Golden Fleece Award Winners

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

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Entries for the 2015 Golden Fleece Award are now closed.
The Short List will be announced in February 2015.

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


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.




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.



Muriel Beckett and Joe Hogan at Maison et Objet in Paris

The subtle, deceptively simple techniques of Joe Hogan's basketry and Muriel Beckett's rugs are well to the fore on the Design & Craft Council of Ireland's stand at Maison et Objet 2015 in Paris. 23rd - 27th January 2015.



Kathleen Holland's "Bone Clocks" pendant

Kathleen Holland, who - at the author's request - designed the silver maze pendant featured on the cover of David Mitchell's latest novel The Bone Clocks, has produced a special limited edition of the pendant in aid of Autism Ireland. Part of the profits of each sale will go to the charity.



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.


Carpe Diem


Siobhan McDonald & Ann Quinn in Taylor Galleries

New work by Siobhan McDonald and Ann Quinn appears in the Taylor Galleries' Winter Group Show, showcasing a selection of work by gallery and invited artists. 12th December 2014 - 31st January 2015.

The works selected include Siobhan's Carpe Diem in Sumi ink, soot and oil paint on paper, and Ann's sweeping Man Walking towards Letterkanny



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.




Clive Bright and Michael Wann in Hamilton Gallery

Clive Bright and Michael Wann are both on show in the Hamilton Gallery's celebration of the Christmas season with an exhibition of work by sculptors Alan Ardiff and Seamus Gill together with invited Sligo artists. 11th December - 31st January 2015.





Joe Hogan with Liz Nilsson at The Source Arts Centre

Joe Hogan's non-functional sculptural baskets inspired by the natural world are on display in To Capture Silence, a joint exhibition featuring his basketry and Liz Nilsson’s textiles. Running at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles between December 4th 2014 - 31st January 2015.



Sean Lynch in Roscommon Arts Centre Exhibition

Sean Lynch has joined forces with Liam Byrne and Michael Holly in The Kingcat of Keshcorran, a multifaceted exhibition involving a carved windowframe in Oxford, a legendary Irish monster-cat and artistic reflections upon the belief systems around land and history. On at Roscommon Arts Centre from November 21st 2014 - February 6th 2015.




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).

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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.