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'ZZR Collection' 2019 by Ciara Allen

Professional Development Support Winner 2020

Student/Recent Graduates Category

Photograph by Paul Lacaci

Awarding makers, designers and craftspeople who will shape the future.


Future Makers offers a range of awards and supports to students and emerging makers. It is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe.

Future Makers is a Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) initiative which recognises talent, potential and creativity. Its aim is to support the next generation of makers, designs and craftspeople to take the step from training into enterprise. 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 among students and recent graduates. This is a crucial time in the career path of young makers and Future Makers creates a platform to showcase talent, as well as providing much needed financial support.

Established in 2009, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of many DCCI initiatives supporting and investing in a new generation of talent in the craft and design sector.

Future Makers is the qualifying competition for the annual RDS Craft Awards, which provides 5 x €10,000 awards to makers at a formative stage in their careers. These five significant awards are for the development of business and craft skills for those pursuing a professional career in the sector. The money can be spent on further education and training, research, development of new work, mentoring, purchase of equipment, studio improvements, website and residencies. Winners will also have the opportunity show their work to the public on a free stand (value €2,000) at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair which take place annually in the RDS. To be eligible for the 2021 RDS Craft Awards, emerging craft makers must have won a Future Makers Award or Support in 2020. For more information see


Previous Future Makers winners include: fashion designer Natalie B. Coleman, furniture designer Simon Doyle, ceramic artist Kate O’Kelly, Print Block artist collective, ceramic artist and educator Owen Quinlan, fashion designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh and designer maker Una Bourke.

Do you have what it takes to become a Future Maker?

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