Cockpit Arts' Open Studios happen twice a year; see behind the scenes, meet over 140 makers over two sites.

Making it in London – Summer Open Studios 2019


We’re opening up Cockpit Arts over two weekends for a midsummer celebration. Join us for a glimpse behind the studio doors and a chance to buy direct from London’s best independent makers.

– Over 140 contemporary makers
– Ceramicists, fine jewellers, weavers and more – explore our Maker Directory
– Demonstrations, talks and taster workshops – see below
– Secret postcard sale


Holborn | 14 – 16 June

Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
[Tube] Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square
Map and directions
Map of studios

Deptford | 21 – 23 June

18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ
[Rail] Deptford [DLR] Deptford Bridge
Map and directions
Map of studios

Friday 2 – 8 | Saturday 11 – 6 | Sunday 12 – 5

Free Entry – Donations welcome


Secret Postcard Sale

This eclectic display of original pieces by our makers offers a snapshot of their inspirations and connections with the city. Snap up a postcard-sized artwork in this fundraising event and help Cockpit Arts to continue its support for talented new makers.

Postcards will be allocated at random and sent out by the middle of July.
Cost: £25 each, payable at the payment desk.

We’re enormously grateful to these Cockpit makers for their contributions towards our fundraising event …

Adele Brereton • Aimée Furnival (Another Studio) • Aisling Duffy • Alice Timmis • Alicia Britt • Alma Geller • Amber Khokhar • Annette Bugansky • Carréducker • Catherine Mannheim • Charlotte Grierson • Clara Breen • Craig Yamey (Museo Design) • Darren Appiagyei • Donna Brennan • Ekta Kaul • Eleanor Lakelin • Elise Gustilo • Elizabeth Ashdown • Emily Kidson • Emma Calvert • Fflur Owen • Frances Pinnock • Frances Wadsworth Jones • Helen Johannessen • Ian Scott Kettle • Jenny Llewellyn • Jo Hayes Ward • Judy Bentinck • Justin Oh • Karen Henriksen • Katharine Morling • Katharine Coleman • Kelvin Birk • Laura Woodhouse • Lucy McGrath (Marmor Paperie) • Anna Perring (Luna Lighting) • Lush Designs • Lynn Foster • Majeda Clarke • Maria Hatling • Mark Nuell • Matt Nicholls • Maud Traon • Maya Selway • Mica Hirosawa • Olivia Creber • Olivia Holland • Onome Otite • Petra Bishai • Poppy Fuller Abbott • Polly Griffiths • Rentaro Nishimura • Row Pinto • Ruth Martin • Sally Lees • Sarah Herriot • Sarah Warsop • Sian Zeng • Sophie Graney • Sophie Manners • Susan Horth • Tamara Gomez • Tania Clarke Hall • Teri Howes • Thornback & Peel • Timea Sido • Tuesday Riddell • Ute Decker • Vanessa Hogge • Vicky Cowin • Will Odell • Ya Wen Chou • Zoe Miller (Tangent Accessories)


Demonstrations and Activities

HOLBORN | 14  – 16 June

PRE-BOOKABLE WORKSHOPS
Please book ahead for these mini-taster sessions.
Most pre-booked workshops are £17.50 and tickets include materials.

Fri: 7 – 8pm, Sun: 1 – 2pm
Designing with colour with Ian Scott Kettle

A unique opportunity to gain an insight into the process of colour storyboarding for fashion and textiles.

Sat & Sun: 12.30 – 1.30pm
Mindful Stitch Embroidery with Ekta Kaul

Slow down, learn to embroider and improve wellbeing through the calming movement of needle and thread.

Fri: 6.30 – 7pm, Sat & Sun: 2 – 2.30pm, 4 – 4.30pm
Up-cycling workshop with Carréducker

Join shoemakers Carréducker for an adventure in up-cycling – help them to transform a box of leather off-cuts into a personalised, leather bracelet or cuff.
These sessions are free to attend but with limited spaces per timeslot and must be pre-booked.

FREE DEMONSTRATIONS
Each maker will share insights into their techniques and skills they’ve perfected to create their pieces. Drop-in – no booking required. Space is limited so please arrive promptly at the allotted times.

Sat & Sun: 2 – 2.30pm
Studio Candice Lau
Candice Lau will demonstrate the art of traditional leatherwork with her ‘Leather cardholder/purse kit’.

Sat & Sun: 2.30 – 3pm
Judy Bentinck

Judy Bentinck will create handmade flowers in silk and organza for a floral garland headpiece – the perfect accessory for a summer festival or wedding.


DEPTFORD | 21 – 23 June

Pre-bookable Workshops
Please book ahead for these mini-taster sessions.
All pre-booked workshops are £17.50 and tickets include materials.

Fri: 4 – 5pm, 6 – 7pm, Sat & Sun: 2 – 3pm, 4 – 5pm
Personal one-hour tuition with weaver Charlotte Grierson

1-2-1 instruction with leading weaver, Charlotte Grierson to create a weave sampler to take home with you.

Sat & Sun: 1 – 1.30pm, 3 – 3.30pm
Make a marbled letter with Lucy McGrath

Learn how to ‘paint on water’ and have a go at making your own beautiful marbled wooden letter with paper marbler, Lucy McGrath.


Alumni showcase

We are delighted to welcome a select group of our previous makers back for Open Studios

Holborn – Cassandra Sabo Designs, Jo Heckett, Kerry Hastings Ceramics, Lucy Miller, Malcolm Morris and Noon Mitchelhill
Deptford – Eleanor Pritchard and Kerry Hastings Ceramics


With many thanks to our generous sponsors

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