Roger joins the Panel as a craft and applied art specialist, taking the place of outgoing Panel member Ann Mulrooney (creative industries leader and recipient of a Golden Fleece Merit Award in its first year, 2002). The Trustees are very grateful for her valuable contributions during her three-year term on the Advisory Panel and wish her well for the future.
Roger Bennett is a woodturner, a maker of distinctive bowls and vessels which are coloured and inlaid with silver. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally; examples of his work are included in numerous private and public collections, including those of the National Museum of Ireland, Design and Crafts Council Ireland and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. A former Board member of Visual Artists Ireland, he is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Modern Languages, 1976) and of the Crafts Council’s Business Development Course (1996). He has written numerous articles and essays about craft.
The Golden Fleece Award Advisory Panel consists of five industry experts who review applications received for the Golden Fleece Award and make recommendations to the Trustees on how they feel the Award should be distributed in a given year. Roger joins current members Angela O'Kelly (Chair), Dr Declan Long, Catherine Marshall, and Dr Audrey Whitty.