The Worshipful Company of Turners' Bursaries 2022

This year, the Turners’ Company is offering Bursaries to help talented woodturners develop their skills and move to a higher level of achievement. Applicants need to present a clear plan of how the award will advance their work and raise the profile of the craft. A total of £12,000 is available.

What are the Turners’ Company Bursaries awarded for?
• To fund research, training and business knowledge to improve your turning and how to market it.
• To purchase specialist equipment, provided it's part of the whole request enabling the turner to continue their work with the skills learned.
• Bursaries aren't normally awarded for premises or other business set-up costs.


What is the Turners’ Company looking for?
• Well thought out proposals, which will develop the applicant’s skill and contribute to the excellence of the craft.
• A clear explanation of how your skills will be enhanced, and what you expect to achieve as a result.
• A reasonably accurate estimate of the cost of your proposals.

Who can apply?
• You must be 16 or over and a UK resident.
• You need to be committed to developing your skills to a higher level within the craft of turning.
• All turners can apply, including those who've received previous awards from the Turners’ Company. Applicants’ work must be well regarded by their peers, hence the need for referees – see below.

The application

You need to provide
• A short curriculum vitae (CV).
• At least two photos of turned items made by yourself, a description of how you turned them and the materials used.
• An outline of your aspirations with a plan of what you want to achieve from a Bursary – new techniques, skills, training, marketing.
• A costed plan showing how you intend to use the Bursary.
• The names and addresses of two referees who should be members of the Turners’ Company, the Register of Professional Turners (RPT), the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), the Society of Ornamental Turners (SoT) or the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers.

The interview
All applications will be carefully considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview, in early June 2022. The interviews are usually held in London and reasonable travel expenses will be paid, or they can be held virtually via Zoom.

At the interview, you'll be asked to make a short presentation in support of your proposal, highlighting what you'd achieve with a bursary. You'll need to show relevant examples of your work and generally display a passion for the craft. Bursaries take applicants’ skill to a new level, so you'll need to show you already have a reasonably advanced level of skill.

The decision of the Bursary Committee is final. More than one bursary may be awarded, or if there's no suitable candidate, the award money will be held over.


The timetable
• Applications must be received by the Turners’ Company Assistant Clerk by Friday 13 May 2022.
• Those invited for interview will be notified by Monday 30 May 2022. Interviews will be in early June, and awards published by end of June.

Address for applications & further information
The Clerk, The Worshipful Company of Turners
Saddlers House, 44 Gutter Lane, London EC2V 6BR
Tel: 0207 236 3605
Email: [email protected]

The Worshipful Company of Turners
Saddlers House
44 Gutter Lane
London EC2V 6BR
0207 236 3605

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