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RBS Bursary Awards Group Exhibition

8 June 2017 - 4 August 2017
Wednesday – Friday 12.30 – 5.30pm (or by appointment)

RBS, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA

Alice Al Khatib • Saelia Aparicio • Stuart Calvin • William Darrell • Magali Hebert Huot • Evy Jokhova • Eva Masterman • Melissa Pierce Murray • Susie Olczak • Matt Picon 

This vibrant exhibition will showcase the work of the 10 winners of the RBS Bursary Awards who represent the best and brightest emerging contemporary sculptors.  

Each year the RBS Bursary Awards are given to ten early career artists working in three dimensions judged to be of outstanding talent. Integral to the society’s aim to promote the diverse language of contemporary sculpture, the Bursary Awards provide a platform to emerging sculptors to realise their full potential in the professional sphere. Open to Sculptors of any age and nationality, with or without formal training, working in any style or media the awards are designed to provide vital support during what for many is a difficult transition to successful professional practice.

For more information on the RBS Bursary Awards please see our Awards page!

RBS Bursary Awards Group Exhibition

Alice Al Khatib obtained a BA in Fine Arts, Major in Sculpture, from the Fine Arts College, University of Damascus, Syria in 2005. Alice has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including the Jabal Prize (2015) and at Kozah Gallery in Beirut. She was selected for the annual Spring Exhibitions at Khan Asa’ad Pasha, Damascus (2007–2011) and the Young Syrian Artists exhibitions at the French Cultural Center, Damascus (2006–2008). She undertook a residency in 2013 with ARA in Allay, Lebanon and runs sculpture workshops, most recently with children in Nagda Now Foundation, in collaboration with the British Council.

Saelia Aparicio obtained her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2015. Her solo exhibitions include Epidermal Speleology (2002), Domus Artium Museum in Salamanca, Spain and Burning With Joy (2016) at the ASC Gallery. She undertook a residency in SeMA Nanji (part of the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea) and was selected to appear in Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2016). She also participated in Retour Sur Mulholland Drive, a group exhibition curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, La Panacée (Montpellier, France, 2017). She lives and works in London. 

Stuart Calvin obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine and Applied Art in 2011 and his MFA in 2016, both from the University Of Ulster. Calvin was the first recipient of the Annual Gerard Dillon Award and Solo Show, selected by the Arts Committee of Culturlann Belfast, 2011 and also received several grants from the Northern Ireland Arts Council and ADF Ireland. He recently completed the Artists Career Enhancement Programme funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and is currently working on a solo exhibition for the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast. He lives and works in Belfast. 

William Darrell obtained his BA Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012 and his MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2015. Darrell has received many awards including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Residency Award and the Sustain RCA Moving Minds Award (both in 2015). Winning the RSA Scottish Residencies 14 award drew him to the Shetland Islands and he was also commissioned by Edinburgh University to create a public art work. He has exhibited at RSA New Contemporaries (2013), Pause Patina at Camden Arts Centre (2015) and had a solo exhibition of Slow Breathers at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2016.  He lives and works in London.        

Magali Hebert Huot studied Visual Art at the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, Saint-Augustin, QC before completing her BFA at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC in 2012. She took her MFA at the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. She was awarded the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center and the Alumni Award by MICA, Balitimore both in 2015 and the Hamiltonian Fellowship by the Hamiltonian Gallery, Baltimore in 2016. She has exhibited widely in Vancouver, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Baltimore. She lives and works in Baltimore.  

Evy Jokhova holds an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, 2011, an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths College, 2013, and is the recipient of the Royal Academy Schools Fellowship, 2016-ongoing. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the RBS First@108: Public Art Sculpture Award. She has undertaken many residencies including; Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria; BijlmAIR, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Villa Lena, Tuscany, Italy; Nida Art Colony, Lithuania (all 2017) and Florence Trust, London, 2008-2009. She is currently based between London, UK & Tallinn and Estonia.

Eva Masterman graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art and has recently completed her MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely across the UK and abroad, including two solo exhibitions at the William Benington Gallery, London. She was the recipient of the 2016 Anthology Art Prize at the Charlie Smith Gallery and has just completed a six week exchange residency with Camden Arts Centre and Arts Initiative Tokyo, Japan. She is part of Collective Matter (recently completed), the 2016 Tate Exchange Programme. She lives and works in London. 

Melissa Pierce Murray holds a BA in English Literature and Physics from the University of Colorado, USA, 1992 and an MA (distinction) in Fine Arts from Norwich University of the Arts, 2015. Exhibitions and commissions include Into Boundless Space I Leap (2016), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Breaking Boundaries, commissioned for the Passion for Knowledge 2016 Science Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. Last year Murray was selected for the Contemporary Visual Arts Network mentoring programme and assisted Aowen Jin’s Museums at Night commission at the Compton Verney Art Park and Gallery. She lives and works in Cambridge. 

Susie Olczak obtained her BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture from Glasgow School of Art in 2010. She has shown work around the UK, Japan and Finland in galleries and the public realm. Commissions include work for BBC Scotland, Charles Saatchi at the Big Chill Festival, King's College, Cambridge, The National Trust, the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge Law faculty and King’s College. She was associate artist at Aid and Abet Gallery, Cambridge (2012-2014) and has undertaken residencies with Mark Devereux Projects in Manchester (2016) and a residency in Riihimaki, Finland (2010). She lives and works in London.  

Matt Picon obtained his BFA in Intermedia from Arizona State University in 2013 and his MFA in Sculpture from San Diego State University in 2016. He was awarded five scholarships from the San Diego State University (2013-2015) and has made many temporary installations in Arizona and California. He has also been published in Studio Visit magazine and the Artists to Look Out For catalogue. He lives and works in San Diego, California.