Unique Public Open Days Showcase British Art and Design Talent

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Cockpit Arts, the largest creative hub for designer-makers in the UK is opening its doors to the general public in November and December - offering a rare opportunity for people to meet more than 165 designer-makers in their daily working environment.

An eclectic collection of pieces by both well-known and new art and design talent will be on display and available for purchase during the Cockpit Arts open days (see attached document for details of individual artists and designers). Items for sale will include decorative objects, jewelry, silver, metalwork, ceramics, glass, fashion, fashion accessories, leather, lighting, furniture, mixed media and crafts. For those seeking unique or personalized gifts for Christmas and other special occasions, individual commissions can also be undertaken.

“Cockpit Arts is a charity, set up specifically to support and promote the work of UK artist designer-makers and product designers based in the UK”, says Vanessa Swann, the organisation's chief executive. “We are non-profit-making, so these open days are a rare opportunity for collectors to discover emerging design stars and for people to buy really special items direct from the actual makers at prices to suit every pocket.

“Our studios house internationally acclaimed designers alongside those who are just starting out - fresh from renowned establishments such as the Royal College of Art, St Martin's College of Art and Design, Camberwell College of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University (for details of a selection of designers and artists please see notes to editors below).

“This event will allow everyone with an interest in creativity to come and see first-hand the extraordinary design talent Britain has to offer.”

Canny collectors will find plenty of opportunities to purchase early investment pieces from the emerging art and design stars of tomorrow both at Cockpit Arts and close by at Bloomberg Space, Finsbury Square, where, in tandem with the Cockpit Arts' open days, the Contemporary Arts Society is running 'ARTfutures 2005'.

Gill Hedley, director of the Contemporary Art Society comments:

“Presenting serious art at realistic prices, ARTfutures is ideal for anyone simply wanting to buy really good art to live with, as well as being invaluable for those looking to establish or extend a contemporary art collection.”

During the open days Cockpit Arts will be piloting a new brokerage project funded by the Arts Council of England. Its aim is to stimulate demand for new work by designer-makers, particularly large-scale pieces that may not fit into a gallery environment.

Cockpit Arts is also a venue for the Arts Council's 'Own Art' scheme – an interest-free loan scheme enabling people to collect art on interest-free credit terms.

Cockpit Arts open day timings as follows:

Holborn: Thursday, 24th November – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, 25th to Sunday, 27th November – 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Deptford: Friday, 2nd December – 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (free entry) Saturday, 3rd to Sunday, 4th December - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Entry to Holborn is £5. Entry to Deptford is free on Friday 2 December, or £2 at all other times. All proceeds from ticket sales help contribute towards support services for small designer-maker businesses.

ARTfutures open day timings: Wednesday, 23rd to Saturday 26th November – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 27th November – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free entry.

Readers wanting further details, directions and/or to be added to the Cockpit Arts mailing list for information regarding future events should contact Jessa Dick on 020 7430 2949, or email jessa@cockpitarts.com

Notes to Editors

Photography, interviews, case studies and additional information about Cockpit Arts and its resident designer-makers available on request from Jessa Dick as above.

A full list of confirmed artists and images of works already selected for ARTfutures 2005 are available on request from Stephanie Post (tel: 07816 143 273 / e: stephanierpost@aol.com). For further information regarding the Contemporary Art Society please call 020 7612 0730 or email cas@contempart.org.uk

Contacts:

Jessa Dick, Cockpit Arts

020 7430 2949

Louise Jaggs, TextOnTap

07712 011246

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