2020 Golden Fleece Award
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain uses film, photography and installation to picture an uncertain, destabilised future.
The Golden Fleece Advisory Panel is an independent committee engaged by the Golden Fleece Trust to review and provide feedback on Golden Fleece Award applications. The five Advisory Panel members are specialists with backgrounds in visual art, design, craft and applied arts, and now usually serve a term of three years.
Following a review of applications received, every Panel member submits a personal longlist of ten applicants. From these they select a shortlist of between four and eight artists at a special meeting held in January each year. In February, the Chair of the Advisory Panel presents the Panel’s shortlist and their recommendations for the Award to the Board of Trustees, who then decide how the Award will be distributed.
*Please note that current members of the Advisory Panel (named below) should NOT be named as referees by applicants when applying for the 2021 Golden Fleece Award.
Angela O’Kelly - Panel Chair
Jeweller and Head of Design for Body & Environment, NCAD
Angela O’Kelly studied Jewellery & Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland and completed an MA in Arts Management & Cultural Policy at University College Dublin in 2004. Her work crosses the boundaries of jewellery, textiles and sculpture, combining eclectic materials and textures through the use of traditional techniques and new technologies. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad, currently works as Head of Design for Body & Environment at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and is an established curator of craft and design.
Dr Declan Long
Art critic and Co-Director of the MA ‘Art in the Contemporary World’, NCAD
Dr Declan Long is a lecturer in modern and contemporary art in the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and Co-Director of the MA ACW. He is a regular contributor to magazines and journals such as Artforum, Frieze and Source Photographic Review, and he has been commissioned to write texts for major exhibitions at galleries and museums in Ireland and abroad. Formerly a board member of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and EVA International, in 2013 he served as a member of the Turner Prize judging panel. His book, Ghost-Haunted Land: Contemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland, was published by Manchester University Press in 2017.
Art historian, editor and curator
Catherine Marshall is an art historian, curator and editor. Senior Curator and founding Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2007, she was seconded to The Arts Council and, later, the Royal Irish Academy. She has curated exhibitions in China, North America and Ireland and is joint-editor of Janet Mullarney: catalogue raisonné (2019) and Twentieth Century, Vol. V of the RIA’s Art and Architecture of Ireland series (2014). Currently Chair of the Arts Programme Advisory Group for Bealtaine Festival, she sits on the boards of Common Ground, South Tipperary Arts Centre, KCAT and the Irish American Cultural Institute. She is also a founding editor of Comcol, the online journal of ICOM’s International Committee for Collection. In 2019, Catherine received an Honorary Doctorate from University College Dublin.
Creative Industries Leader
Ann Mulrooney graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art, Cork and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. She exhibited widely and worked as a freelance curator in Ireland and the UK before joining the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI) in 2008 to run the National Design and Craft Gallery, where she directed and curated national and international exhibitions. From 2013 to 2018 she was CEO and Artistic Director of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, with a specific interest in social engagement and cross-disciplinary projects. She was Director of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin from 2018 to 2019 and is currently Studio Manager of multi-Oscar nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon. She has been a lecturer, external assessor and frequent contributor to cultural publications and programmes and is a Board member of the ambitious multi-disciplinary dance company United Fall.
Dr Audrey Whitty
Head of Collections and Learning, National Museum of Ireland
Dr Audrey Whitty is Head of Collections and Learning, National Museum of Ireland (NMI), a member of the senior management team and responsible for all aspects of the care, preservation and interpretation of the 5 million objects in the collections across the four museums that make up the NMI. This includes management of the four Curatorial departments, Conservation, Registration, Education, Photography, Design, publications and the NMI’s exhibitions programme.
From 2015-19 Dr Whitty was Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts and History), NMI. She was responsible for all collections, exhibitions, and leading the curatorial department and team on the Collins Barracks site. During 2013 and 2014 she was Curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, New York where she was responsible for an extensive collection. From 2001 to 2013, Dr Whitty was Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, Art and Industrial Division, NMI. She has curated numerous exhibitions, most notably A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition
and the National Museum’s visible storage facility What’s In Store? (approx. 16,500 objects). She is the Chair of the Irish Museums Association, a trustee of the British Glass Foundation/White House Cone Museum of Glass, UK and is also a board member of North Lands Creative in Scotland.
Past members of the Golden Fleece Award Advisory Panel include Róisín de Buitléar (glass artist, former lecturer in the Glass Department at NCAD, Dublin and former Chair of the Golden Fleece Advisory Panel), Carey Clarke (artist and Past President of the Royal Hibernian Academy), Martin Gale (visual artist and former Board member of the National Gallery of Ireland), Nancy Larchet (close friend of Lillias Mitchell, prominent member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland, and original Chair of the Golden Fleece Advisory Panel), Eoin Mac Lochlainn (visual artist and recipient of the Golden Fleece Award 2008), Helen McAllister (Head of Applied Materials at NCAD, Dublin), Patrick T. Murphy (Director, Royal Hibernian Academy), Bairbre Ní Fhloinn (lecturer in Irish folklore and Ethnology, University College Dublin), Kevin O’Dwyer (silversmith, sculptor and freelance curator), Dara O’Leary (Arts Programme Manager, Royal Dublin Society), Neil Reid (ceramicist and former Chair of the Golden Fleece Advisory Panel), Veronica Rowe (weaver and textile historian) and Robert Russell (printmaker and Studio Director, Graphic Studio Dublin).