Future Makers 2015 Now Open for Entries

Posted 26.03.15

Future Makers 2015 Now Open for Entries

Fund of over €25,000 recognises and supports emerging generation of Irish designers and makers

Future Makers 2015 is open for entries. Online applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Future Makers Awards & Supports programme (www.futuremakers.ie) which rewards the next generation of Irish creatives, helping them develop an exciting future in the craft and design industry.

With a total prize fund in excess of €25,000, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers programme is one of the biggest award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers. Entry is free and the closing date is Monday, 20th April 2015.

Divided into student and practitioner categories, the Future Makers Awards & Supports programme 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. Future Makers is one of a number of exciting initiatives supporting emerging designers and makers this year as part of the Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) programme.

Previous winners and recipients of Future Makers Awards & Supports 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. These include leather accessories designer Úna Burke whose hand-crafted, sculptural work has been bought and commissioned by a succession of stars such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, and furniture designers Cillian Ó Súilleabháin and Simon Doyle who are now part of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme which actively works to grow the reputations and potential of makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft. 

Future Makers Awards & Supports Categories for 2015:

Students Category:

  • Future Makers Student Award: €2500
  • Innovation Award: €2000
  • Design Award: €1000
  • Fixperts Creative Award: €500
  • Residencies/Training Supports: €1000 x2
  • Materials Supports: €500 x 6
  • Exhibition/Trade Fair Event Support: €1000 x 2

Recent Graduates / Emerging Practitioners Category:

  • Future Makers Emerging Practitioner Award: €5000
  • Innovation Award: €2500
  • Design Award: €1000
  • Residencies/Training Support: €1000 x2
  • Exhibition/Trade Fair Support: €1000
  • Studio Support: €1000 x 2

In a new development for 2015, 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. Applications can be submitted online at www.futuremakers.ie - the application deadline is Monday, 20th April 2015.

The judging panel for 2015, which will be chaired by Muireann Charleton, Education & Innovation Manager at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, features Gregory Epps, international designer and founder of RoboFold, fashion designer and former Future Makers award winner Natalie B. Coleman and internationally renowned basket maker Joe Hogan.

The judging panel 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 lucky winners and recipients of the 2015 Future Makers Awards & Supports programme will be announced on Thursday, 11th June 2015 at a presentation ceremony in Dublin.  Full details on the programme are available at www.futuremakers.ie.

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For further information, please contact:
Aoife Smith or Sorcha Furlong at Elevate PR on 01-6625652 or aoife@elevate.ie / sorcha@elevate.ie  


About Future Makers:
Future Makers Awards & Supports were 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 www.futuremakers.ie.

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 over 75 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. For further information, please visit: www.dccoi.ie.

About Irish Design 2015:
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness. The programme for the year includes presenting the work of Irish designers at high profile events in design capitals including London, Paris, Eindhoven, Milan, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong/Shenzhen.  ID2015 is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland. ID2015 partners include Founding Partners - MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners - The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners - OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA and Technology Partners - IBM.  For further information, please visit www.irishdesign2015.ie.

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