Golden Fleece Award Winners

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Latest Award Information: 2014 Golden Fleece Award

The 2014 Golden Fleece Award has been won by David O'Kane


Merit Prizes have been won by Emma Bourke (Glass) and Claire Muckian (Ceramics)

Our warm congratulations go to all concerned.

Full details of the 2014 selection of artists and their applications are available here.

Golden Fleece Artist News



Gillian Lawler and Michael Wann at Claremorris Gallery

Gillian Lawler and Michael Wann, together with Aidan Crotty, feature in Entropy, a three-person show at Claremorris Gallery in Mayo. Just two of the fine works on display are

Gillian Lawler's "Devouring Force" (oil and pencil on canvas)


Michael Wann's "Memory Ascending" (charcoal and wash on canvas)

The exhibition runs from 26 July 2014 onwards.



Keith Wilson in Graphic Studio Gallery's Summer Show

Keith Wilson is exhibiting threee new prints, created during his membership in Graphic Studio Dublin's 'Visiting Artists' programme of 2014, at Graphic Studio Gallery's Summer Show.The exhibition runs from 17 July - 28 August 2014.



Caroline Schofield in collaboration with Elis Vermeulen

From July 18th onwards, Caroline Schofield will be carrying out a work-in-progress collaboration with Elis Vermeulen, artist in residence at GKV (Grote Kerk Veere) in Zeeland for the 2014 season. Elis's current focus is on creating large installations, working primarily with organic materials. Caroline is one of three international artists invited by her during the second part of the exhibition period, which runs from 10th May - 31st October 2014 overall.



Golden Fleece Artists at the RHA Annual Exhibition

We were delighted to see a number of works by Golden Fleece artists, in a wide variety of techniques and styles, on display at the Royal Hibernian Academy's 184th Annual Exhibition, running from 27th May - 9th August 2014. Click on any of the thumbnails below for a slideshow of some of their selected artwork:

Blues Cathy Callan's Summer Delta Blues, in oil on handprimed linen
Self Allyson Keehan's latest essay in self-reflection, singled out in Aidan Dunne's review of the exhibition as one of the relatively few portraits there that could be said to possess "that something extra"
Book Invited artist Claire Kerr's "impossibly detailed" miniature painting Book under Renovation, also mentioned by Aidan Dunne as well worth seeking out
Kind Of Kind, a pair of glass objects by Caoimhe Kilfeather, another artist invited to contribute to the exhibition
MArtin Etchings by Colin Martin ARHA, including Future Days
Molecule Invited artist Siobhán McDonald's painting Molecule
Guard The Old Guard II by David O'Kane (winner of this year's Golden Fleece Award)
Cat Paintings by invited artist Geraldine O'Neill ARHA, including Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an da thra a fhresatal (Oil on canvas). This painting won the Gerry Torsney Prize for Portraiture in any medium
Isfahan Ann Quinn's oil painting Impression of Isfahan
Winter Liz Rackard's gouache Late Winter
Culvert Two oil paintings by Frances Ryan, including Culvert
Ailbhe Two works by the ever-fruitful Conor Walton, including this drawing Ailbhe in graphite, chalk and gouache



Caoimhe Kilfeather Solo Exhibition in Temple Bar

Caoimhe Kilfeather has an exciting solo exhibition of new work, This Attentive Place, at Temple Bar Gallery. Using familiar materials in unexpected ways, this body of work treats the gallery as a place where elements of artworks are arranged and rearranged, privileged or overlooked. The show runs from 20th June - 20th August 2014.



Siobhan McDonald's Weather Memories at UCD

Siobhan McDonald's exhibition The Weather Memories opened on 15th June 2014 as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of the college of science at Belfield where she is associate artist-in-residence. The annals of the medieval Irish monks and a collection of Irish coral fossils form key components of her display which represents a true crossover between art and science, with a strong grounding in early medieval Irish history. There's a very good article on the exhibition in the Irish Times for June 5th.



Carol Hodder in London Royal Academy Summer Show

Carol Hodder's powerful Stormlands II is on show at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in London, from 9 June - 17 August 2014.



Joe Hogan at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

Basketmaker Joe Hogan has collaborated with fibre artist Suzie Sullivan in Materialisation: Mapping the Making, an exhibition where five Irish makers were invited to work with artists of their choice. At VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow, 6 June - 31 August 2014.



Cathy Callan in Sybils on the Slaney at Newtownbarry

Cathy Callan's paintings feature in Sybils on the Slaney, a co-operative exhibition of 12 women painters and print makers showing at Newtownbarry House in County Wexford from 1 June to 31 August 2014.




Ursula Burke at F E McWilliam Gallery

Ursula Burke is one of three contemporary Irish women sculptors whose sculpture, installations, drawings and videos feature in The Past is Unpredictable at F E McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge. Running from 31 May - 17 August 2014.



Róisin de Buitléar at Tacoma Museum of Glass

Róisin de Buitléar has collaborated with master Waterford craftsmen Fred Curtis, Eamonn Hartley, and Greg Sullivan to create an exhibition celebrating the long tradition of glass engraving and cutting in Ireland and highlighting the emotional, economic and artistic impact resulting from the massive closures of Irish glass factories. Caution! Fragile runs at the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Washington from November 9th 2013 - September 30th 2014.

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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.