Deadline Approaching: Homo Faber Apprenticeship Programme

Reminder via the DCCI’s Head of Craft & Education, Mary Jo Hoyne, because it would be LOVELY if one of our recent craft grads and/or artisan feltmakers took up this opportunity.

A new education programme is currently open for craft graduates and master artisan applicants. The deadline for applications is this Sunday, 4th June 2023.

The seven-month Homo Faber Fellowship programme, developed by the Michelangelo Foundation in collaboration with DCCI, allows you as an artisan(maker) to take on a fellow (apprentice/intern). The programme will run from 23rd September 2023 to 24th April 2024. All information on the programme can be found here –

The process is as follows:

The artisan will sign two documents: a tripartite agreement with the Michelangelo Foundation and the fellow and an employment contract with their fellow outlining the salary. (We will provide templates of this contract).

Once these documents are signed, the artisan will receive the contribution directly from the Michelangelo Foundation in three disbursements. This allows the artisan to pay the fellow directly as a monthly salary. The artisans themselves do not receive an additional financial amount. The programme is an opportunity to provide artisans with a sponsored intern, without a cost on their workshop. Please find here a “What’s in it for me?” document outlining benefits, including a stipend to cover the costs of materials used for the co-created object.

The amount the fellow (apprentice) will receive from the Michaelangelo Foundation is the living wage in line with the local costs of living and social security of the country the fellow will be in during the placement.

If you have any further queries, please contact


Opportunity: Westival Festival – deadline soon

The Westport Music and Arts Festival (Westival) is seeking submissions.

This year’s theme is ‘The Art Of Living’, which seeks to celebrate the wonder that lives in the cracks of our daily lives. It also looks to engage with that ubiquitous phrase ‘ the cost of living’, which is impacting so many of us today. How does this increased pressure affect our creative lives, and can we still find the space to be inspired?

While we welcome submissions across all genres, priority will be given to workshops and community-driven projects.

We are particularly encouraging applications from those currently underrepresented in the arts, including but not limited to artists of colour, artists who identify as LGBTQI+, artists with disabilities, migrants, and members of the Traveller community.

The deadline to apply is May 31st @5pm, and artists can apply here –

If you have any questions about your application, please email

For more information, visit their website –

Opportunity: Future Makers 2023 Awards

Future Makers is a Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) initiative which recognises talent, potential and creativity. It aims to support the next generation of makers, designers and craftspeople to take the step from training into an enterprise. Divided into student and emerging practitioner categories and covering a wide range of disciplines, it is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe.

Note: Future Makers is the qualifying competition for the annual RDS Craft Awards, which provides 5 x €10,000 awards to makers at a formative stage in their careers. These five significant awards are for developing business and craft skills for those pursuing a professional career in the sector. 

The deadline is 16th June 2023.

For more information, visit their website –

Opportunity: August Craft Month

The open call to register events is now live. August Craft Month is an all Ireland’s unique celebration of the craft sector, providing opportunities for all to make, see, learn about and buy craft!

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 19th June at 5pm. You can still register after this date for inclusion in the calendar of events. But the more time there is to promote your event, the better.

Looking ahead to 2023, we are eager to build upon the accomplishments of 2022, which included:

  • Over 900 makers participated
  • Over 16,000 visitors
  • Reached over 80,000 people on Instagram alone
  • At least one event in every county around Ireland

For more information, visit their website.

Event: Game of Shrooms

Game of Shrooms is a once-a-year, worldwide art-N-seek event created by Attaboy. The next Game of Shrooms happens on June 10th, 2023. On that day, artists from all over the world hide their original mushroom-themed artworks in public places. Then, they give hints (often on social media) for others to find AND KEEP!

There appear to be several hidden in Ireland.

For more information, visit their website –

Open Call: Submissions Open for Cairde Visual 2023

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s open submission exhibition, Cairde Visual, makes a welcome return this year to the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. Now in its 8th edition, Cairde Visual is an artist-led initiative which has been founded and facilitated by Sligo-based artists.

The deadline is the 19th of May.

For more information, visit their website.

Opportunity: 2023 Holding Space Interest Form

Surface Design Association’s Equity, Access and Integration (EAI) Committee invites members of the disabilities community to participate in the 2023 Holding Space online event, focusing on the Disabilities Community in Fiber Arts. Our primary aim is to identify potential panelists who can highlight the many contributions of the disabilities community in the textile and fibre arts world. We seek members who make work about their disability, whose work is impacted by their disability, who advocate for disability, and who bring a variety of interests, whether related to their disability or not. 

The deadline is the 14th of May.

For more information, complete this interest form.

Open Call: The Fine Art Textiles Award

The Fine Art Textiles Award (FATA) returns for its fifth year in 2023.

Organised by The Knitting & Stitching Show, The Festival of Quilts, and the Surface Design Association, FATA is an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium, and offering a prize of £5,000 for the winning piece.

The exhibition recognises the creative talents and skills of a broad community of high-calibre artist and celebrates textiles’ rightful place amongst high art.

The deadline is the 22nd of May, 2023.

For more information, visit their website.

Opportunity: Call for Applications – Building a Crafts & Design Enterprise Programme 2023 – deadline SOON

The World Crafts Council Europe in collaboration with the Design & Crafts Council Ireland is offering a 6 week intensive online course on how to grow your craft & design enterprise.The course is comprised of 6 modules with one-on-one mentoring sessions and a final pitch day, all designed to help you to advance your small business or craft enterprise and grow in the areas where you need it most!

The deadline is soon – the 3rd of May.

For more information, visit their website.

Reminder: IMMA’s Earth Rising Eco Festival Application Closes Tomorrow

Earth Rising is a four-day event of eco-related programming showcasing the most exciting innovators in the field of eco-citizen science, design & creativity, empowering audiences to become agents of change. This Eco Festival will occur at IMMA from 21 – 24 September 2023. An Open Call for applications is now open for participating artists. To see last year’s offerings visit HERE.

The application’s deadline is tomorrow, Friday, the 28th of April 2023 , at 5 PM.

For more information, visit IMMA’s website.