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





Cathy Callan and Ann Quinn with RTE Lyric FM

t's great to see that both Cathy Callan and Ann Quinn are among the 20 recent contributors to the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland whose artwork has been selected for RTÉ Lyric FM's digital display for Culture Night 2014. Each artist was asked to select a piece of music and write a short text about how music forms a part of their daily practice of making art, and each of the artists and their chosen pieces will be featured on air over the next 20 days.



Cathy Callan, Untitled, 2008, oil on board, 20.5 x 15.5 cm




Ann Quinn, Self Portrait, 2012, Oil on linen, 55 x 65 cm




Clive Bright solo exhibition at Carysfort Gallery

The Archaeology of Memory, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Clive Bright, is on display at Carysfort Gallery in Blackrock. 11th September - 12th October 2014.




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.



Allyson Keehan solo at Claremorris Gallery

The latest exhibition of new paintings by Allyson Keehan is on show at Claremorris Gallery in Mayo. Running from September 13th - October 4th 2014.



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.




Jennifer Trouton solo at Molesworth Gallery

Jennifer Trouton's latest solo show The Ties that Bind is running at the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin. The exhibition consists of two large signature works in oil on canvas, as well a grid of 50 A4-sized, mixed media works, conceived as a single installation in a gallery setting but also as standalone pieces to be hung independently of each other. 11th September - 11th October 2014.


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.



Colin Martin with Black Print Studio in The Library Project

Colin Martin is one of the exhibiting artists in The way we live now and then, "a series of statements or observations on how we work, plan, socialize, order", a Black Church Print Studio exhibition at The Library Project in Temple Bar. Running from 5th - 27th September 2014.




Ursula Burke with Arafudo Art Annual in Japan

Ursula Burke has been invited to take part in Arafudo Art Annual 2014, in Fukushima, Japan from 5 September to 13 October 2014 where 39 international artists will site work in various venues throughout Fukushima city.


Claire Kerr solo show at Galerie Stefan Röpke in Cologne

New paintings by Claire Kerr are on display at Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?, her latest solo exhibition, at Galerie Stefan Röpke in Cologne. These extaordinary miniatures reflect her fascination with the strange, ambiguous borderlands between a conceptual, imagined object and its materialization. Running from 5th September - 11th October 2014.



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).


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.


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.