Tom Nicholls has been a very passionate and dedicated sculptor/stone carver for many years and worked hard to create a body of work worthy of a QEST Scholarship. When Tom won the Scholarship back in 2011 he was very proud and excited and took the opportunity to take two years out from his normal practise to study full time on the prestigious Post Graduate Diploma in Stone Sculpture at the City and Guilds of London Art School. During this time Tom won two “Carver of the year 2013” awards from the Master Carvers Association and The Worshipful Company of Masons for my degree show. Since winning the QEST scholarship Tom has had much more time to develop his practise and feels that his career has really started to take off. Tom has been a part of so many exciting exhibitions including the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace and at the Mall Galleries for the Society of Equestrian Artists two years running. Tom has also had various large scale commissions including working as a sculptor on the Barge prow sculpture for the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee pageant, designing and carving a stone Grotesque for Windsor Chapel and is currently working on 6 large carved brick relief panels on a mansion block façade on Draycott Avenue near Sloane Square. Tom also runs and teaches every Friday evening at one of the largest life drawing classes in London.