Golden Fleece Award Winners

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Latest Award Information: 2014 Golden Fleece Award

The 2014 Golden Fleece Award has been won by David O'Kane


Merit Prizes have been won by Emma Bourke (Glass) and Claire Muckian (Ceramics)

Our warm congratulations go to all concerned.

Full details of the 2014 selection of artists and their applications are available here.

Golden Fleece Artist News




Sean Lynch solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford

A blow-by-blow account of stonecarving in Oxford is an installation by Sean Lynch exploring the work of the nineteenth century stone carvers, John and James O’Shea, whose naturalistic renditions of animals and plants are still visible in the architectural detail of buildings in Oxford and Dublin. The exhibition runs from 12th April - 8th June 2014 at Modern Art Oxford.

Sean will launch a book detailing his work around this project on 1st May.






Geraldine O'Reilly at The Lab in Dublin

Of Space and Place, a two-person exhibition exploring narratives of history and memory in rural Ireland, features Geraldine O'Reilly's haunting album of texts and photo etchings conjuring up the Deserted Village on Achill Island alongside Margo McNulty's lithograph explorations of personal history. This exhibition is presented in association with the Dublin Writers Festival; special events include a drawing workshop with Geraldine O’Reilly on National Drawing Day, 17th May. It is on show at The Lab in Dublin from 11th April - 7th June 2014.


living arts


Kate Murphy in Living Arts Project at Wexford Arts Centre

Kate Murphy is one of four artists who were selected as artists-in-residence in primary schools in Wexford to take part in the 2013-2014 Living Arts Project. An exhibition celebrating the work produced by the participating primary schools and artists is running at the Wexford Arts Centre from April 3rd 2014 onwards.




Interlace Exhibition at the National Craft Gallery

Interlace is an exhibition which focuses on contemporary interpretations of lace. The concept of the show developed by the National Craft Gallery is to explore how traditional material culture creates a resonant source for contemporary practice. Three dynamic Golden Fleece artists are represented in this exhibition, which runs from 28th March - 7th May 2014. Gemma Tipton has written a very good preview of the show for the Fashion section of the Irish Times, you can see it here.

Lace Róisín de Buitléar's etched glass vessels are based on vernacular lace patterns
Lace Helen McAllister's radically experimental shoes display a gloriously chaotic updating of lacemaking
Raven Caroline Schofield’s black lace ravens reflect the concept that lace is about myth and memory. They link the long-ago makers and their untold stories of Famine survival with a present where living memory has slid into history



Jennifer Trouton and Eamon O'Kane at The Braid

Work by Jennifer Trouton and Eamon O'Kane can be seen in the latest show Exploring Spaces at the Braid Mid-Antrim Museum, a group exhibition examining place and space in its broadest sense from the macro to the micro, the global to the local, where both perceived and imagined spaces are investigated. On from March 22nd - May 31st 2014.


Caoimhe Kilfeather Solo Exhibition at Oonagh Young

A solo exhibition of work by Caoimhe Kilfeather, Before it stirs the Surface, is running at Oonagh Young Gallery in Dublin from 21st March - 25th April 2014.

Old Guard

David O'Kane on show in Germany

Our latest prizewinner, David O'Kane, is certainly making his mark, with work on show in two exhibitions in Germany: the Xmas in February cabinet exhibition at Josef Filipp Galerie in Leipzig (12th March - 12th April 2014) and Multiple Times at Campoi Gallery in Munich (30th January - 26th April 2014).





Eoin Mac Lochlainn Solo Exhibition at Dunamaise

Eoin Mac Lochlainn's solo exhibition Didean/Home at Dunamaise Arts Centre in Port Laoise gives us the final and most resolved version of his body of paintings and installations exploring the human dimension to the economic crisis and looking at notions of “home”. This a project Eoin has been engaged in for some time, earlier stages of which were seen in Leuven for the Irish Presidency, at An Cultúrlann in Belfast, and in Limerick University. The show runs from March 7th - April 26th 2014.




Claire Kerr at SeaCity in Southampton

Claire Kerr's exquisite painting Surface features among the work of a whole range of international contemporary artists in Ship to Shore, an exhibition exploring the different ways that artists have engaged with seas and oceans, at the SeaCity Museum in Southampton in association with John Hansard Gallery. The exhibition runs from February 8th - May 4th 2014.



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.

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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.