Applications now open for Getting Started 2019

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s business taster programme, Getting Started, which supports recent graduates from UK Precious Metal or related courses to set up successful creative careers, is now open for applications. 30 of the most talented UK emerging makers will receive a free, one-week introduction to business from leading industry experts – covering topics from selling work to galleries and developing successful PR to use of social media. Whilst the application deadline is Wednesday 3 October 2018, Getting Started runs from 7 to 11 January 2018.

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Getting Started is designed to support designer makers setting up their own businesses or establishing themselves as part of a larger company. Over the past 37 years, it has helped to launch high profile careers; including most recently those of recent participants Alex O’Connor, Timon Eidi Tio and Leszek Sikon, and attracts a stellar line-up of key industry speakers such as Dorothy Hogg, Nan Nan Liu and Louisa Guinness.   

This year successful applicants will benefit from exhibiting their work in a special Getting Started Showcase at the Goldsmiths’ Centre from 5 December to 10 January 2019. As such, the public and key industry figures will be able to appreciate their work.

Getting Started 2018 participant Ella Fearon Lowe explains: “I think other people should take part in Getting Started as it just an incredible opportunity to stop and reflect and look at your own practice and what you do well and what you maybe need to work on. It is really a great opportunity to network – I’ve met masses of people who are very influential, and who I didn’t feel legitimate in approaching or maybe I didn’t think would be listening to me.”  

Chris Oliver, Head Professional Training for the Goldsmiths’ Centre commented: “Getting Started gives specific advice and tips tailored to the needs of jewellers and silversmiths that they can practically apply to their emerging businesses and careers. Participants benefit from making life-long connections with other like-minded makers and designers and learning, direct from other established industry members, how to boost their brand and product.”  

To apply or for more information on Getting Started 2019, visit