20th December 2019

We’ve already got exciting plans for 2020 and it’s never too early to add key events to your brand new diaries.

February will see three young makers at the start of their creative careers joining us as part of our Make It! programme. Supported by John Lyon’s Charity, these makers will receive studio space, access to on-site workshops in business basics, one-to-one coach and be part of our thriving creative community.

In March we’ll be sharing our annual Cockpit Effect Report, with encouraging signs of resilience and average turnovers and profit for makers’ businesses both up year on year. We’ll feature a number of case studies illustrating the variety of models that makers have developed, and how their businesses have evolved since they joined Cockpit.

London Craft Week 27 April – 3 May
We’ll be contributing to London Craft Week‘s exciting programme of events once again – this time in collaboration with Thinking City. In a series of talks and discussions under the banner of Craft + Community, we’ll focus on the pertinent subjects of Bridging Divides, Forging Neighbourhoods and Building Better Cities.
In detail, we’ll explore:
• how craft and creative practice can help bring communities together and bridge social/economic divides; also how accessibility to arts practice as well as a market for crafts can be improved for communities.
• how craft can play a role in defining places – looking both at historical and contemporary examples – and the relevance of that neighbourhood identity for people living and working there.
• And discuss how craft can be used to improve public spaces and community facilities, looking at specific examples and hearing from practitioners.

Mark your calendar for Open Studios
Cockpit’s Summer Festival of Making
Holborn 4 – 7 June
Deptford 12 – 14 June
– New features and attractions to be announced soon

And for those of you who like to plan well in advance:
Winter Open Studios – festive shopping with London’s top makers
Holborn 26 – 29 November
Deptford 4 – 6 December