Shortlist for 2019 Golden Fleece Awards Announced

Sara Flynn, Dragana Jurišić, Nuala O’Donovan and Marcel Vidal shortlisted for €30,000 Golden Fleece prize fund.

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 prize. The four artists are Sara Flynn (ceramics/bronze forms), Dragana Jurišić (photography), Nuala O’Donovan (sculptural forms in porcelain clay) and Marcel Vidal (painting/sculpture). The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) at 6pm on Wednesday 27th March. The 2019 prize fund is €30,000, making the Golden Fleece Award the most generous art prize open to all artists and craftmakers in Ireland. This year the prize attracted 170 entries which marked a dramatic increase over previous years’ entries.

In applying for the Golden Fleece, artists are required to detail how winning the award would significantly benefit the development of their work and to outline how they would use the prize money should they win. Securing stable studio space to make work and having financial support to explore and research new avenues were among the needs outlined by the four shortlisted artists.

The Golden Fleece 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, however last year the criteria were broadened to include “all forms of visual, craft and applied arts.” The 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 which includes Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy (chairperson); painter Eoin Mac Lochlainn; Anne Mulrooney, Director of The Science Gallery; jewelry designer and NCAD academic Angela O’Kelly; graphic artist Robert Russell.

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