What a brilliant start to 2017! A sincere privilege to have received a 'Special Award' in recognition of my practice from the trustees of the Helen Lillias Mitchell Artistic Fund. The Golden Fleece Award is an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. The fund acknowledges excellence and ambition in both emerging and established artists across both fine and applied art in Ireland.
We attended a lovely ceremony at the RHA in Ely place on the 21st February and it was fantastic to meet so many talented artists/designers - John Lee, (Furniture), won the 2017 Golden Fleece Award, plus Merit Awards went to Gerry Davis, (Painting), Chloe Dowds, (Ceramics), Nuala O'Donovan, (Ceramics) and Yanny Petters, (Botanical artist). Warmest congratulations to everyone!
The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are supported by a distinguished advisory panel whose knowledge and experience are invaluable in guiding the development of the Award. The panel comprises ceramicist Neil Read (Chairperson of the panel); textile artist Helen McAllister, Head of Fashion and Textiles at NCAD; graphic artist Robert Russell; painter Eoin Mac Lochlainn; and Dara O'Leary, who is Arts Programme Manager with the RDS.