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QEST Applications open

QEST  is an organisation at the forefront of supporting education and excellence in craft in the U.K.

They are striving to make a difference to the lives and careers of crafts people whilst maintaining the very highest standards in craftsmanship.

They fund talented people, whether at entry level in to the industry via their QEST Apprenticeship Scheme, or when they are trying to reach a level of excellence further in to their career, via their QEST Scholar awards.

Just to let you know that the next application period for scholarships and apprenticeships opens on Monday 8 January 2018 and closes 12 February 2018.

Applications can be made via their website All relevant information regarding the application process can also be found on the QESTwebsite.

AWGB AGM Reminder

This is to remind everyone that the AGM will be held on 23rd April at Yarnfield Park,Yarnfield Park and Training Centre,
Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL.  There is a branch representatives meeting at 11:00 followed by the AGM at 14:00

Andy Coates’ Workshop Destroyed by Fire

There is never a good time of year for something like this but sadly, Andy Coates’ (our former chairman) workshop was destroyed by fire, apparently caused by an electrical fault in the building wiring. Andy is still sifting through the charred remains, salvaging what he can but the likelihood is that most if not all the equipment he had will need to be replaced. Unfortunately, the workshop wasn’t insured but some kindhearted friends have set up a crowd funding page to help Andy rebuild his workshop and his livelihood. If you are able to donate, here’s a link to the page



As another fund raiser, an auction of donated pieces is being organised so if you are able to donate a piece of your work to sell, contact us ( and we will pass on your offer.

Watch this space for further developments…

Woodturning Residency opportunity

The Windgate ITE International Residency, organized by The Center for Art in Wood, is an 8-week, intensive program during which the resident fellows live and work together at the University of the Arts, in downtown Philadelphia. The Center selects from an international pool of applicants one photojournalist, one scholar, five artists, and one student artist who work either solely in wood or who work with wood in combination with other materials.  ITE is designed as a collegial experience and encourages an open exchange of creative and technical innovations. Residents are able to pursue both individual and collaborative work that is explorative and experimental.  The residency runs from the first week of June through the first week of August and includes several public programs, field trips to artists, collectors and museums in the region, and culminates in a multidisciplinary exhibition with photos and essays documenting the residency experience.

Deadline for the complete application is December 30 for openings in 2018 and 2019. For more information on the program and to download the application please visit:


About the Center:

The Center for Art in Wood offers activities from within several different program areas, including the Gerry Lenfest Gallery, the Museum Collection, The Fleur & Charles Bresler Research Library, and The Earl Powell Artist Research Files.

The Center displays wood art on site and in traveling exhibitions. Our Windgate ITE International Residency Program has involved over 100 international residents as it continues through its third decade. Education and community outreach programs bring hands-on wood turning and woodworking experience to students throughout the region. The permanent collection contains over 1,100 pieces of artwork from around the world, ranging from functional, every-day objects to contemporary sculptures. Our research library consists of over 25,000 images, artists’ files, and books that help preserve the exciting history of wood turning and woodworking and their continuing evolution as a contemporary art form.

Over the last two years, the Center mounted 15 exhibitions, published catalogues and books, and offered numerous special exhibition-related events.

Hand Made at Kew

Deadline approaching for Handmade at Kew

Handmade at Kew
6 – 9 October 2016
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Handmade in Britain and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are excited to announce the second year of the international craft event, Handmade at Kew. Taking place from Thursday 6th October to Sunday 9th October 2016, this exciting consumer event is set to become the leading international showcase for contemporary crafts.

Handmade at Kew welcomes applications from individual makers, groups and galleries of contemporary craft working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture.

To apply for one of the limited number of remaining stands, please complete the online form here: The deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 31st March 2016.

WCT Bursary Awards deadline extended

The Worshipful Company of Turners

Bursary Awards Deadline Extended

The Turners Company is pleased to offer one or more Bursaries worth up to a combined value of £10,000 to assist talented turners to achieve or develop their professional aspirations and to enhance their future career opportunities.  The awards are open to UK resident turners whose work is well regarded and who put forward a clear plan of how the award will advance their work, the boundaries of the craft of turning and raising the profile of the craft.  There is no age limit.

The deadline has been extended to the 5th October 2015.

Please note that if you have already applied, there is no need to apply again.

More details and application forms can be found on the WCT website at


A Big Thank You to all our Seminar Supporters

Without support from the manufacturers and suppliers loaning equipment such as lathes, dust extraction equipment etc. and supplying wood, finishes and consumables (not to mention a generous array of raffle prizes!), the Seminar probably wouldn’t take place. All of us from the AWGB would like to thank the following suppliers and individuals for their support –

Loan of Lathes

Dust Extraction

Finishes and abrasives


Raffle Prizes