Financial Times, 'How to Spend it' http://www.howtospendit.com/#!/articles/6584-need-to-now-fortnums-qest-exhibition
06/02/12The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA), has brightened up the world by awarding £1.5m to 242 artisans since its' inauguration in 1991. These 'scholarships' are intended 'to further study, training and practical experience for craftsmen and women who want to improve their craft and trade skills". The crafts range from calligraphy to silversmithing, pottery to upholstery, and stonemasonry to wallpaper design.
... The grande Dame of london stores, keen to continue nurturing excellent British craftsmanship, launches its QEST Crafting Excellence Exhibition on February 6.
Exceptional work by 32 scholars will be showcased (and available to purchase) all over the shop...
A programme of events is running alongside the exhibition... Upcoming sessions include a demonstration of stained glassmaking by Sophie D'Souza (May 16th; her panels with scenes from Alice in wonderland - first picture- are exquisit; from £895)... Tickets to these events and demonstrations cost £25, with £5 going to the QEST Diamond Jubilee appeal.
For those who are inspired to order bespoke pieces from any of the QEST scholars, Fortnum's will also host and evening at which customers can meet the designer-makers and commission them directly (June 14th)