Spring Awards Applications Are Now Open


It’s that time of year again! For over 30 years, Cockpit has provided funded and subsidised studio spaces in London for talented craftspeople, along with in-house business support and coaching.

Applications are now open for our first intake of the year, with a total of five Awards and Bursaries opening for applications this winter and into spring. Keep reading for the details.


An Award or Bursary at Cockpit is a prestigious achievement in its own right. You’ll also benefit from:

  • Free studio space in London (assigned in either Bloomsbury or Deptford subject to studio availability)
  • Access to specialised equipment (depending on the Award, see below)
  • Tailored business support from our in-house coaches
  • Membership in a thriving creative community
  • Cockpit Open Studios twice a year

Attend our Awards Information Evening on 28 May 2024 at 5.30 pm at Cockpit Deptford. At this informal session, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Cockpit Awards. Register for free here.

The following Awards are open for applications from 9 January 2024. For more details and to apply, click here.

>> Apply by Tuesday 6 February at 6 pm:

The Arts Society Bursary provides a one-year opportunity to a maker specialising in traditional skills including those deemed at risk of dying out. Past awardees include Lucy McGrath and Cindy Lilen.


The Basketmakers’ Award is for basket makers working in any craft discipline to start up and grow as an independent maker and business owner. Past awardees include Esna Su, Lisa Atkin and Alison Dickens.


The Dyers’ Company Award is a one-year award for a maker using dyes or colourants in the course of their work, providing space and time to develop their business. Past awardees include Rebecca Penrice.


The Leathersellers’ Award supports makers working in leather who are looking to take their business to the next level and includes up to 3 years of business support and the use of the Cockpit leather hub at Deptford. Past awardees include Candice Lau, Mariano Palencia Crespo and Yusuf Osman.


The following Awards are open for applications from 18 March 2024. For more details and to apply, click here.

>> Apply by Monday 15 April at 6 pm:

The Clothworkers’ Award helps weavers who have graduated in the last 5 years to set up a business and includes up to 2 years of business support, a shared studio space at Deptford, and the use of shared looms. Past awardees include Majeda Clarke, Alicia Rowbotham and Fadhel Mourali.

For more details and to apply, click here.