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


Michael Wann at Hamilton Gallery in Sligo

Michael Wann is on show at the Hamilton Gallery in Of this Place, an exhibition of contemporary visual reflections from Yeats country by a group of 8 Sligo artists. 2nd July - 31st August 2015.




Frances Ryan and Cara Thorpe in Hammond Gallery

The Enhanced Eye: Painters using Photography, an exhibition at Catherine Hammond Gallery, features work by five artists who are inspired by or appropriate photography regularly in their work, including Frances Ryan and Cara Thorpe. Frances uses photo transfers in her paintings to create an energy or tension around what is being seen while Cara uses her own photographs as a starting point for paintings of imagined places. 19th June - 16th July 2015.



Nuala O'Donovan at Arthouse1 in London

Desire Path, an exhibition of new works by Nuala O'Donovan alongside drawings by Andrew Vass, is running at Arthouse1 contemporary art gallery from 4th June - 11th July 2015.




Ursula Burke, Rachel Joynt and Neil Read at Eigse Carlow

Ursula Burke's porcelain and lace Balaclava Bust, Neil Read's Geometric Series XXII raku and sculpture by Rachel Joynt are all on display in the exhibition of selected artists for the AIB Eigse Open Submission art prize.

The show runs from 29th May - 30th August 2015 at VISUAL Carlow.



Mary Burke's House Portraits at RUA RED

Mary Burke's latest solo exhibition, House Portraits, has now transferred to UCD School of Architecture, running from 29th May - 10th July 2015. 

The show consists of a series of paintings of the homes of 10 families in West Tallaght. The project was commissioned in 2013 by Tallaght Community Arts: it first ran at RUA RED in Tallaght from 13th March - 11th April 2015 and goes on to tour a number of other venues in Ireland and the UK.



Golden Fleece Artists at the RHA Annual Exhibition

We're very pleased to see so many Golden Fleece artists on show at the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition, including Cathy Callan, Rachel Joynt, Allyson Keehan, Gillian Lawler, Colin Martin, Geraldine O'Neill, Geraldine O'Reilly, Ann Quinn, Liz Rackard, Frances Ryan, Caroline Schofield, Conor Walton, Michael Wann and Sarah Wiegersma. Congratulations in particular to Geraldine O'Neill for winning the Ireland - US Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award with her picture Drawing. 26th May - 9th August 2015.

Core Table

John Lee at Solomon Fine Art

John Lee's work features in PORTFOLIO: Furniture at Solomon Fine Art, an exhibition of furniture by Ireland’s foremost artists and makers held in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for Irish Design 2015. 22nd May - 4th July 2015.


Lynch Biennale

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.



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 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.


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.

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.