Cockpit Arts Awards Application Deadline Extended to 17 July!

 

 

2016 NADFAS Award winner Lucy McGrath

2016 NADFAS Award winner Lucy McGrath

Match funded places at Cockpit Arts available 

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London. We support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally.

We’ve got two opportunities for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community on match- funded places comprising studio space and support for one year. 

The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award 2017 specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business. 

The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) Award 2017 supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out.

The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to 17 July.

Find out more at http://cockpitarts.com/awards-bursaries/, and contact sandie@cockpitarts.com for an Application Pack.

 

Absolutely Buzzing!

Absolutely Buzzing - Bridget Bailey's exhibition of insect inspired work

Absolutely Buzzing - Bridget Bailey's exhibition of insect inspired work

It’s ‘Absolutely Buzzing’ at Inspired by…Gallery, North York Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, YO21 2NB – showing now through to 26 June

From textile taxidermy to entomological millinery, Bridget Bailey’s art works combine intriguing ideas with her very particular making skills. Millinery straw is coaxed into sharp thorns and tiny feathers are layered, making iridescent beetles. Wires are bound with silk threads to make insect legs, or swirled to represent flight-paths.

Bridget Bailey: Moths and Lily: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

Bridget Bailey: Moths and Lily: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

A childhood fascination with insects was temporarily eclipsed by a millinery career making flowers, but it hatched out again as Bridget began creating them. Insects make up more than half of life on earth, but they’re often too small to observe (even the ones we know about can still feel undiscovered). This leaves room to explore, invent and speculate about how to describe them through making.

Bridget Bailey Insect ring: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

Bridget Bailey Insect ring: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

Trained in textiles at Farnham College of Art, Bridget formed Bailey Tomlin Millinery in 1989. She now works as an artist, making for exhibitions and commissions, and shares her skills and experience through teaching master-classes.

Beetle brooch pins by Bridget Bailey at Inspired by Gallery

Beetle brooch pins by Bridget Bailey at Inspired by Gallery

 

Surrey Artists Open Studios

Alison Ellen Knitwear - Surrey Artists Open Studios

Alison Ellen Knitwear - Surrey Artists Open Studios

‘Jeffreys Cottage group’ – June 3-4, 9-10-11, & 13-14, open from 11-5 each day.

This year, all artists taking part in Surrey Artists Open Studios have been asked to open on June 3, and to make it a ‘special’ day. At Jeffreys Cottage in Bealeswood Lane, Dockenfield, five artists will each be demonstrating working methods. Alison Ellen will be dyeing wool for her knitwear, Ruth Taylor painting landscapes, using various tools and materials to create texture in the paint. Ruta Brown will be making her sculptural jewellery, Shirley Ann Stephens brings a printing press and will be cutting lino for her prints, and Jane Silk sets up a pottery to show how she builds her ceramic birds and pots.

On Friday 9 June there will be two workshops from 10.30 -12.30: ‘cutting and printing a lino block’, and ‘colour and inspiration in knitting’ – see the website for details:

http://www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk/event/