Silversmithing Graduate Apprenticeship Scholarships 2022-23

Silversmithing Graduate Apprenticeship Scholarships 2022-23


Call for Applications




2022 - 23


The South House Silver Workshop Trust


Call For Applications
Silversmithing Graduate Apprenticeship Scholarships 2022-23

Following the success of our 2021-22 programme, the Trustees of the South House Workshop Trust are delighted to announce up to three fully funded Silversmithing Graduate Scholarships for 2022-23. These residential scholarships are being made available to accelerate the professional careers of promising silversmiths through four months of intensive training.

The scholarships will give three silversmiths the opportunity to learn a variety of silversmithing skills in intensive residential placements with leading silversmiths Rod Kelly and Brett Payne and two further master makers, Angus McFadyen and Chris Perry.

The training will take place in one-month long blocks. Each scholar will be placed for a total of two months with one maker and then be placed for a further two months with another maker.

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


The sucessful candidates must be UK residents willing to commit to attending up to four months of training which will be held in one-month blocks within a set timeframe.

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.

It would be seen as beneficial if applicants are in the process of running their own workshop and producing their own work. Two of the makers will be placed between two workshops in Shetland and Sheffield and the third maker between two workshops in Sheffield and Buxton. There will be some flexibility both on the makers and on the scholars behalf. There will be negotiated travel breaks between the blocks of training to suit each individual and each maker.

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.

Two past scholars Ellys Wood and Jessica Jue have said they are available to answer any questions that applicants may have regarding the scholarships.

Last year’s Trustees report can found on:

Closing Date For Applications

10 October 2022


The South House Silver Workshop Trust [Reg Charity No 1151646] was set up in 2013 by master silversmith Rod Kelly (MA RCA). The main focus of the Charity’s artistic and creative activity is to provide intensive training to emerging and established makers in uniquely placed and fully equipped workshops in Shetland. The Charity’s objects are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales. In particular, the provision of vocational training in the fine and applied arts and need and assistance in the establishment of such persons as craftsmen.


Scholarships have been made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

Argex Ltd

The Clothworkers’ Company

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity

The Pearson Foundation

The Radcliffe Trust

The South House Silver Workshop Trust

The South Square Trust

The Saunders Family

The Weavers’ Company

Other anonymous donors



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