A New Home for Silversmithing

The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust (SGT) in parternship with Marchmont Creative Spaces launches a brand new fully equipped workspace for silversmiths in Scottish Borders. The workshop will profile silversmithing as an important part of Scotland's craft heritage and support its future. Our ethos at Marchmont is in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts movement, inspired by the natural world so we are delighted to further enrich the cultural profile of the area by adding silversmithing to our studio and workshop spaces.

The workshop will provide opportunities for three early career silversmiths to develop their businesses over a two year tenancy, with mentoring from master silversmith, Ryan McClean

A fifth bench will provide space for one-week to one-month long residencies, enabling silversmiths across the UK and internationally to develop new work and welcome knowledge and cultural exchange.

Project Background

In 2020, the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust was generously gifted the entire contents of the late Master Silversmith Graham Stewart's workshop, including the tools, machinery and books he collected throughout his career and used on a daily basis. It was Graham's wish, and the wish of his family, that these continue to be used to support early career silversmiths in Scotland.

Graham Stewart designs

Access to tools and a fully equipped workshop is one of the major challenges facing early career silversmiths. The workshop at Marchmont will be fully kitted out with a vast array of tools and equipment including a huge variety of stakes, hammers, lathe, fly press, drills, engraving tools, vices and much more that have been gifted to the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust.

Weekend Celebration

We have planned a weekend celebration which will delight fellow silversmiths along with supporters of traditional crafts, artists, collectors, curators and makers.

We also have accommodation available for those who would like enough time to unwind in the comfort and splendour of Marchmont House, the recently restored 'Grade A' listed Palladian mansion awarded the Historic Houses/Sotheby's Award in 2018.

For those staying overnight this is an intimate 'house party' offering two nights stay with dinner, breakfast, lunch and drinks included. The celebration dinner on Saturday evening is a black tie event which will take place in the magnificent Lorimer Dining Room at Marchmont. Weekend guests will also be taken on a guided tour of the house and a special outdoor walk in the grounds with Marchmont director, Hugo Burge.

Lorimer Dining Room

Programme

Arrive on the Friday afternoon in time for tea and cakes, followed by an opportunity to tour the Marchmont Art Collection with our Curator, Francis Raeymaekers before taking in the peace and quiet of the Berwickshire countryside from the Terrace for drinks, before sitting round the table in the Old Kitchen Gallery for an informal dinner.

After a 'Full Marchmont' breakfast Saturday sees the official opening ceremony of the Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop and we will include a full programme of talks, panel discussion, silversmith demonstrations, workshop visit and the raising of a communal bowl along with plenty of time to meet fellow makers and enthusiasts. All teas, coffees and a seasonal buffet lunch is included in the day ticket.

Graham Stewart, bowl

Good to Know

Please contact us after booking if you have any dietary or access requirements. If the ticket you are looking for is unavailable, please also get in touch with our office

Dress code: Casual (with outdoor shoes and waterproof coat recommended too) but a more formal 'black tie' for the celebration dinner on the Saturday night.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Our normal cancellation period is 7 days in advance.

We will happily offer a refund or a credit for a later date, please do get in touch.

Should we cancel the event for any reason you will receive a complete refund.

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