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


Magnhild Opdøl Solo Exhibition in Norway

A multimedia installation by Magnhild Opdøl, An Uneasy Dream, is running at Møre og Romsdal Kunstsenter in Norway, 8th October - 8th November 2015.




Nuala O'Donovan and Coilin O Dubhghaill in London

Works by Nuala O'Donovan and Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill feature in In Residence, Oliver Sears Gallery's first major London show. In the handsome Georgian setting of Six Fitzroy Square, this exhibition showcases work by some of Ireland's most accomplished artistic talents representing the different genres of painting, photography, sculpture and applied arts. 1st - 31st October 2015.

Nuala O'Donovan: Banksia 2, high fired unglazed porcelain.

Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill: Tulipiere 2, nickel plated copper hammerwork.







Golden Fleece Artists at Solomon Fine Art

Several Golden Fleece artists feature in Solomon Fine Art's Portfolio exhibition of jewellery, organized in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Irish Design 2015 and The Doyle Collection. The show presents over 60 innovative artworks by 15 highly regarded makers, including Una Burke, Eimear Conyard, Seliena Coyle and Eily O'Connell. 2nd - 24th October 2015.

Una Burke showed a series of sophisticatedly studded necklaces in vegetable tanned leather with brass fittings.

Eimear Conyard showed a range of her pendants and brooches in which she elegantly mingles modern and classic materials.

Seliena Coyle (Golden Fleece Award Winner 2015) presented her brooches in bog oak and silver, themed on the queens of Irish legend.

And Eily O'Connell had several of her nature-inspired rings and brooches in semiprecious materials on diplay, including this Brain Coral ring in silver with enamel and citrine.



Frances Ryan solo at Solomon Fine Art

The Secret Garden, a solo exhibition of paintings by Frances Ryan, is running at Solomon Fine Art in Dublin from 2nd - 24th October 2015.



Kate O'Kelly at the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial

Kate O'Kelly is one of the Ceramics members of the slip.flux.flock collective who are being showcased at this year's British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent. 26th September - 8th November 2015.



Eoin Mac Lochlainn solo at Olivier Cornet Gallery

Eoin Mac Lochlainn's solo exhibition Diaspora is a reflection on Irish emigration in the 21st century, embodied in a series of paintings of abandoned fireplaces in derelict houses on the West coast of Ireland. Olivier Cornet Gallery, 13th September - 11th October 2015.

Brian McAvera reviews the exhibition in the Autumn 2015 issue of the Irish Arts Review.



Colin Martin in Diagrams exhibition in Dublin and Belfast

Colin Martin is a participant in the Diagrams project, a multimedia group show exploring how diagrams are used to describe the process of material production in visual art and design practices. Pallas Projects Gallery in Dublin, 9th - 21st September 2015; Queen Street Studios in Belfast, 1st October - 15th November 2015.



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, and in Gallery One at Galway Arts Centre from 11th - 31st October 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.





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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