Scholarships and Bursaries

The Karun Thakar Fund

As a way of acknowledging Karun Thakar’s generosity in allowing Soane to draw inspiration from the textiles in his collection, we initiated The Karun Thakar Fund in collaboration with the V&A Museum.

Established in 2021 by Soane and anonymous donors, The Fund promotes materials-based, object-led learning, drawing on the collections of both the V&A and Karun Thakar and offers scholarships to student practitioners and researchers studying any aspect of Asian or African textile/dress design or history.

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Heritage Craft Association

Soane is proud to sponsor a bursary with the Heritage Craft Association to help safeguard some of our most endangered British craft skills. Heritage Crafts is a national charity who support and promote heritage crafts in Britain. The training bursary is targeted at trainees and prospective trainees experiencing financial hardship and would otherwise be prevented from pursuing a craft career as a result of the cost.

Cornish hedging: Cornwall Rural Education and Skills Trust
Diamond cutting: Ilana Belsky, by B Wild Photography
Silk ribbon making: Robert Ely, Papilionaceous