Calling all emerging designers and makers - Future Makers 2016 is now open for entries

Posted 15.03.16

Calling all emerging designers and makers - Future Makers 2016 is now open for entries

Calling all emerging designers and makers

Future Makers 2016 is now open for entries

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland fund of over €23,000 recognises and supports emerging Irish designers and makers

Online applications are now being accepted for the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme ( for 2016, which will be assessed by a judging panel including internationally renowned designer makers Michael Eden and Sasha Sykes.

With a total prize fund in excess of €23,000, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the largest prize funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers. Entry is free for this exciting programme, which rewards the next generation of Irish creatives, helping them develop a career in the craft and design industry. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 18th April 2016.

Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of a number of DCCoI initiatives supporting emerging talent in the craft and design sector. Divided into student and practitioner categories, the Future Makers programme recognises and rewards innovation and excellence in making, while encouraging experimentation in the creative process among students and recent graduates at a critical point in their emerging careers. Previous winners and recipients have progressed to developing careers across a broad range of disciplines in the creative sector, with the support from Future Makers being a key part of their development and career progression. Previous winners include Natalie B Coleman, Úna Burke, Superfolk, Helena Malone, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, Kevin Callaghan and Print Block.

For the 2016 programme, the breadth of design disciplines has extended and Future Makers entries are now being accepted for Visual Communications, Product Design, Design for Stage and Set/Model making, in additional to all previous craft and design disciplines. 

New for 2016 is the Imagined Futures Award for the most experimental speculative design project that explores fictional designed futures yet to be realised. This award will be presented to the most exciting project that aims to open up debate about a future world in which people might want to live or future objects that people might need or desire. 

Future Makers Awards & Supports Categories for 2016:

Students Category:

  • Future Makers Student Award: €2,000
  • Innovation Award: €1,000
  • Design Award: €1,000
  • Fixperts Creative Award: €500
  • Residencies/Training Supports: €1,000 x2
  • Materials Supports: €500 x 6
  • Exhibition Support: €500 x 2

Recent Graduates/Emerging Practitioners Category:

  • Future Makers Emerging Practitioner Award: €3,000
  • Innovation Award: €2,000
  • Design Award: €1,000
  • Imagined Futures Award: €1,000
  • Residencies/Training Support: €1,000 x2
  • Exhibition/Trade Fair Support: €1,000 x 2
  • Studio Support: €1,000 x 2

Every application for Future Makers will be automatically considered and assessed for all of the award options under the relevant student or recent graduate/emerging practitioner category. Assessment will be based on the strength of an applicant’s written proposal and their creative work. Applicants may also apply for one support option that suits their career development plans.

The judging panel for 2016, which will be chaired by Muireann Charleton, Education & Innovation Manager at DCCoI, will create a shortlist based on the information and images of work provided in the first round of online applications. Shortlisted applicants will be notified in early May and asked to submit up to 3 pieces of work in mid-May for final assessment in all categories. The winners and recipients of the 2016 Future Makers Awards & Supports programme will be announced at a presentation ceremony in Dublin in June.

Full details on the programme are available at All applications must be submitted online and the deadline for entries is Monday, 18th April 2016.


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For further information, please contact:
Aoife Smith or Tara Walsh at Elevate PR on 01-6625652 or at /


About Future Makers:
The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme was launched by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) 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. DCCoI 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. For further information, please visit

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland:
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients. For further information, please visit:

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