• London Craft Week | 9 May

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  • Royal Windsor Horse Show | 8-12 May

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  • Annual Fundraising Dinner | 13 March

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  • Spring 2019 Craft Funding

    Supporting Excellence in British Craftsmanship

    OPEN: 9 jan 2019 – 18 feb 2019

    Our Spring 2019 Funding Cycle has now opened!

    We are receiving applications for funding in training and education of a Craft skill, through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or 1-2-1 training with master craftspeople – visit our alumni page to understand what Craft categories we fund.  Funding is available to individuals for Scholarships for a particular course or training; and to businesses (in particular smaller companies) to employ Apprentices. 

    If you have any queries around eligibility see our HOW TO APPLY pages for frequently asked questions. The links below will take you to either Scholarship or Apprenticeship applications – please bookmark your relevant page for quick access:

    Scholarships                                         Apprenticeships

    All applications must be submitted online via our website, but please email applications co-ordinator or call 0207 798 1539 for any application queries.

    feature image: Wayne Meeten, 2014 QEST Pamela de Tristan Silversmith. Photo credit: Julian Calder


    The Spring 2019 round of funding has now closed – we will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2019 cycle on 16 July 2019. If you would like find out more information about the applying please click here.

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  • QEST Book

    A Celebration of British Craftsmanship


    Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
    Photographed by Julian Calder
    Written by Karen Bennett


    A Celebration of British Craftsmanship provides a glimpse into the vibrant, richly storied world of some of the craftsmen and women that QEST has supported throughout its lifetime.

    Founded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday, our aim remains the same today as it did at its inception in 1990 – to sustain Britain’s cultural heritage by supporting excellence in British craftsmanship, through funding the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople.

    This book features 100 portraits and stories of QEST Alumni from across the United Kingdom, revealing a wealth of skill, knowledge, respect for traditions, and an abundance of innovative spirit. From an armourer to basketmakers; a block-printer to ceramicists; a calligrapher to silversmiths; a charcoal burner to milliners; to stone carvers, weavers and many more, representing over 80 crafts, traditional and contemporary.

    The net proceeds from sales of this book will enable QEST to support the next generation of professional craftspeople, who hold the future of British craftsmanship in their hands.


    Andrian Melka

    Andrian Melka – QEST Scholar 2008 – Sculptor


    Available to purchase from 29th October at £60 (inc. p&p)

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    Book cover - Rod Kelly

  • Sleepeeze Donation

    Sleepeezee presents big cheque

    At the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace in September, Sleepeezee handed over a cheque for £36,000 to QEST Chairman, Nick Crean and Executive Director, Deborah Pocock. Sleepeezee have been raising funds through sales of their special collection and to date have donated over £75,000 to QEST.



    Sleepeezee QEST Collection

    Each mattress is handcrafted in the UK by Sleepeezee and embroidered with the QEST logo, a reminder that for every QEST mattress or divan set sold a donation is made to QEST.
    Every product sold by us with the QEST logo generates a contribution to the charity, whose core objective is to sustain British craftsmanship, a vision shared by Sleepeezee and one that is very close to our hearts.
    As a UK manufacturer we recognise the need to maintain historical skills used within our industry over hundreds of years and are committed to encouraging excellence in traditional craftsmanship.


    – Howard Wilson, Sleepeezee Managing Director
    Click here to shop the collection.


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