Through a variety of circumstances talented applicants cannot fund the training they require to reach the next stage in their craft.
It is finance that is preventing them from achieving a successful career or launching a new business. QEST exists to ensure that people from all backgrounds and all ages can nurture their talent and make a valuable contribution to the thriving UK Craft Sector.
Supporting British arts and crafts is essential to our County’s heritage, our cultural identity, and the economy. The craft industry in the UK is worth over £3bn annually to the economy, yet training in this sector is underfunded.There are many barriers to people forging a career in craft, including prohibitively high training and equipment costs alongside the financial hardships of starting up a business or becoming an apprentice.
We remain in debt to our loyal supporters and to the Royal Warrant holders who had the vision to establish QEST and have supported over 400 inspirational artisans achieve their full potential. However, as the number of talented applications received continue to increase exponentially, it is essential that we continue to receive support from a variety or sources.
General donations – QEST needs voluntary donations in order to run and support our scholarship and apprenticeship programs.
Sponsoring a scholarship or apprenticeship – QEST has supported over 130 crafts and will be able to match you with an inspiring Craftsperson. It may be that this is in your area of expertise, which could mean working collaboratively with the artisans you support, ensuring you to will benefit from their creative input.
Special edition products – QEST has successfully gained vital donations via companies creating special items from which a percentage of profits come to the charity. Some of the successful campaigns include; Roberts Radio, Globe Trotter Luggage, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Walkers Shortbread, Johnstons of Elgin, Lock & Co Hatters and Twinings Tea. This has the advantage of promoting your Company’s philanthropy on pack to thousands of consumers.
Legacies – Any donation, or any percentage of a residuary estate, makes a very real difference to QEST. This will be a true legacy in that it will enable the craft industry to continue its successful revitalisation in a world that is now returning to our desire for quality artifacts to pass on to successive generations.
Events – We have two major fundraising events, an auction “Where Craft Meets Art” at Christie’s in October 2016 and in 2017 our second gala dinner at The Victoria and Albert Museum on March 2nd. Both of these are being hosted by Vice Patron Viscount Linley, sponsorship and information is available for both upon request. Please contact Development Manager Alanna Fisher Alanna.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.