Golden Fleece Award Winners

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

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Closing Date for the 2015 Golden Fleece Award: Friday 21st November 2014. 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


Jennifer Trouton Solo Exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre

At Wexford Arts Centre, Jennifer Trouton's latest solo exhibition, The Past is Present, is timed to conincide with the 2014 Wexford Festival Opera and its accompanying Fringe Festival. In this exhibition, presenting work spanning more than a decade, Jennifer draws her inspiration from the examination of memory, absence and loss intertwined with strong familial references. On from October 19th - December 3rd 2014.



Michael Wann Solo at Chimera Gallery in Mullingar

River and Road, a solo exhibition of Michael Wann's latest charcoal landscape drawings, is running at the Chimera Gallery in Mullingar between October 18th - November 7th 2014.


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Golden Fleece Artists at the 133rd RUA Annual Exhibition

We were very pleased to see a number of Golden Fleece artists to the fore at the Royal Ulster Academy's 133rd Annual Exhibition, running from 17th October 2014 ro 4th January 2015. They include



Invited artist Nuala O'Donovan (here is her Teasel Closed Form, on view at the RUA))


Frances Ryan, whose Enclosure, IX won her the Paul Henry Landscape Prize (sponsored by Gormley’s Fine Art)


Jennifer Trouton, with works from her What Remains series




Keith Wilson, with prints and etchings including Leading Back, 3 (four plate carborundum print, image size 380mm x 430mm)




Eamon O'Kane Installation at Roscommon Arts Centre

Eamon O’Kane is transforming the entire gallery at Roscommon Arts Centre into an interactive installation making direct visual and conceptual reference to educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten Friedrich Fröbel. The installation A History of Play will be running at the Centre from 4 October - 14 November 2014.




Gwen Wilkinson as Sculptress and Photographer

Gwen Wilkinson's wire sculpture is on display in the Vanishing Art outdoor sculpture exhibition at Carton House in Maynooth. Running from 2nd October - 24th December 2014.



And Frances McDonald has a very interesting post about Gwen's approach to "the process of crafting a photograph, the importance of understanding materials, the complexities of the making process and how both were integral to the expression of the work ... As we continue to discuss craft, it’s good to be reminded of the scope of the idea and how it should no longer be simply defined as a discipline or practice but as a way of thinking."





Geraldine O'Neill Shortlisted for Hennessy Portrait Prize

Geraldine O’Neill’s painting "Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastal" has been selected for the shortlist for the newly-founded Hennessy Portrait Prize. The shortlist's works will be exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland from 8 November 2014 until 8 February, 2015. And on 11 November, one artist will be announced as the 2014 winner and will receive a prize of €15,000. The winning artist will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait of an Irish sitter for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection.



David O'Kane solo at Josef Filipp Galerie

David O'Kane's latest solo exhibition Continuum - Repetition and Difference is showing at Josef Filipp Galerie in Leipzig from 13th September - 25th October 2014.



Nuala O'Donovan selected for ECC 2014 at Bornholm

Nuala O'Donovan is taking part in European Ceramic Context 2014 at Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark, an exhibition of selected ceramic artists from 30 European countries giving an overview of contemporary European practice in all its diversity. 13th September - 23rd November 2014.





Geraldine O'Neill & Jennifer Trouton at Strule Arts Centre

Strule Arts Centre have put on Beyond Measure, an exhibition featuring five artsits each of whom has engaged in different ways with physical and metaphysical concepts of time and space. There's a thoughtful online review of this exhibition in Culture Northern Ireland.

Geraldine O'Neill and Jennifer Trouton both have work on show, alongside Patrick Pye, Diana Copperwhite and Richard Livingstone. Running from 12th September - 25th October 2014.

Among the works on display, Geraldine O'Neill's stylised still life Mouse Trap (2010) vividly juxtaposes themes of mortality and art.


And Jennifer Trouton's It will come to Pass (oil on wallpaper, 2007) is one of a series using domestic memorabilia as an inspiration for works that look back in time and beyond these shores.






Sean Lynch solo exhibition at VISUAL Carlow

Sean Lynch's new installation For the Birds, based on the ancient Irish myth of The Frenzy of Sweeney, is running at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow in conjunction with an extensive programme of happenings and events. 12th September 2014 - 11th January 2015.


Conor Walton at CK Contemporary in San Francisco

Paintings by Conor Walton feature in the Objects of Beauty : Contemporary Still Life Painting exhibition at CK Contemporary in San Francisco. There's an extensive interview article on Conor in the Huffington Post on the occasion of the exhibition's opening, which gives very interesting insights into his work and philosophy. The show runs from 6th September 2014.




Sioban Piercy at Zillah Bell Gallery in Yorkshire

Sioban Piercy's exquisitely constructed hand made book Small Territories is on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in Yorkshire exhibition at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk. 6th September - 1st November 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.



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.

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.