Help us empower the next generation of makers, designers and artists to make the most of their talent.

Dedicated makers with talent and ambition embark on the early stages of their careers every year and although these first steps are always tough, times have never been more challenging and right now our support is vital.

It’s Cockpit’s mission to enable makers to start and sustain successful businesses and, with your support, we can welcome exciting new voices in craft who otherwise will not have this opportunity.

Your donation helps us to remove the barriers to ensure young talented makers reach their potential and contributes to launching the careers of the future stars of craft.

Cockpit supports these makers, and we make a difference. Your gift makes this happen.

All donations make a difference, so please consider being part of the Cockpit’s amazing community.

To donate £5 text CPIT003 to 70970
To donate £10 text CPIT003 to 70191
or give another amount of your choice HERE

Cockpit Arts is London’s leading studios for contemporary crafts and the UK’s only business incubator for makers and designers. We are home to over 150 independent creative businesses at our sites in Deptford and Holborn. We provide exceptional makers and materials-based artists with the tools to succeed.

We have a track record supporting makers. Last year we supported studio holders to grow sustainable businesses in 23 craft disciplines. All studios are subsidised and 22% of makers are fully sponsored through Awards and Bursaries, funded by City of London Livery Companies, trusts and foundations, and individual and corporate sponsors.

Cockpit Arts delivers a range of Awards each year which are essential to support talented makers during the early stages of their craft careers. Awardees are unanimous in citing the benefit afforded by an Award to relieve them of financial pressure while they develop their craft skill and business.

Two previous recipients of our Awards and your support

Meron Wolde is a self-taught jeweller with a hunger to develop her craft skill and learn the route to a successful business. Cockpit was there to offer tailored and targeted support to help her develop into an exciting new voice in jewellery. She says “I cannot stress how important Cockpit’s support has been, allowing me access to a vast network of leading artist-makers and funding that has allowed me creative freedom.”


Darren Appiagyei is a wood turner with an original vision, he explains that support at the early stage of your career is so important: “Once you graduate you’re in the big bad world without the support system or freedom to create that you had in education, nor do you have the machinery or expert knowledge that you get from technicians.” Cockpit was there to offer the right support to help Darren pursue his passion.

More information on becoming a Cockpit Arts patron and supporter can be found here.

To donate £5 text CPIT003 to 70970
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Cockpit Arts is a registered charity. We receive no regular public subsidy and are largely self-funding.

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