Calling all student and emerging designers and makers!

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers fund of €23,500 recognises and supports emerging Irish designers and makers

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme for 2018 has opened and is now accepting online applications. With a prize fund totalling €23,500 this year, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded award programmes for students and emerging makers, rewarding the next generation of Irish creatives and assisting them as they develop a career in the design and craft industry. 

Entry to this exciting programme is free and the closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 13th April 2018. Entries will be assessed by a judging panel comprising Claudia Casali, Director of International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy and Philip Hamilton, Creative Director of Perch, Dublin. The panel will be chaired by DCCoI’s Education Manager, Fiona Byrne.

Future Makers Awards & Supports was established in 2009 and is one of several DCCoI initiatives supporting and investing in a new generation of talent in the design and craft sector. Divided into student and recent graduate/emerging practitioner categories and covering a broad range of disciplines, the Future Makers programme recognises and rewards vision, innovation and excellence in both making and the creative process.

Previous winners and recipients of Future Makers Awards & Supports have established and developed careers across a wide breadth of design specialties in the creative sector. Former winners include fashion designers Pearl Reddington, Natalie B. Coleman, and Sorcha O’Raghallaigh; jeweller Pierce Healy; leather artist Úna Burke; design studio Superfolk; and furniture designers Cillian Ó Súilleabháin and Alan Meredith.

All Future Makers Awards & Supports Categories for 2018:

Students Category:

Future Makers Student Award: €2,500
Innovation Award: €1,000
Design Award: €1,000
Craft Skills Award: €1000
Materials Support: €500 x 4
Travel & Training Support: €500 x 2
Professional Development Support: €500 x 2

Recent Graduates/Emerging Practitioners Category:

Future Makers Emerging Maker Award: €3,500
Innovation Award: €1,500
Design Award: €1,500
Craft Skills Award: €1,500
Studio Support: €1,000 x 2
Residencies/Training Support: €1,000 x 2
Exhibition Support: €1,000 x 2

Open to students and emerging makers (having graduated within the last three years):

NFETL Award Design Piece commission in association with Ireland’s Higher Education organisations (those interested in applying should note their interest through this year’s Future Makers application process).

Full details are here

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