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Venue: Fortnum & Mason, London

Dates: This workshop ran for five days from Monday 24th August 2020 to Friday 28th August 2020.  

Workshop Information

Course Outline

Gilding is a decorative technique for applying a very thin coating of gold to solid surfaces. This is a special chance for students to leave their mark on one of London’s most ancient and iconic landmarks.

Creative Dimension Trust tutor Rian Kanduth has over thirty years’ practice and experience in the field of conservation and gilding, with a special expertise in all aspects of gilding from water gilding to oil gilding and Verré Eglomisé. A graduate of the City and Guilds of London Art School with a degree in Conservation and Restoration, Rian is now the gilding tutor for both the Historical Carving and the Conservation courses at the school. Rian has managed and been involved in numerous prestigious projects in both the private and public sectors, including The National Trust, English Heritage, The Mercers Company, Merton College Cambridge, Victoria & Albert Museum, St Georges Bloomsbury, St Alfreges Greenwich, The Seven Dials Covent Garden, Stoke Park, Chateau De Moncla, France and ICON. Rian is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild and affiliated with ICON, Society of Gilders, and Museums Association.


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 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas such as drawing, painting and fine art. 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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