Applications are now being accepted for the business incubation programme Setting Out 2017 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell.
The programme is open to eight talented emerging jewellery, silversmithing and allied trade businesses.
Now in its fifth year, this intensive year-long course is delivered by a dedicated team of business and creative specialists and focuses on equipping exceptional talent with business, design and product development skills. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s vibrant and diverse community, participants gain access to shared studio space, fully equipped workshops and help to transition from the bench through the development of their own business plan and production of a successful product range.
Alumni students, who have gone on to become successful within the industry, include jewellery designer Ivonna Poplanska, who won the British Jewellers Association’s competition to design a brooch for Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and Flora Bhattachary, whose work has exhibited at IJL’s Kick-Start, London and Paris Fashion Weeks and Goldsmiths’ Fair, as well as being awarded E C One Unsigned winner 2014.
Emily Bedford, Setting Out alumnus 2016 – 2017, says: “Setting Out has completely and utterly changed everything for me and my business. I was quite rudderless when I started the programme, but I now have a concrete plan and feel excited about re-launching my business. Setting Out is very intensive and there’s a lot to do. I thought I would arrive, get support and have a base for the business, but it is more immersive.”
Applicants for Setting Out must complete an application form and are assessed based on the strength of their written proposal, creative work and career development plans. Full details and application forms are available at goldsmiths-centre.org and must be submitted by Friday July 7 2017.
Peter Taylor, director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, comments: “We look forward to reviewing the applications for this year’s Setting Out business incubation course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. The participants are selected based on the strength of their portfolio and aspiration for their future business. We are continuously looking for motivated designer-makers with exceptional talent who will benefit from this course, so that they thrive in this competitive industry.”