Golden Fleece Award Winners

For full details of prizewinners and shortlisted artists, see our Artists page.

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We are delighted to announce the 2015 Golden Fleece Award Winner:

Seliena Coyle (Jewellery)

Broiste Oran





David Eager Maher (Painting & Drawing)


Rachel Joynt (Sculpture)



Kate O'Kelly (Ceramics)


Bridget O'Gorman (Sculpture)


Full details of the 2015 selection of artists and their applications are available here.

Golden Fleece Artist News


Eamon O'Kane Showing at La MaMa Galleria in New York

Eamon O'Kane's Modernist inspired drawing installations are currently on display in Nobles and Savages, a three-person exhibition at La MaMa Galleria in New York. 9th April - 9th May 2015.



Conor Walton's drawings at Galerie l'Oeil du Prince in Paris

La Figure Humaine, a solo exhibition of life drawings by Conor Walton, will be running at Galerie L'Oeil du Prince in Paris from 10th - 25th April 2015.

The exhibition will be formally opened on April 9th by Her Excellency Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador of Ireland to France.


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Ursula Burke exhibiting in Rome and in Portadown

Ursula Burke's boundary-transcending creations are on show in two group exhibitions this Spring.

At Gallery Ex Elettrofonica in Rome, Displacements; The Trouble with Being Human These Days seeks to stimulate a reflection on the individual in relation to territory or community, through the works of Ursula Burke and four other artists. 27th March - 13th May 2015.

Her work also features in When the Wind Blows at the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown, a cultural exchange between Fukushima, Japan and Portadown, Northern Ireland, curated by Japan based curator Yumi Song and Northern Ireland based artist and curator Shiro Masuyama. 13th March - 2nd May 2015.



Residency for Joe Hogan at the CCI in Paris

Yet another distinction for Joe Hogan: he has been awarded one of the Centre Culturel Irlandais' artist residencies for 2015-2016, in association with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. A breath of fresh air from Lough na Fooey - we're sure that both Joe and the Centre Culturel will benefit from this exchange to the full!





Golden Fleece Artists in DCCOI PORTFOLIO 2015-2016

The Side by Side exhibition in the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny showcases the work of the 22 artists featured in the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2015-2016, including the highly individual talents of Una Burke with her leather bodywear, Joe Hogan's baskets and Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill's hammered metal vessels.

Side by Side forms part of the programme for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), the government-backed initiative exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally.

The show runs in Kilkenny from 27th March - 28th April 2015; the exhibition will then tour to the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris from 12th June - 12th July 2015 and to the ID2015 Design Hub at the Coach House in Dublin Castle in November 2015. 

Footnote: March 2015 has been a particularly good month for Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill: besides his inclusion in PORTFOLIO, his work in the Meister der Moderne exhibition at the International Craft Fair in Munich has been awarded the 2015 Bavarian State Prize for outstanding contributions in applied art and design.



Emma Bourke and Róisín de Buitléar at Solomon Fine Art

Both Emma Bourke and Róisín de Buitléar feature in PORTFOLIO: Glass at Solomon Fine Art, an exhibition of glass by Ireland’s foremost artists and makers held in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for Irish Design 2015. 20th March - 16th May 2015.

Róisín is showing designs from the Urban Warrior collection she created in collaboration with goldsmith Tuula Harrington, which pays homage to the tradition of Irish jewellery making from Viking to contemporary times, reflecting the diversity of Ireland’s cultural ancestry.

And Emma is showing pieces from her Ethnobotany series in flameworked borosilicate glass with silver jewellery elements.




Nuala O'Donovan showing in Liverpool and Swansea

Nuala O'Donovan distinguishes herself as the only Irish exhibitor in Sculpture as Textiles; Textiles as Sculpture, an exhibition exploring the relationship and interconnectivity between sculpture and textiles, running at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool from 14th March - 9th May 2015.

And at the Mission Gallery in Swansea, she is one of just four makers who have been selected to feature in Cork Makers in Focus, an exhibition continuing an exchange with Cork Craft & Design that began at Cork Craft Month in 2014. Running 31st March - 10th May 2015.



Geraldine O'Neill elected to Aosdána

Our warm contratulations to Geraldine O'Neill who was elected to membership of Aosdána at its General Assembly on March 6th 2015.



Claire Kerr in Cologne and Madrid

Following on her solo exhibition of new work Should we have stayed at home and thought of here? at Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne (5th September - 11th October 2014), Claire Kerr is continuing on the international scene in the group exhibition The Story of a Bad Boy at Espacio Artkunstarte, Madrid. 27th February - 31st July 2015.



Róisín de Buitléar Solo Exhibition at Solstice Gallery

Róisín de Buitléar has a major new exhibition Ornamentation - explorations of glass sound and form at Solstice Gallery in Navan. 5th February - 17th April 2015.

More Artist News: see our Golden Fleece News page  


Application Requirements

Applicants will normally have been born on the island of Ireland and must maintain a strong connection with Ireland.

They should be artists or researchers working in the area of figurative visual art or of the traditional crafts.

The area of figurative visual art includes painting, sculpture, and other visual media such as etching, drawing and printmaking.

Traditional craft refers to work with a basis in traditional skills and materials. These include woven textiles, spinning, dyeing, glassmaking, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, stonework and woodwork ...

See under How to Apply for full details of submission procedures.