Future Makers 2017 is now open for entries

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI ) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme is now accepting online applications for 2017. With a prize fund totalling €24,500, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers, rewarding the next generation of Irish creatives and helping them to develop a career in the craft and design industry.

This year, entries will be assessed by a judging panel that includes internationally renowned designer-maker Michael Eden and celebrated stylist Aisling Farinella, and will be chaired by DCCoI’s head of education, training and development, John Tynan.

Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of many DCCoI initiatives supporting and investing in a new generation of talent in the craft and design sector. Divided into student and emerging practitioner categories, the Future Makers programme recognises and rewards vision, innovation and excellence in both making and the creative process among students and recent graduates.

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 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 three pieces of work in mid-May for final assessment in all categories.

The winners and recipients of the 2017 Future Makers Awards & Supports programme will be announced at a presentation ceremony in Dublin in June.

Full details are available at www.futuremakers.ie All applications must be submitted online at www.futuremakers.ie/application by Friday, April 21.

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