Haberdashers' Company/Cockpit Arts Award Open for Applications

The Haberdashers' Company/Cockpit Arts Award is now open for applications. Open to makers working in knit to assist them to set up in business, the award comprises business support as well as subsidised studio space for one year. Deadline: 8 October 2019.



About the Award

Applications are invited for the Haberdashers’/Cockpit Arts Award which aims to assist makers working in knit to start up and develop in business, by providing studio space and business support at Cockpit Arts. They are looking for individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills and are committed to working closely with Cockpit Arts to realise their longer-term goals. Panellists include Caroline Davis, First Warden; Paul Bethel, Past Master of The Framework Knitters; Jonno Stenning, Freeman, plus a member of Cockpit Arts' in-house Business Incubation team.


The Award recipient will receive tailored business support and a studio at Cockpit Arts worth £5,000.

The total sum (Award and additional contribution) is linked to the cost of the space and support services.


The Award includes the following benefits:

  • Studio space for one year within the creative community at Cockpit Arts, Holborn or Deptford, London
  • Technical and commercial advice provided by The Framework Knitters’ Company
  • Business incubation / acceleration services including on-site coaching and workshops
  • Selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts twice-yearly Open Studios and other events


To be eligible for the Award you must:

  • Be a maker practicing in knit. 
  • Be willing and able to make a commitment to take up the Award for its full duration from January 2020, attend our Awardee Induction day, date TBC, and attend a set of ‘Make It Count’ workshops. 
  • Be a UK resident currently living in the UK and entitled to remain in the UK for the period of the Award (Cockpit Arts is not able to sponsor or support visa applications in any way.)



  • Complete the application form, downloadable from www.cockpitarts.com/awards.
  • Deadline for applications is 08/10/2019 at 5pm.
  • Interviews will be held on 23/10/2019 at Cockpit Arts Holborn, invites will be sent 16/10/2019.