Business | 24-12-2022

New round of QEST funding for craftspeople

Applications open on 9 January 2023 for the next round of funding for craftspeople from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).

QEST awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople with a broad range of skills, including glassblowing and other glass-related fields, farriery, jewellery design, silversmithing, dry stone walling,  cheese maturing, sculpture and many more.

QEST looks to support successful applicants to further their practice, by funding such things as training, courses, international placements, plus attendance at conferences and exhibitions.

Many glass artists have received support from QEST over the years, the most recent being Laura Quinn and Andrea Spencer. Read more about their plans for their awards here.

The next application round is open from 9 January – 12 February 2023.

QEST celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020 and since 1990 has awarded over £5.4 million to 700 individuals working in over 130 different crafts. It defines craft broadly and welcomes applications from all areas.

A directory of all past alumni, plus more details on how to apply, are available on the website:

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