and navigation

Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission

Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales 2016 The P&O Makower Trust wishes to commission a silversmith designer to design and make a piece of work (excluding jewellery) to a maximum value of £5,000 which would be placed on loan with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Call for Applications Entries are now invited from: recently graduated (within the last seven years) professionalised silversmiths who are resident in Britain and who may or may not have work in public collections. The scheme excludes student work. Timetable and Further Details Entrants

Collective a Maker’s Exhibition - Craft Central, London

Thirteen of Britain’s most exciting new designer-makers are staging an exhibition.  Collective: a Maker’s Exhibition  runs from 15-20 November 2016, and will showcase a unique blend of styles and media, including jewellery and textile designs, stylish, modern furnishings, laser-cut marquetry and breath taking ceramics. All thirteen are members of the Craft Council’s prestigious Hothouse scheme, an intensive yearly development programme that gives selected emerging makers the tools and skills to create a sustainable and successful business. All were awarded places as the southern cohort of Hothouse 2016, and decided to work together as a group to create a unique, multi-disciplinary

Rural Business Awards 2017

Call for Applications: All rurally-based creators, designers and media experts Rural Business Awards 2017 Rurally-based creative and media companies from across Britain are being invited to get their entries in for an awards scheme designed specifically for the countryside sector. Now in their third year, the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) are the only UK-wide business awards for rural enterprises. They are sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd, Principal Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, and operate in partnership with the CLA. The RBAs are split into 13 categories including Best Rural Creative or Media based Business – along

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

The apprenticeship programme in the UK is undergoing its most significant revival in recent years, with the Government announcing its commitment to work with employers to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. For an industry that has been running apprenticeship programmes since 1334, when the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme launched, this announcement has been welcomed. But while many organisations offer highly respected apprenticeship programmes, what does it take to train a world class apprentice jeweller? Steven Jinks, the WorldSkills UK Training Manager for Jewellery, who is responsible for training three Goldsmiths’ apprentices in Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, explains

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Contemporary British Silversmiths Members win Scholarships

The  South House Silver Workshop Trust  has recently announced it has awarded two fully funded six-month Graduate Apprentice Scheme residential scholarships and an additional four in collaboration with its partners. giving talented and committed silversmiths an opportunity to develop their creative and technical skills with silversmiths Rod Kelly and Brett Payne. The winners are: Six-month Graduate Apprenticeships: Jessica Jue  &  Ellys Woods One month scholarships: Sarah Shelton Palmer The Jamie McDonald Kelly Scholarship   Fenella Watson The Saunders Scholarship Loucinda Nims The Pearson Foundation Scholarship Charlotte Tollyfield The South House Silver Workshop Trust Scholarship The call for applications was made here: benchpeg .

Gift card industry launches campaign to drive £2.3 billion high street recovery

The gift card and voucher industry, led by the  Gift Card & Voucher Association (GCVA) , has urged the government  to raise the tax free gift card limit to £500, which could bring the high street an estimated spending boost of more than £2 billion*.  The proposal would involve the government increasing the tax-free gifting allowance of  £50 currently permitted through  HMRC’s Trivial Benefits Allowance  to £500, and encouraging employers across the nation to use the scheme to thank their staff for their hard work over the past few months of COVID-19 uncertainty. This  permanent increase  initiative follows similar proposals

Head of David Fowkes Jewellery Climbs New Heights

Dr Rona Mackenzie, Chief Operating Officer of jewellery designer, David Fowkes, is to embark upon the challenge of a lifetime in order to support UK innovators in business. Rona has pledged to climb the highest points in each of the seven continents of the world, starting with Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, last month. All funds raised by Rona will support a new charity, D3, launched to help support businessmen and women in getting creative, innovative and dynamic projects off the ground. David Fowkes is generously supporting D3 through the creation of a unique, handmade piece of jewellery

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Jerwood Bursaries 2019

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Appointment: David Beckham Appointed Ambassadorial President, British Fashion Council

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Watches: Blancpain present Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Blancpain Ocean Commitment II

For the first time, this piece features an allblue ceramic case. For each timepiece sold in this 250-piece limited edition, an amount of 1000 Euro will be donated in support of scientific expeditions. The 250,000 Euro resulting from this will be added to Blancpain’s contributions in support of the oceans. An all-blue case Blancpain’s Research and Development department is engaged in constant innovation. Thanks to this, for the first time, the brand is proud to be able to present an entirely blue ceramic case on its newest Fifty Fathoms watch. This coloring is achieved by adding pigments during the ceramic

Fashion Space Gallery

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Hoffmann Group UK launches remote consultation service during COVID-19 outbreak

Hoffmann Group UK ,  Europe's leading system partner for quality tools, workstations and personal protective equipment (PPE), has today announced the launch of its remote consultation offering to support manufacturers keeping the UK running during the COVID-19 epidemic.   Hoffmann Group UK ,  Europe's leading system partner for quality tools, workstations and personal protective equipment (PPE), has today announced the launch of its remote consultation offering to support manufacturers keeping the UK running during the COVID-19 epidemic.   Using a suite of digital technologies, such as Microsoft Teams and Skype, manufacturers are able to enlist the support of a specialist consultant remotely. With the

Market Entry Programme, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Call for Applications: Market Entry Programme, Centre for Fashion Enterprise Open to London-based Fashion, Jewellery, Accessory and FashTech SME’s, the Market Entry Programme empowers businesses with essential knowledge and tools to develop their business infrastructure and growth strategies, enabling them to support their creative abilities. What does it include? The fully subsidised 2-day business support programme delivered by industry experts will cover topics including: Business Planning Finance Accountancy Legal & IP Range planning Costing & pricing Production Sales strategies Digital, Marketing & PR A one-on-one exit diagnostic session will be available for each business completing the 2 days of support. Who can apply? All

Crafts Council host FREE online expert discussions

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Data Entrepreneurs and Artists Offered Residencies at 18th-Century Mansion

Call for Applications: Marchmont House Residency Borders-based tech entrepreneur forms partnerships to support creativity in arts and enterprise in Marchmont’s Creative Spaces A residency in a beautiful studio at Marchmont House and £12,000 in funding is on offer to support an entrepreneur to develop a project using data within the creative industries. It is one of several residencies being offered at the restored 1750 Palladian mansion in Berwickshire which is in the process of creating a suite of Creative Spaces – high quality studios and workshops. Marchmont House has also teamed up with Berwick Creative Guild, the newly established Marchmont Makers

Endangered Crafts Fund

Call fro Applications: Endangered Crafts Fund Deadlines:  26 February 2021 and 27 August 2021 Thanks to support from  The Garfield Weston Foundation ,  The Dulverton Trust  and the  Sussex Heritage Trust , the  Heritage Crafts Association  is again inviting craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts (the craft must be listed as  endangered  or  critically endangered  on the current  Red List of Endangered Crafts ). During the pandemic our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. This fund can now be used to address

Amanda Mansell is equity crowdfunding for a new venture called 'Loupe'

Amanda Mansell a Hatton Garden bespoke jewellery designer of 20+ years - is equity crowdfunding for a new venture called Loupe, a jewellery support initiative which makes use of support from a Camden Council buildings grant. The 'jewellery hub' will aim to create a jewellery destination for London's historic jewellery quarter by providing a customer and trade interface to help promote the industry through experiential customer journeys and provide a route to market for the jewellery industry's supply chains. Loupe will be an experiential retail destination in Hatton Garden where people not only buy jewellery but learn about it and

Hoffmann Group UK aims to double in size with customer-centric reorganisation

Hoffmann Group UK ,  Europe's leading system partner for quality tools, workstations and personal protective equipment (PPE), has transformed its national strategy in order to better serve its customers.  To provide its customer base with a more bespoke, effective service, the business is bolstering the number of experts available to advise and consult with clients. Specifically, the business is increasing technical expertise, introducing dedicated support for large national accounts and additional specialised resource to support services such as inventory management, calibration and repairs.  The reorganisation also sees Peter Borrowdale, who joined the business last year, being appointed as National Sales Manager. Hoffmann

Make It

Call for Applications: Make It  Make It aims to support young makers based in London who are passionate about craft to build their own creative business. Applications are now open Make It  offers London-based makers aged 16-26 space and support to build their own craft-based business. Our two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start. Selected makers will get a free studio space at Cockpit Arts for 12 months, access to onsite workshops in business basics and one-to-one coaching. In the second year, we ask only for a small contribution of £20 a week. You’ll be

News Edit: 21 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The jewellery industry announces a scholarship to support black students Wallpaper: Fifty jewellery brands have united to create a long-term scholarship and mentorships to support black students at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. wallpaper.com 50 Jewelers Have Created a $50,000 Scholarship for Black Students to Study Design Robb Report: On Wednesday, a group of fifty jewelry designers and jewelry-related businesses announced the creation of a $50,000 endowment for black students studying jewelry design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.  robbreport.com

‘Make Christmas happen’ programme launched by the National Association of Jewellers

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has today announced an exclusive programme of support for just 16 independent jewellery retailers who have their sights set on a successful festive trading period. ‘Make Christmas happen’  is a structured commercially led support programme for a cohort of 16 participants, put together for those who are best positioned within an independent jewellery businesses to ‘make it happen’. The programme will push the cohort as a group, and the individual representatives in the respective jewellery retailers to promote their business as efficiently and effectively as possible, to maximise sales through October, November and December,

Start Ups in London Libraries

Start-ups in London Libraries The British Library’s Business & IP Centre offers free support for start-up businesses through its Start-ups in London Libraries programme, which is now fully available online. Join the full and half-day workshops to cover all the fundamentals of starting a business, and book for a virtual one-to-one for bespoke support designed to get your start-up journey off to the best start. Our  Start-ups in London Libraries workshops  are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our schedule and register your place on one of online workshops at our  Eventbrite page

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council reports on Covid-19 survey results

A survey with 120 respondents carried out by  The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council  has found that Covid-19 is adversely impacting designer-makers across the UK, driving it to announce a series of new initiatives to support, connect and inspire isolated craftspeople during this time. In a survey shared with silversmiths, jewellery designers, manufacturers, apprentices and those working in allied trades, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) sought to understand the current needs, concerns and mood of its audience in order to best support them during this time. Among key results and feedback from over 120 respondents, the GC&DC reports:

BFC Foundation Fashion Fund For The Covid Crisis Reopens Applications

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The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award 2019

Call for Applications: The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award 2019 Cockpit Arts have announced that the Arts Society Award at Cockpit Arts is now open for applications. The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award comprises of business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year. Applications are invited for the Award which aim to support professional craftspeople working with traditional craft skills. Particular consideration will be given to crafts requiring skills at risk of dying out. The Award is worth £3,000 towards a studio at either Cockpit Arts site, to be supplemented with £1.650

Pandora and UNICEF forge new global partnership

Pandora and UNICEF have announced a new global partnership to support the world’s most vulnerable children to lead healthier and safer lives and fulfil their potential. The three-year partnership between the international jewelry retailer and the United Nations Children’s Fund will also fund life skills training, with a focus on programmes that support female empowerment. Every day, girls are vulnerable to losing out on their education due to poverty, cultural practices and poor infrastructure. Violence and conflict also play a part in preventing girls from getting an education. Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is about ensuring

Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers

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Cockpit Arts Awards 2018

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Domino hits refresh to relaunch website

Domino continues with its focus on customer support with the relaunch of their customer website and online resources and tools. The Birmingham based manufacturer has been working behind the scenes finalising improvements to their online portal, following direct customer feedback on changes required to support their diverse customer audiences.  The new website launched in early July 2018, leading with the new Diamond Ring Mount collection. Customers may have started to notice some of the aesthetic changes applied over the past few weeks, however; the major changes have happened behind the scenes. Changes include: Faster, easier live price checking Improved data

Cockpit Arts subsidised Studio Space Awards 2018

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Subsidised Workshop Space Awards Cockpit Arts are looking for talented makers to join the Cockpit Arts community.  They have four Awards currently open for application, comprising subsidised studio space and support for one year. The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business. The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business. The

The Fore Trust

Funding: The Fore Trust The Fore Trust has announced that the next funding round to support the development of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies will open for registrations on the 3rd April 2018 at 10 am. The Trust is offering development funding of up to £30,000 and business support to expand the capacity of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. To qualify applicant organisations will need to have a turnover of less than £1 million per year). To Apply To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Numbers for

Assay Office to host Make Your Mark once again

On the 5th February 2019, Goldsmiths’ Hall is opening its doors once again to all students, tutors,  graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help them make their mark in industry.  This hugely popular free one day event led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company, is a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and introduce you to the support networks available to help you in your career. This includes the range of support the Goldsmiths’ Company can offer new entrants to the trade such

Princess Royal Training Award

Call for Applications: Princess Royal Training Award Applying for a Princess Royal Training Award will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on what you have achieved through your investment in training. The awards are free to enter and are open to organisations of all sizes, and from all sectors in the UK. Entrants will receive tailored support throughout the application process.  Apply now Applications are open from 02 January – 29 March 2018 . A prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate those who receive the award will take place in the autumn. The Awards provide you with one-to-one support through

Match Funded Places at Cockpit Arts

Match Funded Studio Opportunities at Cockpit Arts Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London. We support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally. Studios Available We’ve got two opportunities for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community on match-funded places comprising studio space and support for one year. The Cockpit Arts /

Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowships, University of Leeds

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British Fashion Council Announces Newgen Recipients For 2017 / 2018

The British Fashion Council (BFC) celebrates the fifteen emerging designers who will receive NEWGEN support for the year ahead. Following the announcement of a new format, NEWGEN sponsorship is now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. This new format is focused on celebrating the incredible pool of emerging menswear and womenswear talent in London. NEWGEN offers designers the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. Britain leads the way when it comes to nurturing and developing young talent,

Gem-A Announce New Platinum Sponsors of 2016 Conference

Gem-A have announce that Jewelry Television have signed up as Platinum Sponsors of the 2016 Gem-A Conference.  One of the leading retailers of jewellery and gemstones in the United States, JTV have been instrumental in making gems household names in over 86 million American homes, cultivating a new market of gemstone lovers and buyers. JTV’s support of Gem-A reiterates a long friendship between the two associations which began in 2012. Alan Hart, Gem-A CEO, said of the partnership, “We are thrilled to have JTV on board as Platinum Sponsors again. Their support will enable us to bring quality international speakers

Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers 2017

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Artist Residency, ArtsTaunton

ArtsTaunton is an organisation working to make Taunton a great place to live - somewhere where art and nature combine to make a town that has a unique identity. To achieve this aim ArtsTaunton has secured funding to support an artist to explore the enduring character of our town - its people and its landscape. In the coming years we want to support our creative sector and stimulate the appetite in people for brilliant and meaningful art. This residency is one of the first steps to help us find out what would be meaningful for Taunton’s citizens. The residency asks

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The role Concierge (Sales Focus) Fenton London Fenton is seeking a Concierge to join our team in managing our sales and providing the best in-class service and experience to our customers, standing side by side with them for the whole journey (from the first appointment / call / whatsapp / facebook message / instagram DM /... to the delivery / aftercare). The individual will combine a knowledge of sales, jewellery and gemmology to support the sales and fulfilment pipelines, working with cross-functional partners (marketing, creative, operations) in the UK and in India. The perfect candidate is passionate, personable, highly knowledgeable

Hothouse 2020

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Goldsmiths' Fair goes digital in reaction to pandemic

Goldsmiths’ Fair, the selling event and exhibition for fine jewellers and silversmiths, is launching a digital Fair in 2020. The Fair will provide an online platform for around 130 exhibitors and established visitors, 9,000 of who ordinarily attend the live event at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London, as well as to new audiences from around the world. The Goldsmiths’ Company, who run the event – an essential stop on the international fine jewellery and contemporary silver calendar – is moving the Fair 2020 and its programme of talks, events and exhibitions online, to support business recovery for

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Anna Lewis: Stay

In the series Stay, Anna Lewis investigates the aesthetic, symbolic and costume imagery of the Victorian era, starting from an antique corset made of whalebone, linen and silk, dated 1780 writes Ilaria Ruggiero. The corset is an object of conflict and contrast; it represents both control and support. A ubiquitous object and outward symbol of self-control, or social control by men. The corset is a political element, for her it is symbolic of discipline, beauty and sexuality yet hides a dark truth by painfully punishing the body in order to fit this feminine ideal. The restriction of this tight cage, crushing

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HM Revenue and Customs - Videos, webinars and e-learning for the self-employed. The HM Revenue and Customs website hosts several useful online videos, webinars and e-learning sessions for people running their own business. They cover the following topics:  New start ups  Self assessment help and deadlines Research & development Record keeping Setting up and running your own business Tax for foster carers For help and support from HM Revenue and Customs please visit www.gov.uk

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 3rd. smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

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Due to the retirement of a very experienced and valued member of our team we now have a position for a highly experienced and qualified jobbing jeweller or hand made mounter. The successful applicant will have completed a five year apprenticeship and have at least another five years experience as a working jeweller with references to support. The job will require working knowledge of all precious metals, ie, silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Together with a comprehensive understanding of precious and semi precious stones and their characteristics from a working point of view.

Production Assistant, Weston Beamor - Birmingham

The role Production Assistant Weston Beamor Birmingham B18 6LT Voted ‘Jewellery & Watch Supplier of the Year’ in Retail Jeweller’s 2021 & 2020 UK Jewellery Awards and Bridal Supplier of the Year in Professional Jeweller’s 2020 ‘Collections of the Year’, Domino Jewellery is a leading jewellery manufacturer and supplier with an enviable reputation for design excellence. Our passion for quality and attention to detail ensures we continue to flourish and achieve great things. In order to support our growth we are seeking an experienced Production Assistant to join our team in Birmingham. The successful candidate will be responsible for: Helping

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Experienced Polisher, Weston Beamor - Birmingham

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Call for Applications: Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open Selectors Announced and Applications Open Deadline 26 August 2020, 5pm New national partnerships with Art Fund and Aberdeen Art Gallery support early-career artists and makers to develop bold new work   Jerwood Arts and Art Fund are relaunching the prestigious biennial artist development, commissioning and national touring award as Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open. The award, now in its eighth edition, gives five outstanding early-career UK-based artists and makers the opportunity to develop ambitious new works, to be presented in London at Jerwood Space in June 2021 followed by a three-venue national tour

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Postponed: Loot 2020

Postponed: Loot: Mad About Jewelry Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA 20 - 26th April 2020 LOOT: MAD About Jewelry has been postponed to the week of December 7, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution and with careful consideration of evolving public health concerns in New York City, the Museum has determined that the potential risk to the well-being of LOOT's international roster of artists, the attendees, and Museum staff must be the primary consideration. We thank all of our supporters for their understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented situation and for their commitment to support

Loot 2020

Postponed: Loot: Mad About Jewelry Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA LOOT: MAD About Jewelry has been postponed to the week of December 7, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution and with careful consideration of evolving public health concerns in New York City, the Museum has determined that the potential risk to the well-being of LOOT's international roster of artists, the attendees, and Museum staff must be the primary consideration. We thank all of our supporters for their understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented situation and for their commitment to support MAD. We look forward to

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Fair Luxury present @ IJL 2019 Since its inception in 2016 the Fair Luxury collective has provided a platform of promotion, information and education surrounding the complex topics of ethics and sustainability in today’s jewellery market. Bringing such challenging and ever evolving subjects to a wider audience requires support from our dynamic industry – therefore the Fair Luxury collective are proud to be once again presenting at International Jewellery London for the third year. Fair Luxury would like you to join them at IJL’s ‘Knowledge Hub’ on Tuesday 3 September for what promises to be a diverse discussion of latest

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Call for Applicaitons: Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019 (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham)  20 - 22 March 2020 Cheltenham Town Hall,  Cheltenham The Craft Festival Cheltenham (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham) applications open in June. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about sizes and prices are on the individual application forms.  There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted.  Start Up is a dedicated area for makers who have been in business for 2 years or less. Our aim is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and

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Call for applications: The London Creative Network Programme, Cockpit Arts Are you an ambitious maker looking for professional support to grow your craft business? Applications are now open for the London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts.  The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help medium to established craft makers enhance their ability to advance their business. We are now entering the final stages of the programme which is due to end in September 2021. Our fully funded programme is a bespoke offer of information-led, practical workshops which is complemented

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Call for Applications: The London Creative Network  The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help medium to established craft makers enhance their ability to advance their business regardless of whether they have a studio at Cockpit Arts. We provide creative business and professional development support to craft makers who have the aspiration and talent to do what they do professionally. We cater for all types of craft practices; from batch producers to artist-makers. The current round is now open for applications. Deadline: 25 October. For more information: cockpitarts.com

Zeemou Zeng partners with Age UK

Zeemou Zeng has announced a partnership with the leading charity for older people, Age UK.  Until 10 Aug 2020 the brand will donate 20% of the price of their most popular items: Eye Diamond Brooch, Melody Cocktail Ring, Melody Diamond Earrings, and the Rainbow Melody Necklace.  Age UK provides essential services for older people across the UK.  Too many older people feel they have no one to turn to for support.  Age UK exists to help older people when they need it most.  www.zeemouzeng.com Author:  Published: 

LVMH announces partnership with La Fabrique Nomade, an association that helps refugee artisans in France find employment

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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowships for artists/makers and arts in the built environment The Winston Churchill Trust awards travelling fellowships includes an artists and makers award category and is currently open for applications. If you are inspired by the work of overseas designers, have a project in mind to support craft skills or want to work with overseas craft people/designers and have a project in mind to advance practices in the UK design sector, find out more on the Trust’s website. A new category of Churchill Fellowship has been set up to fund travel that will

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Artists Access to Colleges along with host universities are offering 50 spots to artists and designers to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities which include: workships, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists. Artists from 2017-2018 schemes can now reapply for this year's schemes. All applicants must have at least one year of professional practice. Only MA /PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate. Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support. Applicants will be

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News Edit:18 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   A Girl’s Best Friend: Meet the Ethical Jeweller Empowering Women Vanity Fair: Shiffon Co. Founder Shilpa Yarlagadda is a young entrepreneur making waves in the jewellery industry. www.vanityfair.com 14 Sustainable Jewelry Brands To Support On Earth Day Elle: Since its conception in 1970, Earth Day has become one of the largest secular observances in the world. It spreads awareness about the conditions of our planet and the ways in which we can create a more sustainable lifestyle. www.elle.com 6 Sustainable Jewellery Collections To Celebrate Earth Day 2021 Tatler:

News Edit: 14 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The Creative Women Behind Such Prestigious Jewellery Brands As Chopard & Cartier Tatler: Meet the women responsible for reimagining the heritage of world class brands through a 21st century lens. asiatatler.com 22 Black Jewellery Designers Who Deserve Your Support And Investment Vogue: Prominent black voices are rare in jewellery. Even though many of the world’s riches in the form of precious metals and gemstones come from Africa, its residents are far more likely to have been cruelly exploited in the name of

LB Camden Creates Re-Opening Business Toolkit

LB Camden create resources toolkit for re-opening businesses from Monday 12 April As we approach Monday 12 April, many of us are looking forward to non-essential retail and hospitality venues re-opening, including for outdoor dining. To support Camden businesses as they re-open, and to help you welcome your customers and staff back safely, LB Camden have attached a business toolkit with government and local information and guidance. Inside you’ll find: Advice on how to ensure your business is COVID-safe How to apply for a temporary pavement licence Help to publicise your business online via My Virtual Camden, and more. Camden

Toye Kenning & Spencer secure £1M funding

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners, has provided Toye Kenning & Spencer Limited, the oldest continuously operating company in Birmingham, with a £1 million loan to invest in equipment, improve facilities and support growth of the business. Established in 1685, Toye manufactures a range of medals, regalia, bespoke jewellery, badges, including coloured ribbons, braids and laces, used in the production of ceremonial uniforms and gowns. The firm has held a Royal Warrant to the British Royal Family without interruption since the reign of Queen Victoria to the current monarch Queen Elizabeth the II. Toye

50 Years of Irish Craft Nominations

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#SmallBiz100 2020

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The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund (KLG Fund) has awarded a total of £21,000 in grants to Black people working in the jewellery industry who need support for their businesses and have faced financial hardship because of the current crisis, following a review by a panel of five independent industry judges, who said they were “overwhelmed by the talent, creativity and enthusiasm of the applicants”. In June, Black jeweller and activist Kassandra Lauren Gordon successfully raised £19,483 on a Go Fund Me page, exceeding the original £14,000 target. 328 people, businesses and trade organisations made donations ranging from £5 to £5,000.

Mark Buntz Joins GIA as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has appointed Mark Buntz as senior vice president and chief marketing officer to lead all global marketing efforts and drive the future of the GIA brand. Buntz will support the expansion of GIA’s education, laboratory services – including the new GIA Diamond Origin Report – and instruments business into new markets and extend GIA’s 4Cs of Diamond Quality consumer outreach program. He succeeds Kathryn Kimmel, who retired in August after 30 years with GIA. “Mark brings invaluable expertise with leading companies which have reached pinnacles of success in their fields,” said Susan Jacques, GIA

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News Edit: 7 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   10 Black Jewellery Designers Who Deserve Your Support And Investment Vogue: Prominent black voices are rare in jewellery. Even though many of the world’s riches in the form of precious metals and gemstones come from Africa, its residents are far more likely to have been cruelly exploited in the name of adornment than to have benefited from it. vogue.co.uk Lockdown prompts a rethink of how we buy and sell jewellery Wallpaper: Gallerist Elisabetta Cipriani offers a creative alternative to trying on jewellery.

Davina Mallinckrodt Appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cockpit Arts

Davina has been confirmed in the role on 8th April 2021, following her appointment as Chair-Elect in December 2020. She succeeds Cornelius Medvei, who has held the post for the past nine years.  Davina joins Cockpit following a year in which the award-winning social enterprise and leading creative business incubator has successfully supported its 150 strong maker community through the pandemic. In addition to the 40 young creative businesses receiving awards and bursary support, in 2020/21 Cockpit has provided substantially reduced rents to its makers at its two hubs, Cockpit Holborn and Cockpit Deptford and successfully pivoted to digital delivery

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Deptford

Winter Open Studios 6 – 8 December Cockpit Arts, Deptford Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the destination

Future Icons Presents

Future Icons Presents Burlington Arcade, London 1 September - 30 October 2020 Located on the Piccadilly end of the arcade, Future Icons will present 14 key craft practitioners across two levels in a beautiful boutique. Comprised of home accessories, jewellery, furniture and wall-based artworks, our makers have created collections from wood, metal, ceramics, textiles and leather. New collections: Many of the collections on show have been produced exclusively during lock-down, often in make shift home studios. These will be the first public showing of these products, a chance for visitors to view and purchase directly from the store and support the

Lucie Gledhill's Modern Twist on the Victorian Curb Chain Garners Best New Design 2019 at Goldsmiths' Fair Week One

An innovative collaboration, between jeweller Lucie Gledhill and photographer Kasia, has won the attention of this years’ Goldsmiths’ fair expert judge of the Best New Design Award.  This year, Trino Verkade judged the award, a consultant with the Sarabande foundation, an initiative set up by the late legendary designer, Lee Alexander McQueen, who left the majority of his estate to support creative and visionary talent. In addition to providing scholarships and studio space for artists. The curb chain is a feat of craftsmanship, taking three weeks to complete. A chain was fashioned from gold tubing and silver wire, then each

A Fresh New Look For The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths have announced the launch of the new Scottish Goldsmiths Trust website where you will find  information about who they are, projects, opportunities, events and history.  The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust (SGT) was founded by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh in the year 2000. Its aims remain to support and promote the education, art an craft of Scotland’s gold and silversmithing heritage and trade.  The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust has a dynamic programme of opportunities, exhibitions and awards. The SGT curates the Millennium Silver collection, Silver of the Stars and the historical archives of The

Watch this Space: Meet the Six IJL Kickstart 2019 Winners

Earlier this month, International Jewellery London announced the winners of their 2019 Kickstart competition. The six 'Kickstarters' recognised for their emerging talent, will have access to a mentoring package, workshop days and introductions to key industry figures, as well as ongoing pricing, branding and marketing support- and a presence at IJL this year. The six winners are: Aurelie Dellasanta, Aurelie Dellasanta Jewellery Becca Macdonald, Becca Macdonald Studio Bine Roth, Bine Roth Jewellery Hannah Blackwood, Hannah Blackwood Jewellery Lukas Grewenig, Lukas Grewenig Jewellery Vanessa Pederzani, Heirloom Jewels    Katie Morris, IJL Exhibition Director said: “Congratulations to all six KickStart 2019 designers.

Goldsmiths’ Company announces new acquisitions for 2020/2021

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced its latest acquisitions from the last year for its Collection, which comprises works of art of world class importance. The acquisitions reinforce the Company’s support for contemporary makers through commissions and purchases, in what has been a challenging year for British craftspeople. Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company says that  the report of acquisitions  reveals extraordinary examples of work made for the Collection.  “Our commissions, and purchases recognise and celebrate the quality and handmaking skills of our craft. All the pieces contribute to our wider understanding of contemporary jewellery and silver. They tell

Design in Silver Award 2021

Call for Applications: Design in Silver Award 2021 Contemporary British Silversmiths have been fortunate enough to offer an annual ‘Design in Silver Award’ to silversmithing graduates for many years.  This is thanks to a very generous and long standing patron who is keen to support graduates on their journey of progressing their career in contemporary silversmithing. The prize comprises up to £1,000 which is to be spent on a specialist course offered by one of our senior members and three years free graduate membership.  The money can be used towards the course, materials, travel and accommodation as required.  Previous winners

The Goldsmiths’ Company Delivers the Largest Conference in the World to Date to Address Jewellery Materials

Last week, the Goldsmiths’ Company delivered the first Jewellery Materials Congress. The conference, which is the largest conference world-wide to address jewellery technology, was created to support the jewellery and silverware community, by providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge to better the industry, free of commercialisation.  Over the two-day conference, a wide agenda of topics was addressed through a series of talks and Q&A, broadly categorised by four themes: academic research, visions of the industry, and artisan and industrial materials manufacture. These talks were delivered by a panel of eighteen international speakers, including keynotes delivered by Eddie Bell,

QEST Scholarship Applications

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £3.5 million to 442

Insta hashtags prompt sales in lockdown

The artist Matthew Burrows set up an artist-led movement and network on 16th March 2020 to support artists struggling financially during Covid-19 using the social media platform Instagram – with a simple pledge. The pledge #artistsupportpledge created a much needed route to market in lockdown for artists and makers. He released a statement saying that within a month “…from making the first sales pledge I am a little awe struck yet completely delighted by the momentum and viral take up of this campaign. It is not just an important network and survival mechanism for artists: It has become a global Hear

Mummy’s Star pendant created created to mark special mum’s life

A jewellery designer has created a very special 'Mummy’s Star' pendant in memory of her late sister-in-law, who passed away with stage 4 breast cancer in April this year. Sian Hughes, whose sister-in-law Emily Hughes was diagnosed with breast cancer in pregnancy, is donating all of the profits of each bespoke, hand-crafted piece to Mummy’s Star. Sian, who has been designing and creating contemporary jewellery for 15 years, said: “I wanted to thank Mummy’s Star for the much-needed practical and emotional support they gave to my family during a very difficult time. “The star in the design is a direct

Crafting Business 2021

Call for Applications: Crafting Business 2021 Our new creative business development programme for emerging makers (between 1 – 4 years in business). Have you got a business idea you need support with? Do you need help with navigating the complexities of managing your finances? This programme is here to help you. Crafting Business is part of a Creative European funded project to provide business training skills to makers across Europe. Eight countries (including the UK) will be delivering their own respective training programmes in 2021 supporting up to 200 makers. To hear more about this project, follow  this link  to

The London Artisan - Autumn 2020

Call for Applications: The London Artisan Applications Are Open! We are thrilled to announce the reopening of The London Artisan! After cancelling both our Spring and Summer events, we can once again support independent designer makers by providing a platform to begin marketing and selling your work once again. The London Artisan offers a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. It’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversations started and friendships formed. The London Artisan presents a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, illustration and beauty products. We also welcome applications from coffee/drink

London Edge 2019

London Edge Business Design Centre, London 1 - 2 September 2019 Started in 1999 in response to an urgent call from the fashion industry to provide an inclusive & respectful platform for the lifestyle & alternative markets. Rooted firmly in an exceptional customer service ethos, the LondonEdge team support, guide & advise our exhibiting & retail partners at a level that’s second to none. As we begin our 3rd decade we look forward with excitement to the future for this cornerstone of global lifestyle fashion. Whilst we continue to adjust to reflect new trends & allow for changes in business

INKubator Programme 2020

Call for Applications: INKubator Programme February - October 2020 Glasgow, Scotland A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core.  A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core. The INKubator is Scotland’s unique Jewellery Business Programme, with the aim of developing emerging talent by providing a supportive and educational environment. A carefully interwoven set of activities, opportunities and a hive of support to generate maximum impact.

Future Edit

Open call for 2020 graduates: Future Edit Crafts Council are seeking applications from this year’s BA craft and design graduates, to exhibit and sell work at the Crafts Council Gallery this autumn.  Future Edit  will present work from a selected group of talented graduates, offering the public an opportunity to buy exciting work from gifted emerging makers, and support them in launching their careers. Bringing together graduates from higher education institutions across the UK, the exhibition will seek to represent a range of craft disciplines. This will be the Crafts Council Gallery’s opening exhibition and will demonstrate our commitment to

Women’s Empowerment in Action, within the Jewellery Supply Chain

The Dragonfly Initiative is a sustainability consultancy that works across the depth of the jewellery supply chain to support the growth and sustainability of emergent jewellery businesses. The consultancy has recently been working with brands which champion female empowerment. Vivien Johnston of The Dragonfly Initiative is an expert in her field regarding jewellery ethics and sustainability as well as having a track record of first hand experience in end to end best practice in jewellery manufacture. A recent client of the consultancy was a female led jewellery brand, Myne London, which had a mandate to source emeralds mined and polished

Cockpit Arts Awards 2019/20

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Awards 2019 / 20 Five Awards at Cockpit Arts open for application Cockpit Arts are delighted to announce that there are four Cockpit Arts Awards now open for applications. All Awards comprise business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year. The Cockpit Arts / The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award Open to a craftsperson practicing basket making. Our aim is to welcome a basket maker to Cockpit Arts to grow as an independent maker and business owner. Closing date - noon, 4 October 2019 The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’

Royal Mint Opportunity

Call for Applications: Royal Mint Folio Design Team Who we are We are the sole manufacturer of UK coinage and export to an average of 60 other countries. We are wholly owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. The challenge To translate significant points in history and culture onto the smallest of canvases. The opportunity To be part of a select portfolio of freelance artists providing designs for coins and medals. How does it work? Our external artists are offered opportunities to enter paid competitions based on their suitability to the theme. We provide full support throughout the design process. How to

Studio Applications Now Open - Sarabande Foundation

Call for Applications: Studio Applications Now Open - Sarabande Foundation Applications are Open About Sarabande Sarabande  was established by the late Lee Alexander McQueen to create opportunities for artists and designers who are creatively fearless. The main support strands are  scholarships  for seven Universities across the UK and subsidised studios for artists and designers who are based in our converted Victorian stables on Regent's Canal in East London. Call for Applications: Workshops and Studios You heard it- it's an extension! We have had an overload of studio applications and because we at Sarabande believe that everyone deserves a chance, an

LOEWE Craft Prize 2020

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2020 About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. All Entries Should fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass,

Annual Spring Fling 'At Home' Brings You Studio Tours, Workshops and Exhibitions

The organisers of Spring Fling are launching  SF | At Home  – a new programme of digital activities. The initiative is to support Spring Fling audiences and artists though this period of isolation and fill some of the gap left by the postponement of Scotland’s leading open studios weekend.  A total of 87 artists and craft makers across Dumfries & Galloway were expecting to welcome around 12,000 visitors through their doors between 23 and 25 May. Despite having to delay the long-running annual event its parent organisation, Upland CIC, has worked with artists, makers and supporters to go digital. Some studios will

News Edit: 9 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   How The Jewelry Industry Is Mobilizing To Stamp Out Racism Forbes: In the wake of the global social justice movement over recent weeks, black jewelry designers have found themselves thrust front and center as consumers look for ways to show their support. forbes.com Shiny new business idea from Chippenham jeweller Wiltshire Times: Chippenham jeweller Tamara Eggleston has had a Eureka moment. She had to cancel her silver jewellery making workshops due to lockdown back in March. So she has invented a home jewellery making kit to keep her

Business Coach (Maternity Cover), Cockpit Arts

Business Coach (Maternity cover) £35,000 - 37,000 per annum pro rata (£14,000 – 14,800 for two days per week) Are you • An experienced business coach and trainer? • Someone who enjoys coaching their clients to realise their potential? • Excited by the chance to work with makers, designers, and craft-based micro businesses? Cockpit Arts is hiring a creative business coach and trainer to join our Business Incubation Team. The role will deliver one-to-one coaching to craft and design businesses, principally individual practitioners and sole traders, based both at Cockpit’s studios and outside. The coach will also support delivery of

Alexander Wood receives the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice of the Year Award

First granted in 2015, this prestigious annual award celebrates excellence in skill, attitude and commitment. This year Alex was nominated not only for his exceptional performance since starting his training as a diamond mounting apprentice, but also to recognise the support he has received from his former Master, Nathaniel Groves. Selected by the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship team and his fellow Apprentices, it was acknowledged that Alex - who is a former Goldsmiths’ Centre Foundation Programme trainee now working for E C Wolfe - had proven his exceptional capability throughout his four-year diamond-mounting apprenticeship with Nathaniel Groves. In particular, Alex was

Make It!

Call for Applications: Make It! Make It! offers three London-based makers aged 16-25 the space and support to build their own craft-based business. Selected makers will receive a studio space at Cockpit Arts; including access to onsite workshops in business basics, one-to-one coaching and be a part of a thriving creative community. Applications are open to makers who are currently unemployed or underemployed (working in a job that doesn’t use their craft skills). The two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start building your craft business. We’ve had 26 Makers successfully complete the programme since 2011

LIFT programme, LB Camden

Call for Applications:  LIFT programme, LB Camden Camden is working with Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets to deliver the LIFT programme, making jobs and entrepreneurship in the knowledge economy more inclusive. Applications are OPEN for the next round of the Survive and Pivot Programme! Camden has joined forces with Foundervine and OneTech to deliver the free expert-led programme, supporting businesses impacted by the pandemic The course includes  vital enterprise support and training— focusing on topics such as customer discovery, finance readiness and strategy. The business incubator will start in March, with places open to any Camden based SMEs that have

Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund for Black Jewellers

Call for Applications: Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund for Black Jewellers  Applications to The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund launches on Tuesday 28 July at 10am The Fund was set up by Kassandra to support Black jewellers and those in the allied trades facing financial hardship Grants of £1,000 will be made available to 20 Black jewellers and those working in the allied trades The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity will administer the grants on behalf of the Fund A panel of judges, made up of industry experts, will decide who the grants will be awarded to. Applications to a Black jewellers’ hardship Fund,

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications Next application round is open 14 July - 24 August 2020 The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of skills, from farriery and cheese maturing to jewellery design, silversmithing and sculpture.   QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th

Funded Residencies - Cove Park

Funded Residencies - Cove Park Cove Park offers funded residencies throughout the year. These opportunities are awarded following an open call and application process, or via nomination and direct invitation. Residents are given the time, space, freedom and financial support to concentrate upon the development of their own work. This programme supports those wishing to focus upon specific projects and those aiming to develop new ideas without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. This is enhanced through a series of events designed to promote discussion between all the artists on residency.  Residents receive a fee, private and self-catering accommodation,

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the London Design Festival 2019

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the London Design Festival 2019 TRANSFORMING TRAINING: A free day of live silversmithing demonstrations by Contemporary British Silversmiths at the V&A Sunday 15 September 2019 | 10am to 5pm​ Room 66, Silver Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum​ Live Demonstrations by Tony Bedford, Rauni Higson and Charlotte Tollyfield​ ​A commitment to passing on craft techniques has been central to the mission of Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS) for more than 20 years. Silversmiths learn their craft over a lifetime and CBS is helping support a new generation of designers to acquire the highest level of craft skills. Join

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery wins national ‘Inspiring Independents’ Award

Independent jewellers across the country took to London’s Riverbank to honour and support the hardworking independent jewellery sector, where Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery took home one of only five category awards at Retail Jeweller Magazine’s 5 th  annual Inspiring Independents Awards. Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery’s London studio, found in fashionable Primrose Hill, was celebrated by a team of esteemed judges for its use of ‘visual merchandising and store design’ by Retail Jeweller Magazine and their peers. This new category looked at fresh and original store design and use of visuals to convey the brand’s ethos. Since Harriet Kelsall’s Primrose Hill

School of Jewellery present Goblet to British Allied Trades Federation

The School of Jewellery and HND Course Director Dauvit Alexander were delighted to recently present the finished award-winning goblet to Kate Owen, Past President of The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) in the School’s Vittoria Street home. The BATF launched the competition at the School to provide an opportunity for students to design to commission, thereby promoting newly qualified talent in the industry.  Dating back to 1954, the BATF Presidency has been recognised by the addition of a solid silver goblet to the Federation’s silver collection. This collection was instigated to support and showcase craftsmanship and design. For the last three

The Goldsmiths' Company Jewellery Materials Congress

The Goldsmiths' Company Jewellery Materials Congress Monday, 8 - Tuesday, 9 July 2019 Goldsmiths' Hall, London The Goldsmiths' Company will be holding its first Jewellery Meterials Conference from 8 to 9 July 2019 at Goldsmiths’ Hall. This Congress forms part of a series of activities designed to advance and disseminate knowledge and to encourage research and its exploitation in the field of jewellery & silverware technology.  About the Congress The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office will be holding a major international conference on 8 and 9 July 2019, at Goldsmiths' Hall.  The Jewellery Materials Congress will support the jewellery and silverware community by providing a collaborative,

Brighton entrepreneur opens 'The Crop'

Luxury jewellery shop, The Crop, has opened its doors in the North Laine area of Brighton with the support of a five-figure funding package from NatWest. Entrepreneur and jeweller Kerry Huff has used £50,000 of finance from NatWest, alongside a personal investment of more than £150,000 to acquire a 10-year lease for the Sydney Street premises and complete an extensive retail fit out. Funding from NatWest has enabled Kerry to undertake an extensive refurbishment programme, which includes bespoke fixtures and furnishings, as well as ensure the retail outlet is fully stocked. She has also created two therapy rooms on the

Vanilla Ink Programme: INKubator

Call for Applications: Vanilla Ink INKubator Programme Vanilla Ink is Scotland’s unique jewellery school, offering Jewellers and Silversmiths in the early stages of their career a professional development INKubator. Immersed in a 9 month programme, the Vanilla Inkers are encouraged and supported while developing their craft practice. Content includes: Monthly professional development sessions with industry innovators, you are paired with a mentor from the design sector, Meet the Maker talks with inspirational creators and designers, skills development with our Master Goldsmith Scott McIntyre, peer support with Critical Feedback and a platform to network and showcase your work. The Vanilla Ink

LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2nd edition About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. Key Dates 20 June 2018:  Entry site opens to submit works 31 Oct. 2018:  Submissions close 31 Jan. 2019:  Shortlist of

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course Jewellery P1 is designed to support small jewellery businesses and Designer Makers looking to increase their productivity and profitability. Taking place on 27th and 28th June, this two-day intensive course will cover a range of topics designed to provide businesses with the knowledge and tools to help increase profitability, maximise time and attract new customers; exploring some of the ways in which they can extract more value from their business, without diluting their brand. Eligibility criteria: All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All businesses must have been operating

The Red Dot Award Product Design 2019

Call for Applciations: The Red Dot Award - Product Design 2019 Calling all up-and-coming designers: The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019 is giving away 50 free registration places for the Young Professionals Application Day. On 5 December 2018, all designers who have graduated within the past five years are cordially invited to apply for one of these places. They can enter their product in the competition, which will feature designers and brands from all over the globe. Young professionals who win an award can look forward to further support from Red Dot, with measures that include showcasing their products

Goldflair Charitable Jewellery Event

Goldflair Charitable Jewellery Event Friday the 23 November Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh Jewellers, businesses and ethically minded individuals in Edinburgh are being invited to join The Precious Metals Workshop and local Jeweller, Ian Nicholson, in a discussion about how they can play their part in influencing responsible supply chains in the jewellery industry.  Local jeweller Ian, who is also the founder and Director of the Precious Metals Workshop, is calling on support from industry leaders to take part in a unique event being held at Assembly Rooms on Friday the 23 November with a focus on responsible sourcing of

LOUPE

Call for Expression Of Interest - LOUPE Call for Expression Of Interest for an exciting and valuable opportunity for designer-makers and craftsmen and women looking for affordable workspace and retail opportunities in Hatton Garden - London’s world renowned, historic Jewellery Quarter. LOUPE is a new venture founded by Amanda Mansell, due to open mid 2019. It will offer affordable jewellery bench space, and a range of skills and business support activities uniquely delivered through a retail environment, providing selling opportunities for designer-makers and craftsmen and women who are the beating heart of Hatton Garden. The premises will undergo a major refit with

Cockpit Arts Awards

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Awards Cockpit Arts are once again looking for talented makers to join their community. They ahave a variet of Awards open for application, comprising subsidised studio space and business support for one year. The Cockpit Arts Ros Stracey Ceramic Residency Open to a ceramicist who has a strong desire to experiment and take risks with their practice; we are looking for makers who demonstrate originality, innovation, creativity, craft skill and quality in the work and concepts presented. Closing date = noon, October 5 2018 The Cockpit Arts / The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award **

Appointment: Victoria Waugh Announced as Women’s Jewellery Network First Ethics and Sustainability Ambassador

The Women’s Jewellery Network, the UK’s only dedicated organisation supporting women working in the UK jewellery industry, today announces Victoria Waugh as its first UK Ambassador for Ethics and Sustainability. Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation's work to launch Fairtrade gold, bringing a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge of sustainable and ethical practices to the WJN and its members. Waugh joins four existing WJN regional Ambassadors in a role that will provide support and direction for WJN members wishing to know more about ethical

Turquoise Mountain Announce New Collaboration with Sima Vaziry

Turquoise Mountain was established in 2006 at the behest of HRH the Prince of Wales and they now work in Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Middle East. Turquoise Mountain, a British not-for-profit organization, aims to support traditional Afghan craft by connecting artisan businesses with designers and retailers across the globe. This latest collaboration unites Sima Vaziry, an award-winning jewellery designer and maker based in London, with Afghan jewellery businesses based in Kabul. Afghanistan’s population is made up of several ethnic groups or tribes. Despite these tribes collectively residing in the region for hundreds of years they each have their own distinctive

Goldsmiths’ Company Charity to fund new Cambridge PhD research in precious metals

A gift from the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity to support three new PhD studentships at Cambridge will advance research in precious metals and help develop new technical expertise. The Goldsmiths’ Company programme in precious metals research, which will be based at Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, will build on the University’s strengths in the study of materials. The Department is one of the world’s leading centres in the study of materials and metals.  The first two students are expected to start in 2019, following a recruitment programme this autumn. The date marks the centenary of a founding gift from

BFC / VOGUE Designer Fashion Fund 2019

Call for Applications: BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2019 The British Fashion Council is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2019 . Prize Established in 2008, The Fund aims to discover new talent and accelerate growth over a twelve-month period through mentoring and awarding a cash prize of £200,000. The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund receives the generous support of British Vogue, Burberry, JD.com Inc., Label/Mix, Paul Smith, Rodial and TOPSHOP. Applications are strongly encouraged from all over the UK; the application process encourages brands to think strategically about the Fund’s core objective of

Amazonian Rainforests campaign launched at London Fashion Week 2018

Miranda Richardson, The United Nations and the Whitley Fund for Nature Join Fashion for Conservation on a Mission to Protect the Amazon at London Fashion Week AW18. Presented by Fashion for Conservation, The United Nations, Fashion Scout, Magpies & Peacocks, Hoja Nueva and the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), Fashion for Conservation (FFC) debuted their newest campaign to protect the Amazon featuring two designers' interpretation of Amazonian rainforests, keynotes by conservation leaders and support from the fashion community, Partnered with Whitley Fund for Nature, Fashion for Conservation has engaged influential members of the fashion community to become advocates for grassroots

Brian Hill Awarded Outstanding Contribution to Industry

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Consultant Secretary recognised for his dedication and drive to support those working in the UK jewellery and silversmithing trades. Brian Hill, Consultant Secretary of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, has been honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award at this year’s UK Jewellery Awards. Held at the Honourable Artillery Club in London, the evening recognised a series of design, retail and marketing talent working in the UK industry, culminating with the Outstanding Contribution Award, awarded to Brian Hill for his 52 years of commitment and drive to promote, advance and future-proof skills

London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the V&A for London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend Join Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for design-led silver, for live demonstrations in the V&A’s Silver Galleries for the London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend. Silversmiths will demonstrate ways they combine modern technologies with traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful pieces of contemporary silver – from digital hammering to design and adapting industrial processes. Demonstrations Demonstrations by Kathryn Hinton and Hamish Dobbie on Day One and Chris Knight and Shona Marsh on Day Two. This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Goldsmiths’ Company

Change in My Time; 5 Craft Commissions Devon Guild of Craftsmen

A Good Age – Change in My Time; 5 Craft Commissions Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Libraries Unlimited are seeking to commission five, UK based, professional older artists (born before 1948) to make new contemporary craft work responding to a theme of age and change within the artist’s lifetime. The commissioned works will be shown alongside craftwork made in local community workshops, in a celebratory exhibition ‘A Good Age’ at Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Autumn 2019. The aim is to engage and support older people and as such these commissions are seen as an investment in older artists.  These commissions

#BehindTheBling campaign catches on

A social media campaign to persuade jewellery companies to adopt a supply chain free of child labour has been given massive support following the publication of a Human Rights Watch report on responsible sourcing. #BehindtheBling , launched by the human rights group earlier this month and promoted at Baselworld 2018, has reached audiences of more than a million users with around 8,000 letters also sent to the 13 companies who were ranked in the report for their responsible sourcing practices. This coincides with an announcement by Chopard, who were ranked as ‘weak’ in the report that from July, it will

The Arts & Crafts Design Award 2018

Call for Applications: The Arts & Crafts Design Award 2018 The Arts & Crafts Design Award is an international, annual competition for all nominated artisans, craftspeople and designers. The primary aim of the award is to honour and support the best ideas and concepts and recognise its excellent realization. Applications are now open to all non-nominated Artisans, Craftspeople and Designers to apply for Nomination to get the opportunity to participate at this international prestigious Arts & Crafts Design Award 2018. Please note - only as a selected Nominee you are able to take part at this Competition. Eligibility The contest is

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter announce First Jeweller In Residence

One budding Midlands jewellery designer has been given a unique opportunity with the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to be its first Jeweller in Residence, a project which aims to support emerging jewellery designers. Winner Fiona Harris, who previously studied at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, is the first designer to be crowned with the title. As part of the prize Fiona, now based in Nottingham, has the unique opportunity to work from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s perfectly preserved jewellery workshop for the next year and have her bespoke handcrafted jewellery sold in the museum’s acclaimed shop. The

Call for Applications: JOYA Barcelona 2018

Call for Applications: JOYA Barcelona 2018 JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects is the main art jewellery and art objects event in Spain. Gathering a great number of independent artists as well as related organizations, schools and other entities, JOYA, in its 10th edition prepares to present excellence and innovation in contemporary art jewellery and objects. About the Event JOYA is held during Barcelona Jewellery Week. Its goal is to promote national and international artists through exhibition and communication, support jewellery and help open up an artistic market that has remained under exploited until now. Moreover, JOYA is a platform

Jerwood Makers Open 2018

Call for Applications: Jerwood Makers Open Jerwood Makers Open, now in its seventh edition, is a biennial opportunity and seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination in what are traditionally described as the applied arts. JMO has established itself as one of the best regarded opportunities for makers in the craft calendar. The award and exhibition freely allow makers to develop their creative ideas and further their practice independently of specific commissioning structures. The resulting work will be shown in a group exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space in London next summer, before touring

Endangered Craft Award 2017/18

Heritage Crafts Association launch the HCA/Marsh Endangered Craft Award 2017/18 The Heritage Crafts Association has launched a new Award of £1,000 with the kind support of Marsh Christian Trust. The HCA/Marsh Endangered Craft Award 2017/18 will be awarded to the proposal which in the opinion of the judges makes the best use of the funds to secure the survival of an Endangered or Critically Endangered Craft. The winner will be announced at the HCA’s annual conference “Crafts for the Future” on 24th March 2018 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London. For the purposes of the Award, eligible crafts are

Worth Partnership Project 2018

Call fro Applications: Worth Partnership Project After a successful first call, the second call is now open as a new opportunity to develop design-driven products in furniture, textile, footwear, accessories, jewellery and leather sectors WORTH Partnership Project, an initiative of the European Union to boost the fashion and lifestyle industry within Europe and develop innovative and design-driven products, has announced the first 25 winning partnerships from the first call. Now, the #WORTHPartnershipProject reopens applications to discover the next round of promising projects. WORTH is embarking on the second edition of a 4-year journey, aiming to support 150 partnerships throughout the

£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers

£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers: JewelFund Is Now Open for Applications Award-winning founder of the Hatton Garden based London Jewellery School, Jessica Rose has recently launched a new online company, Jewellers Academy. Alongside the launch she has created a grant for jewellers to help support them in starting and growing their own jewellery businesses. The award, named ‘JewelFund’ is now open for applications from jewellers from anywhere in the world who have a passion for making and need some funds to launch or grow their business. There are two £1000 grants available this year and plans to grow the fund

jewellerybox match purchases with donations to women's shelters for their International Women's Day collection

Online retailer jewellerybox has partnered up with local women’s refuges in the South London area for International Women’s Day. The handful of refuges that they are supporting, which will remain unnamed for reasons of discretion, are all charities which provide support and accommodation to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. jewellerybox will be donating a minimum of one piece of jewellery to the refuges for every piece that is sold from their International Women’s Day collection from the 8-11of March. The pieces within the collection are dainty and affordable, using symbols such as knots and interlocking symbols to

Grant Macdonald creates 'Ruaha' for TUSK

World renowned silversmih Grant Macdonald has created a handcrafted sterling silver lion representation named 'Ruaha' to be sold in their Harrods showrooms, from which proceeds of sales will support the charity Tusk and lion conservation. Driven by the fact that lions may now number as few as twenty thousand in the wild, the team of designers and craftsmen at Grant Macdonald wanted to create a unique piece to raise awareness and funds to help to preserve this majestic animal. The sale of their unique sterling silver lion ‘Ruaha’ will provide a significant contribution to further the work of Tusk. The beautifully handcrafted

Funding: The Henry Smith Charity

Funding: The Henry Smith Charity The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is available to cover running costs, salaries and projects of charitable organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. The funding is available to charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 - £2mllion (in exceptional circumstances up to £5million).

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants 2018

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. In order to fund as many applications as we possibly can, given our limited budget, we typically award £3,000 to successful Small Grant applications. Our funding rarely covers an application’s budget in full, but is meant to be a “contribution” to the proposed project. What kind of project is eligible? Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund

Funding: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation : Teacher Development Fund Partnerships consisting of arts/cultural organisations and primary schools have until the 23rd March 2018 to apply for grants of up to £150,000 to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. The aim of the funding is to fund projects that help teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to deliver effective arts-based learning. The funding is being provided through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund and the Foundation expect to make 5 grant awards

Call for Trustees: The Makers Guild in Wales

Call for Trustees: The Makers Guild in Wales The Makers Guild in Wales is a national applied art and craft membership organisation based in Cardiff, Wales. The organisation exists to engage and inspire audiences as a centre of excellence for Craft and applied art, and to champion Welsh craft makers. Our core purpose is to Inspire, Support and Celebrate. Inspiring craft engagement - The Guild inspires engagement and learning about contemporary craft, by providing opportunities for audiences and artists to experience contemporary applied art and craft in Wales. Supporting Welsh craft makers- The Guild is a membership organisation of Welsh

New ethical consultancy launched

New consultancy firm V&V launches to debunk the myth that working responsibly and transparently has to be complicated and costly.    Victoria Waugh, formerly the face behind Fairtrade’s work on gold, has teamed up with supply chain traceability expert Vanessa Brain, to provide tailored consultancy services to jewellery and fashion businesses, in a language that's easy to understand.  Launching ahead of the Fair Luxury conference next week, the duo will work collectively with jewellers and manufacturers to help them understand their footprint on the world and grow  profitable, sustainable businesses.  Services offerred will include support to identify supply chain risks,

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £3.5 million to 442

Make Your Mark 2019

Make Your Mark 2019 Once again Goldsmiths’ Hall will be opening its doors to all students, graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help you make your mark in industry. This free one day event led by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and support networks to help you in your career, alongside a packed schedule of talks and demonstrations and our Make Your Mark awards.  Exhibitor List Who to see at this year's Make Your Mark Association for Contemporary Jewellery Bellore

Artistar Jewels celebrates its sixth successful year and announces prize-winners

The sixth edition of Artistar Jewels has celebrated another successful year as the destination for the contemporary jewel from all corners of the globe. The event has grown to become a key event in the Italian fashion calendar.  Not just a showcase, but a genuine tool to champion, promote and grow jewellery businesses through tangible strategies, such as its book and e-book, commercial website and press office support for all exhibitors, it is serious about making a difference within the industry.  Over five-hundred jewels from around the world were on display, most of which were created specifically for the event. 

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course We have extended the deadline for our Jewellery 2-day intensive, fully-subsidised production workshops. CFE Jewellery P1 programme empowers London-based designer businesses with the best tools and practices to successfully navigate their way through the production process. If you are London-based and looking for support on your production process - apply for 2 days of expert workshops. To qualify, you need to: – Be registered and operating in a London borough – Have been trading for at least 12 months Jewellery P1, is a 2-day intensive workshop, created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready

Arts & Crafts Design Award 2018

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Cooksongold Announce New Managing Director

Martin Bach officially joined Cooksongold on 19 September 2016, ahead of current Managing Director, Richard Oldroyd’s Rretirement at the end of 2016. After an extensive and in-depth recruitment process, Cooksongold is happy to announce the appointment of Martin Bach as Managing Director. Martin Bach will be working alongside Richard Oldroyd until the end of the year, when Richard Oldroyd will retire. Martin Bach will then assume responsibility from 1 January 2017. Martin Bach has vast management experience in automotive and engineering businesses in the UK, France and the USA. Over the course of the coming months, he will have the support of Cooksongold’s

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Call for Applications: Getting Started 2017

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Thomas Sabo, the global premium lifestyle accessory brand, is delighted to announce a new ambassador – Frankie Bridge, who joins the brand from August 2016.   In becoming an official lifestyle ambassador for THOMAS SABO, Frankie will support the company in expanding its message to both new and old audiences, through store appearances, media interviews, and recommending her favourite products to wear for key seasonal moments, including Holiday and Christmas.   Frankie Bridge is an English pop star and TV presenter. The intention of the new partnership is to strengthen and amplify the THOMAS SABO brand in the UK by

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 2017

The Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is a nine-month program established to provide emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects in an environment of independent learning, study, and collaboration. The fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists who desire to develop projects (at any stage) that promote meaningful social impact, and for those who wish to follow the path of leadership in the field of socially-engaged art. Located in Washington D.C., Halcyon Arts Lab accepts six national or international fellows and two DC-resident fellows in each year of the program. Why

Appointment: Doug Henry, New CEO & Assay Master

The AnchorCert Group, comprising Assay Office Birmingham, AnchorCert Analytical, AnchorCert Gem Lab, SafeGuard Valuations and AnchorCert Academy, has announced the appointment of Doug Henry MBA as incoming Chief Executive and Assay Master. Doug, who is currently joint CEO, will commence his new appointment as the company's 14th Assay Master on Monday 3 April 2017, having originally joined AnchorCert Group to restructure the quality management system in September 2014. Doug then successfully project-managed the business relocation to Moreton Street in July 2015. Doug has subsequently led the management of the Indian off-shore sub-office, and continues to support the development of quality

Creative Business Workshops, Crafts Council

Three workshops coming up this November to support your creative business development.  The Crafts Council recognise the need for artists, makers and designers to be supported throughout their career whether just starting out or as an established international artist.  These accessible, enjoyable, and informative workshops offer the right mix of key experts and experienced makers offering advice to help you establish and sustain a creative business or realise ambitious projects. Tickets Costs start at just £20 and are based at different regions across the UK.  Dates: Dates this November 3rd in Sunderland 16th in London and 21st in Leicester To

About Benchpeg

A little bit about our history... Just over a decade ago, the UK jewellery industry was lacking accessible information. Organisations in the trade were keeping themselves to themselves, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest developments.    In 2006 we founded Benchpeg, and launched the first digital newsletter for the jewellery industry and allied trades aimed at promoting information from across the trade and bridging the gap of information out there and accessibility to it. Today we support the jeweller by assisting with recruitment needs, sharing the latest news stories and promoting business opportunities. Our website

Trade Organisations

It's always useful to know you are not alone in the industry and knowing where to go for specialist support can be a lifeline. We've complied a list of the industry's trade focused organisations, member associations and bodies as a quick reference... Association of Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) ACJ promotes a greater understanding of contemporary Jewellery and supports jewellers’ creative and professional development. acj.org.uk British Allied Trade Federation The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is a company limited by guarantee which comprises five trade associations. Together these represent approximately 2,500 enterprises from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and travel goods and

City Fringe Partnership

The City Fringe Partnership was a ground-breaking public and private sector alliance between the London Development Agency, the London boroughs and private business partners which ran from 1996 - 2009.  Through their European Development-funded project, the Jewellery Sector Investment Plan (JSIP), they created £3 million worth of jewellery support programmes, improving collaborative and training opportunities in the industry. The projects ran until 2009, and they continue to inspire long-term regenerative partnerships today. Projects like Future in the Making supported 340 businesses to increase their sales and contacts, and beginner’s jewellery and awareness courses were run for 125 socially and economically

Summer Sizzlers from domino

Domino has recently launched a collection of 27 new designs to support and refresh its popular Diamond Ring Mount (DRM) Collection. The new rings, which are designed and created at Domino’s sophisticated manufacturing facility in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, include a mixture of styles ranging from classic solitaires through to more contemporary pieces. “These rings received terrific customer feedback when we previewed them at Baselworld  under our ‘Created & Crafted in Britain’ brand earlier this year and our customers’ comments informed our choices as to which pieces made it through into the final range,” explains sales and

Our history

Just over a decade ago, the UK jewellery industry was lacking accessible information.  Organisations in the trade were keeping themselves to themselves, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest developments.    In 2006 we founded Benchpeg, and launched the first digital newsletter for the jewellery industry and allied trades aimed at promoting information from across the trade and bridging the gap of information out there and accessibility to it. Today we support the jeweller by assisting with recruitment needs, sharing the latest news stories and promoting business opportunities. Our website and newsletter has a national

Truro and Penwith College

Rated Gold by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in 2017 and Ofsted Outstanding in 2016, Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality University course right here in Cornwall.   Degree courses in Silversmithing and Jewellery help students to develop craftsmanship skills in areas such as

Digital Craft Festival 2020

Digital Craft Festival 2020 26th - 28th June 2020 Online 3 Day event, online. We exist to support contemporary makers of craft and we hope our loyal visitors will join us, online, for a weekend of talks with makers, demonstrations, workshops, films, music and even Yoga. More details will follow soon.  www.craftfestival.co.uk Craft Festival 2020 Craft Festival Bovey Tracey and Cheltenham Postponed until 2021. Next year’s dates are Craft Festival Cheltenham March 12-14th 2021 and Craft Festival June 11-13th, 2021. "We’ve built up our events since 2004, welcoming thousands of makers and visitors, like you, to join us in the

Auction For Aid

Over 70 Of The Uk’s Hottest Jewellery Designers Unite For “Auction For Aid” Supporting Help Refugees and Moas (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) A Facebook auction of British Contemporary Jewellery "Auction For Aid", spearheaded by Leeds based jeweller Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi, of Soremi Jewellery is taking place online, on Facebook, from Monday September 18th to Sunday September 24th.  Auction For Aid will feature over 205 donated works from supporting jewellers such as Polly Wales, Jo Hayes Ward, Ruth Tomlinson, Shimmel Madden and Disa Allsop.   This year the auction, has gone international, receiving support from European and US jewellers who also feel the injustice of

The London Artisan 2017

The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London.  A collaborative project between  Designers/Makers  and  The Old Truman Brewery. When: 11 & 12 March 2017 For more information: www.thelondonartisan.com The London Artisan offer's a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. But more than that, it’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversation with friends and embedding the social back into shopping. We support makers who produce high quality, unique and locally made products within the following categories:  Textiles & Homeware / Illustration & Print / Ceramics & Glassware / Jewellery & Accessories / product design / Traditional

The Goldsmiths' Company's 'Young Designer Competition'

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to support Jacobs the Jewellers’ Young Designer Competition, a brilliant initiative focusing on emerging silversmiths and jewellers. Staged at the renowned Reading-based jewellery store from 6-30 June 2017, the competition will feature work from nine emerging designers from the Bishopsland Educational Trust. One new work of silver and one new piece of jewellery from each designer will be on display and the public will get to vote for its favourite pieces. The Young Designer Competition exhibition will also feature live craft demonstrations and there will be a VIP winner’s event on Friday 30 June. The event's last day will also see it take part in Reading’s

Howard van Rooijen

Meet the other of Benchpeg's Co-Founders. Although on a day to day basis he takes a back seat, he makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds possible to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers   Howard van Rooijen Co-founder Howard  has been at Benchpeg since the beginning. With an exceptional  understanding of business and technology , he has provided us with practical, financial and moral support for over a decade. We couldn't have achieved half of the things we've done without his stalwart presence.  When he's not involved in Benchpeg stuff Howard