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 our 2017 Awards:

Golden Fleece Award: John Lee

Special Award: Fiona Mulholland
Merit Awards: Gerry Davis/Nuala O'Donovan/Chloë Dowds/Yanny Petters

Golden Fleece Artist News


Eamon O'Kane Solo Show in Donegal

Eamon O'Kane's solo exhibition Exploring Architecture is showing at the the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny during the Earagail Arts Festival. 8th July - 23rd September 2017.



Chloë Dowds wins DCCOI Residency Award

In July 2017, Chloë Dowds won a Future Makers Residency Support Award from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, which will help fund the month long ceramics residency in July and August 2017 that she has been offered at the Zentrum Fur Keramik in Berlin.



Kate Murphy at Wexford Arts Centre

Kate Murphy is one of a dynamic group of Wexford artists whose exhibition And Creatures Dream ... A New Language is on display at Wexford Arts Centre. 3rd July - 25th August 2017.



David O'Kane Solo at Gallery Baton in Seoul

David O'Kane continues his association with Gallery Baton with Lapse of Time, a solo exhibition of animated video works in the gallery's dedicated video project space Observation Deck. 29th June - 29th July 2017.





Golden Fleece Artists at Ceramics Ireland Exhibition

The unique creative telents of Isobel Egan, Sara Flynn and Nuala O'Donovan are on display at Ceramics Ireland's Touchstone exhibition celebrating the organisation's 40th anniversary.

The exhibition showcases the work of 36 selected makers of and from Ireland. Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, 18th June - 30th September 2017; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 18th November 2017 - 21st January 2018.






Isobel Egan Exhibiting at the Blue Egg Gallery

Isobel Egan's work finds a congenial setting in the About the House ceramic art exhibition at the Blue Egg Gallery in Wexford. 18th June - 15th July 2017.




Gwen Wilkinson with Argentea in Birmingham

Gwen Wilkinson continues her explorations of memory and story via a remarkable range of photographic techniques in her contributions to Shadow Merchants, a group exhibition at the new Argentea Gallery in Birmingham celebrating a variety of historical image making processes. 15th June - 15th July 2017.



Frances Ryan at Royal Academy of Arts in London

Frances Ryan's painting Oasis 9 has been selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show in London. 13th June - 20th August 2017.








Golden Fleece Artists Showing at Hamilton Gallery

Mary Burke, Gerry Davis, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Geraldine O'Reilly, Conor Walton and Michael Wann each provided their own distinctive take on the Yeatsian theme of the Crazy Jane exhibition at Hamilton Gallery in Sligo, where ninety-odd visual artists from all over Ireland were invited to bring their own contemporary visual reflections to bear on Yeats' most potent and visceral female foil Crazy Jane. 13th June - 2nd September 2017.



















Unveiling of Gerry Davis's Portrait of Henry Shefflin

Gerry Davis's portrait of Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin, which was commissioned for the National Portrait Collection as part of Gerry's reward for winning the 2016 Hennessy Portrait Prize, was unveiled at the National Gallery of Ireland on June 12th 2017.



Gerry Davis Solo at The Source Arts Centre

At The Source Arts Centre in Thurles: Canvas, a solo show of paintings by Gerry Davis, pursuing his project exploring the spaces in the Wickham Street Studios in Limerick, where he works. 2nd June - 29th July 2017.




Golden Fleece Artists in RHA Annual Exhibition

Upwards of 20 Golden Fleece listed artists in various disciplines had work selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy's 187th Annual Exhibition. And Rachel Joynt was awarded the Solomon Fine Art Sculpture Award for her River Goddeess (Series II). 23rd May - 12th August 2017.





Golden Fleece Artists in Portfolio 2017-2018

Work by several Golden Fleece linked artists, including the late and sorely missed Liam Flynn plus Una Burke, Sara Flynn, Joe Hogan, John Lee, Eily O'Connell and Coilin O Dubhghaill is on display in the Narratives in Making exhibition showcasing new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-18. The exhibition runs from 12th May - 5th July 2017 at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, and then from 22nd July - 4th September 2017 at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales.



Isobel Egan with Hexagon Classic Design

Isobel Egan's creations feature in the Whiter Shade of Pale exhibition of ceramics, sculpture, photographs and furniture at Hexagon Classic Design Gallery in London. 27th April 2017 onwards.



Ursula Burke at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh

Ursula Burke is one of seven Northern Irish artists showcased in the exhibition so it is at the Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh. 7th April - 7th August 2017.




Nuala O'Donovan & Isobel Egan in Collins's Barracks

Nuala O'Donovan and Isobel Egan are among the six Irish ceramicists selected for inclusion in the Shadow of Sodeisha exhibition of Japanese and Irish art in clay at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History in Collins's Barracks in Dublin. 31st March 2017 - February 2018.







Sara Flynn Shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize

Sara Flynn was one of the 26 finalists out of some 4,000 artists worldwide who entered for the first annual Loewe Craft Prize. The winner, woodturner Ernst Gamperl, was announced on April 10th 2017. An exhibition of the finalists' works is currently touring in COAM Madrid (11th April - 9th May 2017), Chamber Gallery in New York (30th May - 6th June 2017), Paris (September 2017), Tokyo (November 2017), and Collect Contemporary Craft Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London (22nd - 25th February 2018).

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