6th April 2021

We are extremely grateful to have been awarded a grant in the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Cockpit Arts is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support.

This grant will help our organisation by supporting rent costs – which in turn allows us to continue to offer licence fee discounts to makers – rebuild reserves, bring all our staff back from furlough full time and plan an exciting Summer Festival.

Cockpit delivered 1,738 hours of business support, 30 workshops and £275,000 in rent support during the pandemic. We began the year with 150 makers on board at our studios. Twelve months on – whilst we’ve had leavers and joiners, as in any year – our community of 150 is intact. The support of the Cultural Recovery Fund will enable us to continue to offer rent subsidy for those in our maker community who need it most and to plan to open our doors to visitors again for the first time in 18 months.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

This essential funding is helping us to be fit for purpose post-Covid, so that we can support more new talent and young businesses and bring art safely to more audiences in our local communities as well as nationally and internationally.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and look forward to sharing our Summer Festival plans in more detail – a hybrid physical and digital event this year – which this grant will generously support.

Mark your diaries and get ready to visit our Holborn studios the weekend of 25th-27th June and our Deptford studios the following weekend, 2nd-4th July. Our digital festival will take place online from the 24th June to the 4th July.


photos L-R: Nico Conti, Clunie Fretton, Malaika Carr, Millie Thomas