Golden Fleece Award Winners

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

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We are delighted to release the Short List for the 2015 Golden Fleece Award.
The winner will be announced on March 3rd 2015.




Seliena Coyle (Jewellery)


David Eager Maher (Painting & Drawing)


Rachel Joynt (Sculpture)


Bridget O'Gorman (Sculpture)


Kate O'Kelly (Ceramics)

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

Golden Fleece Artist News




Ceramics Ireland "Centred" at Wandesford Quay

Isobel Egan, Nuala O'Donovan and Neil Read are among the makers whose work was selected for Ceramics Ireland's showcase exhibition Centred, which has now moved to Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork.

This exhibition was originally organized to coincide with the International Academy of Ceramics 46th General Assembly, which took place in Dublin in September 2014. It has now been brought to Cork to mark the designated year of Irish Design 2015, running there from February 6th - 28th 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.



Una Burke in Scottish Gallery Jewellery Exhibition

The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh is holding an exhibition of work by three vibrant modern jewellers including Una Burke and her studded leather bodywear. 4th - 28th February 2015.





Caoimhe Kilfeather in inaugural exhibition at Uillinn

Caoimhe Kilfeather is among nine leading artists based in Ireland whose sculptural and installation work is on show in Fourth Space, the inaugural exhibition at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre's new building, opening on Saturday 31st January 2015. The exhibition then runs until 14th March 2015.

Also in January, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios held a book launch for This Attentive Space, published in connection with Caoimhe's exhibition of the same name held there in 2014.




Nuala O'Donovan and Isobel Egan at Solomon Fine Art

Solomon Fine Art are launching PORTFOLIO@Solomon, a dedicated design & craft gallery to coincide with the Irish Design 2015 programme. A twelve month programme of exhibitions in the new gallery will showcase work from the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme, featuring over 100 of Ireland’s most renowned designers and makers in Ceramics, Jewellery, Glass, Metals, Paper, Textiles, Calligraphy, Furniture, Woodturning and Basketry.

The inaugural exhibition in the series will focus on ceramics, presenting over eighty innovative artworks by twenty different makers, including Nuala D'Donovan and Isobel Egan. 30th January - 14th March 2015.


Sunsets & Meteors

Siobhan McDonald at The Lab with UCD Science Artists

Welcome Disturbances, an exhibition presenting the diverse practices of Siobhan McDonald and her fellow UCD Science Artists In Residence, runs at Dublin City Council's The Lab Gallery from January 29th - April 11th 2015.



Allyson Keehan exhibiting in Luan Gallery

Allyson Keehan has work on show in the Lonely Planet exhibition at Luan Gallery in Athlone. The exhibition presents a strong cross section of mid career and emerging artists living and working throughout Ireland. 16th January - 22nd February 2015.



Eoin Mac Lochlainn in Olivier Cornet Gallery

Eoin Mac Lochlainn's Fireplace features in Olivier Cornet Gallery's Christmas/Winter group show Reflections. 11th December 2014 - 15th February 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.