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Our Mission

QEST is a charity dedicated to supporting excellence in British craftsmanship.


Investing in talent

Since 1990 QEST has awarded just over £4.5 million to more than 550 makers. Almost 90% are still practising their craft today and many are recognised leaders in their field.

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Supporting education

Education comes in many different forms and as such we welcome applications for funding traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships, one-to-one training with master craftsmen and more.


Sustaining skills

65% of QEST alumni are currently teaching or training future craftspeople and passing on their skills, something that is core to our mission.


Promoting excellence

Our scholars and apprentices learn from master craftsmen with a focus on standards of excellence and a commitment to the British craft industry.


QEST offers scholarships of up to £18,000 for the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople. We want to sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry.


QEST offers funding of up to £6,000 per year towards an apprentice’s salary, for an apprenticeship of up to three years.  QEST apprentices have trained in glassblowing, pottery, beekeeping, shoemaking and more.

building arts programme

A collaboration between The Prince’s Foundation and QEST, this 9-month programme is aimed at students or practitioners whose practice or trade informs our built environment. It focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of architecture, building crafts and the decorative and applied arts.


Our directory of alumni has details of craftsmen and makers working in a broad range of disciplines. Whether you are an interior designer researching a project, a craft lover looking to commission work or a craftsman looking to collaborate, we are sure you will find creative inspiration here.


There are many ways to support the work of QEST from donations to sponsorship to collaborations with our scholars and apprentices.

Winch Design appreciate that the success of their projects is wholly reliant on not just the skill of their talented design teams, but also on the dedication and skill of the craftspeople and artisans who bring their projects to life.  They are committed to supporting British craft and in 2020 sponsored their first QEST Scholar, Max Bainbridge.  In order to expose their whole team to craft and the work of QEST, they organised an away day at which nine QEST Scholars ran workshops for their staff, ranging from stone letter carving and ceramics, to sculpture, stained glass and leatherwork.

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