Golden Fleece Award Winners

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

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Latest Award Information: Applications for the 2015 Golden Fleece Award are now open. For details of submission procedures, see our How to Apply page.

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


Margaret Corcoran solo exhibition at Kevin Kavanagh

Margaret Corcoran's latest solo exhibition, The Abundance, gives a fresh chance to view new works from her show Return to Cythera which was held earlier this year at the Solstice Arts Centre. Running at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin from September 4th - October 4th 2014.



Michael Wann at Solstice Arts Centre

Michael Wann is showing some of his large-scale charcoal and wash drawings at In a Landscape, a three person exhibition at Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, alongside Paul Gaffney and Emma Donaldson. The show runs from September 4th - October 11th 2014.



Two Magnhild Opdøl Solo Shows in Norway

Magnhild Opdøl has two solo exhibitions running in Norway this Autumn: Remain Serious Throughout at Buskerud Kunstsenter (August 30th - September 21st 2014) and No One Must Find Out About This at Gallery LNM in Oslo (September 4th - 28th 2014).



Caoimhe Kilfeather and Gillian Lawler with Art for Gaza

Caoimhe Kilfeather and Gillian Lawler have both contributed work to the Art for Gaza benefit exhibition at Oonagh Young Gallery in Dublin. The Gallery felt that the crisis in Gaza is a humanitarian issue and wanted to make some effort to support the people and, in particular, the children. They invited a group of established Irish artists to generously donate a work to the exhibition, the sales of which go directly to the Unicef Gaza Appeal. Running from August 26th - September 5th 2014.


Ceramics Ireland

Ceramics Ireland Centred Exhibition at Farmleigh

Nuala O'Donovan, Neil Read and Isobel Egan have all been selected by Ceramics Ireland for Centred, a juried exhibition of selected work from artists working in ceramics in Ireland as well as Irish artists working abroad, to give an overview of contemporary practice. The exhibition will be running at Farmleigh from 8th August - 5th October 2014.



Róisín de Buitléar at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Róisín de Buitléar and Karen Donnellan have come together in Resonance, an exhibition in the National Craft Gallery exploring the sonic qualities of glass. This Kilkenny Arts Festival exhibition will then continue on from August 8th - October 27th 2014.



Golden Fleece Artists at the RDS

There are plenty of exciting creations to be seen at the RDS 2014 National Craft Awards Exhibition, on display in the RDS Concert Hall from July 30th - August 1st and August 6th - 10th, then at the Hunt Museum in Limerick from September 4th - October 5th 2014. Our congratulations go to the Golden Fleece artists featured there:



Eimear Conyard, Jewellery Category winner: shown here, Centred 1 brooch in silver, Tahitian pearl and perspex.

Dunne Terry Dunne, with his woven tapestry Autumn Falling into Snow.
MAdden Brendan Madden, with his Dark Hedges series of scarves handwoven in cashmere, linen and silk.
ODwyer Kevin O'Dwyer, Category Winner in the Metalwork and Ironwork section, with a whole series of jewellery, silversmithing and metalwork including this hunting knife with silver and ebony handle and damascened steel blade.



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 until early September 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.



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.

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.