Awards & Bursaries


Competitions, bursaries, incentives and awards are crucial in discovering and nurturing the stars of the future.


The Goldsmiths' Company

New Designers Goldsmiths' Company Award

New Designers is the premier UK exhibition for emerging design and precious-metal graduates. The prestigious Goldsmiths' Company New Designer Awards provide sponsorship for the winning jeweller and silversmith to complete one week of work experience and business support with a specialist Master-craftsperson at the Goldsmiths' Centre.

The prize for winners is one week’s jewellery or one week’s silversmithing work experience focusing on developing and commercialising your own work, automatic entrance into the “Shine” Summer Exhibition held at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, and 10 years registration with the Assay Office London including your own punch.

There is no application process for this award – the judging panel consider the work of all exhibitors within the Goldsmiths’ Precious Metal Zone at New Designers before selecting their winners. Talk to your tutor or course leader about opportunities to exhibit.

For further information on New Designers visit their website: www.newdesigners.com

The Goldsmiths' Centre

The Goldsmiths' Company works closely with The Goldsmiths’ Centre to maintain its long tradition of growing and supporting talent, by managing its competitions, incentives, awards and bursaries.

For details on the Precious Metal Bursary Competition, visit the Centre’s website.

The Curator's Department

Studio Internship Graduate Award

The Studio Internship Graduate Award (SIGA) is open to graduates (within 5 years of graduation) to train the next generation of artist silversmiths. The award offers the opportunity to train with the country’s leading silversmiths for 16 weeks (which can be undertaken on a part time basis) before creating an exhibition of work at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Funding is provided. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 26th July 2017. For more information on how to apply read more here or contact julia.skilton@thegoldsmiths.co.uk.

Silver Bullion Grants

The student silver bullion grant scheme was started in 1994 to encourage metalwork students to have the technical experience of making up their designs in silver rather than in base metal.  Recipients have benefited with their work being shown at New Designers, representing their college, as well as winning prizes in the Goldsmiths’ Craft Council Awards.

Promising students are selected by college tutors.  Silver bullion grants are £400 each. The college buys the bullion for the student and obtains the grant from the Company.  It is possible for a college to have more than one grant.  Students are allowed to keep the finished article but photographs of the work must be sent that year to the Company for its records.

Master Craftsman Internships

Master Craftsmen Internships (formerly the Young Designer Silversmith Competition), is available to selected students and career silversmiths.

The Master Craftsmen Internships are offered to all the silversmiths in the Company's and selected talented students. The scheme has been created so that talented silversmiths at all levels in their careers can develop aspects of their silversmithing practise, by working alongside a master. The host workshops are a selection of leading chasers, engravers, enamellers, and general silversmiths.

On completion of internships, silversmiths have been asked to write up a report for the Company’s records. Please see a wonderful example by Olivia Lowe after she completed an internship with Ndidi Ekubia using the link at the bottom of the page.

There is already a huge interest for next year and many silversmiths and workshops see this as a unique opportunity to cross-fertilise each other’s skills, and extend the abilities of the top silversmiths in the country today. To find out more about please contact julia.skilton@thegoldsmiths.co.uk

Goldsmiths' Fair

Graduate Bursary

The Goldsmiths’ Company are keen to encourage and support the next generation of jewellers and silversmiths. To fulfil this we offer ten free stands on the Graduate Bursary Scheme at Goldsmiths’ Fair each year.

Winners of the bursary get a free stand at Goldsmiths’ Fair, a £1,500 grant to help prepare for the Fair, and an optional interest free silver bullion loan of up to £3,000. Previous recipients of the Graduate Bursary include Victoria Walker, Heather Woof and Miriam Hanid, amongst others.

2015 Week 1 Winner Silvia Weidenbach with Peter Ting, Crafts Council Trustee

Best New Design Award

Each year, a Best New Design Award is given in both weeks of the Fair by a leading figure in the industry. Both recipients of the award are given a £1,000 prize to support them in their further development.

In 2016, the winner of week one was Graduate Max Danger, and in week two was Graduate Patrick Davison. Zoe Arnold, Andrew Lamb and Romilly Saumerez-Smith all received honourable mentions from the judges. Read more on the Goldsmiths' Fair website

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Goldsmiths' Centre

Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Goldsmiths’ Centre is the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths and a unique community for design, creativity and craftsmanship.

Goldsmiths' Fair

Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier UK showcase for contemporary jewellery and silver.

About the Company

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327.