About Cockpit Arts
Cockpit Arts is the UK’s only creative business incubator for craftspeople and an award winning social enterprise.
We work with The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme to offer 18 to 30-year-olds a gateway to a career in craft.
“The Cockpit Arts Creative Careers Programme is a best practice progression route for our clients who wish to establish self employment in crafts. It is proven to develop entrepreneurship and skill and to sustain the businesses beyond the initial support.” – Mike Nelson, Programme Manager Enterprise & Awards, The Prince’s Trust
“It is always a pleasure to meet creative, talented and bubbly young people who are so determined to fulfil their dreams and are prepared to work hard to achieve it. Thank goodness for Cockpit Arts that gives them so much support in a variety of ways.” – Cockpit Arts Patron
Launched in 2010, our Creative Careers programme now runs annually, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme, as a gateway to a professional career in craft and design. Participants are integrated into Cockpit Arts’ professional working environment, while craft mentors provide aspirational role models.
If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a craft business, the Creative Careers programme could be for you. Please note, there are some crafts that we cannot accommodate in the Creative Career studio. For more information please email email@example.com
Year 7 participants were Anisha Mistry (jeweller), Harriet Frances Stiles (embroidery) and Onomé Otite (textile artist).
Year 6 participants were jeweller Dovile Bertulyte (pictured), textile designer Olashia Burke and book-binder Megan Turner-Jones.
Year 5 participants included Jenny Espirito Santo (textiles); Marion Labbez (architectural glass) and Egle Vaituleviciute (knitwear).
Year 4 participants included Sarah Marafie (jewellery), Chloe Owens (textiles and ceramics), Zoe Powell (textiles) and Mary Zreik (fashion and textiles). The Drapers’ Charitable Fund supported Cockpit Arts to provide a further year of support for these participants, enabling them to continue their journey towards sustainable self-employment.
The Year 3 cohort comprised Libby McMullin (cards), Natasha Nelson (hand made cards); Charlene Grandison (leather bags and accessories) and Crystal Griffiths (dolls). Natasha, Charlene and Crystal were awarded a further year’s support by The Worshipful Company of Drapers.
‘Since I have been at Cockpit Arts I have become more professional, organised and serious about where I want to take my business in the next few years. My self-confidence and business have gone from strength to strength.’ – Lenique Louis
Our long term aim for Cockpit Arts is to become 100% self sustainable; generating surpluses in order to cover the cost of further similar programmes. However, we currently need to raise additional charitable income to support the continuation of the Creative Careers programme.
If you would be interested in helping to support young people starting a career in craft and would like to partner with us, please contact Imogen Lawry on 020 7419 1963 for an informal discussion.
We are grateful to the Santander Foundation for its support of the Programme in 2014/15.
In 2013/14 the Programme was generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Drapers, The Newby Trust, The Goldsmiths’ Company, The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation and Santander Foundation
In 2011/2012 it was supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Camden Recycling Ltd.
In 2010/2011 Creative Careers was funded by the 2012 Cultural Skills Fund.