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

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.



Michael Wann Featured Artist at Greenacres Exhibition

Michael Wann is featured artist at the Early Summer Show at Greenacres Restaurant and Gallery in Wexford. 6th May - 27th June 2015.



David Eager Maher Solo with Drei Ringe Gallery in Leipzig

David Eager Maher has a solo exhibition Inheritance showing at the Drei Ringe Gallery in Leipzig. 19th April - 13th June 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.



Emma Bourke and Róisín de Buitléar at Solomon Fine Art

Both Emma Bourke and Róisín de Buitléar feature in PORTFOLIO: Glass at Solomon Fine Art, an exhibition of glass by Ireland’s foremost artists and makers held in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for Irish Design 2015. 20th March - 16th May 2015.

Róisín is showing designs from the Urban Warrior collection she created in collaboration with goldsmith Tuula Harrington, which pays homage to the tradition of Irish jewellery making from Viking to contemporary times, reflecting the diversity of Ireland’s cultural ancestry.

And Emma is showing pieces from her Ethnobotany series in flameworked borosilicate glass with silver jewellery elements.



Geraldine O'Neill elected to Aosdána

Our warm congratulations to Geraldine O'Neill who was elected to membership of Aosdána at its General Assembly on March 6th 2015.



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.