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



Emma Bourke and Róisín de Buitléar at Solomon Fine Art

Both Emma Bourke and Róisín de Buitléar feature in PORTFOLIO: Glass at Solomon Fine Art, an exhibition of glass by Ireland’s foremost artists and makers held in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for Irish Design 2015. 20th March - 16th May 2015.

Róisín is showing designs from the Urban Warrior collection she created in collaboration with goldsmith Tuula Harrington, which pays homage to the tradition of Irish jewellery making from Viking to contemporary times, reflecting the diversity of Ireland’s cultural ancestry.

And Emma is showing pieces from her Ethnobotany series in flameworked borosilicate glass with silver jewellery elements.




Nuala O'Donovan showing in Liverpool and Swansea

Nuala O'Donovan distinguishes herself as the only Irish exhibitor in Sculpture as Textiles; Textiles as Sculpture, an exhibition exploring the relationship and interconnectivity between sculpture and textiles, running at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool from 14th March - 9th May 2015.

And at the Mission Gallery in Swansea, she is one of just four makers who have been selected to feature in Cork Makers in Focus, an exhibition continuing an exchange with Cork Craft & Design that began at Cork Craft Month in 2014. Running 31st March - 10th May 2015.




Mary Burke's House Portraits at RUA RED

Mary Burke's latest solo exhibition at RUA RED in Tallaght, House Portraits, 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, in association with Sociologist Professor Mary Corcoran (NUI Maynooth) who interviewed the participants and their families about their sense of home.

The show runs in Tallaght from 13th March - 11th April 2015 and will go on to tour a number of other venues in Ireland and the UK.



Ursula Burke at Millennium Court Arts Centre

Work by Ursula Burke features in When the Wind Blows at the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown, a cultural exchange between Fukushima, Japan and Portadown, Northern Ireland, curated by Japan based curator Yumi Song and Northern Ireland based artist and curator Shiro Masuyama. 13th March - 2nd May 2015.



Geraldine O'Neill elected to Aosdána

Our warm contratulations to Geraldine O'Neill who was elected to membership of Aosdána at its General Assembly on March 6th 2015.



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.



Róisín de Buitléar Solo Exhibition at Solstice Gallery

Róisín de Buitléar has a major new exhibition Ornamentation - explorations of glass sound and form at Solstice Gallery in Navan. 5th February - 17th April 2015.


Sunsets & Meteors

Siobhan McDonald at The Lab with UCD Science Artists

Welcome Disturbances, an exhibition presenting the diverse practices of Siobhan McDonald and her fellow UCD Science Artists In Residence, runs at Dublin City Council's The Lab Gallery from January 29th - April 11th 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.