Goldsmiths' Precious Metal Grant

Are you studying jewellery, silversmithing or a related subject at HND, FDA, BA or MA level? The Goldsmiths’ Precious Metal Grant offers you the opportunity to design and produce a piece of your own work in precious metals worth £750.

Silvermith and jewellery designer maker Trudy McVey with her pieces made with support of a Goldsmiths' Precious Metal Grant at New Designers 2019

Precious Metal Grant 2020

The 2021 competition will not be running. 
Cost: Free to all eligible applicants
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What is the Goldsmiths' Precious Metal Grant?

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Precious Metal Grant is an annual competition which provides exactly £750 of precious metal bullion to a maximum of 12 silversmithing and 8 jewellery recipients. Its purpose is to provide 20 students the opportunity to design and make jewellery, silverware or associated piece(s) in precious metal which illustrates their skills as a designer and maker.

By entering the scheme, you will benefit from working with high value precious metals and increase your understanding of their properties. There may also be the opportunity for successful applicants to spend time working with a Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice in order to improve one of the making skills required to produce your piece(s).
To be eligible you must currently be registered on your final year of a UK goldsmithing, jewellery, silversmithing or related course at HND, BA or MA level. 

Trudi McVey's design 'Elemental Energy' (
Trudi McVey's final piece Elemental Energy made with support from a Goldsmiths' Precious Metal Grant

What makes up the award?

Individual prizes include:

  • A grant of exactly £750 of precious metal bullion from Cookson Precious Metals (London)
  • A personalised award certificate
  • A display card for use at degree shows and exhibitions
  • Potential marketing and exhibition opportunities

Upon completion, you will be allowed to keep your finished article. Photographs of the piece and a report must be sent to us for our records.  

Wen-Ju Tseng's design for Credit My Education (Instagram: @wenju.tseng)
Goldsmiths' Precious Metal Grant Winner Wen-Ju Tseng's final piece, Credit My Education

How do I apply?

Applications for 2020 are now closed. To know more about this grant or express your interest for 2021, please contact our team and email or call 020 7566 7650