Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Cockpit Arts Open Studios. !image: Work by various Cockpit based makers, photo by Jamie Trounce

9-11 June Holborn (Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC11 2NP)

16-18 June Deptford (16-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ)

Meet 170 makers at Cockpit Arts two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present.

Calling all Jewellery & Silversmithing Businesses!

Goldsmiths Centre Alumna Ana Thompson

Goldsmiths Centre Alumna Ana Thompson

Applications are now being accepted for the business incubation programme Setting Out 2017 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, which is open to eight talented emerging jewellery, silversmithing and allied trade businesses. 

Now in its 5th year, this intensive year-long course is delivered by a dedicated team of business and creative specialists and focuses on equipping exceptional talent with business, design and product development skills. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s vibrant and diverse community, participants gain access to shared studio space, fully equipped workshops and help to transition from the bench through the development of their own business plan and production of a successful product range.


Goldsmiths Centre Alumna Vicky Lew

Goldsmiths Centre Alumna Vicky Lew

Alumni students, who have gone on to become successful within the industry, include jewellery designer Ivonna Poplanska, who won the British Jewellers Association’s competition to design a brooch for Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and Flora Bhattachary, whose work has exhibited at IJL’s Kick-Start, London and Paris Fashion Weeks and Goldsmiths’ Fair, as well as being awarded E C One Unsigned winner 2014.

Emily Bedford, Setting Out alumnus 2016 – 2017 explains: “Setting Out has completely and utterly changed everything for me and my business. I was quite rudderless when I started the programme, but I now have a concrete plan and feel excited about re-launching my business. Setting Out is very intensive and there’s a lot to do. I thought I would arrive, get support and have a base for the business, but it is more immersive.”

Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, comments:  “We look forward to reviewing the applications for this year’s Setting Out business incubation course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. The participants are selected based on the strength of their portfolio and aspiration for their future business. We are continuously looking for motivated designer-makers with exceptional talent who will benefit from this course, so that they thrive in this competitive industry.”

Applicants for Setting Out must complete an application form and are assessed based on the strength of their written proposal, creative work and career development plans. Full details and application forms are available at and must be submitted by Friday 7 July 2017.

Jacobs the Jewellers’ Young Designer Competition

Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, is thrilled to announce the third edition of its annual Young Designer Competition. Staged at the renowned jewellery store from 6-30 June, the exhibition will feature work by 10 emerging designers from the Bishopsland Educational Trust, the prestigious South Oxfordshire silver and jewellery design postgraduate skills provider. While competitors will exhibit one new work of silver and one new piece of jewellery, the public will be able to vote for their favourite designs.

The Young Designer Competition exhibition will also feature live craft demonstrations and a VIP winner’s event on Friday 30 June, the start of : 

  • At 3pm several emerging silversmiths will demonstrate traditional silversmithing skills in store, including engraving and gemstone setting.
  • At 4pm the winners will be announced in the presence of Judith Cobham- Lowe, the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company (the first woman to hold this role since the Company received its first Royal Charter in 1327); Patrick Sheehan, Director of HS Walsh; and (TBC) the Mayor of Reading.
  • On the day, thanks to a unique collaboration with Reading Borough Council, a special selection of Reading Borough Council’s civic silver collection will be on show – many pieces by acclaimed silversmith Gerald Benney.

The event’s last days see it taking part in Reading’s established Open for Art Festival (30 June – 2 July), curated by local arts organisation, Jelly.

This competition for Bishopsland designers is made possible through the initiative, co-operation and support of Jacobs the Jewellers; and the support of the Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and the UK’s principal patron of contemporary silversmiths and jewellers; and HS Walsh, the jewellery and watch industries leading supplier of tools and equipment. All parties involved are supporting this competition with a clear commitment to the craft and artists of Bishopsland, not to mention Reading as a growing creative centre in the South East.