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The Goldsmiths’ Company has recently chosen silversmith, Jennifer Gray, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, to be the recipient of its first Royal College of Art Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded as part of the Company’s on-going support for the Craft and Industry.


The Company has enjoyed a long relationship with the Royal College of Art and for more than 10 years has provided a bursary for a promising silversmithing student at the College to assist them with working in precious materials and alleviate the financial burden this can cause during their postgraduate studies.
This latest initiative of providing a scholarship is building on and enhancing the existing bursary scheme.

The Company’s new Royal College of Art Scholarship provides one Royal College of Art postgraduate student with not only financial help but also mentoring support over the two years of their course.

The criteria for this new scholarship are that it “be awarded to an individual who
demonstrates outstanding practical ability and potential in craftsmanship and design and needs financial support during their time at the Royal College of Art”. In addition the selection panel were looking for an outstanding silversmith with an ambition to pursue their craft to the highest level and a commitment to a career in the industry. The successful candidate also had to have a proven track record of excellence in design, technical awareness and manufacturing processes.

The selection panel said: “Jennifer was chosen as she is clearly very talented, not only as a designer but she is also fully aware of all the technical processes required to be a master silversmith”.
Throughout the two year course there will be regular progress assessments and a constant two-way interaction between the Company and Jennifer. Aside from the financial support that the scholarship provides, Jennifer will be given focused mentoring and assistance in the form of introductions and invitations to Company functions, as well as technical and hallmarking support from the Company. In return she will be encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities offered to her and finally at the end of the two year course, she will be invited to report back on her experience and share any interesting technical findings.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Royal College of Art Scholarship will be awarded every two years.

THE GOLDSMITHS’ CENTRE:
For up-dates and progress reports on the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the newly formed independent charity established by the Goldsmiths’ Company please see www.goldsmiths-centre.org.
When finished the Centre will comprise a multi faceted amenity, and will be home to a new training and education facility. This will be known as the ‘Goldsmiths’ Institute’ and will offer skills and post-graduate training, as well workshops, studios, conference, seminar and exhibition space and a café which will also be open to visitors.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre is scheduled to be open for business in approximately October 2011.
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