Golden Fleece Award Winners

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

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Closing Date for the 2015 Golden Fleece Award: Friday 21st November 2014. For details of submission procedures, see our How to Apply page.

The 2014 Golden Fleece Award was won by David O'Kane


Merit Prizes were won by Emma Bourke (Glass) and Claire Muckian (Ceramics)
Full details of the 2014 selection of artists and their applications are available here.

Golden Fleece Artist News


Keith Wilson Exhibition at Lisburn City Library

Returning, a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by Keith Wilson, is running at the City Library of his home town of Lisburn. Keith has made his own selection of pieces for this exhibition which have drawn inspiration from his other home in County Mayo and his time spent overseas. 6th - 28th November 2014.




Geraldine O'Neill Shortlisted for Hennessy Portrait Prize

Geraldine O’Neill’s painting "Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastal" has been selected for the shortlist for the newly-founded Hennessy Portrait Prize. The shortlist's works are being exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland from 8 November 2014 until 8 February, 2015. (On 11 November, Nick Miller was announced as the 2014 winner and receives a prize of €15,000. He will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait of an Irish sitter for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection).



Jennifer Trouton Solo Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre

At Wexford Arts Centre, Jennifer Trouton's latest solo exhibition, The Past is Present, is timed to conincide with the 2014 Wexford Festival Opera and its accompanying Fringe Festival. In this exhibition, presenting work spanning more than a decade, Jennifer draws her inspiration from the examination of memory, absence and loss intertwined with strong familial references. On from October 19th - December 3rd 2014.


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Golden Fleece Artists at the 133rd RUA Annual Exhibition

We were very pleased to see a number of Golden Fleece artists to the fore at the Royal Ulster Academy's 133rd Annual Exhibition, running from 17th October 2014 to 4th January 2015. They include



Invited artist Nuala O'Donovan (here is her Teasel Closed Form, on view at the RUA))


Frances Ryan, whose Enclosure, IX won her the Paul Henry Landscape Prize (sponsored by Gormley’s Fine Art)


Jennifer Trouton, with works from her What Remains series




Keith Wilson, with prints and etchings including Leading Back, 3 (four plate carborundum print, image size 380mm x 430mm)




Eamon O'Kane Installation at Roscommon Arts Centre

Eamon O’Kane is transforming the entire gallery at Roscommon Arts Centre into an interactive installation making direct visual and conceptual reference to educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten Friedrich Fröbel. The installation A History of Play will be running at the Centre from 4 October - 14 November 2014.




Gwen Wilkinson as Sculptress and Photographer

Gwen Wilkinson's wire sculpture is on display in the Vanishing Art outdoor sculpture exhibition at Carton House in Maynooth. Running from 2nd October - 24th December 2014.



And Frances McDonald has a very interesting post about Gwen's approach to "the process of crafting a photograph, the importance of understanding materials, the complexities of the making process and how both were integral to the expression of the work ... As we continue to discuss craft, it’s good to be reminded of the scope of the idea and how it should no longer be simply defined as a discipline or practice but as a way of thinking."



Nuala O'Donovan selected for ECC 2014 at Bornholm

Nuala O'Donovan is taking part in European Ceramic Context 2014 at Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark, an exhibition of selected ceramic artists from 30 European countries giving an overview of contemporary European practice in all its diversity. 13th September - 23rd November 2014.



Sean Lynch solo exhibition at VISUAL Carlow

Sean Lynch's new installation For the Birds, based on the ancient Irish myth of The Frenzy of Sweeney, is running at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow in conjunction with an extensive programme of happenings and events. 12th September 2014 - 11th January 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.