The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) has provided a lot of scholarships to help craftsmen and women, including many stone workers, to enhance their skills since it was set up in 1990. This month (May) some of the work produced by six of those craftspeople is being exhibited in the gardens of The Goring’s, the Belgravia hotel in Beeston Place, London SW1.
The work includes a reclining stone lion based on Canova’s Baroque original by stone sculptor and conservator Tom Brown, a 200mm diameter Kilkenny Limestone globe by Will Davies and a Jack-in-a-Box carved from two blocks of Lincolnshire limestone by Antonia Hockton.
The guide prices on the pieces show the lion can be commissioned for around £18,500, the globe for £1,800 and the Jack-in-a-Box for £750.
There is also work by Bob Johnston, a willow weaver, Mel Howse, a glass artist and enameller, and Jenny Pickford, an artist blacksmith.
The exhibition coincides with the Craft Council’s Collect exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery and Chelsea Flower Show, which means there are a lot of people interested in crafts in London this month.
Richard Watling, the Chairman of QEST, said: “We are very grateful to The Goring for giving our scholars the chance to showcase their work at such a prestigious location. We fund scholars to accelerate their skill level but for some the most difficult thing is to market and show their work.”
QEST present scholarships of up to £15,000 each twice a year. Anyone who wants to progress their craft with a specific training opportunity can apply. You can find out more on the QEST website.