Golden Fleece Award Winners

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We are now inviting applications for the 2018 Golden Fleece Award.APPLY

All applications must be made online.

The deadline for entries is 2 pm on Friday 17th November 2017.

The overall fund for the 2018 Award is €20,000.

Full details of eligibility criteria and application requirements are available here.

Golden Fleece Artist News


Siobhán McDonald at Catherine Hammond Gallery

Somewhere in the Future, an exhibition of new work by Siobhán McDonald, is on show at the Catherine Hammond Gallery in Skibbereen. 11th - 31st August 2017.



Una Burke in Hi! Fashion Exhibition in Kilkenny

Leather bodywear designs by Una Burke are showcased in the Hi! Fashion exhibition of fashion from Japan and Ireland at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny. 12th August - 12th November 2017.



Margaret Corcoran Solo at Sarah Walker Gallery

Margaret Corcoran has a solo exhibition of figurative work on show at the Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere. 4th - 31st August 2017.



Sean Lynch at The Glucksman in Cork

Sean Lynch's DeLorean installation features in Now Wakes the Sea, a maritime-themed exhibition at the Lewis Glucksman gallery in Cork. 4th August - 5th November 2017.



Gwen Wilkinson in Graphic Studio Summer Show

Graphic Studio Gallery's Summer Show features new work by Gwen Wilkinson and other Studio artists. 22nd July 2017 onwards.



Frances Ryan in Solomon Fine Art Summer Show

Frances Ryan's exotic plantscapes enliven Solomon Fine Art's annual Summer Group Show. 21st July - 26th August 2017.



Eamon O'Kane Solo Show in Donegal

Eamon O'Kane's solo exhibition Exploring Architecture is showing at the the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny during the Earagail Arts Festival. 8th July - 23rd September 2017.



Claire Kerr with Purdy Hicks in London

A selection of Claire Kerr's extraordinary miniatures ("The keyhole is small, but the imaginative world beyond that it represents is limitless ...") are on display at Purdy Hicks Gallery's group exhibition Small, which runs from 6th July - 2nd September 2017.



Chloë Dowds wins DCCOI Residency Award

In July 2017, Chloë Dowds won a Future Makers Residency Support Award from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, which will help fund the month long ceramics residency in July and August 2017 that she has been offered at the Zentrum Fur Keramik in Berlin.



Kate Murphy at Wexford Arts Centre

Kate Murphy is one of a dynamic group of Wexford artists whose exhibition And Creatures Dream ... A New Language is on display at Wexford Arts Centre. 3rd July - 25th August 2017.





Golden Fleece Artists at Ceramics Ireland Exhibition

The unique creative telents of Isobel Egan, Sara Flynn and Nuala O'Donovan are on display at Ceramics Ireland's Touchstone exhibition celebrating the organisation's 40th anniversary.

The exhibition showcases the work of 36 selected makers of and from Ireland. Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, 18th June - 30th September 2017; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 18th November 2017 - 21st January 2018.






Frances Ryan at Royal Academy of Arts in London

Frances Ryan's painting Oasis 9 has been selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show in London. 13th June - 20th August 2017.








Golden Fleece Artists Showing at Hamilton Gallery

Mary Burke, Gerry Davis, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Geraldine O'Reilly, Conor Walton and Michael Wann each provided their own distinctive take on the Yeatsian theme of the Crazy Jane exhibition at Hamilton Gallery in Sligo, where ninety-odd visual artists from all over Ireland were invited to bring their own contemporary visual reflections to bear on Yeats' most potent and visceral female foil Crazy Jane. 13th June - 2nd September 2017.




















Golden Fleece Artists in Portfolio 2017-2018

Work by several Golden Fleece linked artists, including the late and sorely missed Liam Flynn plus Una Burke, Sara Flynn, Joe Hogan, John Lee, Eily O'Connell and Coilin O Dubhghaill is on display in the Narratives in Making exhibition showcasing new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-18. The exhibition runs from 12th May - 5th July 2017 at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, and then from 22nd July - 4th September 2017 at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales.



Isobel Egan with Hexagon Classic Design

Isobel Egan's creations feature in the Whiter Shade of Pale exhibition of ceramics, sculpture, photographs and furniture at Hexagon Classic Design Gallery in London. 27th April 2017 onwards throughout the summer.




Nuala O'Donovan & Isobel Egan in Collins's Barracks

Nuala O'Donovan and Isobel Egan are among the six Irish ceramicists selected for inclusion in the Shadow of Sodeisha exhibition of Japanese and Irish art in clay at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History in Collins's Barracks in Dublin. 31st March 2017 - February 2018.







Sara Flynn Shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize

Sara Flynn was one of the 26 finalists out of some 4,000 artists worldwide who entered for the first annual Loewe Craft Prize. The winner, woodturner Ernst Gamperl, was announced on April 10th 2017. An exhibition of the finalists' works is currently touring in COAM Madrid (11th April - 9th May 2017), Chamber Gallery in New York (30th May - 6th June 2017), Paris (September 2017), Tokyo (November 2017), and Collect Contemporary Craft Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London (22nd - 25th February 2018).

More Artist News: see our Golden Fleece News page