Friday, October 30, 2009

The Golden Fleece Award - for Traditional Painting or Crafts

The Golden Fleece Award is an artistic fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell, who died in January 2000. She left this fund in place as part of her legacy to establish a generous annual award. She was herself an inspirational weaver and painter who wanted to help Irish artists working in and through the traditional arts and crafts to develop their own unique talent and vision. She was responsible for setting up the textile department of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and taught spinning, dyeing and weaving there for many years. She also founded the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

Applicants will normally have been born on the island of Ireland and must maintain a strong connection with Ireland. They should be artists or researchers working in the area of figurative painting or traditional craft.

 Traditional painting refers to representational figurative painting. Traditional craft refers to work with a basis in traditional skills and materials. These include woven textiles, spinning, dyeing, glassmaking, metalwork, ceramics, stonework and woodwork, etc.

 Latest date for receipt of applications : Friday 20th November 2009.

The application form can be printed or downloaded here. Otherwise it can be requested by e-mail here or by post.Completed applications should be posted to :

The Golden Fleece Award,
26-28 North Wall Quay,
Dublin 1

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