PATRÓN Tequila wants to give back to grassroots and community craftspeople by recognising creators and innovators in the design, fashion and hospitality industries with PATRÓN 60 Hands – Pay It Forward, a $25,000 grant to help them continue their craft.

Giving back to the local community underpins PATRÓN, and through PATRÓN 60 Hands – Pay It Forward the premium spirit brand wants to ‘pay it forward’ to the Australian creative community. Understanding that mentorship is an important element of the creative arena, six judges who are dominant in their own fields of craft will also be on hand to judge the grant applications.

PATRÓN 60 Hands is a national call out to those in the handmade fields of design (sculptors, ceramicists, industrial designers, landscape designers, sustainable designers, interior designers), fashion (tailoring, fashion and jewellery designers) and hospitality industries (chefs), and is about honouring and nurturing talented craftspeople, and helping them hone their abilities. To apply for the grant, makers are asked to submit a short video explaining what craftsmanship means to them, and how the $25,000 grant would help them support their craft.

With PATRÓN translating to ‘boss’, the six judges helping to recognise these makers are bosses in their own fields and will offer invaluable insight into each of their crafts and industries. These judges consist of design and architecture connoisseur and comedian Tim Ross, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, founders of renowned Australian fashion brand CAMILLA AND MARC, Phil Wood, Pt. Leo Estate’s celebrated Culinary Director, who is known for his award-winning cuisine and use of local produce, architects Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence of award-winning Brisbane firm Richards & Spence and the architects behind The Calile Hotel, founder and creative director of White Story, Fiona Myer, industrial designer and founder of international surfboard brand Haydenshapes, Hayden Cox, and ceramicist and Artichoke magazine editor Cassie Hansen.

Craftspeople who wish to apply for the PATRÓN 60 Hands grant are invited to submit an application via the website HERE. Applications are open now, and close at midnight on Friday 23 October (AEST).

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