New jewellery hub Centrepunch to open in June

Space will provide business support and advice for emerging companies.

A new goldsmithing and jewellery hub called Centrepunch is set to open in Dulwich, southeast London.

The space has been launched by gold- and silversmith Beaulagh Brooks to aid graduates and emerging brands in the creation and growth of their jewellery businesses.

So far Centrepunch has had a soft opening offering course dates online and via social media, however the space will officially open next month.

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The jewellery hub has been created as a reaction to the need for a graduate and start-up business support space that would provide new and established designers with somewhere to learn skills and try new things. Centrepunch will also provide mentoring advice to help its members achieve their business goals.

Brooks said of the launch: "We are providing an affordable platform from which young designer-makers can fulfil their aspirations, work on commissions and develop collections without the burden of huge start-up costs. Studio rent and the purchase of equipment can be a real stumbling block to gaining a foothold in the industry, so our facility with its a range of essential equipment offers a solution to these problems faced by graduates and established professionals alike."

The space will house 20 work benches initially, with plan to add 12 more in the near future.

Centrepunch will offer a range of programmes from entry level through to advanced, as well as drop-in mentoring sessions with well-known jewellers, practitioners and tutors to help assist graduates and new businesses. Advice sessions will also be given on topics such as how to run a successful studio-practice, how to work with clients and marketing strategies.

Brooks says the jewellery hub has already received a volume of enquiries via social media and has so far built a mailing list exceeding 300 names.

Brooks will act as a tutor alongside three other crafts persons: fine jeweller and stone setter Antonion De Geatani, master polisher Stephen Goldsmith and illustrator Mark Lewis.



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