23 winners of the Future Makers Awards & Supports Programme 2017 announced
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The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) announced the 23 students and emerging makers who have received awards and support through the organisation’s Future Makers programme at a ceremony at the Dean Hotel on July 6th. With a total fund of €22,500 for 2017, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers. This DCCoI initiative rewards the next generation of Irish creatives at a key stage in their professional development, helping them to develop a career in the craft and design industry.

Caoilainn O’Reilly wears Lauren McElvaney oversized puffa dress with blue seersucker gingham shirt.
Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Following a call-out for entries in April, 93 applications were received and assessed by judges Clive Fiddis, former Course Director in Contemporary Applied Art and Joint Chair of the Irish Ceramic Education programme, and celebrated stylist Aisling Farinella. Of those, 43 were short-listed and the 23 winners and recipients were announced by DCCoI Chair Breege O’Donoghue at a presentation ceremony in The Dean Hotel, Dublin, this evening. The successful applicants were chosen for their demonstration of a broad range of skills, such as design interpretation and innovation, use of traditional and contemporary techniques, and skillful execution.

Established in 2009, 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 and covering a wide range of disciplines, the Future Makers programme recognises and rewards vision, innovation and excellence in both making and the creative process.

Future Makers Awards & Supports 2017 winners:

Recent Graduates/Emerging Practitioners category

  • Future Maker of the Year Award 2017 (€3,000) was presented to furniture maker Alan Meredith from Co. Laois for what the judges described as “a beautiful contemporary collection of skillfully executed pieces.”
  • Dublin-based furniture maker Simon Doyle received the Innovation Award (€1,500) for his “attractive minimal design with innovative and flexible purpose.”
  • The Design Award (€1,000) was presented to Dublin-based knitwear designer Pearl Reddington for her “eye-catching knitwear collection manipulating traditional techniques in a modern manner with contemporary and innovative design.”
  • Jewellery designer Pierce Healy received the Imagined Futures Award (€1,000) for his “creative and uniquely individual approach showcasing talent and combination of drawing metalwork, casting and engraving which can be applied to multiple commercial and artistic purposes.”
  • Dublin-based jewellery designer Aisling Mcgloughlin and Wicklow-based ceramicist Chloë Dowds each received Residency Support (€1,000).
  • Clare-based ceramicist Ann McBride and Co. Galway-based textiles artist Marlene Dahl each received Studio Support (€1,000).
  • Wicklow-based ceramicist Alanna Plekkenpol and Co. Cork-based Zsiri Melinda Dempsey each received Exhibition/Trade Fair Support (€1,000).

Key awards in the Student category

  • Caoimhe McGuckin, studying Jewellery and Metalwork at NCAD, was presented with the Future Makers Student of the Year Award 2017 (€2,000) for her “intriguing balance of concept and skillful execution of materials and process resulting in a unique collection of wearable pieces.
  • Adele Walsh, a Ceramics student at NCAD, was presented with the Innovation Award (€1,000) for her work in which “narrative and process combine to create a beautiful range of contemporary ceramics.”
  • The Design Award (€1,000) was given to NCAD Fashion Design student Caoimhe Hill for her collection that “combines modern functionality with traditional craft skills displaying an original and innovative approach to fashion.”
  • Residency Supports (€1,000) were each presented to LSAD Fashion, Knitwear & Textile design student Fiona Byrne and NCAD Ceramics & Glass student Sophie Kate Curran.
  • Materials Supports (€500) were each presented to: Georgia Dunne (Textile Surface Design & Visual Culture, NCAD); Laoise Carey (Fashion Design, NCAD); Lauren McElvaney (Fashion Design, LSAD); Marie O’Rourke (Fine Art (Hons), Glass and Ceramics, NCAD); Rachel Blanckensee (Fashion Design, NCAD); Sarah Roseingrave (Contemporary Applied Art, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design); and Matthew Howard (Furniture & Wood Technology, GMIT).
  • Dan Eames, a BA (Hons) Design & Visual Culture student at NCAD, received Exhibition Support (€500).
About Futuremakers

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's "Future Makers Awards and Supports" provide support for the next generation of makers to learn, experience, investigate, develop, create and shape the future of Irish craft. Future Makers fund: research, training, residencies, materials, exhibitions and much more.

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