Golden Fleece Award Winners

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We are now inviting applications for the 2016 Golden Fleece Award.APPLY

All applications must be made online (entry fee €20).

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

The overall fund for the 2016 Award is €20,000.

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

Golden Fleece Artist News


Eamon O'Kane at the Riverbank Arts Centre

Eamon O'Kane's History of Play exhibition, an interactive installation nspired by the work of Friedrich Fröbel, runs at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare from 5th September - 3rd October 2015.


Nuala O'Donovan in Marsh's Library Cabinet of Curiosities

In Marsh's Library in Dublin, Ireland's oldest public library, an unglazed porcelain Pinecone by Nuala O'Donovan is one of the items on display in Wunderkammer, a modern cabinet of curiosities exploring the many facets and forms of modern Irish design through thirteen select pieces. The exhibition was funded by a grant from Irish Design 2015, as part of the Local Design Hero series. 20th August - 4th September 2015.


Geraldine O'Reilly exhibiting on Coney Island in Sligo

Geraldine O'Reilly's skills in painting and etching went on show in Yeats Country - A Sense of Place, a pop-up exhibition in Bathhouse Studio on Coney Island in Sligo Bay, opening August 23rd 2015.


Margaret Corcoran at Catherine Hammond Gallery

Margaret Corcoran is one of four artists whose highly individual imagined landscapes are on view in the In Arcadia exhibition at Catherine Hammond Gallery in Glengarriff, 14th August - 10th September 2015.


Nuala O'Donovan at Tansey Contemporary in Santa Fe

Nuala O'Donovan is showing new work in Free of Color, a group exhibition at Tansey Contemporary demonstrating the creativity of working within color constraints - emphasizing texture, technique and tactile expression. 14th August - 5th September 2015.





Frances Ryan and Michael Wann Self Portraits

Both Michael Wann and Frances Ryan have had self-portraits selected for the for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize. An exhibition of the selected portraits is on display at Piano Nobile in London. 10th July - 9th October 2015.


A new and striking mode of expression for Frances Ryan.



And at the same time, in a more familiar style, work from Frances's Altamont series of paintings was to be seen at Solomon Fine Art's Summer Group Show, running 10th July - 22nd August 2015.



Kate O'Kelly in ID2015 Exhibition at Dublin Castle

At Irish Design 2015's Fresh Talent exhibition in Dublin Castle's Coach House celebrating the new wave of emerging Irish designers, where we were very pleased to see a display of ceramics by Golden Fleece Merit Prize 2015 winner Kate O'Kelly. 3rd July - 20th September 2015.




Seliena Coyle and Una Burke in OPW Exhibition

On show in the State Apartments in Dublin Castle - Playing with Tradition, a group exhibition of outstanding contemporary design and craftmanship presented by the Office of Public Works.

We were delighted to see jewellery by this year's Golden Fleece Award winner Seliena Coyle on show, together with leather bodywear by Una Burke (who has been on our short list more than once).

5th June - 6th September 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.

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