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Open for Applications: Four Awards at Cockpit Arts




Four Awards at Cockpit Arts open for application.

We are delighted to announce that there are four Cockpit Arts Awards now open for applications. All Awards comprise business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year.

The Cockpit Arts/ Clear Insurance Award

Aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 1 April 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Newby Trust Craft Excellence Awards ** NEW AWARD **

Aims to support a maker to practice their craft at a key stage in their skill development and support their craft business to achieve financial sustainability.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 8 April 2019

The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Company Awards

Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business. Weavers can be working in any form, for example, creating products; visual art; working with mills and making samples for industry.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 15 April 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award

Open to an aspiring or established turner i.e. someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials to develop their craft practice.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 16 May 2019


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Burke Prize





Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize is an annual award that reinforces the Museum’s commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement.   

The prize is an unrestricted $50,000 award made to a professional artist age 45 or under working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood.

Each fall, the Museum presents an exhibition of works by the Burke Prize finalists. The winner is announced at MAD Ball, the Museum’s annual fundraising gala

The Burke Prize finalists and winner are determined by an annual jury, chaired by Shannon R. Stratton, MAD’s William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, and professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design, following an open application process.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:59 EST 

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Interplay: Art Craft and Design




Juried by Holly Jerger, Curator for Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles

 The boundaries between Craft, Art and Design have become blurred. Holly Jerger encourages reconsideration of how we subdivide and classify genres and techniques in the art world.  She challenges preconceived notions about contemporary craft, art and design, looking for timely and contemporary art without losing the meaning of craft,  materiality, and the handmade.  Award of Solo exhibition for selected artist.

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Degree Shows 2018




Uncover the spirit that drives everything we do. From digital to traditional and everything in between, our annual degree shows dynamically showcase work from the freshest in creative talent.

Highlighting work from students across the college’s undergraduate programmes, this summer’s Degree Shows, from Friday 8 to Thursday 21 June 2018, offer an exclusive window into life at an independent art school, and a chance to preview a new wave of makers ready to take over the creative industries.

Three buildings, four floors and more than 20 outstanding exhibition spaces full of inspirational thinking and making. We provide a space where people come together, explore new horizons, and push the boundaries of creative practice. It starts with the people who come here - the optimists, activists, makers and communicators.

With open doors across all our working studios, guests are invited to explore cutting-edge facilities such as Fab Lab Plymouth and our £8 million dedicated crafts workshops for ceramics, glass and metalwork. An eclectic range of mediums, both modern and traditional, will be exhibited across the college — including film, photography, fine art installation, fashion design, game arts, illustration, glassworks, ceramics, animation, 3D printing and so much more.

Can't make it to the show during the day? We will also be hosting a late night opening on Thursday 14 June, 5-8pm (last entry 7.30pm).

You can get involved too with artwork available to purchase, film screenings, and live presentations running throughout the show schedule.

If you're attending our opening night on Thursday 7 June (invite only) then they'll be the chance to see our unmissable Fashion Showcase, taking place in our maker space The Warehouse on 7 June at 8pm and our Media Showcase at Vue Cinema on 7 June at 4pm, both are invitation-only events, if you are interested in attending please email more information.

Considering a course with us? Make sure to register for our official Open Day on Saturday 16 June, the perfect opportunity to connect with staff, alumni and preview the thrilling culmination of three years study here at our unique institute.

Entirely free, open to the public, and the highlight of the UK’s creative calendar. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Continue the conversation on our Twitter and Instagram, using #KeepCreating


Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, PL4 8AT
8 June - 21 June

Weekdays, 10am - 6pm
Thur 14 June, 10am - 8pm
Sat, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Sun, closed

Thurs 14 June, 4pm - 8pm

Sat 16 June, 10.30am - 4pm

Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard PL1 3QQ
13 June - 16 June, 10am - 4pm

Palace Court, Buckwell Street PL1 2DA
25 June - 29 June, 10am - 6pm

If you have any questions, please get in touch:
+44 (0)1752 203 434


What: Degree Shows 2018

When: Friday 8 to Thursday 21 June 2018 // Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) // Sat 8 June, 10:30-2.30pm // Sat 16 June, 10:30-4pm. Free and open to all.

Where: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place campus, Studio 11

Call out: Get Fresh 2019



'Get Fresh' is a popular biennial exhibition celebrating emerging designer-makers. It will run at Devon Guild of Craftsmen's contemporary gallery space from Saturday 19 January to Sunday 10 March 2019.

This Open Call is for early career craft makers in the South West region (including photography, print-making and sculpture). 

Criteria are:
• Be a resident of the South West UK (Bath, Bristol & Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire)
• Maker within 5 years of graduating/ finishing training or setting up a new practice

If you fit the bill and would like to express your interest in exhibiting and selling work in Get Fresh, please supply by email: 1 digital image (size 1MB) and some brief details about your work.

Email: Saffron Wynne on:

Expressions of interest will receive an emailed acknowledgment; if you don’t receive one, please resend. You will then receive further information on how to send a full application.



Artist Studios Program





MAD is now accepting applications for the Artist Studios Program, offering studio space and financial support to one Artist Fellow and six Daily Residents for a six-month term.

MAD is now accepting applications for the Artist Studios Program, offering studio space and financial support to one Artist Fellow and six Daily Residents for a six-month term, from August 2018 through January 2019.

What is the Artist Studios Program?

Reflecting MAD’s commitment to living artists and to contemporary craft practice, the Artist Studios Program hosts artists and designers daily in a live studio environment.

Since its founding in 2008, MAD’s Artist Studios Program has supported the careers of over 150 artists and designers.

What are the benefits of the Artist Studios Program?

The full-time Artist Fellow receives a $15,000 stipend and dedicated studio space, and the six Daily Residents receive a daily honorarium of $125 and shared studio space.

Residencies also include professional development and public programming opportunities, regular studio visits with museum staff and arts professionals, and continued engagement through the community of Artist Studios Program alumni.

Who can apply?

There are no fees or restrictions to apply for the Daily Residencies. Applicants for the Artist Fellowship must be NYC-based, 30 years of age or younger at the start of their fellowship, identify racially and/or culturally with a historically underrepresented community, and demonstrate the need for financial assistance to advance their artistic careers.



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