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


Margaret Corcoran featured artist at RUA RED exhibition

A range of Margaret Corcoran's visionary meditations on time and space are on view at RUA RED, where she is a featured artist in Approaching the Landscape, an exhibition curated by the RUA RED Young Curators group.

1st - 31st August 2015.


Sarah Wiegersma wins major RDS Student Art Award

We're delighted to see that Sarah Wiegersma's creative talents have won her the R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award at the 2015 RDS Student Art Awards. On show 28th - 31st July and 5th - 9th August 2015 in the RDS Concert Hall.




Joe Hogan and John Lee win major prizes at RDS Craft

The RDS National Craft Awards were announced at the opening of the associated exhibition at the RDS. Congratulations to Joe Hogan who has won the Established Maker Award of Excellence with his Ebb and Flow basket and to John Lee whose ash coffee table, Core II, won the Irish Design 2015 Award. It's very satisfying to see this recognition of their talents at one of Ireland’s most important annual showcases for craft makers. 28th - 31st July and 5th - 9th August 2015.


Ann Quinn at Taylor Galleries' Summer Group Show

New work by Ann Quinn can be seen at Taylor Galleries' summer group show Mostly Landscape. 24th July - 29th August 2015.



Sarah Wiegersma at Boyle Visual Arts Exhibition

Sarah Wiegersma is among the emerging artists recently graduated from NCAD selected to feature in Conversation, Boyle Arts Festival's flagship exhibition of visual arts. 23rd July - 1st August 2015.





Muriel Beckett, Una Burke & Brendan Madden at Solomon

There's exquisite work by Muriel Beckett, Una Burke and Brendan Madden (Brendan Joseph) to be seen at the "Portfolio: Textiles, Paper & Calligraphy" exhibition now on at Solomon Fine Art, the latest of the twelve month schedule of exhibitions at the Solomon showcasing the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme of over 100 of Ireland’s most renowned designers and makers.

10th July - 22nd August 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 is to be seen at Solomon Fine Art's Summer Group Show, running 10th July - 22nd August 2015.




Caooimhe Kilfeather exhibiting at Ormston House

Caoimhe Kilfeather's carved and polished coal Inky Canopy makes a fitting contribution to the Compression group exhibition at Ormston House in Limerick. The exhibition presents recent work by nine artists from Ireland the UK made in a range of media: painting, sculpture, photography, digital video, tapestry, collage, and found objects. 9th July - 7th August 2015.




Geraldine O'Reilly and Ann Quinn in Postscript Exhibition

Both Geraldine O'Reilly and Ann Quinn feature in Postscript, a group exhibition of works by contemporary artists, inspired by Seamus Heaney’s poem of the same name and the beauty of the Flaggy Shore in Co. Clare. The exhibition is hosted simultaneously by the Russell Gallery in New Quay and The Gallery at Burren College of Art.

4th - 31st July 2015.


Claire Kerr at Purdy Hicks Gallery Summer Show

Claire Kerr's subtly imagination-teasing miniature paintings are on display at the Purdy Hicks Gallery's Summer Show in London. 3rd July - 31st 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.




David and Eamon O'Kane at Gallery Baton in Seoul

At Gallery Baton in Seoul - The Liminal Space, an exhibition featuring three Irish painters including the two brothers David O'Kane (winner of the 2014 Golden Fleece Award) and Eamon O'Kane (shortlisted by us in the very first year of the Award, 2002), as well as Carol Anne McGowan. The title of the exhibition refers to the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that can occur in time, space and beings. Congratulations to both brothers for this new adventure!

2nd July - 1st August 2015.




Michael Wann at Hamilton Gallery in Sligo

Michael Wann is on show at the Hamilton Gallery in Of this Place, an exhibition of contemporary visual reflections from Yeats country by a group of 8 Sligo artists. 2nd July - 31st August 2015.



Eoin Mac Lochlainn in Olivier Cornet Summer Show

Eoin Mac Lochlainn's work finds itself a sympathetic setting in Olivier Cornet Gallery's summer group show 5 Cavendish Row, which aims to depict the vivid history of the gallery's current location and its surrounding area through selected pieces. 7th June - 30th August 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.





Ursula Burke, Rachel Joynt and Neil Read at Eigse Carlow

Ursula Burke's porcelain and lace Balaclava Bust, Neil Read's Geometric Series XXII raku and Rachel Joynt's bronze and mirror Sea Eye sculpture are all on display in the exhibition of selected artists for the AIB Eigse Open Submission art prize.

The show runs from 29th May - 30th August 2015 at VISUAL Carlow.






Golden Fleece Artists at the RHA Annual Exhibition

We're very pleased to see so many Golden Fleece artists on show at the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition, including Cathy Callan, Rachel Joynt, Allyson Keehan, Gillian Lawler, Colin Martin, Geraldine O'Neill, Geraldine O'Reilly, Ann Quinn, Liz Rackard, Frances Ryan, Caroline Schofield, Conor Walton, Michael Wann and Sarah Wiegersma. Congratulations in particular to Geraldine O'Neill for winning the Ireland - US Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award with her picture Drawing. 26th May - 9th August 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.


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.

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.