Cockpit Makers at Collect 2024


Collect Art Fair returns to Somerset House for it’s 20th anniversary

The leading international fair for contemporary craft and design is back! From 1-3 March, collectors and craft lovers will have the opportunity to see works from 400 makers who are at the pinnacle of artistry in craft at Collect Art Fair.

We are so proud to have 17 Cockpit makers and nine alumni represented at the fair this year. Read on to see which makers are representing Cockpit as a centre of craft excellence.

At Goldsmiths, two of six featured artists have a Cockpit connection, including engraver and jeweller Castro Smith and award-winning jewellery designer (and Cockpit alumnus) Ella Fearon-Low.

Goldsmiths will also feature a display of 100 brooches and wearable art pieces from 100 of their past exhibitors, including current Cockpit makers Bola Lyon, Catherine Mannheim, Emily Kidson, Jo Hayes Ward, Mark Nuell, Maya Selway, Teri Howes and Ute Decker and Cockpit alumni Catherine Hills, Disa Allsop, Jane Adam and Laura Ngyou.

Visitors wanting to discover work by Cockpit ceramicists should head to Cube Gallery to see work by Sara Dodd or to Alveston Fine Arts Ltd to experience brand-new pieces by Anne Athena. Matthew Warner’s work will be exhibited alongside other innovative international artists at Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, and Tessa Eastman’s playful designs will be shown by PIK’D.

Fine jewellery lovers can admire the work of Donna Brennan featured by 2 different galleries during the fair. Discover her pieces at Contemporary Applied Arts as part of a display of new and commissioned works across ceramics, glass, textiles, metal, and wood, as well as part of Goldsmiths brooch display. Visitors to the Contemporary Applied Arts exhibition can also enjoy the work of Cockpit alum Carl Fox, whose work will also be shown by QEST.

For those interested in fibre and paper craft, head to Ruup & Form to view the work of two Cockpit makers − Richard McVetis, one of the UK’s leading embroidery artists, and Archana Pathak, who specialises in stitch and fine art textiles. Plus don’t miss paper artist and Cockpit alumnus Su Blackwell at Long & Ryle.

And finally, new work from textile artist and weaver Dalia James will be on display with Cavaliero Finn, as part of ‘The Alchemy of Nature’ – an exhibition looking at how craft is rooted organically to the world around us.


See the full Collect programme and get your tickets here.