Dublin designers announced as winners at DCCI Future Makers Awards 2022

by Rose Barrett
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Several Dublin designers were honoured at the recent prestigious Design & Crafts Council Ireland ‘Future Makers Awards 2022’ hosted at the National Gallery, Dublin.      

Clodagh Molloy’s supergirl brooch

Dublin based jewellery designers Emer Roberts from Dublin 4 (feature photo) and Clodagh Molloy (Dublin 7) were both recipients of Emerging Maker Studio Support Awards 2022, as was fashion designer Ríon Hannora O’ Donovan (Dublin 6). 

Dundrum based textile maker and designer Niamh O’ Connell (work above), was the recipient of a Student & Recent Graduate Materials Support Award.  Tailor Stephen Blake (Dublin 1) received a Student & Recent Graduate Professional Development Support Award.  

Howth based jewellery designer Corrine Luck won a Travel & Training Support Award.

Established in 2009, 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, designers and craftspeople at an early stage in their careers and enable them to move from training into enterprise. 

Creation by Ríon Hannora O’ Donovan (D 6). 

Future Makers is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded award programmes, with a total prize fund of €25,000.

Divided into student and emerging practitioner categories, 26 prizes are awarded to emerging makers, students and recent graduates in 10 categories. The Award winners come from a broad range of disciplines, including ceramics, fashion design, textiles, furniture making, homewares and jewellery design.

Funding categories include exhibition supports, studio supports, materials supports, travel and training supports, residencies/training supports, professional development supports along with two Overall Winner awards and two awards for Sustainable Design.

Stephen Blake

Previous award winners include 2021 overall winner, ceramicist Chloe Lennon, jeweller Genevieve Howard, fashion designers Natalie B. Coleman and Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, designer-maker Úna Burke, furniture designer Simon Doyle, ceramic artist Kate O’ Kelly and print block artist collective, ceramic artist and educator Owen Quinlan amongst many others.

According to Mary Jo Hoyne, Head of Craft & Education, Design & Crafts Council Ire DCCI’s Future Makers Awards programme is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded award initiatives and recognises innovation and talent.  It provides a platform to showcase promising emerging Irish designers, as well as granting much needed financial support. 

“On behalf of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, I congratulate the Future Makers here today and wish them every success as they shape the future of craft and design in Ireland. We look forward to accompanying you on that journey.”

Damien English TD, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail added, “The 2021 Economic Impact Assessment of the craft and design industries concluded that taking the design and crafts economy as a whole, would result in the eighth largest industry in Ireland by the number of enterprises and the tenth largest by number of employees. 

“The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme which provides vital funding to Irish Future Makers is essential in nurturing and developing continuous streams of new talent who will become part of this profitable sector, as well as showing budding makers that it is possible to have a flourishing career in craft and design.”

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