Each year the RBS runs two residency programmes in Pietrasanta, Italy. 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. On completion of each residency, their journey of discovery is celebrated in a joint exhibition in the RBS Galleries the following Autumn.
Stone Carving Residency
This is a fully supported scholarship for a professional sculptor to experiment with marble quarried from the nearby Carara Mountains, under instruction from master craftsmen at Fondazione Sem in Pietrasanta, Italy from March to May each year.
Bronze Casting Residency
A fully supported scholarship awarded to one artist each year to explore and experiment with bronze using the lost wax process, working alongside skilled artisans at Fonderia Mariani in Pietrasanta, Italy. This residency takes place from March to May each year.
We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2016 Brian Mercer Residency Awards, who were selected as they demonstrated a strong desire to push the boundaries of their practice and a commitment to working in these time-honoured materials. Stephen Duncan FRBS was chosen as the recipient of the Bronze Casting Residency at Fonderia Mariani and Marko Humphrey-Lahti MRBS was chosen as the recipient of the Stone Carving Residency at Fondazione Sem. Both artists will go to Pietrasanta, Italy from March to May 2017, and will exhibit the resulting work in the RBS gallery later in the year.