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DCCI’s Future Makers 2022 programme is open for entries

Posted 27.04.2022
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Applications are now open for Design & Craft Council Ireland’s (DCCI) prestigious Future Makers Awards and Supports programme. 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.  

Students and Emerging Makers can enter for free at The closing date for applications is Friday 29th July 2022.

Future Makers supports the next generation of talent at a crucial formative stage in their career. It is also the qualifying competition for the annual RDS Craft Awards, which comprise five awards of €10,000 each. Winners also have the opportunity to show their work to the public on a free stand at the Gifted fair in the RDS.

Last year’s Overall Emerging Makers winner, ceramicist Chloe Lennon, said: “The platform provided by the Future Makers Awards has been instrumental in projecting Irish craft forward and it’s such a privilege to have my work acknowledged alongside so many amazing craftspeople. As well as this, the award funds will allow me to buy a generator to run a larger kiln in my rural Roscommon studio. This will give me the opportunity to progress my large-scale sculptural designs so much sooner than I ever could have hoped to do alone”.

Previous Future Makers winners include fashion designer Natalie B. Coleman, furniture designer Simon Doyle, ceramic artist Kate O’Kelly, Print Block artist collective, ceramic artist and educator Owen Quinlan, fashion designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh and designer Úna Burke.

Future Makers Awards & Supports 2022:

Students Category:

  • Future Makers Student Award: €2,500 x 1
  • Sustainable Design Award: €1,000 x 1
  • Materials Supports: €500 x 5
  • Travel & Training Supports: €500 x 4
  • Professional Development Supports: €500 x 3

Emerging Makers Category:

  • Future Makers Emerging Makers Award: €3,500 x 1
  • Sustainable Design Award: €2,000 x 1
  • Studio Supports: €1,000 x 4
  • Residencies/Training Supports: €1,000 x 3
  • Exhibition Supports: €1,000 x 3

Full details on the programme, including steps and tips to apply, are available at All applications must be submitted online at by 29th July 2022. The competition prize-giving will take place in November 2022.

Image: Future Makers 2021 Overall Emerging Makers winner ceramicist Chloe Lennon photography by Leon Farrell at the Future Makers Awards Ceremony in the RDS.

About Future Makers:
The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme was launched by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) in 2009. The programme aims to assist students and recent graduates of full-time craft- and design-based studies or training to pursue an exciting and rewarding career in the craft and design industry. DCCI takes a leading role in recognising and rewarding excellence in craftsmanship and design innovation. It aims to provide practical support and professional encouragement to students and practitioners at critical points in their training and careers. Future Makers is the qualifying competition for the annual RDS Craft Awards, which provides 5 awards worth €10,000 to makers at a formative stage in their careers.

For further information, please contact [email protected]