Becoming a registered client or membership organisation of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) gives you the opportunity to avail of the many support and development programmes below that DCCoI has to offer.

Registration also allows designers/craftspeople to avail of DCCoI’s group insurance schemes and to receive the monthly CRAFTlink industry ezine with news, opportunities and industry updates. Applications for DCCoI registration are assessed by the Registration Review Panel every three months. See our 'Registration' page for more details.  

Innovation & Development Programmes 

Craft, Design and Business Mentors
The DCCoI mentoring programme provides design/craft businesses with tailored support from a range of experts in design, production, business, marketing and branding and design/craft specific technical expertise. Mentoring is delivered one-to-one or in group settings. Registered client enterprises can apply for mentoring throughout the year. See our mentoring page for more details and visit our Opportunities section for relevant mentoring opportunities. 

Continued Professional Development (CPD) Funding 
The CPD Fund is made available to all DCCoI registered clients who wish to pursue continued professional development and training in their respective design/craft discipline. This includes the attendance of workshops, short training courses, masterclasses, conferences and symposiums, and to research trade events/fairs. This fund also covers group applications to bring expertise to Ireland to deliver masterclasses. See our CPD page for more details and visit our Opportunities section for relevant CPD opportunities. 

Network Supports 
Financial support is available to member organisations of DCCoI. Funding is offered on an annual basis and those applying must be able to provide matchfunding. To access DCCoI’s Network Support Scheme individuals can submit an application form on behalf of their network or association. It should be noted that the minimum number of designers/craftspeople required to form a network or association is six. Find out more about registering your Guild, Association, Network or Support organisation with DCCoI here. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. 

Building Craft and Design Enterprise Programme 
The Building Craft and Design Enterprise Programme is a premium package of support tailored for designer-makers to boost their product in the marketplace through a series of design-led workshops. During the programme participants undertake market research, engage in design-focused workshops and learn about branding, costing, promotion and strategies to expand existing market channels. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. 

Enterprise Development Workshops
Enterprise Development Workshops cover topics that have been identified by DCCoI as relevant to the ongoing development of design/craft enterprises. These workshops are organised by DCCoI, often in partnership with Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), and advertised on specified dates and times in various locations in Ireland. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. 

FUSE is a series of experimental clinics to develop the design and innovation capabilities of the design/craft sector. The clinics have a number of elements that address product innovation and explore the potential to access new markets. Previous events have included one-to-one clinics with experts and product design challenges. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. 

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Market Development Programmes 

Design Ireland
Design Ireland is a brand dedicated to promoting the breadth and quality of Irish design and craft to global and Irish audiences. The Design Ireland identity is featured on DCCoI exhibitions at trade shows, in-store point-of sale material and promotional campaigns. The accompanying website discovers and shares ideas, inspiration and information on talented Irish designers and where to buy their work either online or in listed shops. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs.

Direct Selling Opportunities 
DCCoI supports and promotes selected design/craft enterprises at direct selling events. These include key shows that are open to the public such as Bloom in the Park and the National Crafts & Design Fair. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. 

Showcase, Ireland’s International Creative Expo ® has established itself as the foremost trade event for retailers from around the world to discover unique, design-led products across fashion, jewellery and home & giftware. At the heart of the show is Design Ireland, a space dedicated to promoting leading contemporary Irish brands selected by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship, with all products in this area designed and made in Ireland. Showcase is a partnership between DCCoI and Showcase Ireland Events Ltd with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the show internationally. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs.

PORTFOLIO actively works to grow the reputations and potential of makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft. Featured makers are those producing unique, innovative objects and working to high standards of design quality and technical skill. Selected by an international expert panel, PORTFOLIO currently showcases contemporary work by almost 100 of Ireland’s most renowned makers. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. ​

External Exhibitions Fund
The External Exhibitions Fund has been established to assist the development of high-quality, independent exhibitions run by individuals, organisations or groups. This annual fund supports a small number of professionally produced exhibitions featuring Irish design/craft in Ireland or abroad. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. ​

International Fair Fund 
The International Fair Fund has been developed to financially assist designers/craftspeople in reaching key export markets. The fund provides limited match funding for wholesale trade fairs abroad. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. ​

Irish Craft Studio Experience
DCCoI and Fáilte Ireland have joined forces to help holidaymakers find the best studio experiences in Ireland. The selected sites are either craft studios open to visitors on a fulltime basis or craft galleries and retail spaces offering visitors the opportunity to meet or interact with the maker.

National Design & Craft Gallery
Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Design & Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary design and craft, inspiring appreciation, creativity and innovation through exhibition, event and education programmes and playing a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland. Programmes feature leading Irish and international designers, artists and makers across a variety of disciplines through in-house and touring exhibition.

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Education Training & Development Programmes 

The education and outreach programmes aim to develop public awareness of craft mediums, techniques and design process through workshops with professional makers, craft installations, making demonstrations, talks, discussion forums and object handling opportunities. Outreach programmes often form part of DCCoI’s presence at national platforms or are devised as projects to connect with specific groups.

DCCoI’s CRAFTed programme gives primary school children and teachers an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working with professional craftspeople. It provides collaborative training, access to highly skilled craftspeople and gives both teachers and students the opportunity to explore new materials such as clay, print, fabric and fibre, as well as metal, wood and willow construction.

DCCoI’s pilot designED programme is aimed at second level students. It explores principles of design thinking and craft process through a series of workshops and tours at third level art and design colleges. Investigating design, experimenting with traditional making techniques, as well as new technologies, secondary school pupils get the chance to explore workshop facilities at third level, and also take part in dynamic crafting sessions. Download PDF here on designED.

Future Makers Awards & Supports 
DCCoI’s Future Makers Awards & Supports programme rewards the next generation of creative makers, providing support for development of an exciting career in the craft and design industry. The programme funds research, training, residencies, exhibitions, studio development and more.

DCCoI's Skills & Design Courses 
Our Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course is the only programme in Ireland which specialises in the tradition of working with precious metals and gemstones, equipping graduates with the practical skills needed to develop careers in the jewellery industry in Ireland and internationally. This intensive two year programme is uniquely located at the Design & Crafts Council of Irelands headquarters in Kilkenny.

Our Ceramics Skills & Design Course is located at the beautiful Island Mill, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and is a two-year intensive skills-based programme. This extremely successful course has established an excellent reputation in the industry both nationally and internationally.

For relevant Education, Training and Development Programme callouts please see our Opportunities section.

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