Awards and bursaries

The Broderers’ Award at Cockpit


An award for a maker that has technical skills in hand embroidery and wishes to develop these within a business setting. This award will help the awardee by providing the space and time to develop their business, gain confidence and develop their profile. We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate creative and artistic excellence in hand embroidery together with an entrepreneurial skill in their delivery. 

The Broderers’ Award at Cockpit offers one year of business support and subsidised studio space at Cockpit. 

Benefits included in the Broderers' Award at Cockpit

  • 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


This is a heavily subsidised space in shared studio for one year worth up to £4,650. 


The successful applicant will supplement this in their first year by paying £500 over 12 months. The total is linked to the cost of the space and support services. Electricity costs, insurance and office service charges are payable on top and cannot be paid from the Award. The studio space allocated is at Cockpit’s discretion. Please note that most studios are shared and sizes vary.


Applicants must

  • Be able to demonstrate existing excellence in hand embroidery and be looking to develop their use of hand embroidery within a business setting.  
  • Commit to taking up the Award and developing their practice for the full duration of the Award 
  • Commit to attending our Induction Day and full set of Make It Count business development workshops  
  • Arrange and pay for their own public liability [minimum £5m] and contents insurance before to the start date 
  • Be currently living in the UK and entitled to remain in the UK for the period of the Award. (Cockpit is unable to sponsor or support visa applications.) 

How to apply


We particularly encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in craft including non-graduates, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQIA+ 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 Award. 


To apply please complete the application form. 

About the Broderers’ Charity Trust

 The Broderers’ Charity Trust was formed to promote charitable giving by the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Broderers and seeks to maintain and develop the Company’s traditional connection with the art of embroidery.  The Broderers’ Charity Trust is the only charity uniquely devoted to supporting, encouraging and fostering the art of embroidery. 

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. 

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