Five emerging Irish craftspeople were each awarded a €10,000 bursary for the development for their burgeoning craft and business skills as part of the 2020 RDS Craft Awards (announced June 27, 2020). Róisín de Buitléar chaired an experienced judging panel that awarded the total prize fund of €50,000. These Awards are the largest annual prize fund for craft makers in Ireland and awarded at a critical time in early professional careers.
This year’s recipients are:
• Éilís Murphy (Bookbinding) Co. Clare
• Lucy Cushley (Collar, Harness & Saddle Making) Co. Down
• Mark Newman (Jewellery), currently based in Birmingham
• Izzy O’Reilly (Fashion), Dublin
• Róisín Pierce (Fashion), Dublin
The bursaries were presented following an examination of work and an interview process in the RDS in March The funds can be spent on further education and training, research, development of new work, mentoring, purchase of equipment, studio improvements, technology, their website and residencies. To be eligible to apply for the RDS Craft Awards, emerging craft makers must have won a Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Future Makers Award or Support in the preceding year.
Michael Duffy RDS Chief Executive said, “The RDS has a long tradition in supporting Irish craft makers and we are delighted to contribute to the development and growth of the standards of excellence in Irish craft through enabling these talented people excel in their careers. The craft sector is an integral way in which the RDS fulfils our longstanding mission, to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically. We look forward to seeing all this year’s winners achieve in the future, both in creating beautiful pieces and in developing their businesses.”
A judging panel of five craft and design professionals chaired by Irish artist, Róisín de Buitléar, reviewed the applications and shortlisted twelve candidates to interview in the RDS. Physical examples of their work were shown to the panel and five winners were selected following two days of discussions. In addition to the €10,000 bursary, the 2020 RDS Craft Awards winners are provided with a free stand at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair held in the RDS in December.
For more information: rds.ie/…/2020-rds-craft-award-winners