As a Social Enterprise we support talented makers by providing sponsored places at our incubators.

Awards Schedule

Our Awards programme helps to supports the next creative generation, by providing sponsored places at our creative business incubators. Currently we run three rounds of awards each year. The schedule for 2017/18 is:

Awards Round One

Announced: August 2016
Deadline: October 2016
Start date: January 2017

Awards Round Two

Announced: November 2016
Deadline: February 2017
Start date: April 2017

Awards Round Three

Announced: May 2017
Deadline: July 2017
Start date: September 2017

Please visit the “Apply” page to see the key dates for all other applications.

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Awards & Benefactors Include

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The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award 2017

Download the Call For Entries, to apply email Sandie Mattioli for an Application Pack

Extended deadline for receipt of applications is 10am, Monday 17 July 2017

Clear Insurance Management continue to show their commitment to supporting creative businesses; having run The Clear Insurance Scheme for Craft Workers & Designer-makers since November 2002. Applications are invited for this Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business. Previous Award winners include Sara Gunn (2014), Matthew Warner (2015) and Leah Jensen (2016).

The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society Award 2017

Download the Call for Entries, to apply email Sandie Mattioli for an Application Pack

Extended deadline for receipt of applications: 10am, Monday 17 July 2017

This annual Award is supported by The Arts Society (formerly The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies or NADFAS) and supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out. Since 2012, the Award has been organised in conjunction with the Heritage Crafts Association. Previous Award winners include Thomas von Nordheim (2007), Tamasyn Gambell (2008), Tobye Le Vaillant (2009), Alex Bishop (2010), Shaun Grace (2012), Alex Potter (2013), Sarah Kelly (2014), Beth Lewis-Williams (2015) and Lucy McGrath (2016).

Additional Awardees include Camilla Lee Lambert (2015 – The David Bell Memorial Award) and Mariano Palencia Crespo (2016 – The Greater London NADFAS Award).


The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award

Currently closed for entries: Next round September 2017

Please email Sandie Mattioli for more information

These Awards are generously sponsored by The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund. The prestigious Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Awards are intended for talented makers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level. In this round we are able to offer up to four awards. In return for a place at Cockpit Arts, the winners will be required to develop new work where leather is a major constituent. Previous award winners include Laura Amstein (2012), Benjamin John Hall (2013-14), Georgina Brett Chinnery, Ben Elbel, Maria McLean and Mark Tallowin (2014), Fflur Owen, Candice Lau and Asdrubal Barreto-Abreu (2015) Charlie Laurie (2016), Joost Pasman and Harry Owen (2017).

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The Cockpit Arts / Radcliffe Craft Development Award

Currently closed for entries: Next round September 2017

This Award is generously sponsored by The Radcliffe Trust. The Award is intended for a talented maker with a commitment to high quality craftsmanship, who demonstrates a clear need and commitment to developing their craft skill. As well as a subsidised place at Cockpit Arts for one year, the winner will receive a £1,000 bursary towards a craft development programme of their choice.


The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards

Currently closed for entries: Next round March 2018

Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms. The selection panel looks for individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills. The Awards include space in a shared studio equipped with Leclerc and Louet looms, a dye area and a number of other benefits. Previous Award Winners include Laura Adburgham, Soukaina Aziz El Idrissi, Teresa Georgallis, Catarina Riccabona, Nadia-Anne Ricketts, Cassandra Smith, Lisa Bloomer (2012-13), Emma Calvert, Calum Clarke, Beatrice Larkin, Aisha I Qazi, Josefin Tissingh (2014-15), Rowenna Mason, Maria Stavrapoulou (2015-16), Majeda Clarke, Fiona Faumuina, Carmen Machado (2016-17), Alice Timmis and Claire Whelan (2017-18).


The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award

Currently closed for entries: Next round in early 2018

This Award supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners aims to help an aspiring or established turner i.e. someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials to develop their craft practice and business by providing a sponsored place at Cockpit Arts for a year including studio and support services. Previous Award winners include Eleanor Lakelin and Frank Boggis Rolfe (2011), Chloe Robertson (2012), Matthew Corbishley (2014) and Darren Appiagyei (2017).

Please contact Vanessa Swann at if you are interested in applying. Next round for applications is January 2018.

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The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’ Award

Currently closed for entries.

Applications are invited for the Cockpit Arts / The Haberdashers’ Awards which aim to assist makers working in knit to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts. These new Awards are generously supported by The Haberdashers’ Company, with additional support from The Framework Knitters’ Company. Previous Award winners include Carlo Volpi and Claire Anne O’Brien (2014), Katie Jones, Genevieve Sweeney and Caitlin Charles-Jones (2015).


The Cockpit Arts Artist-Maker Residency 2016-18

Currently closed for entries.

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary and with support from Arts Council England, we are delighted to announce the inaugural Cockpit Arts 2016 Artist-Maker Residency. The Residency is a unique development opportunity for an artist-maker whose practice is based in craft and explores ideas and concepts. Cockpit Arts will provide a support structure for the selected artist-maker to develop their work and ideas, and at the same time work towards a sustainable model of practice.


Chelsea @ Cockpit Award

Currently closed for entries.

This award is specifically aimed at BA and MA textile graduates of Chelsea College of Art and Design who graduated from June 2012 – June 2014 and is part of a commitment by UAL/Chelsea College of Art and Design to assist graduates with their professional career. Previous Award winners include Matt Jacques and Reeve Massey (2013), Petite Albion (2014) and Rosamund Hanny (2015).

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