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2018 Setting Out Participants Revealed

08 Nov 2018

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London is delighted to reveal the six talented, emerging jewellery and silversmithing businesses chosen for this year’s prestigious business incubation course, Setting Out 2018.

Now in its 6th year, Setting Out sees participating young businesses benefit from a central London based studio space and a year of intensive business, creative and product development training, helping them to establish solid foundations upon which to grow their business. Taught by a team of top industry specialists, each participant receives over 40 one-to-one and group mentoring sessions on over 30 topics, supporting them to develop a three-year business plan and launch a new product range.

This year’s Setting Out participants include jeweller and silversmith Jessica Jue, whose award-winning work explores the themes of balance and harmony, and former sculptural installation artist and founder of Le Ster jewellery, Aishleen Lester. They are joined by talented jewellers Holly O’Hanlon, Judith Peterhoff, Margaux Clavel and Yasmin Belkhayat.

Jewellery designer Leonid Dementiev, Setting Out alumnus 2018 explains: “Starting and running a creative business is always very challenging because the person must be both creative and have a mindset of a business person to be successful. In my opinion, from talking to many Master degree students in both the artistic industry and business industry, Setting Out is one of a kind because it helps creative people to understand the business side of the world they are trying to enter. It is not a business course and it is not a creative course, it is a mix of both which is really rare.”

Applications for Setting Out 2019 close on Sunday 19 May 2019. For more information and to find out how to apply, please visit www.goldsmiths-centre.org/courses/setting-out