Members' Charitable Fund

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s members are proud to support their own charitable fund, established in 2011 to support the trade.

In 2015, funds donated by members of the Goldsmiths’ Company helped to support the following projects:

Foundation Programme Toolboxes

The latest ten Foundation apprentices began in September 2015 and each trainee has been given a toolbox and tunic which will serve them during their time at the Goldsmiths' Centre but also provide them with the many of the tools required once they graduate.

Setting Out Bursary

The Goldsmiths’ Company Members' Charitable Fund Residency supports exceptional applicants for the Setting Out programme, devoted to incubating talent and entrepreneurship.

Richard Fox, Chairman, Goldsmiths' Company Craft and Industry Committee

“Our Foundation Students arrive with little more than an eagerness to learn and a year later a career in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied trades is within reach. Thanks to the Members’ Charitable Fund these young people are getting a proper start and the trade is developing exciting new talent.”

St Marylebone CE Bridge School

To contribute to the costs of purchasing specialist jewellery tools and equipment for those studying at the school with training being provided by trade members of the Company.

Fine Jewellery Design Apprentice

Members’ funds have enabled a new pilot apprenticeship to be created, the first of its kind in the Company’s long history.  Gabriella Kucharska started her apprenticeship with Cleave & Co in August and her training will be supported through members’ funds.  Needless to say, this is an exciting prospect and a great opportunity for a talented young person.

“This apprenticeship offers the opportunity to learn from a hands-on trade experience and gain the skills required to become a competent jewellery designer. It will equip me with the discipline demanded by all levels of the industry, in the creative, practical and commercial areas required to be successful and to progress my design career.”

Gabriela Kucharska: Foundation Programme 2014-2015, The Goldsmiths Centre

Industry Events

Funding for up to four technical events per year open to the industry and with subsidised places.  Building on the success of events such as the Cartier Winners Evening, the Goldsmiths' Centre hosted an excellent Members’ Event as part of the ‘Sense of Jewellery’ Exhibition, with a tour of the workshops and a talk by the curators.

Members’ Charitable Fund Apprentice of the Year Award

A new annual prize was created for the Goldsmiths’ Apprentice judged to have contributed and achieved the most during their apprenticeship.  This was partly supported by the Members' Charitable Fund (a £500 cash prize) and partly with the striking of a medal by Liveryman Tom Fattorini.  The 2015 prize winner was Perry Lewis, a Hand Engraving Apprentice with R H Wilkins under his Master Emmet Smith.

“The Apprentice of the Year Award I won means a lot to my career and my personal life. It shows that I have achieved a great deal through my apprenticeship to stand out amongst other jewellers and silversmiths. My family’s very proud of my achievement as am I.”

Perry Lewis, Apprentice of the Year

Mentoring Programme 

In April 2015 the Centre hosted a day of intensive support and mentoring for the ten Goldsmiths’ Fair graduates.  Each graduate was seen by five experts in different areas including display, marketing, website and social media management.  The aim of this was to enable them to make the most of the opportunity of showing at the Fair.

Short Courses

A bespoke course taught by Liveryman Andy Putland focussing on developing silversmithing techniques was offered to local students as a follow-up to the Undergraduate Summer School for first years.  This course began in October 2015 and recruited maximum numbers.

Planned for 2016

A Short Course in Creativity

For 24 craftsmen with the object of nurturing young people’s enthusiasm for craft skills and helping bring on the next generation.  This is a collaboration between the Goldsmiths' Centre and Creative Dimension.

Collaboration with icould

A small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people.  This features videos, job information and information for parents on different career options and has the potential to reach 120,000 young people.

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