Your support enables the best in British craft and design to succeed and thrive.

Why support Cockpit Arts?

If you want to support the best in British craft and design, you have come to the right place. Cockpit Arts supports talented makers from all backgrounds to start up and develop successful craft businesses. We are the only organisation in the UK that provides business incubation services to crafts makers in a professionally managed workspace environment.

After arriving at Cockpit Arts I started to believe more and more that I could make this business work and today, I am able to sustain my business and living with my work in leathercraft. I feel confident to say that I am an entrepreneur, and I have a sustainable creative business.”– Candice Lau, Kuku Big Bag, Cockpit Arts Deptford.

As a registered charity and social enterprise, we plough all our earned and fundraised income into initiatives which fulfill our social remit and support those most in need. We monitor and track the progress of our makers and produce regular reports on our social, economic and cultural impact.

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What is the social enterprise model?

As a social enterprise, Cockpit Arts trades to generate income in order to support its social and charitable mission. Income is primarily generated from fees obtained from maker beneficiaries to provide business incubator services. All fees are subsidised and well below commercial rates. Those makers who have benefited the longest from our services pay higher fees than those starting out, so there is a recycling of funds providing assistance to those in greatest need.

Not all our beneficiaries pay fees, and individuals with limited financial means or disadvantaged in other ways can apply for Awards or Bursaries to provide additional support at what will be a critical time for them.

The organisation also continues to focus on generating earned income from fee paying services, such as consultancy, private tours and venue hire in order to be more financially self-sufficient.

Currently 93% of our income is self-generated from this model. In the future we are aiming to be 100% self-financing and generating surpluses, enabling us to do even more to further our social mission.

About Our Impact

How are funds spent?

Now that the Cockpit model has progressed sufficiently so as to be now largely self-funded, more donations provided by our Supporters go directly towards supporting our most disadvantaged craft businesses; the craft areas in greatest need; or new areas in need of development for public benefit.

In recent years a high proportion of funds donated have been spent on Awards or Bursaries focussing on support for early stage craft businesses; craft skills in danger of dying out such as musical instrument making and paper making, and crafts such as weaving where there has been a decline in the number of small start-up businesses.

New areas in need of development where significant funds are also currently being applied are our outreach and craft employment programmes including the Cockpit Arts / The Prince’s Trust Creative Careers Programme for young previously unemployed young people wishing to start up a craft career, and the Cockpit Arts Creative Employment Programme providing support to first time employers to take on apprentices.

Funds donated to core costs support the development of our social enterprise model as a fully sustainable one, with commensurate year on year increase in economic, social and cultural impact.

Ways To Support

There are a number of ways to support Cockpit Arts such as joining our Supporters Scheme, sending a One-off Donation or engaging in one of our Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities – all have benefits which are outlined below and in our Supporters Leaflet.

You can donate online, by post, or meet to discuss your support.

If you’d like any more information on the below, please contact Dana Segal, Development & Events Manager on 020 7430 2942 or via and she will be happy to provide more detail in person or on the phone.

Supporters Scheme

We welcome single or regular donations of any amount and have given an indication below of where your funds would be spent.

Join now and support online today or alternatively print our form and support by post or arrange a meeting to discuss your support in person.

Fans – £50+

The support of our Fans enables us to give a new joiner an induction, a start-up toolkit and an assessment of their business needs.

As a Fan of Cockpit Arts, all you have to do is make a minimum donation of £50 per annum, or any amount up to £499.

Fan benefits:

– Subscription to our exclusive Supporters e-newsletter

– An invitation to our Summer Open Studios preview for you and a guest

– Two complimentary tickets to our Christmas Open Studios

Join now

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Champions – £500+

£500 enables us to provide 10 hours of one to one coaching to designer-makers striking out into new territory, through our Cockpit Arts & Ingenious Business Growth Loan Fund.

We ask for a minimum of £500 donation annually (or £41.66 per month) or any amount up to £999 to become a Champion of Cockpit Arts.

Champion benefits:

– Invitations to our previews, prize givings and our sociable and stimulating ‘Meet the Artist’ events.

– We’ll acknowledge your support online and in print (with your permission).

– We’ll send four complimentary tickets to our Christmas Open Studios, with special ‘early bird’ access, as well as invite you to our Christmas Party with staff, studio holders and trustees.

– Cockpit Arts Champions can join in our annual Special Event, where a select number of guests are invited to ‘have a go’ under the expert eye of one of our professional makers.

Join now

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Patrons – £1,000+

“I am inspired by the passion of the charity in its desire to support makers and nuture their talent for a commercial environment. I want to lend my personal support to their development, and encourage others to do so.” – Leanne Wells, Project Consultant, RBS & Cockpit Arts Patron

£1,000 enables us, for example, to provide six months of studio space and support for a maker in receipt of an Award.

We ask for a minimum donation of £1,000 annually (or £83.33 per month), or any amount exceeding this, to become a Patron of Cockpit Arts.

Patron benefits:

– Patrons are offered all the benefits of a Champion, as well as the opportunity to have close engagement with our work, develop close relationships with individual makers and be involved in developing specific initiatives.

– Patrons can support Cockpit ‘behind the scenes’ by making a simple donation, using the link below. Alternatively, Patrons who would like to become more involved can contact Vanessa Swann, Chief Executive, for an initial discussion.

Join now

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Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities

Our partnerships are tailored to your needs and budgets and could include opportunities and benefits such as Named Awards, High profile event sponsorship including our Open Studios or Cockpit at Collect, Saatchi Gallery and Creative Away Days for your staff team.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Vanessa Swann, Chief Executive, on 020 7419 1962 or email

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