London Creative Network
The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help craft makers to enhance their ability to advance their business – whether through new products and services, new ways of doing things, or both – regardless of whether or not they have a studio at Cockpit Arts.
On Cockpit Arts’ LCN programme, we work closely with makers to develop new processes, products and services, as well as giving a foundation of core business skills; leading to a more sustainable practice. Our rolling programme caters for all types of craft practices; from batch producers to artist-makers. Follow these links to read more from participants Tessa Eastman, Sophie Stamp and Josie Shenoy.
We offer a mix of workshops and one-to-one support to give makers the confidence and skills needed to:
• Introduce new-to-the practice product ranges or services, or develop a new unique body of work
• Work in a new way, for example, change or alter your production method or technology used
• Explore new marketing materials or platforms, or create new material to reach a different audience
• Design new systems to improve your business capacity for growth, or develop skills to help your practice run more smoothly
• Develop strategic vision, identify goals and milestones, as well as project management skills for the development of your business
The LCN programme is delivered by Cockpit Arts’ Business Incubation team, using our own in-house expertise and experience coupled with selected external specialists. It is also a route to access our support if you don’t have a studio at Cockpit Arts. The programme also offers a networking opportunity with other LCN partners and programme participants.
Workshops are expected to run approximately 2-4 times a month. Participants can pick and choose from the workshops on offer but will be required to complete at least 12 hours on the programme (approximately 4 workshops) but may participate in more.
We are interested in hearing from potential trainers and consultants for LCN; if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to hear about future calls for recruitment.
The LCN programme at Cockpit will run from September 2016 until July 2018. We have regular calls for applications and further information about the selection criteria can be found below.
The current application round is now live and the deadline for applications is the 25th September. Please click here for a link to the online application form.
To apply for LCN at Cockpit Arts you must:
• Demonstrate excellence and quality in your finished product: including craft skill and originality/uniqueness and in your use of materials
• Be able to demonstrate evidence of testing the market for your work and that you have an existing customer base
• Be willing to commit to 12 hours of support (including workshops and one-to-one meetings)
• Be committed to growth in your chosen market and to creative product, service and process development
• Be able to outline the vision for your business or practice and how you hope this will develop in market and creative/product terms, underpinned by your business management and marketing
• Be able to articulate where you feel your strengths and weaknesses are in achieving your goals, including where your core business systems need to be taken to the next level
The LCN Partners
LCN is delivered by four partner organisations across London (SPACE, Cockpit Arts, Four Corners and Photofusion) and will run from autumn 2016 to autumn 2018. Each LCN partner is running a different version of the LCN programme, tailored to their own industry and each has varying delivery time frames.
Read more about our partners here.
The London Creative Network project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme, 2014 to 2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. London Creative Network follows the very successful New Creative Markets (NCM) programme, which supported almost 600 London-based freelancers and small creative companies from 2012 to 2015. Learn more about NCM here.