Opportunity: The Cockpit Arts Clothworkers Award 2021 | Weavers

The Cockpit Arts Clothworkers Award 2021

About the Award
The Awards aim to assist emerging weavers each year to set up in business by providing studio space and business support through Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms. The selection panel, including the acclaimed ikat weaver and designer Mary Restieaux, and representatives of The Clothworkers’ Company, will be looking for THREE individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills. The Award is for one year with further financial support for up to three years on a sliding scale, by selection. Each Award contributes to the cost of a place at Cockpit for one year from 1st September 2021 and will include a space in a shared studio equipped with a dye area and Leclerc, Louet and electronic ARM looms. Other panellists may include Scarlet Oliver and a member of our in-house Business Incubation team.

The Award recipients will receive tailored business support and space in a designated studio plus use of shared looms at Cockpit Arts Deptford, worth up to £3,000.

To be supplemented with a £1,000 contribution from each successful applicant, payable to Cockpit Arts over 12 months (approximately £83/month). The total sum (Award and additional contribution) is linked to the cost of the space and support services the Awardees will receive. Electricity costs, insurance and office service charges will be payable on top and cannot be paid for from the Award.

 The Award includes the following benefits:

  • Studio space for one year within the creative community at Cockpit Arts Deptford, South London (SE8). Further financial support for up to three years is available on a sliding scale, by selection.
  • Provision of shared looms and dye area for the duration of the Award, including Leclerc, Louet and electronic ARM looms.
  • Business incubation / acceleration services including coaching and workshops.
  • Selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts twice-yearly Open Studios and other events.

To be eligible for the Award, applicants must:

  • Have graduated within the last 5 years.
  • Work within the practice of weaving
  • Be willing and able to make a commitment to take up the Award for its full duration from 1st September 2021, attend an Awardee Induction day and attend a set of ‘Make It Count’ workshops starting September 2021.
  • 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, link here: Application Form
  • Deadline for applications is 9th April 2021 at 5pm.
  • Interviews will on the 17th May via Zoom

Image and Text: with thanks to Cockpit Arts and photograph Millie Thomas

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