Awards and bursaries

The Radcliffe Emerging Maker Award

Open for applications

Applications close: 11th April 2023


The Radcliffe Trust


The Radcliffe Trust are looking to support two Makers who have now finished their creative education, training, or self-education and feel they are ready to emerge as a creative business with the support of Cockpit.

The Award contributes to the cost of a place at Cockpit for one year and will include a space in a shared studio, plus you will receive a £1,000 bursary towards a craft development programme of your choice.


  • Studio space for one year within the creative community at Cockpit Deptford (SE8 3DZ)
  • 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 £5,500 plus a £1,000 bursary towards a craft development programme.


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

  • Not be in formal education or training at the point of application.
  • 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 Radcliffe Trust

The Radcliffe Trust is one of Britain’s oldest charities, founded in 1714 by the will of Dr John Radcliffe. The Radcliffe Trust supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s traditional cultural heritage and crafts sectors. In 2014-2015 the Radcliffe Trust commemorated the 300th anniversary of its establishment by Dr John Radcliffe of Oxford. 

Awards and bursaries

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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