Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2019 - Holborn

Cockpit Arts


Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP



Open to the Public


Open Studios

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2019 - Holborn

Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP

14 - 16 June 2019

Cockpit Arts is open over two weekends for a midsummer celebration; visit for a glimpse behind the studio doors and a chance to buy direct from London’s best independent makers, alongside demonstrations, workshops and a secret postcard sale.

Meet over 140 different craftspeople during the two weekend openings at Cockpit Arts’ studios; located in Holborn, at the heart of Bloomsbury and in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford.

Open Studios is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive opportunity to see inside the buildings as well as meet and buy direct from some of the best makers in London - emerging and established.

Throughout both weekends there will be demonstrations, talks and taster workshops. See for details.

Cockpit Arts welcomes new makers throughout the year, and this time includes contemporary jeweller Catherine Mannheim (Holborn), basketweaver Alison Dickens (Depftford), ceramicist Simon Kidd (Deptford) and japanning artist Tuesday Riddell (Holborn).

To help plan your visit, see the Maker Directory for a full list of current Cockpit Arts studio holders.



14 - 16 June


Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP


Friday 2 -8pm | Saturday 11 - 6pm | Sunday 12 - 5pm

FREE ENTRY (Donations welcome)

Demonstrations and Activities

Pre-Booked Workshops

Please book ahead for these mini-taster sessions, all pre-booked workshops are £17.50 and prices include materials.

Up-cycling workshop with Carréducker
Fri: 6.30 – 7pm, Sat & Sun: 2 – 2.30pm, 4 – 4.30pm
Join shoemakers Carréducker for an adventure in up-cycling – help them to transform a box of leather off-cuts into a personalised, leather bracelet or cuff.
Free to attend but limited spaces per timeslot, book your place

Designing with colour with Ian Scott Kettle
Fri: 7 - 8pm, Sun: 1 – 2pm
A unique opportunity to gain an insight into the process of colour storyboarding for fashion and textiles.

Mindful Stitch Embroidery with Ekta Kaul
Sat & Sun:  12.30 – 1.30pm
Slow down, learn to embroider and improve wellbeing through the calming movement of needle and thread.

Create your own artwork with Onome Otite
Sat & Sun: 3 – 4pm
Using a fantastic range of colour and pattern from recycled wax print material, explore the art of personal and cultural storytelling.

Free Demonstrations

Each maker will share insights into their techniques and skills they've perfected to create their pieces. Drop-in - no booking required. Space is limited so please arrive promptly at the allotted times.

Studio Candice Lau
Sat & Sun: 2 – 2.30pm
Candice Lau will demonstrate the art of traditional leatherwork with her 'Leather cardholder/purse kit'.

Judy Bentinck
Sat & Sun: 2.30 – 3pm
Judy Bentinck will create handmade flowers in silk and organza for a floral garland headpiece - the perfect accessory for a summer festival or wedding.