3rd September 2019

September is always a busy month with events surrounding London Design Festival and the start of Goldsmiths’ Fair. Read on to discover where Cockpit makers are this month.

4 June – 13 October
The Weaving Residency
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
The Weaving Residency, in association with Cockpit, will showcase the work of Cockpit weaver Alice Timmis, who specialises in Jacquard woven fabrics, hand-woven bespoke cloth and embroideries.
Alice will be working on a large George Maxwell loom which is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The marriage of this historic loom and Alice’s contemporary style celebrates the resurgence of interest in this traditional craft.  Alice will be in the museum working on the loom on the following days when visitors are invited to come along to see her at work and learn about slow fashion and ethical production.
7, 22, 28 September, 5, 6 13 October

20 July – 13 October 2019
Basketry: Function & Ornament
Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales
A truly ancient craft, Basketry still adheres to its basic principles and methods of construction, albeit in myriad forms. Contemporary practitioners combine materials and techniques, using both traditional and modern ways of making to spectacular effect. Basketry: Function & Ornament looks at current practice of makers working throughout the UK. It brings together functional vernacular work from various parts of the country, alongside pieces that are sculptural and ornamental. Alison Dickens is one of 30 contemporary basketmakers featured in this exhibition curated by Gregory Parsons.

17 August – 12 October 2019
David Gates in Dialogue
Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Textile artist Richard McVetis is exhibiting his work with jeweller Romilly Saumarez Smith and weaver Ismini Samanido alongside the cabinets by furniture designer David Gates.

23 August – 28 September
British Glass Biennale 2019
Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge
Katharine Coleman and Katrin Spranger have both been shortlisted to present work at the British Glass Biennale. With at least 80 major new glass works selected every two years, the British Glass Biennale is the flagship exhibition within the International Festival of Glass and attracts collectors, galleries and museums from around the world.
Supported by Ruskin Mills Trust in association with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, seventy-four artists were selected out of 200 applicants to present the most interesting, diverse and outstanding glass art made in the UK in the last two years.

9 August – 28 September
Helen Johannessen solo installation
Brick Brewery Tap Room, London
Helen Johannessen has a solo installation in the arches of the tap room.  It will also be part of Peckham Festival which runs from 13 – 15 September. Helen was recently awarded the FRANZ Rising Star Project and invited to complete a three week residency this July at Franz Park Factory in China, see some of the results on Helen’s Instagram.

8 -10 September
Top Drawer
Olympia, London
Top Drawer presents a distinctive edit of 1,500 design-led brands at their biannual design trade show. Exhibitors include Jen Rowland, Luna Lighting, Lush Designs and Thornback and Peel.

11 – 22 September
New to Cockpit this month, Kendall Clarke is exhibiting her textiles at CONNECTED; The Makers’ Art, a group exhibition showing selected works by UCA Farnham MA graduates.

14 September
Cockpit Make It! Workshop at South East Makers Club
Deptford Market Yard, London
In partnership with the South East Makers Club, Cockpit are hosting an open chat session. Come along, bring your work and meet us. We will have staff and makers on-site to chat, give feedback and highlight opportunities for you.

Other events during South East Makers Club’s London Design Festival programme include workshops run by leather craftsperson Yusuf Osman Cockpit alumna Maria Sigma. CEO Annie Warburton will also be judging The Off-Cut Challenge, an exhibition that will encourage a new look at how to utilise waste material in the design industry and highlight the importance of responsible fabrication.

14 – 22 September
Old Royal Naval College presents: Greenwich artists and makers
Old Royal Naval College, London
UNESCO world heritage site, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, joins London Design Festival for the first time this year with a free exhibition showcasing local artists and makers. The exhibition includes A Walk by the River by printmaker Kethi Copeland, handcrafted textiles by knitted textile designer Olivia J Holland and The Storytelling Chair made by Matt Nicholls Designs from recycled wood.

17 September
Artisans of Devizes, FOCUS 19
Chelsea Harbour, London
As part of this London Design Festival event Lucy McGrath will be leading a free tile marbling workshop, RSVP through link

18 September
A Taste of Cockpit
Cockpit Holborn, London
Cockpit is holding its latest informal evening for makers interested in applying for a place at its studios. If you’re looking to grow your craft business and creative practice, come along and find out more.

18 & 20 September
Suzy Hoodless Marmor Paperie marbling workshop
Suzy Hoodless studio, London
Designer Suzy Hoodless opens the Clarendon Cross studio for a chance to try the art of paper marbling. Founder of Marmor Paperie, Lucy McGrath will show you the tricks of the trade and you will go home with your own marbled paper.

18 – 22 September
100% Design
Olympia, London
Weaver Jacob Monk has been selected for the Design Fresh showcase.  Curated by Barbara Chandler, design editor of Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard, Design Fresh is a celebration of outstanding breakthrough talent.

19 – 22 September
Various venues in Kings Cross, London
designjunction brings together the newest and most forward-thinking furniture, lighting & accessory designs at the first ever King’s Cross Design District this September.  Cockpit makers Majeda Clarke, Steven Harkin and Rentaro Nishimura will be exhibiting at the show in the West Handyside Canopy. This will be Majeda and Steven’s first time at the show and Rentaro’s first time exhibiting solo after showing with the Material Consequences group of Cockpit makers last year.

19 – 22 September
London Design Fair
Old Truman’s Brewery, London
Vanessa Hogge will be showcasing her ceramics in the International Craft Pavilion at this fixture of London Design Festival.

19 September – 1 November
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
Jeweller Ella Fearon-Low has been selected to exhibit at Shine, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual showcase of new talent in jewellery and silversmithing.

24 – 29 September | 1 – 6 October
Goldsmiths’ Fair
Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier UK showcase for contemporary jewellery and silver. 16 Cockpit jewellers are exhibiting at the show during the exhibition’s two weeks.

Week 1
Hannah Bedford, Donna Brennan, Ute Decker, Yen Doung, Alma Sophia Gronli Geller, Sarah Herriot, Teri Howes, Lucy Martin, Anna Wales

Week 2
Petra Bishai, Jacqueline Cullen, Jo Hayes Ward, Catherine Mannheim, Laura Ngyou, Mark Nuell, Maya Selway


26 – 29 September
A Letter in Mind (Making Like Work)
gallery@oxo, London
A Letter in Mind returns for the sixth year, on display are envelope sized artworks, priced identically at £85 and sold anonymously as a fundraiser for The National Brain Appeal. Kethi Copeland is amongst the many artists on show alongside current Tate Modern headline exhibitor Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin and actor Kevin Eldon.


30 September – 2 October
Berkeley Square, London
Ute Decker will be showcasing her scuptural jewellery with gallery Elisabetta Cipriani at this exclusive fair showcasing modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts.