For Makers - We offer an expert business support package and dedicated studio space to enable makers setting out on their careers, as well as those more established, to make the most of their talent. Some 20% of our studio holders are supported through Awards and Bursaries, funded by City of London Livery Companies, trusts and foundations, and individual and corporate sponsors.
Impact - Established in 1986, Cockpit is an award-winning social enterprise, recognised in 2019 on the NatWest SE100 index of top UK social enterprises. We are proud of our social, economic and cultural impact. Alongside our core offer, we provide dedicated schemes for talented creative individuals facing barriers in setting up their business – including our new Make It! scheme, building on a long-standing scheme that successfully supported 26 creatives into business in association with The Prince’s Trust.
For Visitors - Cockpit is a destination for discerning private collectors, museum curators, luxury retail buyers and craft enthusiasts. We open our doors twice a year at our famous Open Studios, where visitors can buy and commission direct from our makers. We also offer bespoke studio tours for businesses and special interest groups, schools and colleges.
Diversity - Cockpit is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality in governance and in all our activities, recognising that diversity improves performance and fuels creativity and innovation. We have an inclusive culture where all aspects of diversity are seen as key to our success.
Cockpit Arts is a registered charity. We receive no regular public subsidy and are largely self-funding. Help us keep creativity thriving at the heart of the city and enable the best in British craft and design to succeed and thrive.