About Us

President

Clare Burnett PRBS

Clare Burnett is a site-responsive artist based in London.  She makes pared-down, abstract artworks which encourage people to engage visually and conceptually with their surroundings.Previous projects include installations of works in West Norwood and Brompton Cemeteries, street works and paintings in Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation.  Last year Clare was artist-in-residence at Leighton House Museum where she had a major solo show.  She is President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. 

www.clareburnett.net

Vice President

Julian Wild VPRBS

Julian Wild graduated from Kingston University in 1995. His work explores the relationship between drawing and sculpture through the use of a wide variety of materials and surface finishes. He has been commissioned to make sculptures for organisations such as Cass Sculpture Foundation, Jerwood Sculpture Park and Fidelity Investments. He has held solo exhibitions at Canary Wharf, William Benington Gallery, Burghley House, Maddox Arts, Leighton House Museum, Spitalfields Square and Modern Art Oxford. He was a finalist for The Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2005 and won The Millfield Sculpture Prize in the same year. In 2009 he was awarded the 3 year Chelsea Arts Club Trust, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Studio Bursary. He runs the touring communal sculpture project Making the Connection and was the founding member of ForumArts.

"Being a member of the RBS has benefited my practice enormously. I have made great friends and contacts through the organisation. The RBS facilitates an exchange of ideas and promotes discussion between its members. I would like to see its membership grow and to see the RBS continue to offer its members professional development support and exciting opportunities"

Council:

Matthew French - Treasurer

Matt has been a corporate finance specialist in the City since graduating from Cambridge. He currently works as a freelance, non-executive company director. Prior to this he worked as an investment banker with Nomura and UBS, after a long career in private practice as a solicitor.

 

Katherine Ashton

Kate Ashton is a corporate solicitor at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP with a broad international practice, including extensive experience in private equity transactions. Originally from the U.S., Kate has lived in England for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Trust for the British Library and is active in a number of other cultural and pro bono organisations. Kate co-founded the Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts pro bono initiative in London, through which a consortium of law firms provides pro bono legal advice to low-income arts and cultural organisations in the UK, and serves on its Executive Committee.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She has been involved with the RBS since 2009, when she advised on a pro bono basis as to a major revision of its articles and corporate governance structure.

 
 

Alex Chinneck MRBS

 

Bruce Gernand FRBS

Bruce has spent many years teaching, primarily at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.  He has continued with research and commission projects and still enjoys working in his studio.

 

Anderson Inge FRBS

Having joined the RBS 15 years ago, Anderson became a Fellow in 2014, and was elected to Council in 2015.  He has had 2 collaborative shows in the RBS Gallery, in 2004 and 2008, both with RBS Fellow Bruce Gernand.

Anderson is a formal migrant, having travelled from architecture through structural engineering to arrive at sculpture. Anderson initially studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and the Architectural Association (AA) in London. He then completed post-graduate degrees in architecture and structures concurrently at M.I.T.

His training in sculpture at Central Saint Martins much later as a mature student made sense of the journey, and it now underpins his practice and teaching of all 3. With his training in architecture, Anderson tries in particular to assist the RBS Council with its evolving plans for the RBS premises.

 

Matthew Jarratt

Matthew is based in Gateshead, and works across the UK and China on arts commissioning, curatorial projects, and cultural policy. Matthew spent 15 years at Arts Council England as a creative broker helping to shape the North East culture led regeneration, developing many new arts buildings and artist’s projects across the region. Matthew has worked on city arts strategies, major capital projects, and funding at a senior level with the private sector, local authorities, universities , politicians, and cultural leaders in addition to working on European funding for Arts Council England in Brussels.  

Matthew has curated and managed over 100 sculpture commissions within public and private sector developments. Directing the public art unit Commissions North which brokered many artists projects including Anish Kapoor’s Temenos sculpture in Middlesbrough.

In 2013 Matthew began his freelance cultural consultancy working in partnership with Joanna Riddell to create Cheeseburn - a new sculpture park and gallery within her historic house and estate near Stamfordham in Northumberland.

In addition Matthew has a senior policy role as manager of the North East Culture Partnership www.case4culture.co.uk which works across local authorities, universities, and the business sector to champion the value of arts and heritage.

Matthew is a regular visitor to China curating exhibitions, developing artists projects and brokering opportunities between Chinese and international museums. www.matthewjarratt.com/cn/current

 

Briony Marshall MRBS

Briony Marshall is a London based sculptor and installation artist. With a background in Biochemistry she is interested in the idea of art practice as research. She fuses an intellectual/conceptual approach with an intuitive, materials inspired process to develop works that investigate the natural world and man’s place in it.

In 2012 she completed the Pangolin London Sculpture Residency which culminated in a solo show with the gallery. She is head of Professional Development at The Art Academy and was recently named as one of the ‘175 Face of Chemistry’ to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Briony was selected for the Royal Society of British Sculptors’ Bursary Award in 2008, and later went on to receive the 2010 Brian Mercer Bronze Casting Residency and was a finalist in the 2015 First@108 Public Art Award. Having benefited so much from the support of the society she has been keen to give back through various projects including facilitating peer mentoring sessions for the new bursary awardees since 2013.

 

Alice Cunningham MRBS

Alice Cunningham’s practice ranges from community led art works, performance, video, sound, collaborating with landscape architects making public art, to painting and stone carving. She is often inspired by the landscape and social or environmental issues.

Since completing her first Fine Art sculpture degree at Brighton University in 2006, she has exhibited throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 2010 she was shortlisted to represent the UK in the first UK Young Artists Biennale in Europe and has lectured in Fine Art at Universities throughout the UK. Alice has also worked with charities organising creative events to engage hard to reach groups.

Alice has been a member of the RBS since receiving a bursary in 2007 and was awarded the RBS Brian Mercer stone carving residency in 2014. “I have met some fantastic artists and friends through the network and have felt part of a supportive and professional organisation leading by example of the important role of the artist in society. I am keen to help shape the society’s continuation and growth.”

 

Carlo Rizzo

Carlo had been a Trustee of the Royal British Society of Sculptors since summer 2015. He is the founding director and programme curator of the Exhibition Road Commission, a biennial interdisciplinary programme and artist commission co-produced by all the major museums and universities based in South Kensington. He runs an independent advisory practice helping public and private organisations in London develop cultural strategies and new interdisciplinary partnerships. Carlo is also a non-executive director of Goldfinger Factory, a social enterprise training people in need of professional development to produce furniture from waste material, and a researcher at the Victoria & Albert Museum where he is undertaking a PhD on the museum’s collection of international contemporary art and design. 

Prior to launching the Exhibition Road Commission, Carlo was a member of the Science Museum management team and worked on several strategic projects including setting up the Science Museum Foundation, and the redevelopment of the Mathematics Gallery and Medicine Galleries. Prior to the Science Museum, he worked in the department of the Near and Middle East at the British Museum, supporting the development of their contemporary art collection. Carlo’s career started in financial services, with roles at the Bank of England and as a strategy consultant in several financial institutions across the UK and Europe.

 

Andrew Stonyer FRBS

Stonyer studied at Northampton School of Art, Loughborough College of Art, The Architectural Association and Leicester Polytechnic/Slade School of Fine Art. In 1978 he was awarded the first practice based PhD in Sculpture in the UK, through his studies at Leicester Polytechnic and the Slade School of Fine Art. His PhD focused on the use of solar energy in kinetic sculpture.

Andrew has taught, exhibited and completed commissions in Turkey, Holland, Canada and the United States of America, and his work can be found in public and private collections in all of these countries. From 1994-2010 he was Professor of Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire. Other academic appointments during this period included Visiting Professor in Fine Art at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul and Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol University. He is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail and a member of the Fabric Committees at both Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals.

His sculpture is a search for patterns of actual and implied kinetic imagery that are hidden within the seemingly regular, and are always transcribed through the geometry of the circle and the square such as his Rotating Circle.

Andrew joined the RBS as an Associate member in 2005, was elected a Fellow in 2008 and elected to Council in 2014. He exhibited in 'Kinetic' at the RBS in 2009 and in 2010 in the solo exhibition 'Timepiece'.