12th June 2020

Cockpit introduces its first Midsummer Festival – everyone is invited!


Featuring 65 events with over 80 makers, Cockpit’s Festival takes place online, on Instagram, Facebook and Zoom, over the weekend of Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June.

The packed programme features workshops, panel talks, live demonstrations and studio tours all led by some of London’s leading makers and designers – ceramicists, leatherworkers, weavers, printmakers, jewellers, glass engravers and more.

You’ll find a programme of live events here. Be sure to also check out a raft of On Demand content which you can view at your leisure – much of which was made specially for the Festival.

Cockpit CEO Annie Warburton says, “During lockdown, Cockpit makers’ creativity has flourished. Alongside turning their hands to making PPE and running Scrub Hubs, they’ve found time to reflect, slow down and develop amazing new work. Normally, we’d be throwing open our studio doors at Midsummer. This year we’re warmly inviting guests to join us in Cockpit’s virtual Festival where you’ll find hands-on workshops, intimate conversations and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours. We can’t wait to share it with you.”

Many of the events have a midsummer flavour with makers reflecting on new work, made under lockdown, inspired by the natural world. There’ll be intimate conversations as well as essential discussions on such topics as inclusion in contemporary craft, unconventional career journeys, mental health and wellbeing, and juggling family responsibilities whilst growing a creative business.

Nine makers take in The Big Make challenge to create a complete object from start to finish over the course of the Festival weekend. Kicking off on Friday morning, we’ll be checking in on their progress throughout the Festival with a finale on Sunday afternoon.

Our Friday Late is hosted by Nadia-Anne Ricketts of BeatWoven, an award-winning woven textiles art studio. She’ll be inviting you to chill out and tune in to a live virtual immersive, meditation sound bath.

Alongside live programmed events, there’s a raft of films on demand to catch at your leisure – and watch out for impromptu events and special guests across the Festival by following #cockpitfestival
Download the Press Release for more details.

All events are offered free of charge in this summer celebration of making.

Images (clockwise from top left):
Makers – Alma Geller, Olivia Holland, Jasmine Carey, Candice Lau, Esna Su, Charles Laurie
Objects – Vanessa Hogge, Yawen Chou, Emily Kidson, Martina Spetlova, Sarah Herriot, Nadia-Anne Ricketts

This is a Cockpit event and is not connected with Festival of Making CIC or the National Festival of Making. The National Festival of Making takes place in Blackburn. For more information on their work: https://festivalofmaking.co.uk/.