August 15, 2017

Open Call | Golden Fleece Award 2018

goldenfleeceDeadline for receipt of applications: Friday 17 November, 2pm

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 2018 Award.

The mission of the Golden Fleece Award is to provide resources for practicing Irish craft and visual artists aspiring to innovate and develop their artistic vision. It aims to help outstanding artists needing support at strategic stages in their careers. The award is intended for artists working in the area of figurative visual art or of craft and applied arts. They will normally live and carry out their creative work on the island of Ireland or otherwise will have strong artistic connections with Ireland.

The Golden Fleece Award is now in its 17th year. It is an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Lillias Mitchell who died in 2000 and the first Golden Fleece Award was made a year later.

The Golden Fleece is an annual prize fund of €20,000. This winner is usually awarded between €12,000 and €15,000 and others on the shortlist receive smaller awards. These generous awards make the Golden Fleece one of the most valuable arts prizes made by a private philanthropist in Ireland.

According to Lillias’s wish, the Trustees of the Award include members of Lillias’s family and professional fund managers who work closely together to help run the award along the lines that she wished for. They are supported by an advisory panel.

The Golden Fleece Award normally consists of one major Award, plus a number of smaller Merit awards. The size of the award fund varies somewhat from year to year but is usually in the region of €20,000. It is normally possible to make a main Award of €12-15,000.

The presentation of awards will be made in early 2018.

There is no fee to apply for the award.

For more information and to apply online:

Open Call | Golden Fleece Award 2018