Awards and bursaries

Grant-Turnstone Award


Holly Loftus & Daisy Tempest (former Cockpit awardees)

About the Grant-Turnstone Award

Guitar-maker Daisy Tempest and knife-maker Holly Loftus both joined Cockpit as recipients of the Newby Trust Award. Now both firmly footed in their own fields, the pair know what a difference this kind of support makes in the early stages of establishing a craft practice. The Grant-Turnstone Award came from their passionate desire to pay it forward. Named after their respective mentors, blacksmithing lecturer Juliet Grant and Luthier Rosie Heydenrych (founder of Turnstone Guitars), the award is open to anyone in any craft discipline that shows dedication to developing, nurturing and passing on their craft. 


“The opportunity we received was massive, it meant that I could completely focus on my business, which is literally twice what it would be without winning that award. And I want to pay it forward, because it was so significant for me.” Daisy Tempest


Who can apply?

A maker working in any craft discipline, who can demonstrate dedication to developing, nurturing and passing on their craft. 

What's included

1 year of studio space, business support, selling and promotional opportunities

About Awards & 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. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit, creative excellence and highly developed craft skills.

We particularly encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in craft including non-graduates, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, and people from Black, Asian and Global Majority backgrounds. We welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and there is no minimum formal qualification for this programme.

Please note:

  • You will be responsible for arranging and paying for your own public liability insurance (minimum £5m) and contents insurance before the start date.
  • You need to be entitled to remain in the UK for the period of the Award. Cockpit is unable to sponsor or support visa applications.
  • You must be committed to taking up the award and completing our Business Incubation programme.