Building Arts Foundation

20 December 2023

Deadline: January 8, 2024

The Building Arts Programme aims to inspire a future generation of artists, craftspeople, designers and makers to create a built environment which draws on a vast array of different skills, materials and processes.


Through practice-based learning, the Building Arts Programme looks to explore the physical, temporal and symbolic connections which can be conveyed through our buildings and places. The course will take place from 8th April-13th December 2024.



The Dumfries House Estate in East Ayrshire, Scotland, The Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire, England, plus placements with master craftspeople across the UK. See programme overview for further information on locations.



The programme is fully funded supportted by the King’s Foundation, QEST and donations from trusts, foundations and individuals.

All participants will be awarded a full scholarship covering the course fees and a monthly bursary of £1,400.

Please note, participants are required to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation and living costs while on the course.

The majority of materials needed for the course will be provided.



The King’s Foundation and QEST welcome applications from individuals working across a broad range of craft disciplines. However please note that the Building Arts Programme is not an entry level training course and therefore applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in their individual area of practice to date.

Each year the programme hosts up to a maximum of eight participants.

Candidates working in areas like the following are welcomed to apply, (this list is not exhaustive):

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN – Interiors, Structures, Engineering, Landscape Design, Planning

BUILDING CRAFTS – Carpentry, Joinery, Stonemasonry, Plasterwork, Metalwork, Brickwork, Natural Building

DECORATIVE AND APPLIED ARTS – Glasswork, Ceramics, Painting, Print, Illustration, Sculpture, Textiles


Important Dates:

Applications close on the 8th January at 5pm.

Please see here for more information on how to apply, the programme overview and more.


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