The member organisations of DCCI, which include GANS (Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies) as well as corporate bodies, play a pivotal role in DCCI’s activities and supports in Ireland. The engagement of DCCI’s member organisations and its registered clients is instrumental in informing its strategic plans for developing the design and craft sector. It enables the delivery of many DCCI initiatives across the island of Ireland. As at 31 December, 2020 the total number of GANS was 55.

Dates for GANS meetings for 2021

Wednesday 17th Feb 2021
Thursday 8th April 2021
Thursday 10th June 2021
Thursday 12th August 2021
Thursday 14th October
Thursday 9th December

Supports and opportunities that may be of interest to GANS

August Craft Month 2021

In response to the ground swell of interest and participation in Irish craft, August Craft Month 2021 has been formed. It is a centralised events listing platform that will create a directory of crafts events happening around the country in August, connecting the public with the craft community. It extends from the success of ventures including Cork Craft Month and August Craft Month Northern Ireland, offering opportunities for craft makers to promote their work and the craft sector in a variety of ways. Exhibitions, open studios, workshops, pop-up shops, talks and demonstrations are just some activities that could be offered, it’s up to you – you run the event, August Craft Month will list it! If you would like to get involved please register your event below. Submit an event here.

Branchardière Lace Bursary 2021 

The RDS is continuing its strong support for Irish craft by collaborating with DCCI on a new lace bursary. The RDS Branchardière Lace Bursary has been launched and will be awarded in 2021 to mark DCCI's 50th anniversary. Valued at €8,000 in this first year, the purpose of the award is to provide funds to support contemporary Irish lacemakers. It is planned that from 2022, the RDS Branchardière Lace Bursary which will be worth €2,000 annually, will be awarded via the DCCI GANS Network Support Scheme. The closing date is Friday 2nd April 2021. Apply here.

Network Support Scheme 2021 

The Network Support Scheme provides funding for Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS). The aim of the scheme is to provide funding for activities that will develop and professionalise our member organisations. The closing date to apply for funding is 31st March 2021. Apply here.

Design a Collar, Ruff or Cuffs

DCCI are working with some GANS to develop projects in their communities as part of the “Keep Well” campaign in the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19, DCCI will focus on the campaign’s strand ‘Switching off and Being Creative’. DCCI and the National Design & Craft Gallery are running a series of online videos, workshops and activities, involving Ireland’s designers, makers and member organisations - Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS). As part of this campaign we have developed an online exhibition. Collars, ruffs, lunula and torcs are universal forms of adornment that have been worn for generations. DCCI is inviting you to design a collar that is wearable, creative, inventive, innovative & contemporary in design, it can be made from any material i.e. silk, wool, cotton, linen, paper, wire, metal etc. or combined materials and can be created in any discipline utilising any techniques, be handcrafted or created using digital technologies. Collaborations will be accepted i.e. a glass artist working with a lace maker; a basket maker with a milliner; a metalsmith with a feltmaker... the possibilities are endless. All entries will feature in an online exhibition, on DCCI's social channels and on the DCCI website Keep Well page. Collars must be photographed on a plain black background and submitted with the completed application form. Apply here.

DCCI Postage Scheme 

DCCI has negotiated a flat rate of €4.95 + VAT for the postage of parcels weighing between 0-20kg to destinations in the Republic of Ireland. This Postage Scheme, is open exclusively to Guilds, Associations, Networks & Societies (GANS) members only. Order labels here.

Update your Membership Details Here

Please ensure to update your GANS organisation details with DCCI so that you can be kept informed of relevant opportunities and supports your GANS can avail of. Update details here.

Group Professional Development

The Group Professional Development (CPD) Scheme is available to all DCCI membership organisations who wish to pursue development and training in their respective craft discipline.

The Knitting & Stitching Show 

DCCI has held a textile exhibiton at the annual Knitting & Stitching Show at the RDS in Dublin, which takes place in November each year. DCCI invites GANS to submit craft for the exhibition on a specific theme. The craft is assessed by a curator/panel and selected items go on display. Often, the DCCI exhibition that takes place at The Knitting & Stitching Show then goes on tour. Previous exhibitions include 'Seascapes', 'Nature', 'Pattern' and, most recently, 'Fusion'.


DCCI organises a series of craft demonstrations at several events each year. This provides visitors with a unique opportunity to meet leading Irish craftspeople and watch them as they work. Demonstrations are extremely popular with visitors, reflecting the interest in and appreciation of the skills and craftsmanship of these talented makers. Live demonstrations by clients and member organisations cover a wide range of disciplines, including candle-making, printing, calligraphy and weaving. Events where these demonstrations take place include Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design FairCruinniú na nÓg and Irish Craft Village at Bloom. Please see the GANS area of our Opportunities section for call-outs for future events.

Network Support Scheme 2020

DCCI makes moderate financial support available to member organisations. Funding is offered on an annual basis and those applying must be in a position to provide match-funding. To access DCCI’s Network Support Scheme, individuals can submit an application form on behalf of their network or association. It should be noted that the minimum number of craftspeople required to form a guild, association, network or society is six. Read our Network Support Scheme 2020 funding awards announcement here.

Heritage Craft Taskforce 

As a result of the discussion at Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS) meetings that took place in 2011, a Heritage Craft Taskforce was set up in September 2011. This group succeeded in securing funds to enable an audit of lace production in Ireland. The Heritage Council and DCCI agreed to commit €5,000 each to conduct an audit of Irish lace. The Craft Heritage Taskforce issued a tender in 2012 and 10 applications were received. The tender was awarded to Frances Nevin and work began on this project during 2013. Following on from this, a brochure on Irish Lace was commissioned by the Heritage Council and supported by DCCI. It was published in 2014.