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Where Craft Meets Art

London, 10 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 that 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 email Alanna.fisher@qest.org.uk or call 0207 798 1533.


Event information

  • Location

    Christie’s King Street
    8 King Street, St. James's
    London SW1Y 6QT

  • Date & Time

    10 October 2016, 6:30 – 9:30pm
    Auction at 7:30pm

  • Contact

    Alanna Fisher
    Alanna.fisher@qest.org.uk
    +44 (0)20 7798 1533