The Design and Craft Council of Ireland has announced its shortlist for the 2016 Future Makers Awards and Supports.
With a total prize fund in excess of €23,000, Future Makers Awards and Supports is one of the largest prize funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers. The programme rewards the next generation of Irish creatives, helping them develop a career in the craft and design industry.
This year saw an amazing response to Future Makers with the largest number of applications to date. The awards were selected by Michael Eden and Sasha Sykes. This year’s shortlist demonstrates the impressive imaginative use of skills, creativity and energy of emerging makers today.
Amongst the designers selected including the following west coast based designers:
- Ashleigh Smith (Sligo) www.atlanticequipmentproject.com
- Rebecca Marsden (Sligo) www.rebeccamarsdendesigns.com
- Leon Butler (Galway) www.bold.ie
- Jacki Maurer (Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare) jackiemaurerceramicstudio.com
- Ed Devane (Donegal) eddevane.
Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of a number of DCCoI initiatives supporting emerging talent in the craft and design sector. Divided into student and practitioner categories, the Future Makers programme recognises and 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.
Previous winners and recipients 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. Previous winners include Natalie B Coleman, Úna Burke, Superfolk, Helena Malone, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, Kevin Callaghan and Print Block.
For more info on the Future Makers programme visit www.futuremakers.ie