Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers

Call for Applications: Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers


Call for Applications






Rachael Dodd, Programme Manager


Call for Applications: Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers

Starter Studio Programme \\ Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers

Are you an ambitious designer silversmith or jeweller in need of a supportive programme offering workspace, equipment, technical & mentor support, business advice plus commission and exhibition opportunities? Our Starter Studio Programme for early career silversmiths and jewellers could be for you.

Designed to provide start-up support for designer makers at an early career stage, the two-year programme has supported more than 30 makers to date, with 80% progressing to set up their own silversmith workshop. The programme has now been running for 15 years and is based at the award winning Persistence Works Studios in Sheffield.

Key Features of the 2 year programme include:

  • 24/7 access to shared fully equipped studio space @ £120 per month
  • Access to technical and mentor support
  • Business advice and support
  • Free hallmarking from Sheffield Assay Office
  • Bursary to undertake online training via The Design Trust
  • Exhibition and commission opportunities
  • 20% discount on regular studio rental for 2 years from completion of the programme (subject to studio availability)

We welcome applications from ambitious and talented makers in need of a supportive environment to establish their creative business.  The silversmithing programme has been running for over 17 years, the ceramics programme since 2010 – in this time we have supported over 45 makers with around 80% continuing with their practice beyond the programme. 


All mentors for the Programme are experienced, nationally known silversmiths and/or jewellers, including include Brett Payne, Chris Knight, Maria Hanson, Rebecca Joselyn, Coilin O’Dubhghaill and Jennie Gill.

To Apply

For further information and downloadable application forms:

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 10am, Monday 30th April.

The programme set to commence first week in October 2018. We're able to offer places to three new starters each year and advise potential applicants to visit the Starter Studio workshop at Persistence Works. If you'd like further information or would like to apply click here.

About Persistence Works

Persistence Works is our purpose built, award-winning studio complex in Sheffield City Centre and is home to our Starter Studio Programme for Silversmiths and Jewellers. It comprises 53 studios for around 80 artists and makers.


Sheffield is a great place to live and get your creative career started; click here  to find out more. If you would like any further information or want to arrange a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2BS


Rachael Dodd, Programme Manager

0114 2761769