Golden Fleece Award Winners

For full details of prizewinners and shortlisted artists, see our Artists page.

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Entries for the 2015 Golden Fleece Award are now closed.
The Short List will be announced in February 2015.

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

Carpe Diem


Siobhan McDonald & Ann Quinn in Taylor Galleries

New work by Siobhan McDonald and Ann Quinn appears in the Taylor Galleries' Winter Group Show, showcasing a selection of work by gallery and invited artists. 12th December 2014 - 31st January 2015.

The works selected include Siobhan's Carpe Diem in Sumi ink, soot and oil paint on paper, and Ann's sweeping Man Walking towards Letterkanny



Eoin Mac Lochlainn in Olivier Cornet Gallery

Eoin Mac Lochlainn's Fireplace features in Olivier Cornet Gallery's Christmas/Winter group show Reflections. 11th - 20th Dcember 2014.




Clive Bright and Michael Wann in Hamilton Gallery

Clive Bright and Michael Wann are both on show in the Hamilton Gallery's celebration of the Christmas season with an exhibition of work by sculptors Alan Ardiff and Seamus Gill together with invited Sligo artists. 11th December - 31st January 2015.







Irish Craft in DCCOI's Weathering exhibition in Beijing

The Design and Craft Council of Ireland's exhibition Weathering, showcasing contemporary Irish design and craft, is currently on show at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA), in Beijing, China, from 8th - 14th December 2014. The work on display includes

Muriel Beckett's Chevron design handwoven floor rugs in linen and wool





Una Burke's Japanese Lady wine carafe designed in collaboration with the Irish Handmade Glass Company




Joe Hogan's willow bowls and vessels




Róisín de Buitléar and Frances Ryan at Solomon Fine Art

Engraved glass pieces by Róisín de Buitléar and oil and collage pictures by Frances Ryan (a fresh addition to the gallery's list of artists) feature in the Solomon Fine Art Gallery's Winter Group Exhibition, running from 5th December 2014 - 17th January 2015.






Kate Murphy in Talbot Gallery's Selection Box

Kate Murphy's work features in Selection Box, the Talbot Gallery's Christmas show of small affordable artworks by selected artists. 4th - 20th December 2014.



Joe Hogan with Liz Nilsson at The Source Arts Centre

Joe Hogan's non-functional sculptural baskets inspired by the natural world are on display in To Capture Silence, a joint exhibition featuring his basketry and Liz Nilsson’s textiles. Running at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles between December 4th 2014 - 31st January 2015.



Sean Lynch in Roscommon Arts Centre Exhibition

Sean Lynch has joined forces with Liam Byrne and Michael Holly in The Kingcat of Keshcorran, a multifaceted exhibition involving a carved windowframe in Oxford, a legendary Irish monster-cat and artistic reflections upon the belief systems around land and history. On at Roscommon Arts Centre from November 21st 2014 - February 6th 2015.




Ann Quinn and Keith Wilson in SO Fine Art winter show

New work by Ann Quinn and selected prints by Keith Wilson feature in SO Fine Art Editions' Winter Exhibition, running from November 28th 2014 - January 17th 2015.

Ann Quinn, Rabbit Landscape



Keith Wilson, Days Ahead





Eoin Mac Lochlainn in Gweedore and Belfast

Eoin Mac Lochlainn is showing some paintings from his “Tinteán Tréigthe / Empty Hearth” series, an ongoing series portraying old fireplaces in abandoned homes in Donegal, in the Beonasc: Thoir agus Thiar exhibition. This group show is ‘bi-located’ with the artists having works in both An Gailearaí in Gweedore and Dánlann Dillon in Belfast at the same time. It explores links between the Donegal Gaeltacht and the city of Belfast, and runs from November 27th 2014 - January 10th 2015.




Eamon O'Kane and Jennifer Trouton at Roe Valley Arts

Eamon O'Kane and Jennifer Trouton both have work showing in the Exploring Spaces, a Mid Antrim Museum touring exhibition curated by Marianne O’Kane Boal. This group exhibition, featuring the work of twelve established artists, examines 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.

The exhibition is currently on at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre from 7th November - 27th December 2014.



Keith Wilson Exhibition at Lisburn City Library

Returning, a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by Keith Wilson, is running at the City Library of his home town of Lisburn. Keith has made his own selection of pieces for this exhibition which have drawn inspiration from his other home in County Mayo and his time spent overseas. 6th November - 23rd December 2014.




Geraldine O'Neill Shortlisted for Hennessy Portrait Prize

Geraldine O’Neill’s painting "Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastal" has been selected for the shortlist for the newly-founded Hennessy Portrait Prize. The shortlist's works are being exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland from 8 November 2014 until 8 February, 2015. (On 11 November, Nick Miller was announced as the 2014 winner and receives a prize of €15,000. He will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait of an Irish sitter for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection).


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Golden Fleece Artists at the 133rd RUA Annual Exhibition

We were very pleased to see a number of Golden Fleece artists to the fore at the Royal Ulster Academy's 133rd Annual Exhibition, running from 17th October 2014 to 4th January 2015. They include



Invited artist Nuala O'Donovan (here is her Teasel Closed Form, on view at the RUA))


Frances Ryan, whose Enclosure, IX won her the Paul Henry Landscape Prize (sponsored by Gormley’s Fine Art)


Jennifer Trouton, with works from her What Remains series




Keith Wilson, with prints and etchings including Leading Back, 3 (four plate carborundum print, image size 380mm x 430mm)





Gwen Wilkinson as Sculptress and Photographer

Gwen Wilkinson's wire sculpture is on display in the Vanishing Art outdoor sculpture exhibition at Carton House in Maynooth. Running from 2nd October - 24th December 2014.



And Frances McDonald has a very interesting post about Gwen's approach to "the process of crafting a photograph, the importance of understanding materials, the complexities of the making process and how both were integral to the expression of the work ... As we continue to discuss craft, it’s good to be reminded of the scope of the idea and how it should no longer be simply defined as a discipline or practice but as a way of thinking."



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.

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.