About The Creative Dimension


Enabling young people to develop fine hand skills with leading, international specialists.


The Creative Dimension runs fully-funded workshops for 14-18 year olds who love working with their hands and enjoy experimenting with different materials and structures.

Studying with some of the UK’s leading specialists, students can choose from a range of courses including hand engraving, wall painting and gilding.

Students acquire a set of fine hand skills which can be applied or transferred to any profession requiring precision, determination, and dexterity.

These professions are primarily in the cultural and creative industries, but also include architecture, model making, surgery, and art and design.

The Creative Dimension is socially inclusive and at least 80% of participants are selected from schools located in areas of social/economic deprivation or geographic isolation.

Apply for workshops here.

Our work is entirely dependent on the generosity of others. Everything we do requires of collaboration, partnership and goodwill.

If you would like to help us in any way, please contact us.


The Creative Dimension workshops cover a wide range of subjects and areas, taught by world-class tutors.

Since launch, there have been workshops in the following skills:  Parquetry, Gilding & Marquetry, Hand Engraving, Stone Working, Mural Painting, Etching, Silversmithing, Locksmithing, Hot Glass, Wood Carving, Jewellery Making, and Leather Working.

The workshops have been held around the UK – in London, Cambridge, Nottingham and Sunderland,

The teaching venues have included Buckingham Palace, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Building Crafts’ College, City and Guilds of London Arts School, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, Fitzwilliam Museum, Nottingham Trent University, and Sunderland University

See Upcoming Workshops here – and Previous Workshops here.

New Chief Exec. of Arts Council England
Sir Christopher Frayling
“Craft is a core component of the UK’s thriving creative industries, providing economic value as well as being a vital and popular aspect of the nation’s cultural and social life.” 
 Sir Christopher Frayling, Patron

Commissioned by the Crafts Council, Measuring the Craft Economy (2014) found that Crafts generated £3.4 billion for the UK economy. Yet between 2007 and 2010, 46% of craft courses in Higher Education were closed and the number of pupils taking craft related subjects at GCSE or A Level continued to decline. While extra-curricular courses and networks support and nurture talent in activities such as music or sport, there is no equivalent for crafts.

Crafts promote precise hand-eye co-ordination, and the ability to understand and construct 3-dimensional shapes – core skills for any young person considering a career in architecture, design, surgery or the engineering and construction industries.

It is against this backdrop that The Creative Dimension (TCDT) was conceived and launched by Penny Bendall, holder of a Royal Warrant of Appointment for ceramic conservation to HM The Queen.

Read The Creative Dimension Trust 2016 Review

Read The Creative Dimension Trust Saturday Workshops 2017 Review

Read The Creative Dimension Trust Summer Workshops 2017 Review

Read The Creative Dimension Trust 2018 Workshops Review

Penny Bendall

Penny Bendall is a ceramics conservator and holder of a Royal Warrant by appointment to The Queen. She also works with museums and auction houses including The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s.

Penny is a Fellow of the International Institure for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Patrons and Trustees


Sir Christopher Frayling

Dame Rosalind Savill

Philip Treacy



Simon Costin

Andrew Edwards

Peter Eisenhardt, Treasurer

Tim Gregson

Ben Moorhead

Charity Information

The Creative Dimension Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (registration no. 1166443).


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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

The Ashley Family Foundation

Buckingham Palace

Building Crafts College

Burghley House

The Carpenters’ Company

City & Guilds of London Art School

The Clore Duffield Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Company

Crafts Council

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Drapers’ Company

The Dulverton Trust

Dulwich College

The Eranda Rothschild Foundation

Fortnum & Mason

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldmiths’ Company

Grimshaw Architects

The Worshipful Company of Grocers’

The Hedley Foundation

Hewitson Moorhead

John Lyon’s Charity

The Leathersellers’ Company

Les Enfants Terribles

The Mercers’ Company

National Glass Centre

Nottingham Trent University

Sarah Hocombe

The Peter Cundill Foundation

The Pilgrim Trust

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation

The Radcliffe Trust

The Tallow Chandlers Company

Windsor Castle