Awards and Benefactors Include:
The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award 2014
Call for entries February 2014. The prestigious annual Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award is intended for talented designer-makers who seek business development support to help take their business and practice to the next level. The focus of these awards is the innovative use of leather, with generous sponsorship from The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund. The winner of the 2012 Award was Laura Amstein. The winner of the 2013 Award was Benjamin John Hall.
Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award 2013
Now closed for entries. Applications are invited for this new award which aims to support designer-makers with ambitions to sell overseas. Clear Insurance continue to show their commitment to supporting creative businesses, having run The Clear Insurance Scheme for Craft Workers & Designer-makers since November 2002. The scheme has proved enormously beneficial to the UK craft community by providing an affordable insurance package tailored specifically to the needs of designer-makers. Winner of the 2012 Award was Ros Miller and Victoria Coleman received a special Commendation prize.
Chelsea @ Cockpit Award 2013
Now closed for entries. The annual Chelsea @ Cockpit Award is specifically aimed at BA and MA textile graduates of Chelsea College of Art and Design and are part of a commitment by UAL/Chelsea College of Art and Design to assist graduates with their professional career. The 2014 Award will be open for entries in September 2014. Winners of the 2013 Award are Matt Jacques and Reeve Massey.
The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award 2013
Now closed for entries. This Award supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners aims to help an aspiring or established turner i.e. someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials. In 2011 a joint Award was made to Eleanor Lakelin and Frank Boggis Rolfe. Winner of the 2012 Award was Chloe Robertson and this year’s winner is Matthew Corbishley.
The Cockpit Arts / NADFAS Award 2013
Now closed for entries. This annual Award is supported by The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and supports a designer-maker practising a traditional craft requiring skills at risk of dying out. Past recipients include Alex Bishop (2010), Tobye Le Vaillant (2009), Tamasyn Gambell (2008) and Thomas von Nordheim (2007). In 2012, the Award was organised in conjunction with the Heritage Crafts Association. The winner of the 2012 Award is Shaun Grace. The 2013 award winner is Alexander Potter.
Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2013
Now closed for entries. This award aims to assist weavers to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms. One Award will be made this year to a graduate (June 2012) who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills. Previous award winners are: Laura Adburgham, Soukaina Aziz El Idrissi, Teresa Georgallis, Catarina Riccabona, Nadia-Anne Ricketts and Cassandra Smith. The 2013 award winner is Lisa Bloomer.
The Cockpit Arts Setting Up Bursaries 2013
Now closed for entries. We understand it can be difficult for designer-makers at the start of their career to make the leap from working from home to taking a place at Cockpit Arts. We’ve therefore developed a number of Bursaries that will specifically assist designer makers who have set up in business in the last three years. Bursaries will be made to selected applicants who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skill and who are seeking support to take their business to the next level. The Bursaries contribute towards a place at Cockpit for one year and include studio space, business development support, selling events and promotional opportunities. Each Bursary is worth up to £2,000 against the cost of the Cockpit Arts incubator package, with the remaining £2,000 fee being provided by the Bursary winners, payable on a monthly basis.
The Cockpit Arts Radcliffe Craft Award
This award, supported by the Radcliffe Trust provides a further spring board to business success for Cockpit Arts Creative Careers participants and has a focus on craft skill development. Winners of the Radcliffe Award in 2010 were Emma Hamshare and Kethi Copeland. The winners of the 2012 award were Lenique Louis and Johnette Taylor and in 2013 the winners are Crystal Griffiths and Natasha Nelson.
The Cockpit Arts Award
This annual award worth £4,000 aims to provide the space and time for an established designer-maker to significantly grow their business, increase their profitability and develop their profile. The winner of this award in 2010 was James Lethbridge. The winner of this award in 2011 was ceramicist Billy Lloyd.