Christmas Open Studios 2013
Our Open Studios are full of festive glamour and gorgeous gifts. Support 165+ extraordinary independent designer-makers and discover design originals which will be loved for a lifetime.
“Don’t miss!”– Elle Decoration
“Support independent designer-makers and pick up unique products for your home or yourself that you won’t find on the high street.” – Time Out
# Gift Originals # Behind-the-Scenes Shopping # 165+ Exceptional Designer-makers
# Paul Smith Christmas Picks # Win Bespoke Decorations
#’Christmas Sheep’ Kids Workshop & Competition by Mary Kilvert
# Live music # Demonstrations # Mulled Wine & Festive Fare by Hand Made Food
& much more…
Deptford: 6 – 8 December
18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ
Transport Links: Deptford Bridge, Deptford (One stop from London Bridge)
Map, Directions & Access >
Opening times: Friday 11am-9pm, Sat & Sun, 11am-6pm
FREE FRIDAY 6 Dec. Saturday & Sunday £3 entry. Free under 15s.
Ticket includes entry all weekend and Prize Draw!
Cockpit Arts supports extraordinary craftspeople, creating exquisite work. We are an award winning Social Enterprise and creative-business incubator. Proceeds from our Open Studios fundraising event help support designer-makers making work in the UK.
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Love the pieces on the Open Studios flyer? Find out who made them on our Shopping News page >
More About Our Christmas Attractions:
Paul Smith Christmas Picks
As Britain’s foremost designer, Paul Smith is renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity. His Head Buyer for Accessories, Emma Tyler, has selected her favourite gifts by Cockpit designer-makers for this special showcase.
Win! Bespoke Decorations
FREE! Enter the Prize Draw and you could win our Cockpit Christmas Tree. Always a showstopper – the stunning tree features beautiful bespoke decorations. All pieces have been especially created by Cockpit designer-makers.
‘Christmas Sheep’ – workshop for kids
Children are invited to create a Christmas jumper for Baatholomew the sheep in this charming workshop designed by Mary Kilvert.
FREE! Holborn & Deptford, Sat & Sun, 12-6pm
Maximum of 6 children at a time on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages welcome, children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
‘Christmas Sheep’ – competition
Have your design photographed for Mary Kilvert’s online gallery. One lucky winner will even have their jumper made up to fit Baatholomew perfectly!
FREE! children only, one entry per child.
Hand Made Food pop-up café
Fuel your festive shopping with seasonal delights such as game pie and winter slaw with cherry vinaigrette. To follow, indulge in Dixie’s spiced apple cake and a glass of mulled wine from this award winning deli.
Live Music on Friday Evening
FREE! In Holborn Anneke Hodnett from the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama will be filling our halls with the sound of angelic harp music, by kind permission of the school Principal. In Deptford guitar luthier Alex Bishop will be hosting a Gypsy Jazz jam of swing jazz tunes from the 1930s and 1940s.
Some of your Cockpit favourites will be back with new work especially for Open Studios. In Holborn find bespoke sculptural lighting by Georgia Scott, millinery by Yasmin Rizvi, ceramics by Liz Emtage and Kate Schuricht as well as jewellery by Rose Ellen Cobb, Victoria Coleman, Amanda Doughty, Sarah Lindsay and Noon Mitchelhill. In Deptford discover textiles by Eleanor Pritchard.
FREE! In Holborn Bonnie Kirkwood will be demonstrating her weaving process on her hand loom during the weekend
and inviting visitors to have a go.
For full listings of exhibiting designer-makers and more
Want to find our more? You can read about our past Open Studios event in our archive here and view our photos and films.
Open Studios Film
Take a peek behind the scenes at Open Studios in our film by Louise Rivett.
Problems viewing the film here? Watch it on You Tube >