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October at Cockpit Arts…

Crisp autumn days and a change of seasons has us looking ahead to our winter events.  Not to be missed is our Christmas Open Studios – the twice-yearly event on everyone’s calendar.  Our Business Development team continues to be in demand; most recently as valuable contributors in Thailand with the British Council, and in Korea next week.  Early November sees us welcoming our external selection panel, giving us the benefit of their experience in shortlisting the latest round of applicants for a place at Cockpit Arts.  The deadline of 2 November is fast approaching, so read more below on how to apply.
Finally, along with new makers that have recently joined us, there’s a list of must-see events for your diaries.

Christmas Open Studios 2015

Discover London’s Hidden Craft…


This winter at Cockpit Arts, we are hosting our twice-yearly Open Studios event – a rare opportunity for visitors to see behind the scenes, meet 170 talented makers and buy beautifully crafted work direct from independent designers.
Located at two sites:
Holborn: 26 – 29 November – Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
Deptford: 3 – 6 December – 18 – 22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ
Thurs 6-9pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm
Entry Fee £5 – Donations welcome.
Proceeds from Open Studios fundraising events help support independent craftspeople.


Eleanor Lakelin

Our Consultancy Service

Training programme in Thailand …


The Cockpit Arts Creative Business Incubator and Social Enterprise model is widely considered to be an innovative and useful case study of how to create sustainable support in the sector. We draw on our extensive expertise to provide social enterprise consultancy.

Last month, our Head of Business Incubation David Crump, and Business Development Manager, Madeleine Furness visited Thailand as part of a training programme on Design and Social Entrepreneurship. The programme is being delivered under the umbrella of the pilot Business Investment Readiness (BiR) Programme run by the British Council as part of their Global Social Enterprise Programme.

Join Cockpit Arts

External selection panel …

If you’re a talented maker and you’re looking for support to grow and develop your business and practice, you’re in the right place. We conduct interviews for places at Cockpit Arts four times a year. The deadline for the next round of applications is 2nd November 2015.

Applicants are shortlisted for interview by an external selection panel, including Gallerist Sarah Myerscough (pictured), Silversmith & Lecturer Grant McCaig, Artist & Lecturer Caroline Broadhead, Design Writer & Journalist Emma Crichton-Miller and Product Developer for Daylesford Organic, Brooke Lichfield.

Find out how to apply here.

Sarah Warsop

Cockpit Arts Holborn welcomes…

Last month, jeweller and choreographer, Sarah Warsop was selected for a place at Cockpit Arts Holborn. Each piece of her jewellery is designed directly from a sliver of movement she has choreographed and performed. Sarah intends to find opportunities to increase her skills as a maker and also to share her work and processes with other people through workshops, demonstrations and talks. To find out more about Sarah Warsop you can visit her website here

The Prince’s Trust –  Tomorrow’s Store

Novella Bookbinding…

Cockpit Arts maker Megan Turner-Jones of Novella Bookbinding, is running a pop-up bindery at The Prince’s Trust shop, Tomorrow’s Store, throughout October. The shop features a diverse range of products including jewellery, clothing, homewares and stationary, providing the perfect pit-stop for design-led gifts.
Tomorrow’s Store – 9 Eldon Street London EC2M 7LS.

Event Listings

Autumn 2015…

1st September – 17th November
Omeima Arts has a solo exhibition at the Arab British Centre at Gough Square, London.

19th September – 9th January 
Katharine Morling is exhibiting at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.

3rd October – 22nd November
Lynn Foster is participating in Firstsite Open Exhibition in Colchester.3rd – 25th October
Petra Bishai is showing at Wear It Out at NumberNinetyFour. Please note the space is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

10th October – Mid December
Lynn Foster is exhibiting at Geedon Gallery in Fingringhoe, Essex.

7th November
Ekta Kaul will be running a Fashion Accessories workshop using surface manipulation techniques from 10am-5pm. Email to book.

8th November – 10th January
Jewellers Hannah Bedford, Clara Breen, Emma Calvert, Tania Clarke Hall, Jacqueline Cullen, Sara Gunn, Jenny Llewellyn, Stephanie Ray, Maud Traon and Anna Wales will be exhibiting at Dazzle@Oxo in London. Ekta Kaul will also be exhibiting her textiles as part of Dazzle Extra.

16th – 17th November
Eleanor Lakelin, Beth Gilmour, Ruth Tomlinson and Ndidi Ekubia will all be exhibiting at Nature by Design in The Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge. The sale supports the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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