Become a member
Become part of a community of artists dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of sculpture in all its forms.
Benefit from the shared knowledge and experience of a professional network of sculptors at all stages of their careers. If you want to enjoy the debate and add your expertise, enthusiasm and support to this vibrant and forward-thinking organisation, then we want to hear from you.
Who is eligible to apply?
Established, professional artists who make sculpture in any of its forms as a significant part of their practice, whose work contributes to the language of sculpture and who can demonstrate a high level of expertise, experience and contemporary understanding.
For more information and to apply click here.
How are members selected?
Selection is by peer review by the sculptor members of the Council. Selection meetings are held four times a year.
Are there different levels of membership?
In addition to the main Associate Membership category, it is possible for Associate Members to be nominated as a Fellow. Fellowships are awarded by existing Fellows in recognition of outstanding reputation, experience and talent.
The RBS also awards ten Bursary membership places for early-career sculptors of outstanding talent and potential each year. The 10 winners participate in a curated exhibition at the RBS Gallery, enjoy all the benefits of RBS membership for two years and are offered Associate Membership at the end of the two years, without further selection process.
N.B. the Bursary Award has a separate application form and procedure – details appear on www.rbs.org.uk each Spring.
What will I enjoy as a member?
- Being part of welcoming organisation that thrives on generosity as members at all levels share their experience, skills, knowledge and opportunities with each other.
- Membership of an internationally recognised organisation with professional accreditation (Associate ARBS and Fellow FRBS).
- Inclusion in the RBS archive.
- Invitations to RBS events, exhibitions, seminars, talks and scholarships.
- Inclusion in the Members’ Gallery of the RBS website and the opportunity to use the online Members’ listings and notice board to promote exhibitions and events.
- Images, catalogues and CV held in the Resource Centre, which is open to commissioners, consultants and individuals.
- Regular e-news on awards, residencies, professional development and commissions from RBS and external source.
- Access to RBS advice and guidelines on contracts, commissioning and foundry working.
- Access to the Society’s mentor scheme where Fellows, who have volunteered their expertise, can be contacted for advice and support.
What are the fees and how are they used?
Associate membership fees are £175 and increase annually by the RPI. They are used to support the activities of the Society in its aim of advancing the art and practice of sculpture.
What do I sign up to?
- The Society is run by artists, supported by the Director and her team. Its success in promoting and advancing the art and practice of sculpture depends on the enthusiasm and involvement of all members who are asked to:
- Support other members and early career sculptors through the sharing of knowledge, information, skills, experience and opportunities.
- Maintain a professional awareness of current debates and issues in visual arts practice in order to contribute to the Society’s aim of advancing the art of sculpture into the future
- Provide a link to the RBS on their own websites and use their ARBS and FRBS accreditation whenever appropriate.
- Participate in the activities and running of the Society by, for example, attending events, volunteering and acting as ambassadors for the RBS.
- Attend the AGM at London headquarters each May.
Who belongs to the Society?
Please click here to view the list of our current members.