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Design Space - Now Closed

Design Space was a unique scheme funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Birmingham City Council. It gave free incubation space for up to 20 Designer Maker Jewellers. They shared a fully equipped workshop and office space with internet use and administrative facilities. Placements lasted up to 12 months and at the end of their time, the jewellers became self-employed, running their brand new businesses.

The project closed in March 2013. The full Evaluation Report is below.

A package of business support was delivered to the fledgling businesses, and in addition, each business linked with an industry mentor to help guide them and hone their business skills.

The experience of sharing a workshop and similar goals was the essence of Design Space, providing an environment where innovative design can thrive.

The project stimulated the growth of start up jewellery design maker businesses in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, thereby supported the network of casters, setters, bullion dealers and crafts people that trade and work alongside one another within this unique area of Birmingham.

Harrogate Montage

In April 2011, Design Space participants exhibited their work at the British Craft Fair held at Harrogate. The Design Space stand proved to be a great success, with Jemma Daniels being awarded a ‘Commended’ in the British Jewellers Association Award for Excellence. The following year Design Space participant Anna Calvert also won the Craft and Design Magazine Best Newcomer Award.

See Sun Yung - Design Space

Winner - See Sun Yung, Design Space

See Sun Yung (a former Design Space participant) was also the winner of the British Jewellers Association Award for Excellence.

Jemma Daniels ring
Jemma Daniels portrait

Winner - Jemma Daniels for the creation of contemporary hollowware and tableware using traditional silversmithing techniques.

Anna Calvert, Design Space

Winner - Anna Calvert – for her contemporary silver and leather jewellery

Design Space Workshop

Fine Jewellery Designer, Fei Liu, delivered a workshop for the Design Space Programme in 2011. See the links below to find out more:


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Last Updated : 28th November 2013 - Project now closed - Page no longer being updated