Comprised of five specialists in visual art and applied art, craft and design, the Advisory Panel appraise entries received for the Golden Fleece Award and make recommendations to the Trustees on how they believe the Award should be distributed in any given year.
Ann will be replacing outgoing Panel member Dara O’Leary (Arts Programme Manager, RDS), who had served on the Panel since 2014. The Trustees are very grateful to Dara for her contributions to the Panel over the past four years and wish her well in her future endeavours.
Ann Mulrooney was appointed Director of Science Gallery Dublin in late 2018. She 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 in the UK and Ireland and her work is held in numerous public and private collections. She worked as a freelance curator in Ireland and the UK before joining the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland 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 in Carlow. As a curator, she has realised solo exhibitions by artists including Yinka Shonibare, Tim Hetherington, Gareth Kennedy and Paul Mosse. She has been a lecturer, external assessor and frequent contributor to cultural publications and programmes including The View (RTÉ television), Ceramics: Art and Perception (USA), total:spec (UK) and the Irish Arts Review. She was selected for Tate Intensive, an international professional practice programme at Tate Modern in 2017, and awards include a practice-based research bursary, PlaCe Research Centre, University of Western England (2006), the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Fine Art, UK (2003), Ciclitira Scholarship Prize for Sculpture, RCA (2002) and an Arts Council Bursary (2001).