Guidelines for Applicants

Like all juried awards and open competition prizes, the Golden Fleece Award maintains various established rules of entry. If you are interested in applying for the Golden Fleece Award, finding out about the eligibility criteria for applicants or how the applications are assessed, please read our guidelines below.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The Golden Fleece Award is open to craft and visual artists living and working on the island of Ireland as well as Irish-born artists working overseas.
  2. The Award is open to practising craft and visual artists at any career stage who can demonstrate existing artistic merit and expertise in their chosen field, plus the vision/plans to advance their work to a new level.
  3. Applications will not normally be considered from students undertaking full-time study, and the Award cannot be used to support fees for postgraduate/higher education or study.
  4. The Award is intended for artists working in all forms of visual, craft and applied art. Makers using new technologies to support creative processes and hands-on making are welcome to apply.
  5. Winners of the main Golden Fleece Award are not eligible to reapply, but winners of Commendation, Merit or Special Awards, and all other previous entrants, are welcome to do so.

Assessment Criteria

  1. Applicants must demonstrate existing artistic merit and expertise in their chosen field, evidenced through submission of a set of images of work produced during the past 2 years (6 images are required), and illustrating their current artistic activity. Video/audio works may also be uploaded in support of a submission. (Any outsourced elements of this work should be identified in the accompanying descriptions).
  2. Applicants must demonstrate their vision/plans to advance their work to a new level and/or in a new direction of creativity and craftsmanship through a short written statement (max 300 words).
  3. Applicants must demonstrate a specific financial need and show how the Award would assist them to advance their work over a limited period of time (1-2 years). A budget breakdown must be supplied.

Rules of Entry

  1. Applications must be made online through the Golden Fleece Award application system.
  2. Images submitted as part of the application process should be in JPEG format and each individual image should not exceed 5 MB in size. Video clips not exceeding 20 MB in size may be submitted in MP4, MPG, AVI, FLV or WMV formats. Sound files not exceeding 20 MB in MP3, WAV, WMA and FLAC formats are also acceptable.
  3. By applying for the Golden Fleece Award you consent, if you are shortlisted, to the Trustees of the Award using your name and the images and text you have submitted in the promotion (and not for any other purpose) of the Award on the Golden Fleece website, social media, in print and online articles, or in other promotional material
  4. Current members of the Award's Advisory Panel should NOT be used as referees by applicants.
  5. There is no application fee for the Award.
  6. The Trustees' decision will be final.
  7. Tá fáilte riomh iarrataisí as Gaeilge.

The Golden Fleece Award normally consists of one or more major Awards, to which may be added smaller Merit / Commendation / Special Awards and the size of the award fund is usually in the region of €20,000. How the fund is divided among recipients and distributed in any given year is at the Trustees' discretion. In recent years, Awards of €12,000, €10,000, €5,000, €4,000 and €3,000 have been made.

Entries for the 2022 Award opened on Friday 15 October 2021, and the deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 17 December 2021.

Full details of the materials required for submission, and how to submit your application, are available here.