The Golden Fleece Award: 21 Years | Group Exhibition and Ceremony at Solstice Arts Centre


The Golden Fleece Award: 21 Years | Group Exhibition and Ceremony at Solstice Arts Centre Date/Time
Date(s) - 23/04/2022 - 04/06/2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solstice Arts Centre





Curated by Aisling Prior

Join us for the exhibition opening and the 2022 Golden Fleece Award Ceremony from 2 to 3.30pm, on Saturday 23 April. All welcome.

I am very conscious of the fact that many artists cannot develop their talents because their art does not bring in a steady income for them and yet they need to support themselves financially … My wish is to give artists a ‘boost’ in times of particular need ….
– Lillias Mitchell, from her ‘Letter of Wishes’ to her Trustees (1998)

In association with the Golden Fleece Award, Solstice Arts Centre presents The Golden Fleece Award: 21 years, an eclectic and diverse group exhibition, to mark twenty-one years of the Golden Fleece Award.

The Golden Fleece Award was established as an independent artistic award through a bequest by Dublin-based artist, researcher and educator, Helen Lillias Mitchell (1915-2000). The first Award was made in 2002. Its mission, in accordance with Lillias’ wishes, is to provide resources for practising visual artists, craftspeople, designers and makers working in all forms of visual, craft and applied art to innovate and develop their creative vision. Awarded annually, the Golden Fleece Award is the largest prize open to both artists and makers originally from or currently living on the island of Ireland.

The Golden Fleece Award: 21 years provides a unique insight into art, craft, and design in Ireland over the past two decades, showcasing work by over 40 creative practitioners who have been supported by the Award at a pivotal point in their careers. The exhibition brings together work of all kinds – tapestry, painting, glass, video, embroidery, photography, furniture design, ceramics, sculpture, fashion design, jewellery, sound, installation, basket-weaving, drawing, silversmithing, woodwork – and highlights the impressive breadth of the Golden Fleece Award’s philanthropic reach.

Artists featuring in the exhibition include:

Bassam Al-Sabah | Aideen Barry | Emma Bourke | Ursula Burke | Margaret Corcoran | Seliena Coyle | Garvan de Bruir | Lorna Donlon | David Eager-Maher | Isobel Egan | Laura Fitzgerald | Liam Flynn | Sara Flynn | Paul Hallahan | Stevan Hartung | Joe Hogan | Bob Johnston | Rachel Joynt | Dragana Jurišić  | Claire Kerr | Gillian Lawler | Eoin Mac Lochlainn | Colin Martin | Helen McAllister | Maria McKinney | Cecilia Moore | Fiona Mulholland | Ailbhe Ní Bhriain | Eily O’Connell | Nuala O’Donovan | Sinéad O’Dwyer | Bridget O’Gorman | Hilary O’Kelly | David O’Kane | Mark O’Kelly | Geraldine O’Neill | David Quinn | Annemarie Reinhold | Cara Thorpe | Jennifer Trouton | Kathy Tynan | Marcel Vidal | Gwen Wilkinson

Aisling Prior is an independent curator based in Dublin. She has been the director of the Galway Film Centre, Visual Artists Ireland, and Breaking Ground, the Ballymun Regeneration art commissioning programme. She was Public Art Advisor to the Arts Council for several years and has curated many large group shows, where she platforms early career artists with more established and international artists. She is a member of the Programme Board of the RHA.


The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are proud to be celebrating the Award’s twenty-first birthday this year, and to be marking the occasion with this very special exhibition, which coincides with the announcement of the recipient(s) of the 2022 Golden Fleece Award.

Cathy Burke (ceramics), Chloë Dowds (ceramics), Genevieve Howard (art jewellery / sculptural objects), Laura Quinn (glass), Lauren Gault (sculpture / installation), Locky Morris (photography / film), Margaret O’Brien (installation / mixed media), Michelle Malone (installation / image-making / sound / text), Rajinder Singh (performance / video / installation), and Róisín Pierce (textiles / fashion).

Please visit our website to see the associated Learning & Engagement events!

Images; Courtesy of the artists. Top row: L – R. Annemarie Reinhold, Colin Martin, Sinéad O’Dwyer. Bottom row, L- R: Bridget O’Gorman, Liam Flynn, Marcel Vidal.


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