Future Makers

Future Makers is Grand Matter's yearly professional development programme for artists at the beginning of their careers looking to take the next step. Born in response to the desperate lack of diversity in the creative industries, Future Makers is solely open to those belonging to typically underrepresented groups, and offers up to three-illustration based artists the opportunity to join our roster for one year, along with our professional support and guidance. Throughout the year successful applicants work with our team to identify where they want to take their work and how we can achieve that together. In addition to a curated portfolio of work on the GM website, Future Maker artists receive personal development sessions with our team and on-going advice and support over the year, as well as the opportunity for an advice session with one of the artists on our main roster. We also hope to work together on some exciting live assignments.

Applications for 2022 now open!


After a fantastic year working with our first ever crop of emerging artists, we’re very excited to be on the lookout for a new set of creatives to join the Grand Matter family as part of this year’s Future Makers programme.

You might be a college leaver, a recent graduate, or a newbie to the industry. What matters is a strong sense of who you are as an artist and what you’d like to achieve, along with a healthy dose of creative curiosity.

As one of our Future Makers you’ll get a place on the programme for one year, with exclusive representation from Grand Matter, and all the guidance and support you’ll need to develop your portfolio with the aim of securing some exciting commissions. We have up to three places available on this year’s programme.

Deadline for entries is Midnight (GMT) 1st April 2022
Find out more, along with eligibility and application instructions here – grandmatter.com/futuremakers