Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s programme recognises the next generation of Irish designers and makers, with a prize fund of €25,000

Entry is now open for emerging Irish makers to participate in Future Makers, one of Europe’s largest prize-funded awards for young designers.

Now 10 years old, DCCI’s Future Makers programme rewards the next generation of Irish creatives.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am, Tuesday 31 March. Entry is free and all applications must be submitted online at futuremakers.ie.

Divided into student/recent graduate and emerging practitioner categories, it covers a broad range of disciplines, including fashion/textile design, ceramics, furniture design, jewellery design, glass artistry and mixed media construction.

Entries will be assessed by a judging panel comprising both national and international judges. Contemporary design and craft consultant Frances McDonald and homeware buyer Paula McCoy will review and select a long-list from the first round of entries. The final round will be assessed by Dean of Academic Programmes in Central Saint Martins in London, Rachel Dickson and contemporary Irish jewellery designer Alan Ardiff, who will then choose the  winners from this group. 

“The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme is one of several DCCI initiatives that support emerging talent,” says Chief Executive of Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Rosemary Steen.

“Since its launch in 2009, it has assisted over 250 Irish designers and craftspeople with previous winners including leather artist Úna Burke, jeweller Pierce Healy and ceramicist Chloë Dowds. We are delighted to offer a new group of makers the opportunity to compete in this year’s Future Makers.”

Other winners of Future Makers Awards & Supports have established and developed careers across a wide range of design fields in the creative sector. Former winners include furniture designers Cillian Ó Súilleabháin and Alan Meredith; fashion designers Pearl Reddington, Natalie B. Coleman, Róisín Pierce, Edel Traynor and Sorcha O’Raghallaigh; jewellers Annemarie Reinhold and Genevieve Howard; glass artist Aoife May Soden; ceramicist Ann McBride; and design studios Elements of Action and Superfolk.

Future Makers Awards & Supports Categories for 2020:

Students Category:

  • Future Makers Student Award: €2,500
  • Materials Support: €500 x 6
  • Travel & Training Support: €500 x 4
  • Professional Development Support: €500 x 4

Recent Graduates/Emerging Practitioners Category:

  • Future Makers Emerging Maker Award: €3,500
  • Studio Support: €1,000 x 4
  • Residencies/Training Support: €1,000 x 4
    Exhibition Support: €1,000 x 4

Full details are here: futuremakers.ie/categories

Pictured above, model Liane Smal wears three pieces of jewellery by emerging Irish designers: a green and gold ring by Mark Newman; a silver brooch by Annemarie Reinhold; and a gold and purple ring by Lydia Clayton.