The QEST Sanderson Rising Star Craft Award

4 April 2024

Deadline: May 17, 2024

QEST is delighted to be partnering with international luxury interior furnishings brand @sanderson1860 to launch a prestigious new award, with a career-changing cash prize of £25,000!

The ‘QEST Sanderson Rising Star Craft Award’ is open to early-to-mid career craftspeople in the UK who are making a positive contribution to their craft, the wider craft sector and community.

The winner will use the prize money to put towards activities such as studio costs, equipment, materials, training and education or project costs which would benefit the wider community.

Judges for the award include TV presenter and QEST Ambassador Jay Blades, Interior Designer Benedict Foley, World of Interiors editor Emily Tobin, QEST CEO Deborah Pocock and Sanderson Design Group PLC CEO Lisa Montague.



This opportunity is open to makers across all craft disciplines from across the UK.

To enter, the maker must be nominated by a credible person – which includes craft industry professionals, tutors, colleagues, peers, or others and who must know the maker and their work well in a professional capacity.

Nominees will be an early-to-mid career craftsperson, defined as follows:

  • a committed maker who has been practising professionally in their craft field between two to seven years
  • a strong foundation and clear commitment to their craft, but who are still in the process of developing their skills and expertise, with a strong connection to materials, technical skills and processes.

Nominations close at the end of day on Friday 17 May. The winner will be announced in early October.


Find full criteria and information on how to apply here.


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