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.
Future Makers is a Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) initiative recognising talent, potential and creativity. It aims to support the next generation of makers, designers and craftspeople to take the step from training into 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.
Emerging maker category criteria:
Currently in post-graduate studies in a craft or design discipline or graduated from full-time study between 2-6 years ago at the date of entry to Future Makers. And/or have established a craft or design enterprise in the past 6 years. Proof of education history, self-employed status or company incorporation will need to be supplied.
Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Future Makers Awards is the qualifying competition for the RDS Craft Awards. RDS Craft Awards offers five x €10,000 bursaries for emerging Irish craft makers. To be eligible to apply for the RDS Craft Awards, emerging makers must have received a Future Makers Award in the preceding year.
We are delighted to say that applications for Future Makers 2022 opened last week. With a total prize-fund of €25,000 and 26 awards and supports available, Future Makers is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded awards programmes.
As we look ahead to the 2022 programme, we are reminded of the opportunities that Future Makers presents.
Not only do the winners receive substantial funds and promotional opportunities, but they also qualify for the annual RDS Craft Awards competition, which awards five makers with €10,000 each.
We were delighted that the following Future Makers 2021 winners received an RDS Craft Award recently:
Katharina Treml – Ceramics (Overall Winner in the Student Category)
This really brings home how impactful the Future Makers programme is and how it helps to elevate the careers of so many. It’s also critical that we as a community support programmes such as this, so that we continue to have a healthy pipeline of makers in Ireland.
To that end, we would kindly ask you to help us spread the word, that applications are now open, by liking and sharing our social media posts, or by sharing the details of the programme with your network.
If you are a student or emerging maker why not apply to this prestigious programme? You can enter for free at futuremakers.ie. and the closing date for applications is Friday 29th July 2022.