Golden Fleece Award Winners

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

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The closing date for entries was Friday 20th November 2015.

The Short List for the 2016 Award will be announced in February 2016.

The Award ceremony will take place on March 8th 2016.

Full details of eligibility criteria and application requirements are available here.

Golden Fleece Artist News


Eily O'Connell at Black Swan Arts Winter Show

Eily O'Connell is one of the artists whose work has been selected for the Black Swan Arts winter craft show in Frome. November 27th - December 23rd 2015.



Helen McAllister Solo Exhibition at R-Space in Lisburn

Helen McAllister's solo exhibition Shoe Making Kit, her most recent body of work investigating the iconic motif of the shoe, is running at R-Space Gallery in Lisburn between November 21st - December 5th 2015.




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Seliena Coyle Exhibiting in Beijing and online with SNAG

Seliena Coyle, winner of the 2015 Golden Fleece Award, is an invited artist and guest speaker at the BIC-MAJA (Beijing International Contemporary Metal & Jewellery Art) Exhibition 2015 in the China Millennium World Art Museum. 9th - 22nd November 2015.

And Seliena's Broiste Grainne has been selected to feature in an online exhibition We are SNAG: Contemporary Smiths, which is juried by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and which went on line in November 2015.

We are delighted to see Seliena getting this well deserved recognition of her ambition to use her work to construct a new contemporary Irish aesthetic.




Conor Walton Solo at CK Contemporary in San Francisco

Enemies of Progress, a solo exhibition by Conor Walton, is running at CK Contemporary in San Francisco. 7th - 28th November 2015. An online catalogue of the exhibition is available on the gallery's website.



Isobel Egan Solo Exhibition at Riverside Arts Centre

Inside Outside, a solo exhibition by ceramic sculptor Isobel Egan of wall-mounted pieces evoking her favourite themes of space, stillness and containment, is running until Christmas at the Riverside Arts Centre in Newbridge. 5th November - 22nd December 2015.



Rachel Joynt in Solomon Fine Art Forty by Forty Show

Rachel Joynt is one of the impressive list of diverse sculptors featured in Forty by Forty: Cast 2015, an exhibition at Solomon Fine Art of contemporary Irish bronze sculpture celebrating the 30-year close relationship between Solomon and Liberties-based metal workshop CAST bronze foundry.

30th October - 22nd November 2015.




Cóilín Ó’Dubghaill in Portfolio@Solomon: Metals & Stone

Cóilín Ó’Dubghaill is one of the innovative metal and stone workers whose creations are presented in Portfolio@Solomon: Metals & Stone, an exhibition at Solomon Fine Art running from 30th October - 22nd November 2015.



Sean Lynch Exhibition at Lismore Castle Arts

Sean Lynch has curated Reverse!Pugin, an exhibition exploring the attitudes that underpin human relationships to the environment. The show deconstructs Pugin’s ideals to dwell in the conflicts and frictions found in how environments are shaped and mediated. Lismore Castle Arts: St Carthage Hall, 23rd October - 6th December 2015.


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Rachel Joynt Sculpture installed at Maynooth University

Waggle Dance, a collaborative sculpture by Rachel Joynt and Remco de Fouw commissioned by the National University of Ireland Maynooth, was installed in the Autumn of 2015 adjacent to the university's Iontas building. The sculpture is made from curved plate bronze perforated by various size holes revealing an internal stainless steel, cellular substructure. It aims to embody the creativity and intellectual endeavour behind the activity of the university through the geometry, complexity and ecology associated with the beehive.





Golden Fleece Artists in the 134th RUA Annual Exhibition

At the 134th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast, a range of work by Golden Fleece artists is on view, including Ursula Burke, Frances Ryan, Jennifer Trouton and Keith Wilson. The work on show includes these beautiful pieces:


Frances Ryan, Border, oil on canvas (2015), 100 x 120 cm

Jennifer Trouton, The Ties that Bind, oil on linen (2013), 182 x 152 cm

Keith Wilson, Being Here 3 (2015), oil on panel, 40.5 x 38 cm


16th October 2015 - 3rd January 2016







Golden Fleece glass artists at Solas GSoI touring exhibition

Emma Bourke, Róisín de Buitléar and Suzannah Vaughan are among the artists showing work at Solas, the Glass Society of Ireland's exhibition of contemporary glass by selected members.

The show opens at NCAD Gallery from 14th - 20th October 2015, continuing to the Hunt Museum in Limerick, 22nd October - 9th November 2015; Greyfriars Gallery in Waterford, 20th November - 29th December 2015; CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork, 3rd - 31st January 2016.





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Sean Lynch Representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale

Sean Lynch is showing Adventure: Capital, a large site specific installation, in the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Combining sculptural, video and archival elements, this is his most ambitious project to date, bringing together Greek river gods, public art at regional airports, abandoned quarries, a field in Cork and a traffic roundabout on a storytelling journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain. 9th May - 22nd November 2015.





Golden Fleece Artists in DCCOI PORTFOLIO 2015-2016

The Side by Side exhibition mounted by 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.

After its run in Kilkenny from 27th March - 28th April 2015, the exhibition tours 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 was 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 was awarded the 2015 Bavarian State Prize for outstanding contributions in applied art and design.

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