Make It!

Call for Applications: Make It!


Professional Development


Holborn, London




Cockpit Arts


Call for Applications: Make It!

Make It! offers three London-based makers aged 16-25 the space and support to build their own craft-based business. Selected makers will receive a studio space at Cockpit Arts; including access to onsite workshops in business basics, one-to-one coaching and be a part of a thriving creative community.

Applications are open to makers who are currently unemployed or underemployed (working in a job that doesn’t use their craft skills).

The two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start building your craft business. We’ve had 26 Makers successfully complete the programme since 2011 and six still have studios at Cockpit today. Find out more about them all here.

Open Days

Come and visit us at one of our Open Days to find out more about life at Cockpit and the Make It! Programme:

Book for Holborn Open Day: 22 October 2019, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Book for Deptford Open Day: 30 October 2019, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Anyone who comes along will receive a free ticket to our Winter Open Studios 2019.

More about Make It!

A place on Make It! is worth up to £5,000 but thanks to the generous support of John Lyon’s Charity, we can offer it to you for free in the first year.  In the second year we ask only for a small contribution of £10 a week.

Successful applicants will receive the following:

  • A studio space at Cockpit Arts
  • Workshops to help you build a vision and set goals for your business, giving you the basic building blocks to get started
  • One-to-one coaching and support from our in-house business team
  • Access to the creative community at Cockpit Arts
  • Participation in our twice-yearly Open Studios
  • Access to office facilities and Wi-Fi

All of this for free in the first year. In the second year we will ask you for a contribution of £10 a week towards your studio space and the support services we provide


We encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in craft including non-graduates, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds as we do not require a minimum formal qualification for this programme.

To apply, all you need is to:

  • Be aged 16-25
  • Be based in the Greater London region
  • Have a craft skill that you’ve self-taught, learnt on the job or studied
  • Have made something you’re proud of and want to sell or exhibit
  • Be committed to taking part in our workshops and using the support we offer
  • Be committed to developing your craft and your business

Application Deadline

Deadline 8 November 2019

What do we mean by Craft?

‘A creative activity involving skill in making things by hand.’ On Make It! in the past we have seen everything from Printers & Embroiderers, Puppet Makers and Fine & Contemporary Jewellers to Milliners and Textiles Artists. Plus in the wider Cockpit community we also have Shoe Makers, Paper Marblers, Wood Turners, Leatherworkers, Ceramicists and many more. We have over 23 different types of craft happening within our walls.