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 – https://www.futuremakers.ie/about-future-makers

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Opportunity: Future Makers 2023

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.

For more information, visit Future Makers.

Note: Pathway to the RDS Craft Awards 2024

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. 

For more information, please visit the RDS website

Reminder 2017 RDS Craft Awards

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The June 14 deadline for entries to the 2017 RDS Craft Awards is fast approaching. Open to craftspeople living and working on the island of Ireland, it is a two strand competition where the work of emerging and established makers is judged separately with specific prizes to support emerging craftspeople.

The 2017 prize fund is in excess of €30,000 with the top prize winners in each strand receiving RDS Awards of Excellence and a cheque for €5,000. 10 category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair, the RDS Graduate Award of €2,000 and the RDS Muriel Gahan Award of €2,000 to support a developing craft business.

Ceramics Ireland is sponsoring a €1,000 award for excellence and innovation in a ceramic entry this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary. See the website for details of the many other prizes and to view the rules of entry.

Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition at the Dublin Horse Show in August. Award winners will be shown at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS (December, 2017)

Enter online at www.rds.ie/craft by June 14

Press Release RDS Craft Awards 2017

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Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards

RDS Craft Awards Open for Online Entries on March 20 – Deadline: June 14

Showcasing and rewarding excellence in Irish craft since 1968, the RDS Craft Awards is a two strand open competition with an independent panel of craft experts assessing the work of emerging and established craftspeople separately.

The top prize winners in each strand will receive the RDS Awards of Excellence which come with a cash prize of €5,000. Ten category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a €2,000 award specifically for graduates and a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair worth €2,500.

With categories ranging from woodturning and jewellery, to furniture, ceramics and textiles, the Awards are an important celebration of indigenous design and endeavour, and follow an RDS tradition of promoting and supporting the development of Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

 Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition which will be exhibited prior to and during the 2017 Dublin Horse Show August 913. Award winners will be exhibited at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS, in December, 2017.

For more information and details on prizes and how to enter please visit www.rds.ie/craft

 

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