London’s Cockpit Summer Festival is set to return across two weekends – 10th-12th June in Bloomsbury and 17th-19th June in Deptford, showcasing a prestigious line up of old and new makers, artists and focus on sustainable living.
Celebrating all things craft and making, the Cockpit Summer Festival is the go-to destination for investing in sustainable, artisanal objects, jewellery, furniture and much more. 2022 marks the Year of Glass in the crafts calendar and Cockpit is the home of some of the top glass makers in the country. The diverse programme hosts some of the most exciting makers in the world, spanning across every kind of craft providing a chance to experience the Best of the British Craft and meet the makers in their studios and buy their products directly while enjoying a great day out.
Go behind the scenes and into the workshops of leading makers and discover the secrets behind extraordinary work. Be the first in line for new products and one-off pieces and buy direct from makers in their studios where original pieces are created. From homewares, gifts and textiles, to jewellery, fashion and accessories, there is so much to discover at Cockpit at a price point to suit all budgets.
- The esteemed wood sculptor Eleanor Lakelin whose work is found at V&A Museum and the Museum of London; and in 2020 she was commissioned to create a major new piece that memorialises Reading Gaol’s most famous inmate, Oscar Wilde.
- Jeweller and engraver Castro Smith whose richly detailed signet rings are popular amongst celebrity A-listers including Anya Taylor-Joy, Elton John and Jeremy Strong. Last year he was also highlighted as one of the rising stars by Gucci’s Vault programme
- Award-winning textile artist Alice Burnhope who brings biophilic design into urban interiors by creating sculptural forms and tactile wearable art from unwanted textiles, traditional craft techniques and natural dyes, to support wellbeing and connectivity to nature. Alice’s aspirations are to co-create with marginalized communities and individuals with disabilities through the power of textiles and nature.
- Danish ceramicist and visual artist Anne Athena whose practice works within the realms of figurative, surrealism and symbolism to create narratives that opens a window to the unseen worlds of the human being.
- Glass artist Katharine Coleman MBE who is described by Victoria and Albert Museum as the leading glass artist in Britain today. More than 30 years later, she’s now internationally recognised and has won several prizes, including an Honorable Mention Prize at Coburger Glaspreis in 2006 and the People’s Prize at the British Biennale 2015.
Dates & Times
Bloomsbury: Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
Deptford: Friday 17 – Sunday 19 June, 18-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ
Times: Friday 2 – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 – 5pm
The event is free entry with pre-bookable tickets available from cockpitstudios.org from May.