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Homo Faber Fellowship

The Homo Faber Fellowship programme is closed for applications 15 March 2024.

Homo Faber Fellowship is a yearly 7-month sponsored professional integration programme designed for duos of master artisans and craft graduates. Participants will develop business and marketing knowledge, as well as design and hands-on practical skills through transmission from one generation to the next.

The Homo Faber Fellowship is presented by Design & Crafts Council Ireland in partnership with the Michelangelo Foundation, powered by the Young Craft Booster and co-funded by European Union.

Participation in the Homo Faber fellowship programme, is a fantastic opportunity for Irish master craftspeople to be part of a highly prestigious international platform. It’s exceptionally important for us at Design & Crafts Council Ireland to cultivate these partnerships. Working with Homo Faber will enable our outstanding designers and makers to shine on a world stage as well as creating a new generation of master craftspeople. Design & Crafts Council Ireland is delighted to be involved.

Rosemary Steen


The Michelangelo Foundation announces the selection of 20 duos for the first edition of Homo Faber Fellowship.

  • The first edition begins in September with a month-long creative and entrepreneurial masterclass at Joana Vasconcelos’ atelier in Lisbon.
  • Certified by ESSEC Business School, the masterclass will equip fellows with key creative and entrepreneurial skills.
  • The 20 established artisans will then welcome their fellow for a six-month sponsored placement in their workshops.
  • The workshops of the participating artisans are in France, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.
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Hear about the positive impacts of the Homo Faber Fellowship from 2023 Irish duo, ceramist's Mike Byrne and Noel Donnellan.

Applications now closed for Homo Faber Fellowship 2024

We will provide an update as soon as we have more information on the selection process