Cockpit Arts Summer Festival – Buy direct from artists in their studios

We wanted to let you know that Cockpit Arts Summer Festival in London is opening this week!

Cockpit Arts, the organisation whose studios in London are host to over 140 independent craftspeople and makers, will host their Open Studios over two weekends this 25-27 June and 2-4 July, and will bring together makers across 21 disciplines including textiles, fashion, ceramics, glass, wood, fine jewellery, homewares, accessories and so much more (images below). Here’s a rare chance to shop for artisanal objects inside the very studios they were made. This weekend kicks the festival off with the open studios event in Holborn, where you can meet the makers.

Here is a link to a brilliant preview video, which will give you a flavour of what to expect at the festival.

Spotlight makers include: Maltese ceramic artist Nico Conti who creates 3D printed ceramics; Amber Khokhar, the first person commissioned to design a modern carpet for Buckingham PalaceCastro Smith, jeweller and engraver who has made commissions for Anya Taylor-Joy, Daniel Day Lewis and Elton John; knife maker Holly Loftus; designer Martina Spetlova, known for her hand-woven leather; Tamara Gomez, who is currently a participant on BBC 2’s All That Glitters; and Malaika Carr, a jewellery designer and architect, who fuses her skills to create geometric wearable pieces inspired by cityscapes. Tamara Gomez is also set to present an online talk, which can be booked via

Cockpit Arts is London’s leading centre for contemporary craft. Established in 1986, they are the UK’s largest, most diverse cluster of makers and the country’s only craft business incubator, recognised on the NatWest SE100 index of top-performing social enterprises.

I’d love to hear if you’d be able to support the story as a feature or news story? The makers are available for interview. Here is a link to the press kit. Here is the link to the press release.

If you are interested in attending, we have a press tour which will be led by Cockpit CEO Annie Warburton.

1 July, 4pm at Deptford
Handweaver Alicia Rowbotham, woodturner Darren Appiagyei, artist and maker in wood Eleanor Lakelin, leatherworker Jolanta Samusyte