Awards and bursaries

Cockpit Clear Bursary

Current awardees: Chloe Valorso, Matthew Warner


About the Cockpit Clear Bursary

Designed for makers in any discipline who have been in business for less than three years, the Cockpit Clear Bursary includes one year of business support and subsidised studio space at Cockpit, as well as an insurance package from Clear Insurance.

This is a match funded place for one year worth £2,500. (The successful applicant will match this award by paying £2000 over 12 months.) The total value of £4,500 covers the cost of studio space and support services Awardees receive. Please note that most studios are shared, and sizes vary but an average studio space per maker is around 100-150sq ft.

Benefits included in the Cockpit Clear Bursary

  • Studio space for one year within the creative community at Cockpit
  • Business support services including one-to-one coaching and business development workshops
  • Selling and promotional opportunities, including two annual Cockpit Open Studios events
  • An insurance package from Clear Insurance

Eligibility criteria for the Cockpit Clear Bursary

Applicants must…

  • Have been in business for less than three years 
  • Commit to taking up the Bursary and developing their practice for the full duration of the Bursary
  • Commit to attending our Induction Day and set of ‘Make It Count’ workshops 
  • Arrange and pay for their own public liability [minimum £5m] and contents insurance prior to the start date
  • Must be currently living in the UK and entitled to remain in the UK for the period of the Award. (Cockpit is not able to sponsor or support visa applications in any way.)

How to apply for the Cockpit Clear Bursary

To apply please complete the application form.

Awards and bursaries at Cockpit

All awards and bursaries at Cockpit include studio space, business support and membership of a vibrant craft community, giving successful makers the space and time to develop their profile, grow their business or practice, and increase profitability. In applications, we are looking for individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit, creative excellence and highly developed craft skills.

About Clear Insurance 

Clear Insurance Management continues to show their commitment to supporting creative businesses, having run The Clear Insurance Scheme for Craft Workers & Designer-makers since November 2002. The scheme has proved enormously beneficial to the UK craft community by providing an affordable insurance package tailored specifically to the needs of makers. Panellists include Alison Thistle and Stephen Potter of The Clear Group and a member of Cockpit’s in-house business support team.

A Note from Clear Insurance 

At Clear, we recognise that running a small creative business is not all about talent. The day to day concerns of cost and risk are just as important. Our aim is to provide Craft Workers & Designer-makers with value for money insurance products and the best possible customer service.  

Our Craft Workers policy has been specially designed to protect your business. In addition, our specialist insurance advisors have years of experience working with businesses in design and craft and have a large understanding of the risks that you may face. You entered the trade because you loved to create, at Clear we want to help your creation succeed.  

We are delighted to be associated with Cockpit Arts and in particular to be sponsoring this Award. If you want to know more about The Clear Insurance Scheme for Craftworkers and Designer-makers, please visit or call Alison Thistle on 020 8329 4936.

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