Cockpit Arts' Open Studios happen twice a year; see behind the scenes, meet 170 makers over two sites.

Summer Open Studios 2017

Vote for your favourite maker’s display for a chance to win a £100 Cockpit Arts voucher.

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Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present.

– Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts
– Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg
– Delicious food by Hand Made Food café
Crafts magazine pop-up stall
– Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath
– Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings of both weekends

Holborn · 9 – 11 June

Opening times: Fri 5 – 9pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square
FREE ENTRY (Donations welcome)
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Deptford · 16 – 18 June

Opening times: Fri 5pm – 9pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm
18-22 Creekside London, SE8 3DZ
Rail: Deptford or DLR: Deptford Bridge
FREE ENTRY (Donations welcome)

Please check with TFL for accurate information.

Please note that on Sunday 18 June, vehicular access to Creekside is only possible from Deptford Church Street (Creek Road junction, at the northern end, will be closed).
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Bill Amberg Selects

During both Open Studios weekends there will be a featured display curated by leather designer Bill Amberg. The showcase will present some of Bill’s favourite pieces from Cockpit makers including Carréducker, Jane Hoodless, Ute Decker and Helen Johannessen. See the full selected list of makers here.

“Having worked with Cockpit Arts for a number of years, it didn’t make choosing this group any easier. The quality and standard of work in both buildings is fantastic and I hope these pieces represent the inspirational work available from Cockpit Arts.”

Studio Demonstrations


Saturday 10 June
2pm – Blooming Gorgeous Handmade Flowers
Judy Bentinck will demonstrate traditional couture flower making techniques. An opportunity to learn some tricks of the trade!

2.30pm – Confident Colour by Kouamo
Interior textile designer Julie Kouamo loves to work with colour. Discover innovative ways to use the colours that captivate you and create your dream interior with confidence.

Sunday 11 June
2pm – Taming Silicone
Dovile Bertulyte will give a presentation about her challenging journey in working with silicone and combining it with metal to create intricate pieces of jewellery.

2.30pm – Fusing & Slumping Glass
Lynn Foster will demonstrate simple cutting, fusing and slumping techniques in glass with examples of how hand-rolled glass sheets are transformed to create form.


Saturday 17 June
2pm – Painting On Water
Watch paper marbler, Lucy McGrath demonstrate her craft; ‘floating’ paint on a bath of thickened water, manipulating it to create striking patterns and transferring these on to paper.

2.30pm – Confident Colour by Kouamo
Interior textile designer Julie Kouamo loves to work with colour. Discover innovative ways to use the colours that captivate you and create your dream interior with confidence.

Saturday 17 June & Sunday 18 June
12 noon – Stretch 1 2 3 (Performance)

The collaborative dance piece between choreographer Kara Coffey and textile designer Mila Harris-Mussi explores the relationship between knitted textiles and the body.

Cockpit Arts Alumni

A select group of our previous makers are back with us for Open Studios. Look out for the Cockpit Arts Alumni stickers throughout the studios.

Makers include…

Holborn – Anne Barrell, Clarissa Hulse, Beatrice Larkin, Lucy Miller, Noon Mitchelhill and Cassandra Smith.

Deptford – Sue King, Eleanor Pritchard, Genevieve Sweeney and Susannah Weiland.

Image – Long Eaton Bench with Totley seat + Sourdough blanket by Assemblyroom and Eleanor Pritchard. Photo by Elliott Denny

Friday Evening Music

Friday 9 & Friday 16 June
Yorkshire born Eleanor Rastall will provide summer time jazz tunes during the evening at both Holborn and Deptford. Eleanor is a freelance singer, teacher and choir leader, based in London and has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and led singing workshops at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Crafts Magazine

We are delighted to have Crafts magazine as sole media partner for this year’s Open Studios. Crafts will be setting up a pop-up space during both the Holborn and Deptford Open Studios where they can meet with makers, buyers and collectors as well as create a showcase for Crafts magazine.

To celebrate Crafts have given Cockpit Arts a special subscription offer. Enter discount code CPIT17 here and you’ll receive 8 issues for the price of 6 plus a free annual digital subscription, worth £31.99, giving you access to every issue of the magazine since 1973 straight to your mobile, tablet or desktop. Offer ends 30.06.17.

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