• 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 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

    An Interview with…

    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 or call 0207 798 1533.

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  • Where Craft Meets Art – Christie’s Auction, 10th October 2016

    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.

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


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  • A Celebration of Craft at the V&A

    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

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  • Work experience at QEST

    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

    • Data collection and research to support marketing and fundraising
    • Communications support with blogging and social media
    • Event support – assisting with the planning of a large-scale charity event in the New Year, as well as with exhibitions involving QEST’s beneficiaries
    • Administrative support for QEST Apprenticeship interviews in November
    • Liaising with beneficiaries for event engagement and updates


    Should you be interested in applying for this volunteer position please email your CV to QEST Grants & Communications Manager Julia Robinson at


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  • QEST Apprenticeship Scheme applications now open!

    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:

    • You are a ‘team’ consisting of both apprentice and employer – you have already established a working relationship and are required to apply together. Please note that it is obligatory for both apprentice and employer candidates to attend interview should you make it to this final stage in the assessment process.
    • The apprentice must show acumen and dedication, and must envisage working with the company long term.
    • The employer must offer the opportunity to an individual who would otherwise be unable to take this career path. They must demonstrate why they are in need of QEST’s funding to employ the apprentice, and must agree to support the apprentice with at least the minimum wage for 3-5 years.  
    • We do not accept applications to undertake courses (MA, PGDip, short courses, etc.) at educational institutions. For this sort of training you would be eligible to apply for QEST Scholarship funding, interviews for which will take place in spring 2016. Check the website again toward the end of 2015 for information regarding Scholarship applications.


    Support from QEST will cover:

    • Funding to supplement wages above the minimum Apprenticeship wage
    • Funding to supplement training and equipment/material costs
    • A brief document outlining how to deal with any VAT issues that may arise from receiving ‘income’ for taking on an apprentice.
    • A meeting with a mentor, if needed, to help structure the apprenticeship.


    For more information please visit about the grants and how to apply to submit an application for Apprenticeship funding.

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