12th April 2018

The John S Cohen Foundation has awarded Cockpit Arts a grant of £5,000 to offer free tours of our craft incubator to non-selective London state secondary schools until March 2019.

The funding will enable Cockpit Arts to extend its Schools and Apprenticeships programme which was launched last year with the support of the Drapers’ Charitable Fund.

During these ‘behind-the-scene’ tours, teachers and pupils can meet a selection of independent craftspeople in their working environment, see how they work, view their creations, discuss the creative processes involved in their production and hear about their career development.

To ensure a focus on specific teaching and learning requirements, each tour is created for and with the school.  By meeting craft business owners who are at different stages of their careers, the visits aim to offer learning about a range of craft fields such as textiles, jewellery, ceramics and specialist crafts, and the career pathways available. Selected craft business owners and their studio assistants present an outline of the qualifications and pathways studied, to be used as a starting point for pupils’ own research and inspiration.

Craftspeople participating in the school visits include bespoke gentleman’s tailor Ian Scott Kettle, leather jewellery designer Tania Clarke Hall, ceramist Vanessa Hogge, textiles artist Onome Otite and milliner Elise Gustilo.

“Thank you again for the tour and educational talk, the students really enjoyed the tour and have left discussing many of the things we viewed today.”
Teacher, Parliament Hill School

“Thanks so much for the visit yesterday, the students really enjoyed it and so did I. It has given me more scope and further opportunities for the students.”
Teacher, Westminster Kingsway College

For more information on schools tours at Cockpit Arts visit here or email imogen@cockpitarts.com