Search for a Maker
170 of the UK's finest makers are based at Cockpit Arts. Find out what they create and source beautifully made craft.
Cockpit Arts' Open Studios happen twice a year; see behind the scenes, meet 170 makers over two sites.
Holborn £6 (inc. free entry at Deptford) | Deptford £4
Join us for this perfect opportunity to buy direct from the best of London’s independent makers.
– Weavers, ceramicists, jewellers and many other crafts
– Maker portrait exhibition and showcases by photographer Alun Callender
– Alumni showcase during both Open Studios
– Enter our Prize Draw to win vouchers to spend with Cockpit makers
– Friday evening music from jazz saxophonists Quinn Oulton (Holborn) and Alex Hitchcock (Deptford)
– Delicious food by Hand Made Food café
An exclusive preview of renowned photographer Alun Callender’s series ‘Pop-up Studio’ is on display during both weekends. Selected by Alun and photographed in our Holborn studios, these makers create some of his personal favourite pieces which you can also see on display in the showcases.
“Until now, I’ve always visited makers in their studios or work spaces, but in this project, I wanted to turn this around. I wanted to create my own studio in which I could invite my sitters to pose.”
Alun Callender on the project
A group of Cockpit’s past makers will also be selling their work – look out for the Cockpit Arts Alumni stickers throughout the studios. Makers exhibiting are listed below.
Holborn: Friday 23 November, 5.30-7.30pm
London based saxphonist and musician, Quinn Oulton, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, developed his talent under jazz heavyweights such as BBC radio 3’s Julian Joseph. Most recently, he has worked with world-class musicians in Berlin as a part of the Red Bull Music Academy 2018. Accompanying Quinn is Joe Downard, one of the UK’s most impressive and in demand double bass players.
Deptford: Friday 30 November, 5.30-7.30pm
London born and award winning saxophonist, Alex Hitchcock has completed a successful 15 date tour this year. He had a sold-out launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London and performances at Ronnie Scott’s, Love Supreme Festival, and the Royal Albert Hall. He has featured on BBC Radio 3, JazzFM and Hungarian television. Accompanying Hitchcock is Joe Downard, one of the UK’s most impressive and in demand double bass players.
Cockpit Arts are delighted to be partnering with Just a Card this Open Studios. The Just a Card campaign aims to encourage people to buy from makers and independent galleries and shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, are vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses. Just a Card is inviting everyone to participate in Just a Card – Indie Week, 19 – 23 November, to highlight how important sales during the Christmas season are to independent businesses. Follow this great campaign on Instagram @justacard