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






South House Silver Workshop Trust


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 and the other two months in Sheffield with Brett Payne - after two months the scholars will swap workshops. The tuition provided will enable the successful applicants to produce several pieces of silver for a forthcoming exhibition. The silver will be kindly given as a loan from Argex Ltd.

The course will cover in detail: raising, chasing, engraving, soldering, forging, hinge-making along with discussions about design marketing and selling.


The Trust is looking for ambitious and high-calibre makers who can demonstrate a firm commitment to becoming established silversmiths and master craftspeople. All applicants must have completed a related BA degree and be a minimum of three years out of University or have completed Postgraduate training at University or Bishopsland. The successful candidates must be willing to commit to attend two workshops in Shetland and Sheffield for a period of 8 weeks each. There will be a break in the middle of each placement before the final eight weeks are completed. At the end of the scheme there will be the possible opportunity for a further one month period of work at either workshop to finalise and complete any outstanding work.

How to Apply:

Please forward an up to date CV including website and social media links if available. Please also provide one written sheet of A4 stating why you feel you would benefit from this training scheme, your aspirations for the future and what most inspires you regarding your silver work.

In the existing Covid-19 situation, there will be some flexibility both for the scholars and for the makers involved to formally apply and or ask questions.

Contact Details:

Closing Date: 30th September 2020 - it is hoped scholarships will begin in early January 2021


Rod Kelly:

Brett Payne: