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2021: Gilding on Leather – Online

Venue: Online

Dates: This workshop ran from Monday 9th August 2021 until Friday 13th August 2021.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

Gilding on leather is a skill which has existed since the early centuries A.D. This is a fairly straightforward technique, simply painting gum arabic (or a modern mordant) in the desired design onto the leather.  Gold leaf is then laid over the pattern. Any remaining loose gold leaf is then gently dusted away. Throughout the centuries, owning items with gold decoration on leather was a sign of status due to the cost of the materials and the visual quality of the gold. The Romans were particularly prolific with this technique decorating a plethora of items including horse wear!


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.

(Workshop image: pair of leather shoes with gilding and embroidery. Coptic, Egypt, ca. 300-500AD. via the Victoria & Albert Museum)



This workshop will run daily from 10am and finish at approximately 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range of transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: ArchitectureArt & Design, Fine Art, Conservation, Gilding and Illustration (to name a few).


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.


There are only 10 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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