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

Christmas Open Studios 2016

Dates and times:

Holborn 24 – 27 November
Thurs 6pm-9pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm

Deptford  2 – 4 December
Fri 11am-9pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm

Holborn £5 (includes free entry to Deptford)
Deptford Fri – Donations welcome, Sat & Sun £3

In our year of celebrating Cockpit Arts’ 30th Anniversary, this is the perfect opportunity for visitors to meet 170 talented makers over two sites and buy direct from independent craftspeople.

Ceramicists, jewellers, textile designers, shoemakers … and many other crafts
Enter our Prize Draw to win vouchers to spend with Cockpit makers
Featured showcase selection by Jo Newton, Fortnum & Mason
Delicious food from Hand Made Food Café

More details to follow.


Summer Open Studios 2016


Holborn 2nd – 5th June

Opening Times: Thurs 6 – 9pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square
Maps, directions & access info ›

Deptford 10th – 12th June

Opening times: Fri 11am – 9pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
18-22 Creekside London, SE8 3DZ
Rail: Deptford or DLR: Deptford Bridge
Maps, directions & access info ›

Free Entry – Donations welcome

Maker Portraits by Alun Callender

A photographic exhibition of our makers – past and present – will be on display at both sites during our Summer Open Studios. These specially-commissioned portraits illustrate the diversity of makers, success stories, demonstrating the trailblazing nature of Cockpit Arts’ work and the career journeys that exist for craft makers working in Britain today.

Framed portraits available to order at £168 each.

Deborah Carré and James Ducker - Cockpit Arts - Alun Callender Photography

Carréducker. Photo: Alun Callender.

Cockpit Arts Alumni

A select group of our previous makers are back with us at Cockpit Arts Holborn. Look out for the Cockpit Arts Alumni stickers throughout the studios. Makers include Claire Coles, Teresa Georgallis, Kerry Hastings, Bryony Knox, Noon Mitchelhill, Zoe Powell and Kate Wood.

Kerry Hastings 1

Sculptural vessel by Kerry Hastings.

Studio Demonstrations

A selection of our makers will be hosting studio demonstrations during our Summer Open Studios. Spaces are limited and allocated on a ‘first-come’ basis. See further details below:

Letterpress with SORT
Holborn – Studio W8 | Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June 1 – 2pm and 3 – 4pm. Max group size 6 people.

Creative Embroidery with Ekta Kaul (pictured above)
Holborn – Studio E2H | Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June 11.30am – 12.30pm. Max group size 4 people.

Gentlemen’s Accessories with Ian Scott Kettle
Holborn – Studio W5 | Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June 2 – 2.20pm and 4 – 4.20pm. Max group size 5 people.

Confident Colour with Kouamo
Holborn – Studio E7 | Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June 12pm and 3pm. Max group size 6 people.

Crochet with Katie Jones
Deptford – Studio 308 | Friday 10th June, Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June 1 – 2pm and 3 – 4pm. Max group size 6 people.


The Holborn Magazine pop-up

The Holborn Magazine celebrates what they call a ‘well made life’, searching out those who make and create with a passion and a purpose.

We’re delighted to have The Holborn Magazine with us during both our Holborn and Deptford Open Studios. Pick up a copy of their latest issue (The Scotland Issue), purchase back issues or sign up for a subscription.


Live Music

Gypsy Jazz with Alex Bishop
Cockpit Arts Deptford – Studio 207
Friday 10th June | 7 – 9 pm

Guitar luthier Alex Bishop will be hosting a Gypsy Jazz jam of swing tunes from the 1930s and 1940s.

Cockpit Arts - Alun Callender Photography


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