Conferences & Maker Training

Craft Scotland Radar Session: QEST

Closing date: 9 Jul 2021

Gillian Stewart / Photography by the artist - Frances Priest / Photography by Shannon Tofts

Learn more about QEST and their Scholarships with two Scotland-based QEST Craft Scholars and Ambassadors. Part of our new Radar Series.  

Join Craft Scotland for an information session with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), a charity dedicated to excellence in British craftsmanship through investing in talent, supporting education and sustaining skills.

In our second Radar webinar, QEST Craft Scholars and Ambassadors Frances Priest (ceramic artist, Edinburgh) and Gillian Stewart (bookbinder, Glasgow) will be joined by a member of the QEST team to discuss QEST Scholarships, ahead of the next round of applications opening on Monday 12 July.

12:30 - 1:30pm, Friday 9 July 2021 - Online via Zoom. There will be time for audiences' questions at the end. 

>>> Register your free place today

QEST offers scholarships of up to £18,000 for the training and education of talented and aspiring makers. They seek to sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry.

During this webinar, Frances and Gillian will share more information about their practice and how their QEST Scholarship has benefitted them.

Craft Scotland Radar Series is a new webinar series from Craft Scotland that highlights Scottish, UK & international craft-related initiatives, funding and opportunities that need to be on your radar.

Book your free place on the first session in July with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). 


Who should attend?

UK-based makers


About speakers

Frances Priest is an Edinburgh-based artist and designer with a specialism in ceramics. Her work explores cultural histories of ornament and decoration through the creation of ornately inscribed and intricately glazed ceramic objects and installations. Central to the work is an interest in pattern books as a means of documenting and disseminating languages of ornament, reflecting upon the ever-changing interpretations of ornamental motifs as they move between drawing and material form. Frances has developed an internationally recognised practice with work represented in many private and public collections including The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Victoria & Albert Museum and The National Museum of Scotland. Frances is a Homo Faber selected maker and a QEST Scholar.


Gillian Stewart is a prize-winning designer bookbinder, running her studio Juju Books from Glasgow's East End. Gillian makes bespoke books and boxes by hand, from short runs of special editions to full leather fine bindings for exhibition. With an underpinning in traditional bookbinding techniques, Gillian seeks to incorporate contemporary and innovative processes and practices to create bindings that reflect the content and ideas inside the book. She teaches students from her studio and in institutions across the country. Gillian is also the Chair of the Society of Bookbinders.



About QEST

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships and one-to-one training with a master craftsperson; helping to support Britain’s cultural heritage and sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.



About Craft Scotland

Craft Scotland is the national development agency for craft. We put makers at the heart of all we do, championing diverse and high-quality contemporary craft. We help people learn about, appreciate and buy craft, promoting the contribution of craft to Scotland’s cultural, economic and social well-being.

Through our exhibitions and events programmes, digital platforms and strategic partnerships, we provide leadership for the sector. We create opportunities for makers to develop their creative and business practice, and to exhibit and sell work in Scotland and beyond. We are a registered charity supported by Creative Scotland.



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Closing Date & Time:
9 Jul 2021 12:30pm
Key Contact:
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