DCCI’s Future Makers Awards & Supports 2020 | Deadline Extension

Posted 03.03.20

*Following recent announcements in relation to COVID-19 and the continued closure of schools, colleges and businesses across the country, the deadline to apply for DCCI's Future Makers Awards & Supports has been extended to 30th September 2020.*

Applications are now open for Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme for 2020. With a total fund of €25,000 this year and 28 prizes available, the programme is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded awards for emerging makers. The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 30th September 2020. Entry is free and all applications must be submitted online at futuremakers.ie.

DCCI’s Future Makers programme rewards excellence in both making and the creative process. Divided into emerging practitioner and student/recent graduate categories, it covers a broad range of disciplines, including fashion/textile design, ceramics, furniture design, jewellery design, glass artistry and mixed media construction.

Note re eligibility (full terms & conditions are here): 

An emerging practitioner is someone who has:

  • Set up a craft/design enterprise in the past 6 years
  • Graduated from a craft/design course in the past 2-6 years
  • Currently in full-time postgraduate studies in a craft design discipline

A student/recent graduate is someone who is:

  • Currently studying, training or undertaking an apprenticeship full-time in a design- or craft-based discipline
  • OR be one year graduated from full-time study in a design- or craft-based discipline


Entries will be assessed by a judging panel comprising both national and international judges. Frances McDonald, Contemporary Design and Craft Consultant, and Paula McCoy, Homeware Buyer, will review and select a long-list from the first round of entries. The final round will be assessed by Rachel Dickson, Dean of Academic Programmes in Central Saint Martins, London and contemporary Irish jewellery designer Alan Ardiff, who will then choose the  winners from this group.

The RDS Craft Awards 2021 will be open to winners of DCCI Future Makers Awards & Supports 2020. Five bursaries of €10,000 each will be awarded for the development of business and craft skills to those pursuing a professional career in the sector. The money can be spent on further education and training, research, development of new work, mentoring, purchase of equipment, studio improvements, website and residencies. Winners will also have the opportunity show their work to the public on a free stand (value €2,000) at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair which takes place annually at the RDS, Dublin. 

To be eligible for the 2021 RDS Craft Awards, emerging craft makers must have won a Future Makers Award or Support in 2020. See rds.ie/craft for more information.

Future Makers Awards & Supports Categories for 2020:

Recent Graduates/Emerging Practitioners Category:
Future Makers Emerging Maker Award: €3,500
Studio Support: €1,000 x 4
Residencies/Training Support: €1,000 x 4
Exhibition Support: €1,000 x 4

Students Category:
Future Makers Student Award: €2,500
Materials Support: €500 x 6
Travel & Training Support: €500 x 4
Professional Development Support: €500 x 4

Full details are here: futuremakers.ie/categories

Assessment will be based on the strength of an applicant’s written proposal and their creative work. For full details about eligibility criteria and terms and conditions, please visit here. A set of application guidelines is also available here.

Full details on the programme are available at futuremakers.ie. All applications must be submitted online at futuremakers.ie/apply and the deadline for entries is Wednesday, 30th September 2020.

The winners and recipients of the 2020 Future Makers Awards & Supports programme will be announced at a presentation ceremony in Dublin in June.

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