Deadline for receipt of applications: Friday 17 November, 2pm
The Golden Fleece Award broadens selection criteria for 2018 prize worth €20,000.
The trustees of the prestigious Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the most significant changes to the selection criteria of the award since its inception over 17 years ago.
The Golden Fleece Award, the most generous art award in Ireland with an average of €20,000 awarded annually to recipients, will now be open to all art forms. The award was established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. In the past the award was limited to craft and figurative visual art. Now artists working in all forms of visual arts and craft are invited to enter their work for consideration for the Golden Fleece Award 2018.
We feel the new parameters reflect contemporary art practice and we are hoping that as broad a range of artists as possible may now benefit from our aunt’s great generosity. Geraldine Mitchell – trustee and niece of Lillias Mitchell
The Golden Fleece Award is governed by a board of trustees which includes members of Lillias Mitchell’s family, professional fund managers and arts professionals who work closely together to fulfill her wishes. They are supported by a distinguished advisory panel whose knowledge and experience are invaluable in guiding the development of the award. This year the panel is delighted to welcome Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy as their new chairperson. Also joining the panel is jewellery designer and NCAD academic Angela O’Kelly. The other panel members are graphic artist Robert Russell; painter Eoin Mac Lochlainn and Dara O’Leary, Manager of the RDS Art Programme.
This year also marks the retirement of ceramic artist Neil Read who has chaired the award’s advisory panel since 2011. The trustees want to acknowledge Neil’s extraordinary support and commitment to the Golden Fleece Award and to ensuring that Lillias Mitchell’s wishes were respected and fulfilled.
Entry to the award is now free.
For more informational please contact Dairne O’Sullivan at email@example.com or call 087 680 1443
For more information and to apply online: www.goldenfleeceaward.com