Cockpit Arts Virtual Festival

Cockpit Arts Virtual Festival

Cockpit Arts introduces its first Midsummer Festival of Making – it’s online and everyone is invited!

Over the weekend of Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June, join us and more than 80 other creative businesses for a weekend packed with workshops, panel talks, live demonstrations and studio tours all led by some of London’s leading makers and designers – ceramicists, leatherworkers, weavers, printmakers, jewellers, glass engravers and more.

Many of the events have a midsummer flavour with makers reflecting on new work, made under lockdown, inspired by the natural world. There’ll be intimate conversations as well as essential discussions on such topics as inclusion in contemporary craft, unconventional career journeys, mental health and wellbeing, and juggling family responsibilities whilst growing a creative business.

We created our new Brass Blooms Wildflowers and recorded the creative process so you can follow along with us.


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What you can find throughout the weekend:

  • The Big Make Challenge
    Nine makers will take on the Big Make Challenge to create a complete object from start to finish over the course of the Festival weekend. Kicking off on Friday morning, we’ll be checking in on their progress throughout the Festival with a finale on Sunday afternoon.

  • Friday Late
    Hosted by Nadia-Anne Ricketts of BeatWoven, an award-winning woven textiles art studio. She’ll be inviting you to chill out and tune in to a live virtual immersive, meditation sound bath.

  • On Demand Films
    Alongside live programmed events, there’s a raft of films on demand to catch at your leisure – and watch out for impromptu events and special guests across the Festival by following #festivalmaking. 

All events are offered free of charge in this summer celebration of making.


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