Future Makers Awards & Supports 2021 Shortlist

Posted 03.12.21

Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Future Makers fund of €25,000 recognises and supports emerging Irish designers and makers.

Future Makers is a Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) initiative which recognises talent, potential and creativity by offering a range of awards and supports to students and emerging makers. ⁠Future Makers is also 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 the development of business and craft skills for those pursuing a professional career in the sector.

The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme for 2021 has a prize fund totalling €25,000 this year, rewarding the next generation of Irish creatives and assisting them as they develop a career in the design and craft industry.

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 Izzy O’Reilly, Róisín Pierce, 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, fashion designer Tom Langton and wood turner Kathleen Walsh.

Finalists have now been selected by Gemma Tipton, Fergal O Leary, Frances Mc Donald and Laura Caffrey (Irish Design Shop).


  • Annemarie Reinhold
  • Camilla Hanney
  • Chloe Lennon
  • Clare Holden
  • Deirdre Murphy
  • Emily Dillon
  • Etaoin O'Reilly
  • Eva Lynch
  • Eve Doyle
  • Fintan Mulholland
  • Fiona Harrington
  • John Farrell
  • Katie Earley
  • Lucy O' Brien
  • Luka Scannell
  • Orla Lawn
  • Síne Vasquez
  • Siobhán O'Sullivan
  • Síofra Caherty


  • Áine Ryan
  • Aisling McGloughlin
  • Amber Jones Brangan
  • Amy Kerr
  • Caoimhe Murphy
  • Claire Dooley
  • Clara Salinger
  • Cliona McLoughlin
  • David Hickey
  • Joel Matthew Smyth
  • John Mosse
  • Katharina Treml
  • Kay Woodcock
  • Laura Matikaite
  • Lia Cowan
  • Louise Cleary
  • Mark Newman
  • Ria O'Connor
  • Sean Brennan
  • Siobhan McArdle
  • Sophie Scullion

Check out the 2021 shortlisted makers here

Winners will find out which award or support they have received at an award ceremony in January at Showcase. The top prize for Emerging Makers is €3,500 and the top prize for Students/Recent Graduates is €2,500.

Full details on the programme are available at www.futuremakers.ie

About Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCI's activities are funded by the Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has 66 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. The craft and design sector contributes €500m annually to the Irish economy. www.dcci.ie

About Future Makers
Future Makers Awards & Supports was established in 2009 and is one of several DCCI initiatives supporting and investing in a new generation of talent in the design and craft sector. Divided into Emerging Makers & Recent Graduates and Student 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. www.futuremakers.ie
Instagram / Facebook: @futuremakers.ie Twitter: @futuremakers

About RDS
The RDS mission is to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically. The Arts are an important way in which it realises this mission. Craft is one of three areas in the Arts in which the Society’s mission finds voice. For generations the RDS has supported Irish craft sector. Fifty years ago the RDS helped establish the DCCoI. Today’s Award is a continuation of this support for the sector. www.rds.ie

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