Assessment criteria

Image: Fashion design by Future Makers 2013 winner Sorcha O’Raghallaigh

Image: Fashion design by Future Makers 2013 winner Sorcha O’Raghallaigh

Quality, technical expertise, new and innovative ideas or processes, potential for future development.

Judges will be looking at everything you submit so be professional about every aspect of your application. It should go without saying… the quality of the images you submit is paramount please make sure they are: high quality, in focus, have correct lighting, are of your recent work. For more advice on photographing your work, visit this link:

We will use the following guidelines when assessing all applications:

  • Clear indication of how the award will impact on the applicant’s future, once the proposal has been completed.
  • Project feasibility, i.e. is it practical and is it likely, based on the experience and judgment of the assessment panel.
  • The proposal described in the application must demonstrate the creative and technical ability of the applicant.
  • The proposed activity should be completed within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Does the quality of the application and proposal reflect a high standard and clarity of purpose?
  • If the level of funding awarded does not fully meet the cost of the proposal has the applicant provided a clear budget and evidence that the activity can be undertaken?

Who will assess my application?

All applications received by the deadline will be assessed and short-listed by a panel comprising of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland staff.

Short-listed candidates
will be assessed by an external panel consisting of:

  • 2 x external assessors with relevant expertise in the craft and design sector
  • 1 x representative from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland


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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