Every year the RBS offers two residencies in Pietrasanta, Italy to members. These three month residencies in stone carving and bronze casting, fully supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust, are rare opportunities for professional sculptors to develop their artistic practice and learn technical skills under the expert guidance of world renowned craftsmen. They are eagerly seized and their journey of discovery is celebrated in a joint exhibition in the RBS Galleries the following Autumn.
First@108 is an award designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. The winning sculptor will be awarded £10,000 towards the cost of producing a large scale sculpture which will be exhibited in a high profile public space alongside an accompanying solo exhibition of their work in the Royal British Society's galleries.
Each year RBS Bursaries are awarded to ten sculptors at the beginning of their practice, of any age and nationality and working in any style or media, who have been judged to be of outstanding potential. Only a very small percentage of those who are formally trained in sculpture progress to professional practice, and the aim of this scheme is to support emerging sculptors to make this difficult transition. Over the two years of the award winners' Bursary membership, we showcase their talent in an award exhibition and catalogue; provide individual mentoring by senior members; give free access to the Society’s membership services; and encourage them to network at events.
Sculpture Shock is an award, now in its third and final year, for artists working in three dimensions. Three winners each receive £3,000 and undertake a three month residency in a studio culminating in a surprising spatial intervention in one of three non-traditional spaces.