Awards and bursaries

Haberdashers’ Award

About the Haberdashers' Award at Cockpit

This Award aims to assist makers working in knit to start up and develop in business, by providing studio space and business support. We are looking for two individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills and are committed to working closely with Cockpit to realise their longer-term goals.


What's included?

  • Studio space for 1 year  at Cockpit
  • Business support  including one-to-one coaching and workshops
  • Selling and promotional opportunities, including two annual Cockpit Open Studios events

Who can apply?

  • A maker practicing in knit (or with knit as a main element of their practice)
  • Who can demonstrate dedication to developing, nurturing and passing on their craft

About The Haberdashers' Company

The Haberdashers’ Company is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies and has a long history closely connected to the development of the City of London. Arising from this and in the 21st century the Company plays a major role in the provision of support to education and is a vibrant participant in new educational initiatives. Alongside this remains a continuing commitment to charitable work that continues to play an important part in the work of the Company. 


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.

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