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Extended deadline! The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society Award 2017

Porcelain lithophane lighting by Bethan Lewis-Williams

Porcelain lithophane lighting by 2015 winner Bethan Lewis-Williams

Extended deadline: 17 July 2017, 10am

This annual award from Cockpit Arts is supported by The Arts Society (formerly The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies or NADFAS) and supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out. On offer is one year’s sponsored workshop space at one of Cockpit’s creative business incubators. Since 2012, the Award has been organised in conjunction with the HCA.

Previous award winners include Thomas von Nordheim (2007), Tamasyn Gambell (2008), Tobye Le Vaillant (2009), Alex Bishop (2010), Shaun Grace (2012), Alex Potter (2013), Sarah Kelly (2014), Beth Lewis-Williams (2015) and Lucy McGrath (2016). Additional awardees include Camilla Lee Lambert (2015, The David Bell Memorial Award) and Mariano Palencia Crespo (2016, The Greater London NADFAS Award).

To apply email Sandie Mattioli for an application pack.

Shoemaker and paper marbler win awards

Lucy McGrath's marblingThe Cockpit Arts/NADFAS/HCA Award provides a year’s free workshop space at Cockpit Arts, as well as dedicated business support and training, to a craftsperson whose work contributes to the continuation of heritage craft skills.

This year the award has gone to Lucy McGrath, who designs and makes beautifully-crafted products based around traditional paper marbling. Due to the quality of the entrants this year, a second award, sponsored by NADFAS’s Greater London Area, was awarded to Mariano Crespo, a shoemaker who trained as an apprentice at the world famous Lobb’s, who is currently producing bespoke shoes and boots to commission but now wishes to start his own business.