Your support enables the best in British craft and design to succeed and thrive.

Covid-19 response

Like all organisations we have put measures in place to minimise non-essential social contact and do our bit to prevent further spread of coronavirus. All staff are all working remotely and contactable via email.

Those makers who can work safely without contact with others are continuing to use the studios. All our makers web shops are open.  They are impacted by the cancellation of shows, fairs and events.  Customers can support by ordering directly from makers – see our maker directory for contact details.

Our business incubation team are working closely with our makers to support them and their businesses and minimise the impact.  We are collating advice and information from Government, social enterprise and charity sector bodies.  We are also working closely with other creative industries organisations.

The current situation presents new and unknown challenges for artists and makers who are small businesses and your support is extremely important. We want to do everything we can to help both our makers and the wider sector as we all deal with something that’s never happened before. It would make a huge difference to us if you would consider making a donation.

Makers need us now more than ever and we’ll be working to find ways for both us and them to survive the financial impact of the current situation.

Why support Cockpit Arts?

Across the UK there are around 25,000 businesses in the craft industry. Over 50% of these are unregistered micro businesses, suggesting a strong reliance on small independent makers. Yet the craft industry generates over £3.4 billion for the UK economy each year – a greater contribution than the Visual Arts, Cultural Heritage or Literature sectors.

Despite this, average turnovers for makers are extremely low. Independent crafts people struggle to start up, develop and sustain successful craft-based businesses and earn a living commensurate with their skills and talent. There is a real danger that without intervention, the traditions, history and values that come with the preservation of craft skills will be left behind.

This is where Cockpit Arts comes in. Our unique incubation offer has helped thousands of talented makers grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success. In addition to raising profiles, with our support, makers’ turnover and profits at Cockpit Arts have increased year-on-year since we introduced the incubation model in 2005.

‘I’d been impressed by the vibrant community of makers built up by Cockpit Arts. The support given to individual makers is invaluable and I really wanted to contribute to that.’

— David Robinson, Patron

How are funds spent?

As a Social Enterprise, our services and studio spaces are offered to makers at affordable rates. But we still need your financial support.

We need to raise additional funds to develop strategic programmes and pioneering initiatives, such as our Creative Employment Programme, that meet the changing needs of makers and the craft sector as a whole.

‘I am delighted that our grant has been used not only to support new apprentices, but also to raise awareness and aspirations amongst young people. You are an object lesson in getting the maximum value from a grant!’

— Andy Mellows, Head of Charities at The Drapers’ Company

Ways To Support

There are a number of ways to support Cockpit Arts such as joining our Supporters Scheme (see below), sending a One-off Donation or engaging in one of our Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities – all have benefits which are outlined below and in our Supporters Brochure.

You can donate online, by post via cheque or CAF cheque, or meet us to discuss your support.

Cockpit Arts is eligible to receive donations via the CAF American Donor Fund, allowing United States taxpayers to receive tax deductions on gifts.

For further information, please contact Sandie Mattioli, Head of Development on 020 7430 2942 or via and she will be happy to provide more detail in person or on the phone.

Supporters Scheme

A regular donation to Cockpit Arts is one of the most generous gifts we can receive, as it enables us to plan ahead and be more efficient and effective in the work that we do. We welcome regular donations of any amount.

By joining our Supporters Scheme, you will have the opportunity to engage with our makers, network of supporters and partners through an annual calendar of events.

‘In a world of mass produced stuff, I love wandering the corridors [of Cockpit Arts] and seeing the work of jewellers, hat makers, paper artists – for me it is like Aladdin’s Cave. I want to support young makers and I love the way Cockpit nurtures both their artistic and business development.’

— Jillian Barker, Champion

Fan £50+ per annum

For your support you will receive:

• Our Supporters e-newsletter, with regular updates from our CEO
• An invitation for you and a guest to our Summer Open Studios VIP Preview
• Two complimentary tickets to our Christmas Open Studios

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Champions – £500+ per annum

In addition to the above, you will receive:

• Acknowledgement of your support online, in print and on Supporter Boards
• Invitations to our ‘Meet The Artist’ Evenings
• An additional two tickets (four in total) to our Christmas Open Studios

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Patrons – £1,000+ per annum

In addition to the above, you will receive:

• Exclusive and bespoke visits to makers
• Naming opportunities on new initiatives and schemes

“I am inspired by the passion of the charity in its desire to support makers and nuture their talent for a commercial environment. I want to lend my personal support to their development, and encourage others to do so.” – Leanne Wells, Project Consultant, RBS & Cockpit Arts Patron

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Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities

Our partnerships are tailored to your needs and budgets and could include opportunities and benefits such as Named Awards, High profile event sponsorship including our Open Studios and Creative Away Days for your staff team.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Annie Warburton, CEO, on 020 7419 1962 or email

Our commitment to fundraising integrity

By registering with the Fundraising Regulator Cockpit Arts commits to donors and the public to ensure our fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful. We follow the Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice.

If you have a question or a comment about our fundraising, please contact Sandie Mattioli, Head of Development on 020 7430 2942 or via Should you feel the need to complain, our complaints procedure can be found here.



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