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Leathersellers’ Foundation partners with Heritage Crafts

The Leathersellers’ Foundation has partnered with Heritage Crafts to foster more opportunity for new and aspiring leatherworkers.

Head of Grants, Natalia Rymaszewska said: “Our ambition is to offer more opportunity for people seeking to develop skills and knowledge in leatherwork and recognise rising talent in the leather industry to inspire others. With their portfolio of bursaries and our shared commitment to the making sector across the UK, Heritage Crafts are an ideal partner for us for the coming year. These bursaries and awards will widen our support for aspiring makers; those embarking on turning their passion into a business; or people looking to elevate their technical skills with high quality formal or informal training.”

Available opportunities include the Young Leatherworker of the Year Award as well as training bursaries.


Young Leatherworker of the Year Award

This award has been created to celebrate a young leatherworker aged 25 or under who has made an outstanding start to their leatherworking career.

The winner will be highly skilled amongst their peers, and likely to be raising the profile of their craft by attending events or creating and sharing content online. They will have given themselves a fantastic chance of achieving long-term success, perhaps overcoming disadvantage or setbacks along the way.

Anyone, including the maker themselves, can nominate for the award.

Deadline for entries: 6 September 2024

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Training bursaries for new entrants and early career leatherworkers

Apply for up to £4,000 to start training in leatherworking or to further develop your skills, supported by Heritage Crafts and the Leathersellers’ Foundation.

You could be just starting out on your journey in leatherworking or at the point where you want to turn a hobby into a career, or you could already be a maker who is looking to further refine your leatherworking craft skills.

Applicants can apply for a grant for any amount up to £4,000 which can cover or contribute towards to the cost of high-quality formal or informal training.

Deadline for entries: February 2025

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