Cockpit Arts is throwing open the doors for its celebrated Winter Open Studios. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit is open to the public, making it an exclusive chance to buy direct from over 140 of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent.

Located in Deptford and Holborn over two weekends, it’s the destination for festive shopping and to buy direct from Cockpit’s makers, designers and artists. Whether you’re looking for jewellery, homewares, ceramics or fashion accessories … there’s so much to choose from for a gift that will be truly treasured.

Friday night lates: Cockpit Arts is open 11am to 8pm on Friday for festive shopping in Holborn and Deptford. Features from 5-8pm include live music and a chance to win a £50 Cockpit Arts voucher with a hidden Golden Ticket.

And for locals, Cockpit is offering free entry to Camden and Lewisham residents for the first hour each day – 11am to 12 noon, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As part of the Holborn event, The Out There Art Fair is back for another year, presenting work by over 50 ActionSpace artists, and giving you the chance to buy a unique artwork to add to your collection. Guest curator Cornelia Marland will select this year’s exhibition. ActionSpace is a London based visual arts organisation that supports artists with learning disabilities and creates innovative projects for people with learning disabilities to engage with the visual arts.

“A visit to Cockpit Arts is one of London’s most joyful winter experiences,” says Cockpit’s CEO, Annie Warburton, “whether a once-in-a-lifetime heirloom piece or a simple, hand-printed card, there’s little to beat buying fine craft in the studio where it was made, direct from the person who made it.

I love how people’s faces light up as they discover something new or get lost in browsing, conversation and the warmth of Cockpit’s atmosphere. It’s a convivial experience, far away from the affray of the high street, and many come back to us year after year to see what’s new.

There’s a special magic, like nowhere else – and gifts bought here carry that magic with them.”

What’s new?
Cockpit has welcomed many new makers in 2019 and those opening the doors to their studios for the first time include:

Fashion jeweller Ella Fearon-Low (Cockpit Arts / Newby Trust Craft Excellence Award), wood-turner Arturo Soto, (winner of 2018 Cockpit Arts/UAL Artist/Maker Creative Enterprise Award and 2019 Turner’s Company Award), ceramicist Ula Saniawa (2019 Clear Insurance Award winner) and two 2019 Clothworkers’ Company Awardees, Jacob Monk and Ariane Fourquier.

Constructed-textile artist Richard McVetis joins Cockpit as recipient of the Cockpit Arts / Newby Trust Craft Excellence Awards. Richard was a 2018 finalist of the prestigious LOEWE Craft Prize, established by British fashion designer and LOEWE creative director Jonathan Anderson as the major annual international award for contemporary craft.

Buy direct from the studios of well-known makers

Cockpit supports well-established and highly acclaimed makers as well as those at the start of their journeys. Taking a break from their busy schedules to meet Winter Open Studios visitors, this talented group include

  • artist-wood turner, Eleanor Lakelin (2019 highlights include Collect, Scorched at Sarah Myerscough Gallery and Masterpiece)
  • jeweller and now sculptor, Jo Hayes Ward (public art commission for Riverside Studios’ new building and featured in Vanity Fair On Jewellery magazine)
  • glass artist, Katharine Coleman MBE (TEFAF Maastricht 2019 with Adrian Sassoon Gallery and solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh)
  • ethical jeweller fair trade champion, Ute Decker
  • FRANZ Rising Star Awardee, ceramic artist, Helen Johannessen
  • milliner-to-royalty, Judy Bentinck

London’s top jewellers

The perfect special occasion gift has always been jewellery and you’re spoilt for choice with Cockpit’s resident makers. Made with gold, diamonds, gemstones, and less conventional materials, stunning pieces are available exclusively from leading jewellers including:

Catherine Mannheim • Emma Calvert • Hannah Bedford • Kelvin Birk • Jacqueline Cullen • Lucy Martin • Petra Bishai • Mark Nuell • Teri Howes • Frances Wadsworth Jones • Maya Selway • Laura Ngyou

With many being selected to exhibit at this year’s prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair.

Stylish homewares

Available from some of the best retailers and direct from the source during Winter Open Studios, the array of stylish additions for your homes include hand thrown porcelain tea-lights by Luna Lighting, blankets and wall pieces by handweaver Laura Woodhouse, printed kitchenware by Thornback and Peel, beautifully illustrated wallpapers by Sian Zheng, knitted cushions and throws from Polly Griffiths and bold interiors by Lush Designs and Jen Rowland.

And if you’re searching for more unusual gifts

Then look no further … marbled notebooks by Marmor Paperie, miniature DIY curio kits by Another Studio, wallpieces by Tuesday Riddell, created using the ancient craft of japanning, bespoke bicycle saddles from Grafton Saddler, handmade violins from Jonathan Hill, contemporary basketry from Alison Dickens and 3D printed accessories from Rentaro Nishimura.

Accessories for everyone

High quality, stunning leather bags, cases and wallets from Yussico, Pasman Leather, Justin Oh and Charles Laurie are just a handful of examples available, with high-fashion headwear from top milliner Karen Henriksen and Elise Gustilo

Clara Breen at Cockpit Arts Open Studios, photo by Jamie Trounce

Notes to editors

HOLBORN 29 November – 1 December
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square
Opening times Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm

DEPTFORD 6 – 8 December
18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ
Deptford Bridge Deptford
Opening times Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm

Tickets
Advance tickets £5 (includes entry to both Holborn and Deptford)
Tickets available from www.cockpitarts.com
Please note advance ticket sales close at midnight on 24 November.

On the Door
Holborn £6 (inc. free entry at Deptford)
Deptford £4

About Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts is London’s leading studios for contemporary makers. An award-winning social enterprise, it’s home to over 140 independent creative businesses. Cockpit is committed to providing opportunities for exceptional makers as well as artists working with techniques and materials in innovative ways. Proceeds from this fundraising event support extraordinary craftspeople making work in the UK.

www.cockpitarts.com