Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers 2017

Yorkshire Artspace


Call for Applications


Sheffield, South Yorkshire


From first week in October 2016


Rachael Dodd, Programme Manager


Call for Applications: Starter Studio Programme for 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
  • 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)


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.

Technical and Skills Training

Our technical design expert and skills trainer Cameron Maxfield, who offers support to all our programme beneficiaries on a weekly basis, recently won the prestigious Marsh Heritage Skills Trainer award; a prize for passing on valuable traditional craft skills to new generations of silversmiths. In 2013 we were also shortlisted for inaugural Craft Skills Award. 

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 10th April, with the programme set to commence first week in October 2016.

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

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


Rachael Dodd, Programme Manager

0114 2761769

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

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