The winners of the 20th anniversary Golden Fleece Award will be announced 6pm, Wednesday 31 March.
The Golden Fleece Award supports artists and creative practitioners working across all visual art, craft and applied arts disciplines. Since its inception in 2002, over one hundred applicants have been shortlisted for or received a Golden Fleece Award.
The Golden Fleece Award is the largest prize open to both artists and makers in Ireland. Its mission, enacted in accordance with the wishes of its founder, Lillias Mitchell, informs how it is adjudicated and distributed.
A call for applications is announced each August and remains open until November. The applications received are assessed by a specialist Advisory Panel and the Golden Fleece Board of Trustees which, according to Lillias’ wishes, includes members of the Mitchell family, professional fund managers and arts experts. From these a shortlist is selected and announced in February, with the Award ceremony following in March.
The Golden Fleece Award normally consists of one or more major Awards, to which may be added smaller Merit or Special Awards. The prize fund fluctuates from year to year but generally amounts to at least €20,000 overall. How the fund is distributed in any given year is at the Trustees’ discretion.
In celebration of the Golden Fleece’s 20th anniversary and in recognition of the exceptionally difficult circumstances facing creative practitioners at present, the Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award have decided to increase the prize fund for the 2021 Award to €50,000. This will be distributed through five awards of €10,000.