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Venue: St Pancras Old Church, Camden Town, London

Dates: This workshop ran for five days from Monday the 29th July until Friday the 2nd August 2019.

Workshop Information

Student gilding gold leaf to a signWhat is Gilding?

Gilding is a decorative technique for applying a very thin coating of gold to solid surfaces.

What to Expect

This is a special chance for students to leave their mark on one of London’s most ancient and iconic landmarks.

You will have the opportunity to gild the ornamental features of the front gates to St Pancras Old Church – one of Europe’s oldest sites of Christian worship dating back to the 4th Century. The church is well known for its surrounding churchyard which includes, among other iconic monuments, the tomb of Sir John Soane (one of England’s greatest architects) as well as the intriguing and haunting Hardy Tree.

Once you have helped prepare the wrought iron gates, the surface will then be gilded; gold leaf will be adhered using an oil mordant, resulting in a beautiful solid gold look.

The workshop will be run by  Master Gilder Rian Kanduth who has over thirty years’ practice and experience in the field of conservation, with a special expertise in all aspects of gilding.

Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops provide you with the valuable chance to learn transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in professional gilding, which is not just limited to decorative objects, it can also involve architecture, furniture, gates and railings. Even if professional gilding is not the career you choose, the core hand skills you will develop in this workshop will be valuable in a wide range of careers.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be  14 – 18 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.

Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.

If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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