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
QEST has an exciting volunteer opportunity for somebody looking to gain valuable experience in the arts and charitable sectors. The charity is embarking on a momentous year as Her Majesty will become QEST’s first Patron in 2016, which will involve a number of significant events and other occasions. This is an exciting opportunity to join the charity in order to help prepare for the significant year ahead.
Dates: November 2015 – January 2016
Time requirement: 2 days per week – Thursdays and Fridays, 9am – 5pm
Remuneration: £10 per day for lunch and travel expenses
Tasks and responsibilities
Should you be interested in applying for this volunteer position please email your CV to QEST Grants & Communications Manager Julia Robinson at Julia.email@example.com.
Last year QEST piloted the Apprenticeship Scheme in a bid to support new talent in the craft world, as well as to address the nationwide issue of youth unemployment. We are very pleased to report that our pilot year was a success, having sponsored 6 QEST Apprentices in 2014, as well as 4 QEST Apprentices at the start of 2015. So far we have received extremely positive feedback from both apprentices and employers, who are enthusiastically taking part in training up the next generation of craftspeople working in Britain, and subsequently carrying forth the nation’s valuable skills.
We have now launched our second round of QEST Apprenticeship applications this year, with a 28 August deadline and interviews w/c 16 November. Going forward QEST will be holding Scholarships interviews each spring, with Apprenticeship interviews taking place each autumn.
Criteria for the QEST Apprenticeship Scheme:
Support from QEST will cover:
13 contemporary artists, 13 highly skilled craftsmen, 1 extraordinary collaborative exhibition inspired by the overarching theme of the inaugural London Craft Week. QEST has teamed up with Griffin Gallery to present MAKE / CREATE, an exhibition featuring 13 craftspeople and 13 fine artists in dialogue with each other. The spirit of the exhibition lies in the desire to demonstrate the contemporary nature of craft, and the craft involved in contemporary art – changing perceptions of both.
Date: 6 – 10 May
Time: Wed 1-5pm; Thurs – Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 11am – 3pm
Location: The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA
QEST Scholars Scott Benefield/Trevor Cain/Deborah Carré/Steve Cook/Cordaelia Craine/Daniel Durnin/Margaret Jones/James Kirby/Rosanna Martin/Alan Moore/Mia Sarosi/Melissa White
Artists Jake Abrams/Eliza Bennett/Nicola Dale/Lucy Dore/Susan Fletcher/Aidan Gray/Anneli Holstrom/Evy Jokhova/Rose Munro Kerr/Gill Newton/Anne Parfitt/Chantal Powell/Heidi Sincuba/Rachel Wickremer