Applications Open for Make It – Support for young people under 26 to build their own craft business

Make It offers London-based makers 26 years old and under space and support to build their own craft-based business. Cockpit Arts two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start.

Deadline: 4th November 2020

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

Selected makers will get a free studio space at Cockpit Arts for 12 months, access to onsite workshops in business basics and one-to-one coaching. In the second year, Cockpit Arts ask only for a small contribution of £20 a week.

You’ll be part of a thriving creative community of 150 makers.

26 Makers have successfully completed the programme since 2011 and six still have studios at Cockpit today.

More about Make It

Successful applicants will receive the following:

– A studio space at Cockpit Arts from 1st February 2021
– 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


Cockpit Arts 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. They also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds as they do not require a minimum formal qualification for this programme.

This is for you, if you:
– Are aged 16-26
– Are based in London
– 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
– Face challenges and need time, space and support to get to the next level
– Will commit to the programme and building your business at least 2 days a week
– Be willing and able to make a commitment to take up the programme for its full duration from February 2021.

For more information and to apply visit the website, which also has a recorded Zoom Information Evening to watch. 

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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