The Prince of Wales surrounded by the Spring 2015 QEST Scholars and Apprentices at a Reception at Clarence House. (Photography by Paul Burns)
QEST, the Charity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was founded in 1990 to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. In 2016 HM Queen Elizabeth II agreed to become Patron of QEST during her 90th birthday year.
Chairman of QEST, Nick Crean, says, “We are honoured that the Prince of Wales, a longstanding advocate of the importance of heritage skills and craftsmanship, has agreed to become Patron of QEST. His Royal Highness’s commitment to transforming lives through his charitable interests, particularly youth opportunity and education, is well known and respected. Becoming our new Patron underlines the importance of QEST’s work in supporting the nation’s craft industry which contributes £4 billion a year to the economy. By promoting and supporting excellence, opportunity and creativity in traditional, endangered and contemporary crafts, QEST helps to champion and nurture the skills which sustain Britain’s cultural heritage.’
QEST supports the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople through its Scholarship and Apprenticeship Schemes, Since1990, QEST has supported more than 400 craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds in over 130 skills. Many of these skills were on display during the recent successful London Craft Week which brought together organisations and makers in a celebration of craft.
QEST continues to go from strength to strength and has just announced another 20 new Scholarships for 2017, who, with the 2016 Apprentices, will be showcasing their extraordinary talent at the Annual Luncheon of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and QEST on 6 June at the London Hilton Park Lane, where the guest speaker will be one of QEST’s Vice Patrons, the Marquess of Salisbury.
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Hosted by VISCOUNT LINLEY
at THE V&A MUSEUM
on THURSDAY 2 MARCH 2017
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is delighted to announce its second fundraising dinner to help QEST in its aim of sustaining British heritage through excellence in craftsmanship.
The V&A Museum, the world’s leading museum for art, design and craftsmanship has, once again, been chosen for the venue and 400 guests will be attending this celebration of British craft. Cocktails and Champagne will commence the evening in the stunning setting of The Dome and dinner will be held in The Raphael Gallery.
A range of QEST scholars from stonemasons to saddlers, stained glass makers to armourers and a host of other extraordinary craftspeople will be demonstrating their skills throughout the evening.
Tables are priced at £5,000 for 10 guests
Tickets are priced at £500 per ticket
Don’t miss your chance to be part of this fantastic event! Email Alanna Fisher at email@example.com for table sales or for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
Apply for a grant of up to £18,000 to further the advancement of your craft education. Please visit our alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund.
The ‘QEST award for excellence is a grant that recognises exemplary craftspeople and aims to give them the tools to further their training in traditional British crafts. To be accepted as a QEST Scholar is much more than receiving financial support for your training; it means being welcomed into a unique family of craft, where the alumni of twenty-six years are as interested in the work that you have achieved.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 798 1535; please be aware that though the QEST office may be closed over the Christmas we will endeavour to respond to your queries as soon as possible.
We will be receiving completed applications until 5pm 19th January 2017 – all submissions are to be submitted online: APPLY NOW
On the 10th of October the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust — QEST — are hosting Charity Auction ‘Where Craft Meets Art’, at Christie’s. The event will be a celebration of exceptional British Craftsmanship with lots from QEST’s very own scholars.
Jack Row, silver and goldsmith, is one such craftsperson. Designer and maker of lot number 9; the Architect edition Fountain Pen in 18k White Gold with matching cuff-links. So in celebration of the fundraiser, QEST artisinal silversmith, Jack sat down with us to discuss craft, design and the inspiration behind auction lot 9.
Read the interview here…
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters. QEST was established in 1990 to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British Craftsmanship. QEST is honoured HM The Queen became QEST’s first Patron in her 90th birthday year.
This auction will give people the chance to bid on some of the most exemplary craftsmanship the UK has to offer. This auction is a celebration of the intelligence and creativity of British talent. Christie’s world renowned auction rooms is the perfect setting to celebrate our alumni’s talents and to raise funds to continue to support craftsmanship whilst elevating craftsmanship to have the same appreciation of its skill as fine art.
The auction is a celebration of what is being made in Britain and our setting demonstrates that it continues to be admired and collected. From a bespoke suit of armour, life-size wicker bull, to a portrait commission from HM The Queen’s portrait painter Alastair Barford, there is opportunity to acquire some truly incredible items from some of the UK’s most talented craftsmen as well as bidding on a piece from renowned artist Catherine Goodman LVO, and many more wonderful items!
The funds raised will go towards supporting future craftspeople across the UK to retain skills that are so vital to Britain’s heritage.
In February, QEST Vice Patron Viscount Linley hosted the charity’s inaugural fundraising dinner at the home of design and craftsmanship, the Victoria & Albert Museum. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for the 250 guests to see the work of many QEST Scholars first hand and to raise funds to support similar talent over the many years it takes to create masters of their craft.
Moët jeroboams, a dinner party cooked by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, a private tour of the McLaren Technology Centre and an outing on The Queen’s Rowbarge Gloriana donated by Lord Sterling were among the lots under the gavel of Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades. And a silent auction was anything but as guests bid on the table pieces made and donated by QEST Scholars, including gauntlets by Graham Ashford (2010), a painted ostrich egg by QEST Radcliffe Scholar Natasha Mann (2012), knitted vessel by QEST Johnstons of Elgin Scholar Kim Norrie (2014) and a Mia Sarosi (2004) Porcelain Collection.
Craft was the order of the night with the cocktails too, from a Tanqueray Hallmark gin and tonic to the Johnnie Walker Blacksmith and Goldsmith, served alongside Moët & Chandon champagne and wines from Walker & Wodehouse.
Due to the incredible success of this event Viscount Linley will be hosting the second QEST gala dinner on March 2nd 2017 at the V&A once more.
For sponsorship and table enquiries please email Development Manager Alanna.Fisher@qest.org.uk