Entries are now open for the Cockpit Arts/CLEAR Insurance Award 2018

We are delighted to announce the return of the Cockpit Arts / CLEAR Insurance Award for 2018.

CLEAR continues to show commitment to supporting creative businesses, having run our specialist insurance scheme for Craft Workers & Designer-makers since November 2002. 

For a number of years CLEAR has worked closely with Cockpit Arts and the UK craft community to provide an affordable insurance package tailored specifically to the needs of designer-makers.

The insurance scheme has proved enormously beneficial to the UK craft community by providing an affordable insurance package tailored specifically to the needs of makers.

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. Since they first started in 1986 they have helped thousands of talented craftspeople to grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success.

We are proud to be associated with Cockpit Arts and in particular to be sponsoring this Award.

About the Award

Applications are invited for this Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business and practice.

The Prize: A fully funded place at Cockpit Arts comprising studio space and support for one year

The Cockpit Arts / CLEAR Insurance Award recipient will be awarded a fully funded place at Cockpit Arts for one year, worth £5,000* including the following benefits:

  • Studio space for one year within the creative community at Cockpit Arts, Holborn or Deptford, London
  • An insurance package from Clear Insurance
  • Business incubation services including on-site coaching and workshops
  • Selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts twice-yearly Open Studios public selling weekends and other events
  • Opportunity to collaborate with other makers in the Cockpit community
  • Access to office facilities and resource centre

*The Award sum is linked to the cost of the space and support services the Awardee will receive. Please note that most studios are shared and sizes vary but an average studio space per maker is around 100-150sq ft.

How to Apply
  • Please email Sandie Mattioli, for an Application Pack
  • Deadline for receipt of applications is noon, Monday 19 March 2018
  • Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held Tuesday 17 April 2018
  • The successful candidate will be expected to move in to their studio by 1 July 2018 and attend our Awardee Induction Day on a date TBC 

Howard Lickens, CLEAR's CEO said of the award "At CLEAR, we recognise that running a small creative business is not all about talent. The day to day concerns of cost and risk are just as important. You entered the trade because you loved to create, at CLEAR we want to help your creation succeed. We are delighted to be associated with Cockpit Arts and in particular to be sponsoring this Award."

If you want to know more about our insurance package for Craftworkers and Designer-makers, please visit www.thecleargroup.com/craftanddesign or call Alison Thistle on 020 8329 4936.

Image credit: Work by former Clear Award winner Ros Millar