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  • Fundraising Gala Dinner at the V&A

     

    QEST is excited to be holding its third fundraising dinner in the magnificent setting of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Dome and Raphael Gallery on Tuesday, 6 March 2018. Vice Patron, Lord Snowdon, will host this celebration and showcase of excellence in British craftsmanship, raising funds to support the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday 6 March 2018

    LOCATION: Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington, London

    DRESS CODE: Black Tie

    PRICE: £500 per person OR £5k per table of 10

     


    ON THE NIGHT


     

     

    Enjoy Champagne and Cocktails from Moet & Chandon and Johnny Walker, whilst interacting with QEST’s Alumni as they demonstrate and showcase their incredible talents.  A sumptuous Dinner will follow in the Raphael Gallery, with a Live and Silent Auction of exquisite items from QEST Scholars, as well as craft and luxury experiences. 

     

    This event is sponsored by Penhaligon’s.


     

     

     

     

     

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  • 2017 QEST Apprenticeships

     

    2017 Apprenticeship Funding

     

    QEST financially supports companies wishing to employ Apprentices, helping to pass on skills to the next generation of craftspeople. If you are an aspiring craftsperson or seeking to engage an Apprentice we could help! 

    QEST are offering financial support of up to £18,000 over a period of 3 years – funding equipment, training or helping to provide the Living Wage.

    If you have any queries, particularly around eligibility, please visit our how to apply or alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund. Alternatively, for more information please email info@qest.org.uk or call 0207 798 1535.

    We will be receiving completed applications until 5pm 3rd August 2017 – all submissions are to be submitted online: APPLY NOW 

     

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  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of QEST

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of QEST

     

    The Prince of Wales surrounded by the Spring 2015 QEST Scholars and Apprentices at a Reception at Clarence House. (Photography by Paul Burns)


     

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has become Patron of QEST (The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) – the charity sustaining excellence in craftsmanship.

     

    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.

     


    Struthers of London Watch by
    2017 QEST Johnnie Walker Scholar Craig Struthers

     

    Stone finial by
    2017 QEST Howdens Scholar
    Lily Marsh

     

    Enamel pendant by
    2017 QEST Bendicks Scholar
    Harry Forster-Stringer

     

     

    For further press information please contact:
    Eve or Alasdair at The Ideas Network
    on 020 7351 4719, or email alasdair@ideasnetwork.co.uk

     

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  • A Celebration of Craft

    Join QEST for

    A CELEBRATION OF CRAFT 

    Hosted by VISCOUNT LINLEY 

    at THE V&A MUSEUM 

    on THURSDAY 2 MARCH  2017

     

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    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.

     

    TICKET PRICES

    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 alanna.fisher@qest.org.uk for table sales or for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

     

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  • 2017 Scholarships Open

    QEST Scholarship Applications

     

    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 info@qest.org.uk 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

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  • An Interview with QEST scholar Jack Row

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    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… 

     

    For more information about the event, the catalogue, to place a bid or arrange for tickets please visit Christie’s Website, email Alanna.fisher@qest.org.ouk or call 0207 798 1533.

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