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

Why support Cockpit Arts?

Across the UK there are around 25,000 businesses in the craft industry. Over 50% of these are unregistered micro businesses, suggesting a strong reliance on small independent makers. Yet the craft industry generates over £3.4 billion for the UK economy each year – a greater contribution than the Visual Arts, Cultural Heritage or Literature sectors.

Despite this, average turnovers for makers are extremely low. Independent crafts people struggle to start up, develop and sustain successful craft-based businesses and earn a living commensurate with their skills and talent. There is a real danger that without intervention, the traditions, history and values that come with the preservation of craft skills will be left behind.

This is where Cockpit Arts comes in. Our unique incubation offer has helped thousands of talented makers grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success. In addition to raising profiles, with our support, makers’ turnover and profits at Cockpit Arts have increased year-on-year since we introduced the incubation model in 2005.

How are funds spent?

As a Social Enterprise, our services and studio spaces are offered to makers at affordable rates. But we still need your financial support.

We need to raise additional funds to develop strategic programmes and pioneering initiatives, such as our Creative Employment Programme, that meet the changing needs of makers and the craft sector as a whole.

Any donation you make between today and August 2019 will receive match funding from Arts Council England, meaning every pound you donate will create double the impact.

Ways To Support

There are a number of ways to support Cockpit Arts such as joining our Supporters Scheme (see below), 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 Brochure.

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

If you’d like any more information on the below, please contact Sandie Mattioli, Head of Development on 020 7430 2942 or via and she will be happy to provide more detail in person or on the phone.

Supporters Scheme

A regular donation to Cockpit Arts is one of the most generous gifts we can receive, as it enables us to plan ahead and be more efficient and effective in the work that we do. We welcome regular donations of any amount.

By joining our Supporters Scheme, you will have the opportunity to engage with our makers, network of supporters and partners through an annual calendar of events.

‘Coming to Cockpit Arts is an essential part of my calendar, I have made a lot of friends amongst the people here and it is a privilege to have direct access to first rate work before anyone else.’
— Muriel Wilson, Champion

Fan £50+ per annum

For your support you will receive:

• Our Supporters e-newsletter, with regular updates from our CEO
• An invitation for you and a guest to our Summer Open Studios VIP Preview
• Two complimentary tickets to our Christmas Open Studios

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Champions – £500+ per annum

In addition to the above, you will receive:

• Acknowledgement of your support online, in print and on Supporter Boards
• Invitations to our ‘Meet The Artist’ Evenings
• An additional two tickets (four in total) to our Christmas Open Studios

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Patrons – £1,000+ per annum

In addition to the above, you will receive:

• Exclusive and bespoke visits to makers
• Naming opportunities on new initiatives and schemes

“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

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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 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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